Virginia Wine

 

It’s a little known fact that wines have been produced in the state of Virginia for centuries. Well, there was attempted production anyway. In the early 1600s, the settlers in British colonial Jamestown ventured to produce European grapes as a way of boosting the British economy to rival wines from France, Italy, and Germany. But they were unsuccessful in making them flourish due to various diseases and early onset of what was later identified as Phylloxera, the mites that decimated the world’s vines centuries later. Interest shifted to tobacco crops. In the 1770s, future president Thomas Jefferson attempted to grow vines at Monticello without much success, as did George Washington at Mount Vernon. By the mid 1800s, successful cultivation was possible working with indigenous North American grapes, though still never as popular as European ones. By the turn of the 20th century, grafting American to European root stock, the technique proven to ward off Phylloxera, came into practice Read more »

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

  • Dillian Wines

    Tom Dillian is a fourth generation Amador County farmer. His great grandfather Alessio Dal Porto ...

  • Bray Vineyards

    Bray Vineyards is located in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley appellation. The Shenan...

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • The Winery at La Grange

    Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as ...

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Well, even though the Hague Winery didn't win any medals this time in the 2016 Governor's Cup, I decided to open a 2013 Meritage that was in my rack.  Not bad but of course a few more years would probably help.   Read More

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  • I'll be in Oregon the 3rd week of March.  Are you coming down from the great far north? Read More

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  • Cool.  Get one and bring it out here this summer! I'd like to try the Petit Verdot. Read More

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  • Hot off the presses, Virginia just announced the winners for the 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup.  At the top of the heap is the 2014 Kenswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc.  I wonder if there will be any bottles left to try.... Read More

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  • EM - Those steaks were covered with a home-made combination of herbs and spices ... ... more snow to Northern Virginia.  We already have three inches and they expect six inches before it switches to freezing rain.  Oh lovely.  We cancelled the walk with Sandra's parents in the mall and also watching the grandkids tonight.  I do plan to send Sa... Read More

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  • Looking to get into the mid-60's this weekend, the car needs a bath!Finishing off this Virginia Meritage that the CFO's father brought us. He lives in Reston VA, pretty much in RBA's back yard.We've had a few samples of Rockbridge wines, nothing to write home about. This is one of their better offerings but still only worth the consuming for the... Read More

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  • It's Superbowl Sunday!  We started out this afternoon with a trip into ... all good here in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • VV - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall try it if I see one in a ... to dine in downtown Fairfax, Virginia.  Anyway, The Wine House offers a nice selection of foods and there is plenty of wine since it's also a wine shop.  If you pick a bottle from the shelf and enjoy it with your meal, you pay the price on the shelf.  If you take it ho... Read More

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  • I don't remember tasting a Pinot Noir from Virginia.  Was it worth the money you paid V V?  Read More

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  • If you have a chance to try some wines from Virginia, I can recommend a few to look for.  Going outside the USA, My wife and I have enjoyed several wines from Chile and Argentina, and of course many European wines from Spain, Italy and even a few from France.  Have you traveled the world, perhaps not leaving the glass but bringing it along for t... Read More

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  • Rascal, Wine Dog of the Year nominee, has been added to the ballot! Vote for whomever you wish, but our friend Rascal could sure use your vote since he was a late addition to the voting. Your vote could be the difference: http://virginiawinelover.com/winedog/index.php Rascal can be found at its very bottom. He's worked for this award, and h...

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  • Veritas has just announced what they're calling "Virtual Veritas"- a host of videos that chronicle the estate, its beautiful tasting room, and its wines. http://www.veritaswines.com/virtualveritas/ Really quite clever. You Virginia fans will dig it. I'll post this to the group to so no one misses it.

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  • what would you say is a typical demographic or profile of a VA wine drinker? I had a discussion with a lady who says that more sophisticated palettes probably don't drink VA wine. Who is drinking VA wine. I do. Any input?

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  • Here's an event I really, REALLY wish I could make it to: The River City Wine Festival. Not just for Barren Ridge or Cardinal Point either- but for some of the others I've yet to sample. Lots of info at the following forum post: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/va-the-river-city-wine-festival/ Let me know if you need any information or if t...

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  • What: The Virginia Wine Festival When: September 19th & 20th Where: Bull Run Regional Park 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121 703-631-0550 Directions and further info: http://across-the-way.com/index.php?pr=vw_location Official promotional page with all kinds of information on tickets, lodging, etc.: http://across-the-way.com/index.p...

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  • Brought to you by the kind permission from the folks at "Virginia Wine Lovers" magazine: http://www.vawinelover.com/default.htm Virginia Wine Events, September, 2009: http://www.vawinelover.com/newsletters/sept09.htm If you're a lover and proponent of Virginia Wines; there's a lot to read about at Virginia Wine Lovers, as I ...

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  • enjoyed Cheverny (White Loire Wine). Plain, simple white table wine.

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  • recently visited Bluemont Vineyard - impressed to say the least.

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  • Just some notes from "The Fair Commonwealth" and its growing reputation for making wicked-good vino. If, as a fan of Virginia wines, you've yet to pay a visit to Richard Leahy's "Wine Report"- you should: http://www.richardleahy.com/blog/ In his latest entry, Riley discusses a visit from Michael Broadbent to Charlottesville, and his opinions ...

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  • What: Benjamin Wallace speaks about the "Billionaire's Vinegar" When This Thursday, June 25th Where: Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, will discuss his book about the controversy surrounding the 1980s discovery and auction of win...

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