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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

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

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  • Blenheim Vineyards

    Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a f...

  • Bray Vineyards

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

  • The Winery at La Grange

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

  • Doukénie Winery

    Doukénie Winery strives to produce the finest wines possible and to give our patrons an education...

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

    DelFosse Vineyards and Winery specializes in premium high end varietal wines that express the Vir...

  • White Hall Vineyards

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • Sandra and I enjoyed a very nice wine dinner with our neighbors Debbie & ... the RdV winery in Delaplane Virginia and ended up joining the wine club and buying six bottles (including a few of the Lost Mountain label).  Debbie & Rick are the ones that recommended we try the Duckhorn and St. Francis wineries in Napa Valley during our 2012 visit,... Read More

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  • Having been born in Virginia, I was never worried. Joining in, tonight, William.  Read More

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  • My fellow riding buddy Woody and I had a great motorcycle ride on our Harleys ... Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia and had a wonderful tour and tasting of whiskeys.  We each purchased two bottles, and here are the two that I brought home.  More pictures of our ride are found here:  http://www.bigal-computers.net/worms.phpEM, looks like you ... Read More

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  • "I just come across that way online. I'm really a jerk in the real ... ... to poison me with some Virginia wine last month too. Read More

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  • Welcome to Virginia and also to Snooth!  I've only been in this forum for a few months but I've been learning quite a bit.  We came from California too (Redondo Beach back in 1991) and Virginia is just too nice to leave. Have you been up to northern Virginia and tried some of the wineries yet?  There are so many across the state but our favorite... Read More

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  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their free tastings.  The first shop on 12th street had three new wines from the old world - an Italian Veneto (I didn't like it), a Spanish Rose (just ok) and a French red blend (la pew).  We didn't buy any of those, but we did pick up another Rose called DMZ that's made fr... Read More

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  • Tonight we had the pleasure of a wine club members-only dinner at the RdV winery in Delaplane, Virginia.  We enjoyed a clam and lobster bake along with beautiful weather an all the wine you wished to drink!  To top it all off, we were able to chat with a new Master Sommelier (Jarad Slipp) who was one of only a few to pass the exam this past May ... Read More

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  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... of the country. Producers in Virginia, New York, Texas, Maryland, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all found their way into our top 101.All said, I tend to find these "lists" hokey and horrible for the most part.  I guess I can say that I was surprised to find ... Read More

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  • EM - I still have a few of the Ridge wines left, sitting in my rack where I ... the back roads in Northern Virginia.  We ended up in Remington VA for lunch and since it was the high 90's and lots of humidity out here, I had a beer (Killian's Irish Red) with my hot dog.  Then I went over to Tom's store to assemble another bookshelf before we wa... Read More

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  • DM - Thanks for the info on the Claret wines - I heard something similar to ... of the wine tours we had in Virginia (it was likely to have been Linden).  And that Navarro is quite nice.  We found that winery on our first tour of Somona / Napa / Anderson Valleys back in 2012 (http://www.bigal-computers.net/wine-country.php).  The owner gave us... Read More

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