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Thomas Jefferson, who no doubt penned the Declaration of Independence with a glass of fine wine at hand, can justifiably be called America’s first wine connoisseur. He was also the pioneer of Virginia viticulture, and it is appropriate that this central Virginia appellation is named for Jefferson’s home, Monticello. The AVA – the heart of which is Charlottesville - covers 1,250 square miles over four counties, including Albermarle, Orange, Nelson and Greene. The area runs along the eastern flank of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the best vineyards often found at elevations of 800 feet and higher. Vineyards here benefit from a natural east-southeast exposure and warm summer temperatures. Winter kill, bunch rot diseases and pest management have made careful varietal, clonal selection and vine-training systems imperative here. Growers benefit greatly from Virginia Tech’s Alson H. Smith Agricultural Center in Winchester for invaluable research. Key vinifera varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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  • Burnley Vineyards

    Burnley Vineyards is one of the oldest Vineyards in the Monticello Viticultural Area. We have 31...

  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

    Residing on a breathtaking estate, Sugarleaf Vineyards has evolved before our eyes into a mesmeri...

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  • Funny Fox. And good addition to the thread.Not from Emark though!!!!Actually ... at the end of the valley, Monticello. I've visited all those guys a few times and they're kind of old-timers in a sense. But Steltzner sold out - kept the name but sold the land right next door to Stag's Leap. And Buehler sweetened up their wines a few years ago -... Read More

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  • Duncan 906, we did visit Thomas Jefferson's house (Monticello) a few years ago (Oct 2014) when my sister was visiting from Oregon (USA).  It's an amazing house, with all sorts of inventions incorporated into the structure.  Thomas even had both a wine cellar and a beer cellar, so he knew how to live life to it's fullest.  The house is about a 2-... Read More

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  • Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery White Blend Monticello Rockfish River Cyser NV


    This is literally alcoholic apple juice. Perfect for just-turned-21-can't-handle-a-real-drink drinkers. Read More

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  • Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Blackberry Monticello Delight Wine NV


    Deep, sweet and extracted blackberry wine. They recommend using it to make brownies which I can totally see working. Read More

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  • Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Peach Monticello NV


    The nose is much sweeter than the palate. Absolutely no sophistication or complexity. Wine for non-wine drinkers. Read More

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  • Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:Opened our SS gift this evening ... Barboursville Octagon (Monticello, VA). This is a blend of merlot, cab sauv, cab franc and petit verdot. There's a hint of perfume on the nose from the cab franc and a bit of blackberry from the cab sauv. The merlot stands out on the palate with its smooth mouth... Read More

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  • I decanted the Remelluri at about 5:30pm central time or 4 hours ago.  My ... used to drink a lot.  Monticello, Campo Viejo, Marques de Caseres, and Marques de Riscal were common.  Forgot how much I liked them.  I have a 2001 Gran Reserve Campo in the fridge. Read More

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  • Last weekend was really special.  My sister Carol and her husband Rich ... then we drove down to see Monticello (Thomas Jefferson's house) near Charlottesville, VA on the 18th.  On the 19th we celebrated my wife Sandra's 54th birthday (one day early), and then on the 20th we visited two wineries (Linden and Chateau O'Brien - posted on another ... Read More

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  • Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay NV


    My favorite go-to sparkling. Prepared in the methode traditionnel. Easy balance of fruit and yeast. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Afton Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Monticello 2008


    Unfortunately this one's a dead soldier, way past its prime. Read More

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