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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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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...

  • 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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  • Monticello Vineyards & Winery

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  • Sugarleaf Vineyards

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  • This is a great update from the folks at Veritas Vineyards & Winery.  ... ... reds and whites) from Monticello.The '08 Veritas Viognier is more than likely a front-runner, and there's another that may pull the rabbit out of the hat before I get to mention & review it.  BUT, we'll cover that rabbit when the time is right ;).Good luck tonight V... Read More

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  • Pollak Vineyards Petit Verdot Monticello 2008

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    Tried the Pollak 2008 Petit Verdot amidst some poignantly competitive company and it came out, to me at least, as the winner. There were other blends, "Meritages", and individual varietals that were both unique as well as performing at a high level- but it was the 2008 Pollak Petit Verdot that crossed that finish line as smooth as silk and ahea... Read More

    Wine review by ChipDWood


  • See this article?  on the front-page there?Well, it's a good read and one ... and one ... best wines on Monticello's beautiful West Lawn while enjoying the rare opportunity to stroll around the gardens after hours and learn about Jefferson’s passion for wine and his recently restored wine cellar. Local wine experts will be on hand to an... Read More

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  • September 18, 2010, West Lawn, 6-9 p.m.TicketsThere are a limited number of ... details from the official Monticello website. Read More

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Octagon 2005

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    Superb wine, superbly vinified and balanced, with lots of complexity. A bit closed - intrinsically difficult to get into needs longer breathing time, and maybe even decanting.Deeply dark maroon/cherry colour. Nose of red berry/currant not overwhelmed by oak.Palate of red currant, coffee, tobacco, hints of liquorice and menthol a dark flavour... Read More

    Wine review by RSHall


  • Jefferson Vineyards Viognier Monticello 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bret Lewis


  • While a dreary haze and the odd, passing wisps of dead fish seem to fill my ... the Wineworks, and then to Monticello itself- the home of the man, the myth, the total friggin' paradox incarnate: Mr. ThJ....and all of a sudden I no longer catch the hints of dead fish or... swamp farts or whatever the hell it is that I am surrounded by in my day... Read More

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  • Flying Fox Viognier Monticello 2008

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    An 'average' Viognier for the buck, particularly when paired against some of ... from the much more popular Monticello AVA.Melon and hints of lemon zest on the nose reveal a light-medium bodied mouthfeel that is pleasant if not "mouth-coating" and luxurious as other have been. If I wasn't a bit jaded in my fortune to have tried more than two ... Read More

    Wine review by ChipDWood


  • King Family Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Monticello Meritage 2006

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    Tasted this guy while it was still in the barrel and right after it was bottled, then once more a year later. Matthieu Finot (the wine maker) signed my last bottle and noted that it would be best shared in 2012. There is great fruit, with balanced spices. I can't wait to try the last bottle. Read More

    Wine review by bendoerr


  • Abermarle Ciderworks Royal Pippin Virginia Apple Cider 2009

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    One of my favorite Virginia apples turned hard cider. This cider has a great ... ... for consumption at Monticello and wrote from Paris in 1785, 'They have no apples here to compare with our...Pippin.'" is very true for this cide Read More

    Wine review by bendoerr


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