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is home to few wineries, but they are among the most productive and respected in the Virginia Wine Industry. Leading the way are Barboursville Winery (owned by Italy’s Zonin family) and Horton Vineyards. Orange County vineyards are located in the rolling hills near the towns of Barboursville and Gordonsville, at elevations close to 600 feet. The region’s climate is similar to the rest of Virginia with warm humid summers and erratic winters making varietal and trellising system choices as critical here as it is in the rest of the state. This county is located in the larger Monticello AVA and produces a number of styles of wine coming from a stunning array of grape varietals. In addition, Orange County produces award winning Viognier and Cabernet Franc, two vitis Vinifera varietals with established histories in the region. These wineries are focused on the ecological suitability of varieties, as opposed to allowing short sighted marketability dictate the cultivar selection. California and Oregon may 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...

  • Rkatsiteli

    Not widely known about in western markets, this ancient white grape variety is broadly distributed across eastern Eur...

  • Petit Manseng

    This white wine-producing grape is being grown on small acreages in Virginia, notably by Chrysallis Vineyards. The vi...

  • Norton

    Norton was first created in the experimental garden of the eccentric Dr. Daniel Norton in 1820s Richmond, VA. His int...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • The writer for the first example writes a lot about CA and the West and the ... is even centered in southern Orange County, JD. Stephen King is *not* cool SoCal hip.  ; Read More

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  • Ok, I'm sitting in on the VT.  No $100 Santa Barbara County Syrah for me. No arty label.No autographs.And no personalized delivery by the owner.This is the third of these that I have opened, and it keeps getting better.  Some flowers on the nose—orange blossom.  That’s a first for this wine.  Gentle hit of red fruit on introduction—hints of red ... Read More

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  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

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  • Agreed it was foolish of me to drive back up to Orange County that night, wouldn't do it again (fatigue was an issue). If that Riscal had been one of the good bottles I wouldn't have stood a chance! Read More

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  • Crush from New York. Though it was the email from Envoyer (small efficient ... ... ... retailer out of South Orange County) that has me thinkin Read More

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  • I'm not sure that the L.A. Times' standards are quite as bad as you ... newspapers is plummeting.The Orange County Register is the oher big newspar in the area.  A couple years ago, some entrepreneur bought it from the Hoiles family (Infighting, what a surprise), poured a lot of money into it and spectacularly increased its news staff.  Unfort... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

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  • What is Charles Shaw Ceres Cabernet Sauvignon? Don't call it Napa Cab ... ... a triple gold medal at the Orange County Fair and we all know what wonderful palates those folks have in the OC. I'm 94 points on that! Interesting enough some of our grapes may come from areas just to the south of the official border where real Napa Valley Cabernet ... Read More

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  • Last week I met Jon to trade some bottles.  We met at Hi Time Liquor in Costa Mesa--a store with a very excellent inventory of wines.  I might have surprised Jon a bit when I declined to do any shopping.  There have been numerous hits to my credit cards, lately, and I thought that I should tone it down a bit.Well, that lasted until today.I'd bee... Read More

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  • Horton Vineyards Concord Orange County Sweet Concord NV

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