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Virginia Wine Festival at The Plains, Wrap-up

Posted by ckscates, May 23, 2010.

Saturday (22 May) was a great success despite the rain.  The huge fest tents made walking around and tasting at each of the winery booths a dry pleasure.  There were plenty of wineries, some good, some still trying to figure it out; but one thing is for certain:  Virginia definitely has its own terroir.  After tasting at some of the wineries and festivals, I'm beginning to detect some overall typical aromas and flavors that seem to pervade throughout each of the wineries, especially Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Norton, and Viognier, which are the most widely produced and most popular wines in Virginia.  Some others produced are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Seyval Blanc, Syrah, and Meritage, which is a Virginian version of Bordeaux usually containing anywhere from three to all five of the noble varietals of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.  If you are a lover of any of these varietals made in either France or California, you will find that these same varietals made in Virginia will be quite different.  Don't make the mistake of comparing the three.  It's as ridiculous as that 1976 decision between Bordeaux blends and the single varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon, two totaly different wines coming from completely different terroirs.  But my "quest" to follow and discern the true worth of wines in Virginia is far from over.  There's something about finding those hidden gems; the wines with complexity in aroma and flavor, but without having to break the bank.  Cheers!

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