Richard Leahy is a wine author and wine industry consultant specializing in regional wines east of the Rockies. He has been reporting on the wines of Virginia and other regional wine states since 1986. Richard works with numerous wineries, associations and state agencies, and is the Conference Manager for the largest wine industry trade show on the East Coast, the Eastern Winery Exposition.


Blind Tasting Report: Red Virginia Wines from 2019

This is part two (red wines) for my blind tasting report on the very good 2019 vintage now being bottled and sent to market. Whites, rosés and light to medium-bodied reds like Cabernet Franc and some Meritage blends have been bottled and will be released soon. This...

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Blind Tasting Report: 2019 Virginia White Wines

There’s good news on the Virginia wine scene: the very good (some would say “great”) 2019 vintage is coming on the market. Whites, rosés and light reds like Cabernet Franc have been bottled and will be released soon. This is good news because the 2018 vintage was a...

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