In the midst of October Virginia Wine Month, we should toast the success of one of the few iconic wineries that has helped make a reputation for Virginia as a world-class wine region. Barboursville Vineyards in Orange County, in the town of that name, was established 40 years ago this week by Gianni Zonin of Zonin wines, Italy’s largest family-owned wine company.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Riesling Reserve 2001 Finger Lakes: This wine is an excellent argument for laying down top Finger Lakes rieslings for 15 years or more. This wine won a gold medal in its youth, but was lean and tight; a good sign for a long-distance runner.
Recently I drove down the Blue Ridge Mountains to Highland, NC and from there, to two of the northernmost wineries in Georgia. On the way I stopped at Biltmore Palace (hey, it is what it is) outside Asheville, NC and tasted their (few) estate fruit wines.
The first “Drink Outside the Grape” competition with just under 100 entries took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 11, resulting in 76 medals for fruit wines, meads, ciders and fruit brandies.
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Vineyard & Winery Management magazine today announced its Craft Beverages Unlimited Trade Shows and Conferences will not take place in 2017.
Fox Run Vineyards on northwest Seneca Lake south of Geneva makes a wide range of wines for all palates, but specializes in riesling. Long-time winemaker Peter Bell is one of the three partners/winemakers in the Tierce project, a dry, reserve-style riesling finished with a Stelvin (screw cap) that tends to need a couple of years of age to reach its potential.