Now that we’ve gone from 55 F and rain for days on end to 90F and no clouds in the sky here in Virginia, it’s time to change gears and start shining the light on white wines, but we will have some notable red wine highlights to wrap up from the dismal weekend of 5/21-22 shortly.
Hermit Woods Winery in New Hampshire is one of the cutting edge wineries of the East. They make no grape-based wines at all, but offer a cornucopia of original and thoughtfully blended wines from local fruits and honey.
With cool wet weather this week I enjoyed two of their dark fruit-based wines. They were fresh, fruity but dry and zesty and a fun, original departure from regular grape-based wines. See my tasting notes from April 2nd for their Hermitage and Red Scare Oak wines also.
Virginia wine lovers now have two excellent vintages for white wines: 2014 and 2015. The 2014 vintage was cooler and drier than most, yielding white wines with marked freshness, delicacy, vibrant fruit and fine natural acidity. They will continue to bring refreshing drinking pleasure through this summer and fall.
The 2016 growing season for Virginia vintners had hardly begun when it took a hit from up to three different freeze and frost events that reportedly have hit the early-budding white winegrapes like chardonnay and viognier.
One of the newest Virginia wineries, Upper Shirley Vineyards, will host a Richmond Garden Week tour on Wednesday, April 27th, 20 miles southeast of Richmond in Charles City County. The Garden Week event at Shirley Vineyards will feature a seated lunch, with this writer speaking on his book Beyond Jefferson’s Vines and the state of Virginia wine today
The Monticello Cup was awarded to Barboursville 2010 Petit Verdot. The Best White Wine of 2016 was given to the Michael Shaps Wineworks for their 2015 viognier.