I judged again this year in the New York State Fair wine competition, where the diversity and quality–especially among the red wines, and the up-and-coming American hybrid Diamond–was loud and clear.
Summer isn’t complete for me without a visit to the Finger Lakes of New York, one of the best places in the East for world-class wines from dozens of grape varieties including non-vinifera ones.
DuCard Vineyards in northern Madison County will soon release its first Reserve blend, called “Tiskele”, inspired by the “3”-way collaboration of Emily Pelton, Jake Busching and Matthieu Finot in the Monticello AVA, which is a three-way blend of merlot, petit verdot...
With all the wineries near Charlottesville it could take a month or more of entries to summarize all their wines. Here are highlights of King Family Vineyards (Crozet) and three wineries on the Appellation Trail: Grace Estate, Stinson Vineyards and White Hall Vineyards.
Stone Tower Winery and Willowcroft Vineyards: Loudoun Wine Country Contrast and Three “Wines of the Week”
On a nasty, rainy Saturday (5/21) I met Lindsey Parris, a fellow judge in the Virginia Wine Governor’s Cup contest (and student in the Master of Wine program) to check out a couple of wineries we thought might be off the beaten path. Given the weather and the month of May, I thought a lot of Northern Virginia outdoorsy professionals would probably opt to find a cozy winery and get—well, even more cozy with some wine, and who could blame them? I wanted to find as few of them as possible.
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.