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TasteCamp 2010 – Experiment gone awry!

Date: Wed, May 12, 2010

I love wineries who get inventive with their tastings. Whether it’s cool flights, vintage comparisons or in this case comparisons between oak aging, it always brings out the geek in me. Unfortunately this was an experiment gone awry! Instead of one over oaked Chardonnay, this winery had three, well really four.  The cool experiment was [...]

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Virginia Wine Council Update

Date: Tue, May 11, 2010

Albemarle County Adopts Farm Winery Zoning Ordinance; Likely to Serve As Statewide Model From Matt Conrad Director of the Virginia Wine Council: “Last week the Virginia Wine Council attended the 2:00 p.m. meeting of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.  This meeting represented an end to nearly two years of work by the VWC to [...]

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TasteCamp 2010 Day 1: Part 1

Date: Tue, May 11, 2010

Driving up the East side of Keuka Lake I was engrossed with the beauty of the Finger Lakes region, which I continued to soak in for the next three days. This drive took me to our first stop for Taste Camp 2010, Heron Hill Winery, for our first Grand Tasting and our first sample of [...]

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TasteCamp 2010 Visuals – Vineyard Walk

Date: Mon, May 10, 2010

For the vineyard walk I was selected to go to Argetsinger Vineyards and tour the vineyard with owner and manger Sam Argetsinger. Sam was a riot, a really down to earth guy that loves playing in the dirt and working with mother nature. His passion for grape growing and nature was amazingly intense and fun [...]

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TasteCamp Visuals – Day 1

Date: Sat, May 8, 2010

A full story will come later about our first day in the Finger Lakes for TasteCamp East 2010, but I figured a little visual tour would be good for this morning.

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Vineyard Report – Pollak Vineyards

Date: Thu, May 6, 2010

An update from Jake Busching GM/Vineyard Manager & Wine Maker at Pollak Vineyards “Winters heavy with snow and a long periods of cold (cold being temps above 5F that is…) are good for our vineyards. The snow becomes ground water and the cold helps to moderate insect populations and viruses that feed on the vines. [...]

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Quick Sip – 2008 K Syrah “Pheasant”—Wahluke Slope

Date: Tue, May 4, 2010

2008 K Syrah “Pheasant”—Wahluke Slope Wine Facts – Appellation: Wahluke Slope, Walla Walla Washington Vineyard: Pheasant; sandy, gravelly soil Grapes: 100% Syrah Fermentation: native yeasts Ageing: 100% French oak, 30% new Production: 193 cases Price: $35 My Tasting Notes - Interesting start on the nose with smoky bacon, blackberry and plum followed up on the [...]

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Just Sayin’ – thoughts on samples

Date: Mon, May 3, 2010

As I sit here staring at my box of 10 Chilean Sauvignon Blancs that I received for the next Wines of Chile Blogger tasting it got me thinking about a conversation last week at DLW10. I was having lunch with the VA wine mafia and honorary member Lenn, and we were talking about receiving samples. [...]

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More insight into drinking or not drinking local

Date: Fri, Apr 30, 2010

Since the Drink Local Conference the other day, I have been thinking more about the 3rd session which discussed why many people focus on local food and not local wine.  I think it’s a much larger issue–not one of local vs. local but rather one of quality vs. quality. Working in a retail wine shop [...]

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TasteCamp East 2010

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010

This time next week I will be in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York State, joining 30 other wine folks, all wine bloggers and/or their significant others.  The reason, TasteCamp, the purpose explore a lesser known wine region. You may remember last year TasteCamp East was in Long Island, New York and both [...]

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Virginia Wine Twitter Smackdown

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010

After the third and final session at the Drink Local Wine Conference we huddled into an adjacent conference room for the Virginia Wine Twitter Taste Off. With an InFocus projector displaying Twitter feeds from the #dlwva & dlwmd hash tags, Virginia and Maryland wineries were poised to present one white and one red wine in [...]

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Wineries Unlimited to move to Virginia in 2011

Date: Wed, Apr 28, 2010

Press release from the office of the Governor Bob McDonnell RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that the Wineries Unlimited trade show will relocate from Pennsylvania to Richmond, Virginia in 2011.  Wineries Unlimited is the second largest vineyard and winery conference and tradeshow in North America.  It is estimated that the 2011 event will [...]

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Nothing plain about Delaplane Cellars

Date: Wed, Apr 28, 2010

After the Drink Local Wine Conference, fellow VA wine blogger Dezel Quinlan of My Vine Spot headed South to visit a new winery to both of us, Delaplane Cellars.  Even on a cloudy day the views from this fairly new winery were amazing, surrounded by the rolling hills of Faquier County. Owner Jim Dolphin met [...]

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Drink Local Wine Conference 2010

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010

The second Drink Local Wine Conference took place in Loudon County, Virginia this past weekend at the beautiful Landsdowne Resort. In attendance were bloggers, traditional print media writers, VA wine industry folks, consumers and other members of the wine trade. I had the interesting perspective of being four of the aforementioned attendee types. I as [...]

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