Pink wine continues to crush it at wineries, restaurants and retail shops across the country, and one of Virginia's best rosés can be found at Maggie Malick's Wine Caves in northwestern Loudoun, according to judges for the Virginia State Fair Wine Competition.
Virginia’s wine community is celebrating the life and achievements of one of its giants, Dennis Horton, the maverick vintner who defied conventional wisdom by planting grapes few people had heard of, and in so doing convinced many skeptical oenophiles that Virginia could make great wine.
Dennis Horton, who founded Horton Vineyards in the 1980s, died earlier this week. Dennis and his wife, Sharon, were pioneers and entrepreneurs in the Virginia wine industry and Dennis’s contributions to our industry are many, though he’s perhaps best known as the first to plant viognier in Virginia.
In the four years since three winemakers launched the Virginia Winemakers Research Exchange (VWRE) as a cooperative research program for wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail, the VWRE has grown in both size and scope. On June 1, the VWRE announced it had hired Joy Ting to be its new research enologist and exchange coordinator as the next step forward in its growth.
Virginia provides a microcosm of the American experience in winemaking.
This spring, try some bottles with distinctly Southern terroir.
It's been called the birthplace of American wine, thanks to Thomas Jefferson. Like so many distinctions in American heritage, the Monticello AVA wine region in Virginia has Jefferson's fingerprints all over it and it's one of this summer's most exciting wine-tasting destinations.
Thibaut-Janisson ‘Blanc de Chardonnay’ Sparkling Wine, Virginia $34
2015 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng, Monticello, Virginia $30 When I tasted this deeply-hued white, I was blown away by its complexity and uniqueness.
King Family Vineyards’ 2014 Meritage joins 11 other Virginia wines to comprise the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case®