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®