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Virginia Wine: No farms, no booze

Matt Brehony - RVANews Dec 20, 2012

“People don’t make the connection that wine is an agricultural product,” says Jennifer McCloud of Chrysalis Vineyards. Yet, simply to acknowledge it as an agricultural product is just scratching the surface. A bottle of wine is not just a beverage but a story—a drinkable distillation of time and place.

Virginia’s Hard Cider Boom

Natalie Russell - Garden and Gun Magazine Dec 10, 2012

In the next few weeks, you’ll most likely consume your fair share of holiday nogs and boozy punches. And amen to that. But if you find yourself craving something a little lighter this season, look to the hard ciders of Virginia.

Realising Jefferson's Wine Vision

Michele Shah - Sommelier India Dec 09, 2012

What Thomas Jefferson dreamt of for Virginia's vineyards is now coming true. Michele Shah takes a look at the prospects for wine from Virginia.

The Zonin family, a new vision of the Italian wine style

Delphine Veissiere - Gilbert & Gaillard Dec 08, 2012

Since 1980 Virginia has increased its wine production substantially. Grapes have been planted there since the early settlers (comprising a sizeable French community) came to Jamestown in 1607, making the first wine in the new world.

Eastern Promise

Roger Morris - The Drinks Business Dec 03, 2012

The small wineries of USA’s eastern seaboard seem able to find success while bypassing the world of ratings, national publicity and even distribution networks. Roger Morris finds out how they do it.

Virginia Wine: A taste for adventure

Matt Brehony - RVANews Dec 03, 2012

A good glass of wine is one of life’s great rewards for hard work–obviously, the amount of effort required before cashing in varies from person to person. While the mere act of “enduring consciousness as it desperately gropes for meaning in a broken world” may be all the reason I need to open a bottle, some folks prefer a more physical challenge. Well, if that sounds like you, then your’re in luck, as we examine Virginia wine excursions for adventure seekers.

Virginia’s Eastern Shore Vintners

Cameron Simcik - The Daily Meal Dec 02, 2012

One of the most charming and highly underrated parts of Virginia is its Eastern Shore and the wineries that populate it.

Traveling the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Rob Robinson - Metro Dec 02, 2012

In between sampling oysters, adventurous foodies can visit the states unspoiled coast line and small hamlets.

Vindicating Thomas

Neal Hulkower - Oregon Wine Press Nov 29, 2012

Virgina's centuries-old wine industry advances with vinifera.

Be Thankful for Southern Wine

Garden & Gun Magazine - Nov 15, 2012

Sure, California produces some pretty good bottles, but trailblazing Southern winemakers have been working hard to figure out which grapes grow best in their vineyards—and the quality of their wines has been steadily rising as a result. As you’re stocking up for holiday gatherings, keep an eye out for these five feast-friendly bottles. They’ll keep your guests in good spirits, and they won’t take a giant bite out of your wallet either.

Virginia Ramps Up National Distribution

Lisa B. Zimmerman - Wine Business Monthly Oct 31, 2012

Out-of-state sales grow for one of the East Coast's top wine-producing states.

9 Great Virginia Mountain Wines

Betsy Andrews - Saveur Oct 15, 2012

The story of vinifera in Virginia begins—and, for a couple of centuries, ends—with Thomas Jefferson. Full story:

Virginia is for Wine Lovers

Felicity Carter - Meininger's Wine Business International Oct 09, 2012

Virginia, on the eastern seaboard of the USA, once struggled to establish viticulture. Today there's a vinous gold rush going on, as enthusiastic wine lovers flock to the state to stake their claim. Felicity Carter tours a region that's full of excitement and potential.

The Promise of Virginia Wine

Jean Case - DC Wine Week Oct 08, 2012

“In blind tasting you get to see what your palate says, not what your head is telling you.”

Virginia vintners seek quality amid growth spurt

Matt Andrejczak - MarketWatch Aug 22, 2012

Gazing at the western slope of Virginia’s northern Blue Ridge Mountains on a sunny afternoon, Jeff White is thinking big. He’d like to make a wine that commands the prestige of a Screaming Eagle Napa Cabernet.

Vino, Vidi, Virginia

Kate Parham - Chesapeake Home + Living Aug 14, 2012

Skip the trip to Bordeaux and head instead to one of the world's best wine travel destinations, practically in our own backyard. Story available from

Straight from the Vine

Linda Barrett - Viva Tysons Jul 19, 2012

Virginia has some superb wines and some fabulous wineries. Yet most of the people behind the wineries did not set out to be winemakers. They were entrepreneurs running their own businesses, government workers, and doctors. But what they all shared is a desire to return to the simpler life. Each of our state’s 209 wineries has a unique story.

6 Top Family-Friendly Wineries

Nicole Russell - Wine Enthusiast Apr 23, 2012

Barrel Oak Winery is one of the most kid—and dog!—friendly wineries in Virginia. Little ones are greeted with juice boxes, and fun photographs of dogs adorn the tasting room walls. Parents can sip the 2010 Bowhaus White, a gold medal winner of the 2010 Indy International Wine Competition, on one of their picnic tables as kids roam the hilly landscape.

List of Winners of 2012 Governor's Cup

- Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Feb 22, 2012

Complete list of medals winners from the 2012 Governor's Cup Competition

The Decanter Travel Guide to Virginia

Katie Kelly Bell - Decanter Feb 15, 2012

After a history of setbacks, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia is now on the cusp of a viticultural renaissance. Visit now before the masses catch on.

Winemaker Chris Breiner Remembered

Neil Williamson - The Trellis Group Feb 14, 2012

Chris Breiner, Winemaker and Managing Partner at Stone Mountain Vineyards, died on February 14th, 2012.

US News and World Report ranks Wedmore Place in the top three Best Hotels in Williamsburg

- Wedmore Place Feb 12, 2012

US News and World Report ranks Wedmore Place in the top three Best Hotels in Williamsburg and its restaurant is given the “Diners’ Choice Badge”.

Virginia Wine Tourism to Boom in 2012

Mark Johanson - Jan 05, 2012

Virginia is the "Old Dominion" and the "Mother of Presidents," - a state known for its historic battlefields, rolling hills, and politically-minded Washington commuters. But in the last two decades, the state has grown a reputation for something altogether different: fine wine.