“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most charming and highly underrated parts of Virginia is its Eastern Shore and the wineries that populate it.
In between sampling oysters, adventurous foodies can visit the states unspoiled coast line and small hamlets.
Virgina's centuries-old wine industry advances with vinifera.
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.
Out-of-state sales grow for one of the East Coast's top wine-producing states.
The story of vinifera in Virginia begins—and, for a couple of centuries, ends—with Thomas Jefferson. Full story: http://www.saveur.com/article/Wine-and-Drink/9-Virginia-Wines
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.
“In blind tasting you get to see what your palate says, not what your head is telling you.”
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.
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 www.chesapeakehomeandliving.com.
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.
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.
Complete list of medals winners from the 2012 Governor's Cup Competition
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.
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 and its restaurant is given the “Diners’ Choice Badge”.
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.