Article I wrote for VA Growler Magazine, in PilotOnline today: ‘Virginia Winemakers to Know’…/article_09ea8d94-2166-11e8-b295-5…

Kirsty Harmon winemaker at Blenheim Vineyards, Matthew Meyer of Williamsburg Winery, Jon Wehner of Chatham Vineyards, Emily Pelton winemaker at Veritas Vineyards and Winery, Andy Reagan of Horton Vineyards, Jordan Harris of Tarara, Luca Paschina GM and head winemaker of Barboursville Vineyards

Though the commonwealth has a 400-year history with viticulture, the Virginia wine industry began in earnest in the 1970s with the arrival of sixth generation Italian winegrower and scion of

A New Direction for Virginia Wine Chat — Expanding to Include Wines from Eastern U.S. Regions...…/a-new-direction-f…/

We had an educational tasting of five Chardonnays from eastern U.S. regions (Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania) last night. Looking forward to future 'chats and tastings to explore wines of regions of the eastern, U.S.

In May 2013, I started a monthly virtual tasting series called Virginia Wine Chat to connect Virginia winemakers with online wine influencers from throughout the U.S. For over four years winemakers…

The U.S. Wine & Beverage Expo returns to Washington, DC, February 21 - 22. Launched by the Wine Industry Network
in 2016, USBevX was started with the goal of establishing a world class conference and trade show specifically for the eastern U.S. wine industry.

The 2018 conference theme is ‘In Pursuit of Excellence’ in acknowledgment that every great wine region shares a common obsession, quality above all else.


I’m returning to the conference this year to participate as a panelist and to moderate a panel—The Next Generation: Winemaker’s Perspective on the Future of Wine in the Eastern U.S.—on Wednesday, February 21.

The panel will include three accomplished winegrowers from eastern U.S. regions: Virginia, New York, and Vermont. This is the first in a three-part series of Q&As with each panelist.

Meet Marin Brennan, Assistant Winemaker, Bedell Cellars:…/us-bev-x-2018-con…/

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The US Wine & Beverage Expo returns to Washington, DC, February 21 – 22. Launched by the Wine Industry Network in 2016, USBevX was started with the goal of establishing a world class con…

Petit Verdot continues to show promise as a varietal wine in Virginia and Maryland.…/petit-verdot-risi…/

'Dr. Tony Wolf, Professor of Viticulture at Virginia Tech, Jim Law of Linden Vineyards, and Dennis Horton, founder of Horton Vineyards, were among the first to plant Petit Verdot in Virginia.


In 1991, Wolf planted the promising grape at the Winchester Agricultural Research and Extension Center vineyard and later wrote in the Virginia Cooperative Extension Viticulture Notes that he was “consistently impressed” with the grape.,

Law also planted Petit Verdot in his Hardscrabble vineyard at Linden 1991 with similar results...'
Afton Mountain Vineyards, Ingleside Plantation Winery, Williamsburg Winery, Big Cork Vineyards, Maryland Wine, Virginia Wine

A big, bold Petit Verdot would be nice on this frigid evening. Do you have a favorite?

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Cider (and wine and beer) Fans!
Please join us online next Thursday, November 16, for the November edition of Virginia Wine Chat (our 47th). American cider rockstar Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider will be our guest.

We'll taste three Foggy Ridge Ciders, discuss the history and importance of cider in Virginia, vintage variation in cider (yes, vintage variation), and heirloom vs. other apples. Grab a bottle or two of your favorite Foggy Ridge Cider and join the conversatio...n on Twitter (follow the #VaWineChat hashtag).

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Cider fans, put this one on your list to buy...
Cider Nouveau – The Latest from Potter’s Craft Cider Sapling Series of Experimental Ciders. A uniquely delicious rosé-style cider fermented on grape skins part of their Sapling Series of experimental ciders.
Potter's Craft Cider
Virginia Cider
Tim Edmond

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Cab Franc fans!
Please join us tonight for the October edition of Virginia Wine Chat featuring Cabernet Francs from: Blenheim Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, Slater Run Vineyards, Tarara Winery, and Williamsburg Winery. Winemakers from each of these wineries will be online 'chatting and tasting with us.

We'll start at 7:30pm Eastern. Join the tasting and conversation on Twitter, #VaWineChat Pull the cork on your favorite Virginia Cab Fran and Join us!

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Report from the Orphan No. 1 wine launch from George Minor…/…/09/orphan-no-1/

The following is a guest post from George Minor who reports on the release party of Orphan No. 1, a new collaborative wine. Winemaking is a team effort. Typically that team is working at the same p…


Virginia Wine Chat returns from summer hiatus on Thursday, September 21st! Stone Tower Winery will be our featured winery.

We’ll taste three of their new wines made from estate-grown fruit: ...
- 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
- 2016 Viognier
- 2014 Wind Swept Hill red blend

The tasting and conversation begin at 7:30 pm Eastern time. Join the conversation on Twitter at #VaWineChat and watch live via UStream:

If you are in the Northern, VA or DC area and would like to join us at Stone Tower on the 21st for the Va Wine Chat, please message me directly. Will be great to have you join us!

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The Commonwealth Collective — Bringing Virginian Wine to the Southern Food Citadels of the Southeast…/the-commonwealth-…/
Ankida Ridge Vineyards, Early Mountain Vineyards, Veritas Vineyards and Winery, Stinson Vineyards.

Growing up in the Tidewater region of coastal Virginia — considered the northern border of the South — grits, greens, lima beans, Edwards ham, peanuts, oysters, and fried chicken were staples. Once…

Someone, somewhere designated today, August 1, National Albariño Day, to celebrate and bring attention to the aromatic white grape best known from the DO Rias Baixas in the Galicia region of northwestern...

We celebrated with Blenheim Vineyards 2016 Albariño, one of the coolest new wines in Virginia.
Monticello Wine Trail

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Someone, somewhere designated today, August 1, National Albariño Day, to celebrate and bring attention to the aromatic white grape best known from the DO Rias Baixas in the Galicia region of northw…

Of the 'other 46' wine regions on my 'must visit' list in the next 12 months, Pennsylvania is at the top (followed by Texas and Michigan)...
Nice article by Paul Vigna : 'Pennsylvania Wine In Pursuit of Excellence'…/pennsylvania-wine-purs…

Va La Vineyards, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Waltz Vineyards

The reality is that the clientele remains largely in the dark about what to expect, despite a significant uptick since 2010 in the number of producers making premium wines. While the industry itself grapples with its direction: largely sweet wines vs. dry wines and a focus on events vs. a priority o...

About forty miles south on U.S. Route 29 from Charlottesville, a right turn on State Route 56 and then twenty-two miles along scenic winding country roads through Nelson County, a right turn on U.S. 60 followed by a few miles of twists and turns up a tree-lined gravel road, at 1,800 feet in elevation, sits one of the most special vineyard sites in Virginia — Ankida Ridge.



Revisiting Ankida Ridge Vineyards (and their new vineyard)...

Christine Wells Vrooman

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Wishing everyone a Happy 4th!
(for those outside the U.S., happy Tuesday )

Independence Day seems an appropriate holiday to revisit a series I wrote a few years ago — '30 Days of Thomas Jefferson on Wine.'


Statesmen, thinker, writer, lover of life, and full of contradictions, Jefferson was also widely known as our nation's First Oenophile.

For 30 days, I wrote a short piece on Jefferson's life in and around wine...…/30-days-of-thomas…/


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Day 1 – Thomas Jefferson, A Primer Day 2 – The First Wine of Record, Claret Day 3 – Jefferson and Madeira Day 4 – Jefferson’s Favorite Wines Available Today Day 5 – Monticello Pictorial Day 6 – Mon…
There's one building that stands out in my mind because its walls - inside and out - were once streets.