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Brian Yost

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Portuguese influence and fabulous wine at Morais Vineyard in Northern Virginia http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2014/11/morais-vineyards-winery.html
Jose Morais came to America from Portugal, where both his father and grandfather were winemakers. Here in the U.S., he founded and runs a successful construction company, but somewhere in his genetic makeup there is a desire ...
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Brian Yost

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Old-grown vines, world-class wines and a 360 mountain view at Central Virginia's Afton Mountain Vineyards. http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2015/02/afton-mountain-vineyards.html
Afton Mountain Vineyards has long been one of my go-to wineries for entertaining out of town visitors. It’s just a short drive west of Charlottesville and the wine is exceptional. Afton was also the first winery I blogged abo...
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Brian Yost

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Great wine in a beautiful setting at Cave Ridge in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2014/06/cave-ridge-vineyard.html
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Brian Yost

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Press Release--Grand opening of Arterra Wines--Northern Virginia's newest winery--Saturday, February 7th. http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2015/02/artery-wines-press-release.html
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Brian Yost

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Winery 32 is a new and exciting winery in Northern Virginia's Loudoun County. http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2015/02/winery-32.html
Wineries are opening in Virginia almost faster than I can keep up. As of this writing, Winery 32 is one of the newest. They opened in July of 2014 and according to my count, that’s forty-three wineries in Loudoun County. So I...
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Kurt Jensen

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I wondered about what to name this post.  We visited three Loudoun County wineries that we had been meaning to get back to visit.  I finally settled on FUN, because we have fun at these wineries. This isn't to say that the ot...
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Kurt Jensen

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We finally visited Keswick Vineyards on President's Day to pick up two Keswick wine club shipments. First was the holiday shipment of the 2013 Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc ($34.95) and 2013 Estate Reserve Chardonnay ($34.95)...
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Brian Yost

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Wineries for Winter Weather - A perfect idea on a snowy Sunday. http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2015/01/wineries-for-winter-weather-2015.html 
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Kurt Jensen

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You turn right off of Harper's Ferry Road, just like the car in front of you and the one behind you. Driving slowly, you see along the road dormant vineyards and tree-covered hills behind them. After parking your car in a, ...
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Kurt Jensen

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Exciting new winery:
A great new Virginia winery opened recently.  Their name is Arterra Wines.  “Art and Terra (land)” is the Art of the Land. It is located in Delaplane, VA. Arterra Wines is co-located with Hawkmoth Arts in a gallery tasting ...
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Mark Norman

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Virginia Wineries - An Initial Observation

The most recent number for bonded wineries that I've heard in Virginia is 257...so visiting 7 wineries hardly makes me an expert...in fact I would not even say that I had even started to scratch the surface...but I was impressed with what I saw.

I will not name the wineries that we visited...most were good...a few excellent..one was definitely not our style but I will say this, even that winery was filled on a cool (almost cold) Saturday in winter.

Sure in winter the Wine Road event fills many of the Sonoma wineries with people..but there are almost 100 wineries you can visit in a small area for one fee.  This was just an average winter weekend with many people sipping (and buying bottles/cases) of Virginia wine!

I look forward to seeing what it is like in the Virginia wineries during their busy time.  In one of the wineries (where we had to wait almost 5 minutes to even get space for 3 at the bar) there had to be at least 150 people.  Granted, the winery has a very nice tasting room with some outstanding wines but with the outdoor space that they have I bet they could handle well over 300 people in summer  (I'll be smart and visit during the week).

In another (of our favorites) I had an opportunity to chat one on one with the tasting room manager.  We were really enjoying their wines (my wife, her best friend from Connecticut, and myself) when I realized that there were no Cabernet Franc wines being poured or on their wine list. This winery has a very good reputation for their Cab Francs..there were bottles sitting in a display behind the bar.  When I asked Terri (the tasting room manager) she told me that they had run out of last year's Cabernet Franc...she said that it seemed like a full year since they had any to pour.  I asked her when the next release was anticipated I was told "July"...since we now belong to their wine club I can promise you that I will be there for that release.  One can only speculate that demand is strong and will remain so...at least at some of Virginia's wineries.

I have another 250 wineries to visit before I dare call myself a Virginia wines expert...and maybe I'll need a few years of visits to earn that title but I have to tell you that after what we tasted I certainly look forward to that effort!

Make no mistake about it, there is a considerable uptick in the quality of the wines being produced in Virginia and well worth the effort to taste them!
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I've visited a fair number of Virginia wineries and I have to say that your observations are spot on.
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Brian Yost

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Look for the Carroll Vineyards tasting room in Northern Virginia's historic Old Town Leesburg. http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2015/02/carroll-vineyards.html
Old Town Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia is a fun little space filled with shops, restaurants and wine bars. Tucked in among these other establishments is the Leesburg Vintner, which has been selling wine since 1986. Beg...
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Kurt Jensen

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We have family near Fredericksburg, VA.  So, on a trip to visit them, we stopped at a new Virginia farm winery nearby. Wilderness Run Vineyards opened to the public in the Spring of 2014. They are a true "farm winery."  The...
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Brian Yost

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Winding Road Cellars is a relatively new Northern Virginia winery showing a lot of potential. http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2015/02/winding-road-cellars.html
Winding Road Cellars is another of the very new Virginia wineries. The opened in August of 2013, so by the time I stopped in, they had been open just over one year. Scott and Linda Culver opened the winery as an eventual reti...
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Kurt Jensen

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Paradise Springs Winery was the first winery in Fairfax County and claims to be the closest winery to Washington DC, being 25 miles from the DC line.  The Winery at Bull Run also claims to be the closest winery to DC because ...
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Brian Yost

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Exceptional wine education through food and wine pairings at Northern Virginia's Fabbioli Cellars. http://thevirginiagrape.blogspot.com/2014/03/fabbioli-cellars.html
I was visiting wineries in the “Potomac cluster”— that group of wineries up along the Potomac in northeastern Loudoun County. I had time for one more stop and Fabbioli Cellars was on the way. This was just another case of dum...
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