Virginia Thanksgiving Cider

Virginia's Thanksgiving Cider makes the Washington Post in the below article:

Virginia’s Foggy Ridge Cider was one of the first to produce old-fashioned artisan cider from heirloom apple varieties when it opened in 2005. Today, Virginia has 10 cideries, including the popular Potter’s Craft and Albemarle Ciderworks. Castle Hill Cider, northeast of Charlottesville, draws on ancient winemaking techniques to age some of its ciders in kvevri, or clay amphorae buried in the ground.

Cider is also hip: Blue Bee in Richmond is Virginia’s only urban cidery and probably one of very few in the country. Virginia wineries are joining the fun, with Cobbler Mountain Cellars in Delaplane and Corcoran Vineyards in Waterford recently offering ciders. Virginia cider also can apparently slow the passage of time: Virginia Cider Week runs 10 days, through Nov. 23, with restaurants and retailers across the state featuring local ciders.

Blue Bee makes Hopsap Shandy, a delightful cider flavored with hops. Think India Pale Ale without the weight or excessive bitterness. Millstone Cellars in Maryland also infuses some ciders with hops, as well as fruits and spices. Great Shoals Winery in Maryland produces Spencerville Red from an apple variety discovered a quarter-century ago in eastern Montgomery County and grown by Heyser Farms in Colesville. You can’t get more local and creative than those.

Many of these local ciders have good regional distribution. The national market growth, however, is being driven by large brands produced by beer companies. Today’s highest-selling brand in the United States is Angry Orchard, owned by Boston Beer. MillerCoors acquired the popular Crispin brand in 2012 and introduced Smith & Forge cider this year. Last year, Anheuser-Busch InBev introduced Stella Artois Cidre to the U.S. market, and this year launched its own domestic brand, Johnny Appleseed. Woodchuck Cider is owned by Irish beer giant C&C. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the beer companies were determined not to let the hard cider bandwagon pass them by the way craft brewing did.

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Virginia wine sales for fiscal 2014 set record

RICHMOND  Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that sales of Virginia wine continued solid growth in fiscal 2014 and reached another record level, increasing by almost 2 percent from fiscal 2013. Virginia wineries sold more than 521,000 cases of wine, or approximately 6.25 million bottles, in fiscal 2014. That's up from just over 511,000 cases in fiscal 2013.  Sales of Virginia wines have increased by almost 26 percent since fiscal 2010.

"I’m pleased to see continued sales growth of Virginia wines,” McAuliffe said in a press release. “This new record is a testament to our grape growers and winemakers, who are producing world-class wines and further establishing Virginia’s position as a top wine and wine tourism region.”

According to figures from the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) and the Virginia Wine Marketing Office, total sales of Virginia wine contributed to more than $1.7 million in wine liter tax collections during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The Virginia wine liter tax is applied at a rate of $3.60 per case of wine sold in Virginia.

In addition, Virginia wine sales at wineries increased by 6.7 percent in fiscal 2014 from the previous fiscal year. The increase indicates solid visitor traffic to wineries and Virginia wine events.  However, with wine grape production flat due to several factors, including some early spring frosts, sales through other channels have flattened or decreased as wineries focus sales to meet growing demand at wineries.

 

Story from the VA Gazette -- http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-gov-wine-sales-0924,0,763320.story

Father's Day Brunch at The Farmhouse at Veritas

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

12:30 p.m.

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Please join us for an exciting Father's Day four course bruch paired with wine for $65 per person (inclusive of gratuity). Attire is casual. Please arrive at noon to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before we sit down. Reservations required.

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Split Pea Bisque with Bacon Lardons and Feta Cheese Creme Fraiche Paired with 2013 Saddleback Chardonnay

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Spinach Salad with Crostini and Warm Bacon Dressing Paired with 2013 Rose

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Steak and Egg Benedict with Potato Cakes and Peeled Asparagus Paired with 2012 Vintner's Reserve

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Summer Berry Fruit Tart with Anglaise Sauce Paired with 2012 Kenmar

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FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE - EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

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"Sure, Thomas Jefferson made wine in Virginia more than 200 years ago — but what has Old Dominion  been up to lately? The state’s annual Virginia Wine Summit last month was abuzz over 2013’s magnificent harvest, with low humidity and little rain ripening the grapes to optimal vino quality. The best news is, this year was a virtual repeat of last year’s stunner season, and some 2012 bottles are available for purchase now. But try to curate your own Virginia wine selections from the state’s 230 winemakers and you’ll be sampling from now until next fall’s harvest.

Gathering several wineries’ labels in one tasting room in Madison, Virginia, Early Mountain Vineyards’ goal is to “champion and celebrate the best Virginia has to offer” — both their own wines and the wines of competing estates. “Our sommelier Michelle Gueydan and I tasted everything we could all over the state before we opened, because we’re passionate about uplifting the entire state,” says Erich Broksas, head of strategy at Early Mountain. The winery, which was bought by AOL magnates Steve and Jean Case nearly two years ago, has become a Virginia wine hub. “We have always believed in the potential for Virginia to emerge as one of the world’s top wine regions, known for distinctive varietals, and I’m excited to taste this year’s wines as we, and other vineyards in the state, hone in on our region’s very distinct terroir,” Jean says.

“We call the wines we showcase in our tasting room, like the ones from Barboursville and Thibaut-Janisson, the best of Virginia, and we’re working hard to make Early Mountain wines great too. When we bought the winery there were 11 grape varietals growing and we want to reduce that amount in an effort to concentrate on grapes that are really thriving in this region. Viognier grows wonderfully, but so does petit verdot. The other wineries have been doing it a lot longer than we have.”

The tasting room is an ideal one-stop-shop for sampling the state’s offerings, with eight or more labels being poured at the long bar or in several semi-private, wholly cushy sitting areas arranged around a hearth, with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Early Mountain’s commitment to Virginia continues to local, artisanal foods paired with wines, making it dangerously easy to enjoy a full casual meal (90 percent of which is sourced in Virginia) of paninis, charcuterie (including famed Edwards’ Berkshire ham), and local cheeses while lazing on the fireside couches. Or up the ante with a composed dish, such as the smoky bourbon barbecue-braised pork shank with apple fennel slaw. “Our wines are Bordeaux inspired and built to be paired with food, to be experienced in the context of food. They’re not high-alcohol cherry bombs,” Broksas explains. Coming up: “Drink This With That,” a pairing seminar on March 28, 2014, and an artisan market for the holidays.

A few other favorite Virginia wineries available at Early Mountain Vineyards include Linden Vineyards (Linden), Chatham Vineyards (Machipongo), and King Family Vineyards (Crozet). It’s a place for all says Early Mountain Vineyards’ co-owner, Jean. “Our tasting room, renovated and reopened just a year ago is a wonderful space where wine lovers, and those curious to learn more about wine, can taste our collection but also enjoy some of the best that Virginia has to offer.”

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My sister and I wanted to do something special for our mother's 60th birthday. So we booked the Garden Path cottage at the Iris Inn and decided to do a wine tour of the region. Blue Ridge Wine Excursions came highly recommended by the Iris Inn so I gave them a call. Andrea was very good about getting back to me quickly and helped make sure every detail was just right. But it was our driver, Bit, who really made the outing perfect. Based on our wine preferences he created the perfect itinerary for the 3 of us. There was even one place that was closed the day we were out and about bug he called them and they opened just for us. Andrea definely got Blue Ridge a 5 star rating from me but Bit gets a 10 star rating. Our mother had such a good time that she's still telling everyone about it and we went about a month ago.

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Virginia Wine Time

Happy Anniversary to Virginia Wine Time.  Thank you, Warren and Paul for all of the wonderfully informative and entertaining posts over the past eight years!  Visit VirginiaWineTime.com to learn more!

Happy Blog Anniversary to us! Today is the 8th anniversary of us starting Virginia Wine Time. 8 years ago today we started sharing our Virginia winery experiences with you. Over the years we’ve visited 163 Virginia wineries, posted 815 times, had roughly 130,000 visits and received 536 comments on our posts. We have no plans on stopping anytime soon! We hope all our readers have enjoyed the blog and will continue to check back to read each post. Thank you for being loyal blog readers! We appreciate you visiting our site!

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Truly a wonderful wine tour experience - Trip Advisor Review

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“Truly a wonderful wine tour experience!”

We booked a wine tour during our honeymoon stay in Charlottesville. We were picked up at our B&B on time by our driver and wine trail guide. I am not sure I will be able to use words to describe how wonderful the tour of the wineries, vineyards, and mountain sides were. JC was the sweetest and friendliest person on the planet! He knew everything and made our tour educational, fun, and romantic! We had a yummy basket lunch at one of the vineyards looking at the mountains and landscape. JC set it all up and gave us time to enjoy and not be rushed. We had some time left and JC gave us a scenic tour of the mountain towns. If we could move to Charlottesville tomorrow we would!!! Thank you again for a great experience!!!

Gianni Zonin - Lifetime Award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine

The Daily Progress has story about Gianni Zonin, of Barboursville Vineyards, receiving lifetime achievement award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine Gianni Zonin, the owner of Barboursville Vineyards, has been named the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by Wine Enthusiast.

Zonin is chairman of Casa Vinicola Zonin, a company of family-owned vintners since 1821 and currently the largest private wine enterprise in Europe.

The company owns 11 wine estates in Italy and the Barboursville Vineyards in Virginia. Zonin established Barboursville in 1976.

Wine Enthusiast also has named Eric Trump, owner of Trump Estate Vineyards & Winery in Albemarle County, as a finalist for its 2013 Rising Star Award.

The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rising Star Award will be made on Jan. 27 in New York City.

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Virginia Wine: Burnley Vineyards

Virginia Wine: Burnley Vineyards Our winery guide, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, tells the stories of the people who make the Virginia wine country and the Virginia wine industry and what it is today.  Charlottesville wineries and wineries in Virginia are owned and operated by entrepreneurs with  diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and experiences.  Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guide showcases the mosaic that is our vibrant local wine community. We invite the reader to enjoy these stories and to join us on the Monticello Wine Trail!

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Burnley Vineyards

Grape Expectations

By: Boo Barnett

Though one of the oldest Virginia wineries, small Burnley Vineyards is often overshadowed by its neighbors down the road,

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Barboursville and Horton. When Army Col. C.J. Reeder retired after his last posting in Charlottesville, the family decided to stay put.  The Reeder family began by planting grapes in 1977 and selling their crop to other local wineries. Then, in 1984, they took the leap to making their own wine.  Col. Reeder’s son Lee and his college sweetheart turned wife Dawn took over the winemaking and the tasting room.   All these years later, with 32 acres currently under vine, the Reeders offer a list that runs from the venerable norton grape presentation to flavored dessert wines.

“Lots of people think wine is just like Pepsi; put in a few ingredients and boom,” remarks Lee Reeder, vintner.  “Really, every year is an adventure in Virginia wine.” With no two harvests ever alike, Reeder relies on experience and creativity to coax the best from his vines.  Every year involves careful calibrations, tweaks, new yeasts or flavoring.  Every year calls for some new innovations: state of the art trimming equipment, wind machines designed to blow off frost, and deer fencing or bear fencing to deter the wildlife from feasting on your life’s work.

Burnley produces 5,000 cases of its own wine now, with 95% of the grapes grown on their own land.  You’ll find Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton, Barbera, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Orange Muscat, Muscat Blanc and Chambourcin.  The usual suspects are straightforward and pleasant representations: Chardonnay, Norton and Riesling, for example, remain faithful to the naked grape and are immediately identifiable to the tongue.

Dog Gone Red, Moon Mist, Aurora, and Peach Fuzz, however, require some explanation by the willing and friendly staff.  All family wineries give their own special spin to each offering: otherwise, why go to the enormous bother?  Burnley gives its flavored wines an extra boost; there is no mistaking the chocolate influence, the specific fruit-forward tones, or the sweet nature of the dessert wines.  Whatever flavor a particular flavored wine is supposed to present, it presents big ... (continued)

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Virginia Wine: Blenheim Vineyards

Virginia Wine: Blenheim Vineyards Our winery guide, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, tells the stories of the people who make the Virginia wine country and the Virginia wine industry and what it is today.  Charlottesville wineries and wineries in Virginia are owned and operated by entrepreneurs with  diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and experiences.  Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guide showcases the mosaic that is our vibrant local wine community. We invite the reader to enjoy these stories and to join us on the Monticello Wine Trail!

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BLENHEIM VINEYARDS

A Great Blend of Wine, Music, Art, and Community

By: Justin Stone

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Blenheim Vineyards has blended the pleasures of wine, art, and community like few other places. Owned by renowned musician Dave Matthews and run by some of the most approachable staff in the business, the intersection of these spheres has become the center of Blenheim’s philosophy.

In 2000, the final touches of Blenheim’s two story joint tasting room and barrel room were completed. Designed by Dave Matthews and master craftsman William Johnson, this energy efficient hall features beautiful reclaimed timber framing a full southeastern façade of windows and skylights for natural lighting. A partial subterranean foundation helps maintain the consistent cool of the barrel room.

That same year, the first vines of Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot were planted. The first vintage was released in 2003, ushered in by Brad McCarthy, an experienced local winemaker. During Blenheim’s early years, he and Peter Matthews, the first vineyard manager, established the grounds, the vines, and the principles that are at the heart of the winery today.

For the first five years after the vineyard opened, a private invitation was needed to visit Blenheim. Their wines established a cult-like following due to both this exclusivity and the association with Dave Matthews. However, in 2009 the winery opened its doors to the public and since then, Blenheim has been sharing its serene setting, approachable wines and gregarious staff with all who choose to visit  ... (continued)

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Virginia Wine: Barboursville Vineyards

Virginia Wine: Barboursville Vineyards Our winery guide, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, tells the stories of the people who make the Virginia wine country and the Virginia wine industry and what it is today.  Charlottesville wineries and wineries in Virginia are owned and operated by entrepreneurs with  diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and experiences.  Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guide showcases the mosaic that is our vibrant local wine community. We invite the reader to enjoy these stories and to join us on the Monticello Wine Trail!

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"We are farmers because of our awe and gratitude for the character of this earth, and we are vintners because it is natural to desire to celebrate it, and to share it."  -- Gianni Zonin, 2006, Owner of Barboursville Vineyards.

Old World Traditions in the Land of Jefferson.

By: Justin Stone

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The story of Barboursville Vineyards is inseparable from the story of the land.  The estate was first cultivated by a prominent Virginia family in the late 1700s. It grew in wealth under the stewardship of James Barbour, the son of Thomas Barbour and Mary Pendleton Thomas, who would become the 19th Governor of Virginia and later Secretary of War under John Quincy Adams. Friendship and political allegiances with his colonial neighbors James Madison and Thomas Jefferson undoubtedly meant that James Barbour was a player in the formation of the new republic.  Thomas Jefferson designed the stately brick and columned main house, which was home to the Barbour family until fire destroyed the building on Christmas, 1884.  Though its sloping hills and rich soils are perfect for cultivating grapes, the land had to wait another century before its character and beauty was fully revealed in a glass of wine.

The American bicentennial marked the real beginning of central Virginia’s modern wine revolution. In the spring of 1976, Gianni Zonin, heir to his family’s extensive 150-year-old wine enterprise in Northern Italy’s Veneto region, acquired the Barboursville estate. Gianni and his wife Silvana decided on these 900 acres in the heart of the Virginia Piedmont because the natural beauty and kindness of the locals reminded them of their native Veneto. The Zonins brought on Gabrielle Rausse as Barboursville’s first viticulturist, a man who remains a leading figure in Virginia wines. Together they set about reintroducing the European grapes, vitis vinifera, to Virginia and bringing to fruition a dream rooted in the earliest history of the Commonwealth. In 1979, the first bottle of wine cultivated from the ground at Barboursville was released  ... (continued)

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Virginia Wine: The History of Virginia Wine

The History of Virginia Wine

By: Justin Stone

 

The history of wine in Virginia dates back to 1607 with the successful establishment of a colony at Jamestown by the Virginia Company. Early accounts of the abundance of native grape varietals sent back by Captain John Smith created a fervent desire to make wine in the New World. In 1619 the Virginia House of Burgesses passed Act 12, requiring each head of a household to plant ten vines and, “attain to the arte and experience of dressing a Vineyard.” By most historical accounts, however, such attempts to make palatable wines failed. By 1768 the American colonies were exporting less than 13 tons of wine that, by most standards, on either side of the Atlantic, was undrinkable, due to the persistent foxiness, or musty aroma and taste associated with American grape varietals. Thomas Jefferson is famous for meticulously documenting his life-long failures of producing wine on his Monticello estate. Even Philip Mazzei, the Florentine noble and vintner who Jefferson called a close friend and neighbor, was so frustrated by the ground (and the Revolutionary War,) that he eventually gave up all hope of seeing a successful vintage. Jefferson’s vision of an American wine industry on par with that of Europe’s would have to wait.

The 1800s proved to be more fruitful for Virginia wine. It was a controversial and misunderstood grape known as a norton, widely considered a hybrid of V. vinifera (European species) and V. aestivalis or V. labrusca (American species) that brought Virginia wine its first taste of prominence. The true genealogical origin and individual who discovered the grape remains shrouded by history but no one can dispute the role it played in introducing Virginian and American wine to the world market. By the mid 1850s the norton was the premier grape of Virginia, Missouri, and the Ohio River Valley, the three largest producers of wine prior to Prohibition ... (continued)

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Virginia Wine: Afton Mountain Vineyards

Virginia Wine: Afton Mountain Vineyards Our winery guide, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, tells the stories of the people who make the Virginia wine country and the Virginia wine industry and what it is today.  Charlottesville wineries and wineries in Virginia are owned and operated by entrepreneurs with  diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and experiences.  Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guide showcases the mosaic that is our vibrant local wine community. We invite the reader to enjoy these stories and to join us on the Monticello Wine Trail!

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AFTON MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

Albemarle County Natives Renew and

Expand a Nelson County Hidden Gem

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By: Matt Brown

Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the stunningly beautiful Afton Mountain Vineyards grows not only Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, but also varietals not frequently seen in the Monticello AVA (American Viticultural Area): Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Albariño. If their slogan “grapes don’t grow in ugly places” is true, they have nothing to worry about: their vineyard is surrounded by beautiful vistas.  Some of the vines at Afton Mountain date back to the 1970s: in an emerging wine region, it is rare to find vineyards of this age, and the fruit of these mature plantings adds to the character of the wine. These older vines have deeper, hardier roots and, even at nearly 40 years old, they are still in the prime of their lives.

Tony and Elizabeth Smith purchased the vineyard in 2009 to live out their dream of growing grapes and making wine. The transition from office work to fieldwork has been an adventure for the Smiths, and with the help of their skilled winemaker Damien Blanchon and viticulturist Brandon Bangley they have achieved local and national recognition for the fruits (and wines) of their labors ... (continued)

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Meet Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guides

Stand back, ladies and gentleman.  Leave this to the trained professionals! Meet, Bergen, Justin, and Michael; just a few of our everyday, run of the mill, extraordinarily knowledgeable and charming Wine Trail Guides!   Our Wine Trail Guides are your "Concierge on the Go."

Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guides, Bergen Hanson, Justin Stone, Michael Moore

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Justin Stone:  Justin Stone has a love for the culinary arts and operates a dinner club at night.  He knows which wine best pairs with which meal, and has a keen eye for details and enjoys the nuances of Virginia Wine.

Bergen Hanson:  Bergen Hanson has been an integral part of Blue Ridge Wine Excursions since its inception in 2008 and specializes in understanding the needs of, and meticulously caring for, all of our vehicles and clients. When off duty, Bergen moonlights at the CFA institute. Most Saturdays you can find Bergen on the Wine Trail or celebrating at a wedding. What a rough life!

Michael Moore:  Michael Moore is an international award winning graphic designer and enjoys sharing stories of the area with our wine trail guests.  He has created a bow-tie system, "The 'Mr. Mickey'" which is an eco-friendly and one-of-a-kind since each tie is made from upcycled neckties.  You will never see him on the Wine Trail without one!

 

Charlottesville Winery Guide, Introduction: Andrea Saathoff

Introduction

Andrea E. Saathoff

 

In the thirty years since my husband and I arrived in Charlottesville, I have been amazed at how this area has grown and changed.  Of all the changes, perhaps the most extraordinary has been the development of the Virginia wine community.   Our region is now a top destination for wine lovers, as well as for those who simply enjoy the ambiance of a small, beautiful university town, rich in history.

My own introduction to the Virginia wine industry came in a circuitous way. When one of our children married, we wanted to surprise the new couple with a chauffeured vintage limousine ride from the University Chapel.  Without any local options available, we were delighted when a family friend offered to drive the bride and groom in his vintage limousine. The car and the experience were wonderful.  After the nuptials, I decided to make a business providing gracious service in beautiful vintage cars for weddings.  The response was overwhelming.

Because area vineyards are some of the best venues in the country for weddings and celebrations, it wasn’t long before people began asking if we would drive them out in modern vehicles for a day of wine explorations. Through referrals, word of mouth and people simply coming up to admire the beautiful cars at events, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions has become the top provider of private wine tours in the region ... (continued)

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Charlottesville Winery Guide, Foreword - Richard Leahy

Foreword

By: Richard Leahy

Welcome to the Monticello American Viticultural Area! This wine region, legally recognized by the U.S. Government (Tax and Trade Bureau) takes its name from Monticello, the home of third President Thomas Jefferson (also founder of the University of Virginia in nearby Charlottesville). This region of the upper Virginia Piedmont includes Albemarle and Nelson counties and parts of Greene and Orange counties, in the heart of the Central Virginia countryside. Two thirds of the U.S. population lives within a day’s drive of Charlottesville. In fact, this small university city renowned for its culture, arts, and leisurely lifestyle is less than a three hour drive from, and serves as a scenic complement to the federal and military seats of power in the Washington Metropolitan and Tidewater areas respectively. The Monticello AVA is also the only one in the country host to three homes of former U.S. Presidents (two of whom were Founding Fathers), and each of the three is also host to its own wine festival.

Virginia wine is hot today, for a number of reasons. A wide range of people, from consumers who tried them 20 years ago (and were not impressed), to leading world wine authorities agree that the Virginia wines of today are world-class. In 2010 the influential London-based Circle of Wine Writers made Virginia their official wine region destination and came away highly impressed with both the wines and the state itself as a travel destination. In 2011 the annual Wine Bloggers Conference was held in Charlottesville, introducing many of the attendees to Virginia wine for the first time.  In 2012 Wine Enthusiast listed Virginia among its “Top Ten” wine destinations in the world. In October of that year, at the first Virginia Wine Summit, Steven Spurrier (a member of the Circle of Wine Writers), whose landmark blind tasting of French vs. California wines in 1976 was featured in the movie Bottle Shock, remarked in his keynote address that today he prefers Virginia wines to those of California categorically ... (continued)

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