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Luca Paschina, Winemaker & GM at Barboursville Winery

I could not be happier with the success of the 2010 Winemaker Wednesday series at The Frenchman’s Cellar in downtown Culpeper.  When I first suggested this series to Jeffery Mitchell, owner of FC, there was no hesitation on his part.  A true believer in Virginia wines and Virginia artisan food products.   His shop, located within the Frenchman’s Corner, is an oasis of wines, micro-brews and artisan cheese delights in Central Virginia.  

You know how I love one-on-one chats with winemakers, and I have no doubt that you also see the benefit of a visit to charming downtown Culpeper, for the opportunity to visit with an icon in Virginia winemaking. 

So get your wine-loving self to FC on Wednesday, September 15th, when Luca Paschina of Barboursville Winery will be the featured winemaker.   From 6pm – 8pm wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience a casual, intimate setting in which to taste the highly revered Barboursville wines and chat with Luca about his approach from vineyard to bottle.  The wines will be paired with artisan cheeses from the Frenchman’s Cellar’s international array.

The Frenchman’s Cellar/Corner,  129 E. Davis Street, Culpeper.  Phone. 540.825.8025.  Complimentary tasting paired with artisan cheeses.  Of course, wine available for purchase.




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Keswick Vineyards, and Winemaker, Stephen Barnard

Wednesday, July 14th, from 6p-8p,  the Frenchman’s Corner in Culpeper will feature Stephen Barnard, winemaker at Keswick Vineyards

This in-store event is an opportunity to have a casual tasting of Keswick Vineyard’s wines and a one-on-one with Stephen.  If you have not yet discovered the KV wines, than I suggest that you make your way to downtown Culpeper on Wednesday.  Make a night of it.  Foti’s Restaurant is just a block away.  It’s About Thyme is just across the street! 

The Frenchman’s Corner, 129 E. Davis Street, Culpeper.  540.825.8025.

See you there!



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Claude Thibaut

June 9th, from 6pm to 8pm at The Frenchman’s Corner, 129 E. Davis Street, Culpeper.  An opportunity to meet Virginia wine-maker (by way of Champagne…yes, I mean France) Claude Thibaut of Thibaut-Janisson Winery.  As you may already know, Claude is a renowned Master of Champagne, and as good fate has it, he has made his home in Central Virginia.  So tell your friends and get your wine-loving selves there!

The Winemaker Wednesday series of complimentary tastings, which I cooked up with Jeffery Mitchell, owner of the wine & cheese shop portion of The Frenchman’s Corner, is a great casual way to meet the winemaker.  Let’s face it, they aren’t hanging out in their tasting rooms…well very much anyway.  And in the case of Claude, who doesn’t have a tasting room, this is a perfect opportunity to meet him and find out what goes into the making of his Sparkling wines.

The wine menu for the evening, paired with fine French cheeses, will be the Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay,

Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay

and Claude’s newest releases, Brut Rosé and Virginia Fizz.  I wrote about Virginia Fizz in my article about Claude in the Spring issue of the Virginia Wine Gazette.  But, don’t rely entirely on what I have to say, show up on June 9th and taste for yourself.   Did I tell you that the TJ Blanc de Chardonnay was served at the Obama’s first State Dinner last November?!   (oh, we just don’t tire of this story!)  Well, it was, and Claude did not have to crash it. (Don’t get me started on the two Bozos who did crash.)   The wine-powers-that-be in the State Department have chosen Claude’s Sparklings on a few occasions, when he was working for California wineries.  But since they were not his own label….the Obama State Dinner makes it that much more special!

Here is the upcoming star-studded schedule of Winemaker Wednesdays! 


A nod of thanks to the winemakers who have participated thus far:  Bree Ann Moore for Unicorn Winery, Gabriele Rausse for Gabriele Rausse Wines, Al Kellert for Gray Ghost Winery.  And a big kudos to Jeffery Mitchell for making this commitment to promote Virginia wines and their winemakers!

See you there!



“No government could survive without champagne. In the throat of our diplomatic people [it] is like oil in the wheels of an engine.”

Joseph Dargent quote

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Old House Vineyards Tasting Room

Granted there are many “old houses” in Culpeper, but only one houses a vineyard and winery with a talented, young winemaker by the name of Damien Blanchon.  As I drove up to the stately farm house of Old House Vineyards, I was brought back in time, and as Damien led me through the tasting room and private event dining room, both with fireplaces, the ambience of the exterior architecture continued within.  It feels like a B&B, and in fact they do have some rooms to let, if you are attending a private wine dinner in the dining room. It is marvelous that owners, Pat and Allyson Kearney, decided to keep the rooms as they were.  Just some painting and floor refinishing, and what they created is a most inviting and charming series of tasting areas.  I can only imagine that it is next to impossible to get people to leave!  Granted, I am a sucker for classic old farm houses with big sweeping porches, dark wood mouldings and fireplaces.  I just wanted to move in!  And combine that classic homey ambience with fabulous wines and a picnic lunch.   

Damien told me that Old House has 22 acres under vine and he only uses Estate grapes in the 3,000 case production.  Planted in the vineyard is Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and some newly-planted Tannat, not yet in production. BTW – Tannat is a main varietal from where Damien hails from in Peripignan, Southwest France.  Born into a family of viticulturists, Damien started his education in his Grandfather’s vineyard. He then went on to receive his  degree in viticulture and enology at the College of Agriculture LEGTA Charlemagne in Carcassonne.  Coming to the United States to make wine was a decision led by his desire to experiment with different growing conditions, varietals and the freedom to blend any range of varietals that he so desires.

Damien Blanchon

The first wine we tasted in the cellar was the ’09 Vidal Blanc Clover Hill. Aged in stainless steel and with a malolactic fermentation this wine sang of pear on the nose.  Fresh and lively, it is the dry VB of the portfolio. 

The first Chardonnay ’09 was barrel femented in a neutral barrel and is resting ‘sur lies.’  Damien also stirred the lies to prevent oxidation, and then did a malolactic fermentation. So you can imagine the roundness on the palate, yet acidity bounced in at the  back end.  The second Chardonnay ’09 is aging in a ‘toastier’ barrel and that showed in a nice way.  These Chards will age  for one year in the barrels.  

The Cabernet Franc ’09 is bright, light and fruity, and well-balanced.  It will be a great picnic & BBQ red.

Chambourcin ’09 is blended with some Cabernet Franc and is just wild strawberry fruity!  It reminded me of picking wild strawberries in the field behind my childhood home in Maine.  The second Chambourcin ’09 went through a cold soak and longer maceration.  This will be used in the Bacchanalia blend….a favorite of Old House’s customers.

Damien Blanchon

The Late Harvest ’09 Chambourcin grapes were immediately refrigerated, then de-stemmed and put into a stainless steel tank, and is now aging in a barrel.  I really like red dessert wines and this is soooo South of France!  And even for the summer, it would be great with a cheese course of Blues and Cheddars, oh throw in some Epoisses, too.

Ahhh…the Petit Verdot ’09….I am becoming a fan of this varietal as a single-varietal wine.  This PV is still in a fresh, young stage and showing good acidity.  PV is a grape that delivers a good level of acidity, another good reason for its blending capacity, but works in its favor as a single varietal.  This wine will be aging for another year.   In the meantime, The Petit Verdot ’08 is a classic inky, full bodied PV that will be released in the Bacchanalia blend this summer.  Damien is still deciding on the final blend, but it may be something like 50% Petit Verdot, 30% Chambourcin, 25% Cabernet Franc…you heard it here first.    

The ’09 Vidal Blanc Late Harvest has been fermenting since December and has about 3 more weeks.  Then it will be racked and held in a stainless steel tank; then racked again and transferred to barrels to age for maybe one year….for as long as Damien decides it needs to.  He is planning to release it towards the end of 2010…. maybe in time for Christmas.

I have never tasted a Port made from Chambourcin, and I was surprised to see that it’s amber color.  The ’09 has brandy added to stop the fermentation….and that is called ‘mutage’…en Français.  This is a very South France style, Vin du Naturel.  Two barrels will be aging for 3 years….oh, take off that frown, because Damien is aging another batch for 1.5 years, that of course, will be available sooner.  Besides, the ’08 Port is available in the tasting room.  Although, I can’t wait for that 3-year aged batch…let’s see 3 years aging, bottled, released oh sometime around 2013.  Yikes!! Considering the Ancient Mayans predicted total earthly devastation in 2012…pffft, never mind.  I shall remain positive that we will be imbibing in this nectar. I don’t think even the Ancient Mayans prediction will convince Damien to decrease the time of aging. 

Current Releases – no more teasing of wines to come.  These are now available!  ’09 Vidal Blanc, this is the semi-sweet VB of the portfolio.  Damien did a skin maceration with this and delivered a 3% Residual Sugar.  BTW – it’s fructose sweetness vs. saccharin, which would result from adding sugar. Just thought you might want to know that.  The fermentation was stopped at 12.3% alcohol, so even though it’s semi-sweet wine, it’s not any higher in alcohol.  Yes, that is a license to drink more.  I’m planning to try this wine with grilled shrimp that I’ll marinate in a medium-spice curry paste, as a first course on greens.  Vidal Blanc is aromatic and expressive, and it’s semi-sweet nature should be an interesting pairing with the spicy shrimp.

2007 Bacchanalia, a blend  of Cabernet Franc, Tannat and Chambourcin.  I undersand why I had so many customers asking for this when I was on the floor at Frenchman’s Cellar in Culpeper.  A bold wine, but that strawberry thing with the Chambourcin softens it a bit and brings some female to the wine.  Along with the earthiness of the Cab Franc and tannic blackberry of Tannat in the blend, it really paired nicely with a Chicken Marsala I recently made, using Crimini mushrooms.  The richness of the Marsala wine sauce stood should-to-shoulder with this wine.

2008 Port – this is the older brother of the ’09 that is still aging in a  whiskey barrel.  Again, Damien used Chambourcin and it really works well for Port.  Perfect with a cheese course, or chocolatey dessert.  I can see just sipping it on late wintry evenings.

2006 Petillante, which translates as “bubbly, sparkling.”  This is a yeasty, biscuit-like sparkling with a long finish.  This elegant Sparkling is made every two years, and only 100 cases.  As you may know, it is a rather tedious endeavour to make premium Sparkling in the ‘methode traditionelle” style, hence the price tag generally. But at $35 for Petillante, it delivers for the price.  I can see this with foie gras as a first course; or with a lobster dish.  Today, I came across a suggested pairing of Dom Perignon with BBQ  ribs.  So, go for it!

"The Island" at Old House Vineyards

The biggest news from Old House is the introduction of their Lake Pavilion, an events venue that overlooks the “The Island,” which is perfect for wedding ceremonies.   This is the newest and most unique wedding venue addition to the region.  Imagine….dial in to your romance gene…strolling across the foot bridge over to the small island to say those vows. The Lakeside Pavilion is still having some final tweaks done, but will be ready in time for this season.  As an event planner in Napa and on the East End of Long Island, I’ve done lots of weddings in beautiful locations, and Old House Vineyards certainly delivers a top notch site that offers a gorgeous view and setting without any puffery.

Check out their upcoming winery events.



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Finally we are breaking out of the winter doldrums.  Spring is in the air!  The smell of damp soil is one of my favorite Spring aromas.  Laugh if you must, but I think that is why two of my favorite wine aromas is earthiness and barnyard.  Wet earth is the pretext to the first floral aromas of the season, and the initial sign that blooms are around the corner. 

As Spring descends upon us (I am ignoring that the Farmers Almanac says that we are in for a last snowstorm at the end of March), my eating habits begin to change, which affects my wine choices, as well.  Recently I presented 8 wines as part of a wine education class at The Tasting Room Wine Bar in Reston.  When I selected the wines from the wine menu presently offered, I was dreaming about Spring and so the line-up reflects that.  Well, what does that mean?  It means I leaned towards lighter, crisp whites, and one light semi-sweet white; and reds that are medium to full bodied, with prominent fruit, and not heavily oaked.



I began with a 2007 Sancerre from Domaine Robiln, and it turned out to be one of the two favorite whites from the line-up.  For those of you not familiar with it, Sancerre is a wine region in the Loire Valley of France and Sauvignon Blanc is the main white grape. Hence, Sancerre on the label means Sauvignon Blanc in the bottle.  Sancerre characteristics are typically crisp, meaning a good level of acidity, with aromas ranging from grassy, herbaceous, lemon/lime to grapefruit, and minerally/flinty.  The Domaine Robiln was very lemon/lime on the nose, flinty, crisp and fresh –  just the way I like it.  It paired perfectly with the goat cheese.  Why? Because fresh goat cheese pairs best with light white wines, and possibly light bodied reds, like a Beaujolais or Gamay.   

2008 SANTIAGO RUIZ ALBARINO, RIAS BAIXAS, SPAIN                                    


Albarino has gained more notoriety in this country during the past 8 years or so.  Rias Biaxas is the region in Northwest Spain that is recognized for producing great Albarinos.  It has sometimes been described as Viognier-like, but I think that really depends upon the producer.  The Santiago Ruiz was not very aromatic, and had less acidity than I expected from an Albarino, but it was still a very pleasant fresh tasting white wine that also paired well with the goat cheese.  Another wine that I would categorize as a ‘deck sipper.’  I am a fan of Albarinos, especially during warmer months, and to pair with grilled fish dishes.

2007 TRIENNES, VIOGNIER, PROVENCE, FRANCE                                                


 I have presented this wine before, and it does not disappoint.  It was the favorite white by the class participants. The owners of Triennes are two well-known vintners from Burgundy, who have revived a decaying vineyard in Provence and are now producing a lovely Viognier.  I’ve written about Viognier before, and its growing popularity as a leading Virginia wine, and my admiration for its ability to pair with a variety of foods.  I am a fan of Triennes for its balance and flavors; the nose captures apricot, violet or lavender, honeysuckle and importantly, the palate has just enough roundness to enable this wine to carry through as a dinner wine.  The Belletoile, a triple crème cheese, did not overpower, but I would not pair it if the cheese had been left out longer and had developed a riper flavor profile.



I chose the Moscatel for the line-up to make the point that semi-sweet table wines, when well-made, are one of the loveliest warm-weather apéritifs.  And they are also a great pair with Thai, Moroccan, or Asian spiced grills of fish or chicken. 

Semi-sweet table wines have received a bad rap because of some of the badly made American sweet table wines.  Varietals like Moscatel, Muscat (as called in France), Moscato (Italy), Vouvray (Chenin Blanc grape) are examples of semi-sweet to sweet wines that have that characteristic because of the grape varietial, not a trumped-up sweetness.  The key to a sublime semi-sweet wine lies in the balance of acidity, so that it doesn’t drink like syrup. 

Sooo, back to the Moscatel.  Anadalucia is a region in south of Spain that is widely known for Sherry production, and Malaga is right on the Mediterranean.  This Moscatel had an aromatic nose of honey that leapt out of the glass, but a rather neutral palate; not quite as expressive as I would want it to be.  The nuttiness of the Comté was a yang to the Moscatel’s ying.



Drouhin is as big a name in Oregon Pinot Noir, as it is in Burgundy.  This 2007 lived up to what we always expect from Pinot Noir, regardless of what region it comes from.   Bright raspberry, sweet spice, mild toast was prevalent and the palate carried through to a fine finish.  I chose the Drunken Goat Cheese to pair because it was washed in a fruity Spanish red wine, had an appropriate richness, and was aged enough so that it wasn’t tangy like a fresh goat cheese.  Not that I am comparing a fruity Spanish red wine to a Drouhin Pinot Noir.  The pairing point is that the feminine lushness of the Pinot Noir relates more to this cheese than, say, a cabernet sauvignon. 

2006 SYRAH, RUDI SCHULTZ, STELLENBOSCH                                                      


This is the first South African Syrah that I’ve tasted and I liked it!  It had the bold blackberry and spice that we love about Syrah, and a medium body with a satisfying finish.  The Parmesan was a nice pair.  For those of you who care, Spectator gave this wine a 93, and I think its deserving of it.

2007 BOXWOOD WINERY, MIDDLEBURG, VA                                                          



This was the favorite red of the line-up.  I’m not just saying that because Boxwood hires me to give these classes!  I took a ‘hands up’ poll at the end of the class to review the wines for feedback as to what were their favorites.  And what about the 2003 Giscours?  I’ll get to that  next.  The majority agreed that, yes, the Ch. Giscours is indeed an excellent wine, but not one they would drink as often as the Boxwood.  Why?  Well, pricing aside, it isn’t as drinkable now as the Boxwood.  And the Boxwood delivers everything that you are looking for in a Bordeaux-style red…complexity, power on the nose of rich black cherry, plum and the inky, black currant of Petit Verdot that carries through to  a rich mouthfeel.  This wine has a solid structure and flawless balance.  Recently, this wine received a Spectator rating of 88  (Very Good – A wine with special qualities), which is very meaningful for a first submission from an American winery.  88 seems to be the highest that Spectator typically gives a wine from an American wine region, other than California, Washington or Oregon.  Glass raised to Boxwood and Stephane Derenoncourt!

2003 CHATEAU GISCOURS, MARGAUX, FRANCE                                                   



The pedigree for this wine is clear.  It’s located in the Margaux region, with many Premier Cru Chateaux; Ch. Giscours is a 3rd Growth property that dates back to the 16th Century; and 2003, although not the 2005 vintage, was a very hot growing season, which is always good in wine regions that don’t typically get long, hot growing seasons.   It still has some chewy tannins, but not overwhelming to me; not as fruit-forward as the Boxwood, which is not unusual in many Bordeaux, even at 7 years old.  But, the fruit was apparent, just not as up front.  Certainly, it is an outstanding wine that will continue to benefit from further aging.  Having said that, in hindsight, I would not have paired it with the Faribault Blue.  The cheese was a tad too big for the wine and overpowered it.  I, instead, would have done the Blue with the Boxwood and the Montasio with the Giscours.  This can be a challenge, because so many people want to pair Blue cheese with a big, bold red…so, one tries to deliver what the people want.  At first, I was going to leave out the Blue altogether….but, I caved in.  Cheese professionals always recommend that those big Blues be paired with Sauternes/White Dessert wines, or the very least, a Port.  So, keep that in mind!

The next class is on Saturday, April 10th from 3pm-5pm. 



“Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder”  Aldous Huxley


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This posting is a tad later than I intended, so by now you know that the 2010 Governor’s Cup went to King Family Vineyard’s 2007 Meritage.  It could not have happened to a more deserving winery and winemaker!   Matthieu Finot, Winemaker, ascended the stage last Friday evening at the Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond, to accept the Cup along with David King.  Here is Matthieu’s notes on this wine:

A blend of 56% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot, 16% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Malbec. The wine has been aged in French oak for 18 months. There are dark fruits, especially black cherry and raisin, on the nose with a hint of toast. Full mouth of black cherry, smoke and clove. Perfect structure with firm, balanced tannins. The finish is smooth and lingering. A wine that will make you discover something new and enjoy more with every sip! Double Gold Medal Monticello Cup 2009, Gold Medal Governor’s Cup 2010. Drink now through 2015. 615 cases produced.  Retails for $25.95.

While cruising through the Grand Tasting on Friday evening, I tasted, nibbled and chatted.  It was fun being on the other side of the tasting table.  The following wines (listed alphabetically by winery) stood out for me because they expressed the classic expression of the varietals, and all showed balance and flawless structure.  I urge you to click through to the wineries’ websites for further notes and pricing.   There were many food stations, and I was not able to sample from them all,  so my notes are just on those that I did.

Barboursville Vineyards – Winemaker: Luca Paschina

2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Jefferson Vineyards  – Winemaker: Andy Reagan

2006 & 2007 Meritage

Keswick Vineyards – Winemaker: Stephen Barnard

2009 Les Vents d’Anges Viognier

King Family Vineyards – Winemaker: Matthieu Finot

2008 Viognier

2007 Meritage

Pollak Vineyards – Winemaker: Jake Busching

 2007 Cabernet Franc – unfined & unfiltered

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sweely Estate Winery – Winemaker: Frantz Venture

2007 Cabernet Franc

Tarara Winery – Winemaker: Jordan Harris

2007 Cabernet Franc

2007 Meritage

Since I was driving back to Madison from Richmond that evening, I am sure that I missed some other outstanding wines…but, better to be safe than sorry!

Food highlights…..

Chef Melissa Close of Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards – Melt-in-your-mouth Brisket  served over Polenta, with Barboursville 2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve .  Chef Melissa has been nominated, once again, in the 2010 James Beard Awards.   If you have not eaten at Palladio, drop whatever you are doing now, call and make a reservation.  The food is divine, the service impeccable and wine list exemplary.

Gearharts Chocolates – I had the Pistachio Toffee Orange with the Pollak 2007 Cab Sauvignon…if I wasn’t typing this right now, I would have thought I had died and gone to heaven! 

Lollipop Lamb Chops in a blueberry reduction, compliments of The Bull & Bear, Chef Michael L. Hall – OMIGOD these were so yummy.   I had some of Pollak’s Cab Sauvignon still in my glass…perfection.

Cassoulet by Millie’s of Richmond – one of my favorite winter comfort foods and it paired perfectly with the Sweely Estate 2007 Cab Franc.

It was a wonderful evening and had just enough attendees so that it was possible to taste and chat without too much elbowing. 

Here are some photos.



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If I can get away from my laptop, that is. 

I am a big fan of the Virginia Wine Expo.   Having been a producer of  large events in Los Angeles in a former life, I know what it takes to bring together an event of this size and caliber.   Alex Papajohn and his trusty sidekick, Jessica Braum of Echelon Events Management, do an ace job in producing this food and wine event. 

It starts this evening with the 2010 Governor’s Cup Grand Tasting.  I do believe that Governor McDonnell will be there to announce  the recipient of the 2010 Governors Cup.  Gold, Silver, Bronze Medalists (because, you know everyone is a winner) have been announced and are below. 

Saturday and Sunday’s schedule is chock full of culinary events that take place right there on the Expo floor.  Over 350 Virginia wines to taste.  And the special treat is that several wineries who do not usually participate in wine festivals do participate in this one.  

2010 Virginia Governor’s Cup

Medal Winners By Medal and Varietal



 Cabernet Franc

Potomac Point Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc

Sweely Estate Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc

North Mountain Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Dessert Wine Blends Red

Cooper Vineyards NV Noche

Meritage – Red

Fox Meadow Winery 2007 Le Renard Rouge

King Family Vineyards 2007 Meritage

Tarara Winery 2007 Meritage


Chrysalis Vineyards 2005 Norton Locksley Reserve

Paradise Springs Winery 2008 Norton

Petit Verdot

James River Cellars 2007 Petite Verdot

North Gate Vineyard 2008 Petit Verdot

Sugarleaf Vineyards 2008 Petit Verdot

Gadino Cellars 2007 Petit Verdot

Ingleside Vineyards 2005 Petit Perdot Reserve


Rosemont of Virginia 2007 Kilravock

Silver Medal

 Cabernet Franc

Horton Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc

North Gate Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Franc

Pollak Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc

Wolf Gap Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Franc

Cross Keys Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc

Cave Ridge Vineyard 2007 Red Silk

Chester Gap Cellars 2007 Cabernet Franc

Ingleside Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Franc

King Family Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc

Lake Anna Winery 2007 Bellhaven Cabernet Franc

Rockbridge Vineyard Inc 2007 Rockbridge DeChiel CAF

Tarara Winery 2008 Caberent Franc


Cabernet Sauvignon

Pearmund Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Pollak Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sunset Hills Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Barboursville Winery Inc 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Paradise Springs Winery 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon  

Hickory Hill Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon  



Notaviva Vineyard LLC 2008 Celtico

Wolf Gap Vineyard 2006 Chambourcin  

Cave Ridge Vineyard 2007 Chambourcin  

Wintergreen Winery NV Three Ridges Red


Dessert Wine Blends Red

Horton Vineyards NV Xoco


Meritage – Red

Delfosse Vineyards and Winery 2006 Meritage

North Gate Vineyard 2008 Meritage

Veramar Vineyard 2008 Ameritage

Barboursville Winery Inc 2006 Octagon

Prince Michel Vineyard 2005 Prince Michel Symbius

Jefferson Vyds 2007 Meritage

Rockbridge Vineyard Inc 2007 Rockbridge DeChiel MER  

New Kent Winery NV Meritage

Michael Shaps Wines 2007 Shaps Meritage



James River Cellars 2007 Merlot

North Gate Vineyard 2008 Merlot

King Family Vineyards 2007 Merlot

Rockbridge Vineyard Inc 2007 Rockbridge DeChiel MRL

Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery 2008 Merlot  



Horton Vineyards 2007 Nebbiolo



Cooper Vineyards 2008 Norton Reserve  

Potomac Point Winery 2008 Norton

Veramar Vineyard 2008 Norton

Chrysalis Vineyards 2005 Norton Estate Bottled


Petit Verdot

Cooper Vineyards 2008 Petit Verdot

Pearmund Cellars 2007 Petit Verdot

Stone Mountain Vineyards 2006 Petit Verdot


Pinot Noir

Rockbridge Vineyard Inc 2007 Rockbridge DeChiel PNR



Horton Vineyards 2008 Malbec  

Cave Ridge Vineyard 2007 Fossil Hill Reserve


Red Table Wine

Pearmund Cellars 2007 Amentage



Barboursville Winery Inc 2007 Sangiovese Reserve

Barboursville Winery Inc 2008 Sangiovese Reserve


Syrah or Shiraz

Cave Ridge Vineyard 2007 Syrah

Rockbridge Vineyard Inc 2007 Rockbridge DeChiel Syrah


Bronze Medal



Barboursville Winery Inc 2007 Barbera Reserve

Cabernet Franc

Cedar Creek Winery LLC 2008 Cabernet Franc

Cooper Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc  

Delfosse Vineyards and Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc

Fox Meadow Winery 2007 Fox Meadows Vineyards Reserve

Fox Meadow Winery 2007 Fox Meadow Winery

Notaviva Vineyard LLC 2008 Cantabile

Veramar Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Franc Free Run

Veramar Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Franc

Barboursville Winery Inc 2006 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Barboursville Winery Inc 2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Fabbioli Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Fabbioli Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc

Afton Mountain Vyd Corp 2008 Cabernet Franc  

Cardinal Point Vineyard 2007 Cabernet Franc

Hickory Hill Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc

Jefferson Vyds 2008 Cabernet Franc  

Tarara Winery 2007 Cabernet Franc

Michael Shaps Wines 2007 Shaps Cab Franc


Cabernet Sauvignon

Sugarleaf Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sugarleaf Vineyards 2007 Neubia

Veramar Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Barboursville Winery Inc 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

Barboursville Winery Inc 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Casanel Vineyards / Casanel 207 Chegada Cabernet Sauvignon


Narmada Winery 2008 Midnight

Narmada Winery 2008 Reflection

Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery 2008 Chambourcin  


Dessert Chambourcin

James River Cellars 2008 Chambourcin


Meritage – Red

Autumn Hill Vyds Inc NV Horizon Rouge 10th Edition

Flying Fox Vineyard 2007 Trio

Keswick Vineyards 2007 Estate Reserve Heritage

Rosemont of Virginia 2007 Meritage

Fabbioli Cellars 2008 Tre Sorelle



Autumn Hill Vyds Inc 2008 Merlot  

Rosemont of Virginia NV Merlot  

Sweely Estate Winery 2007 Merlot

Veramar Vineyard 2008 Merlot – Free Run  

Casanel Vineyards / Casanel 2007 Chegada Merlot

Ingleside Vineyards 2006 Merlot  

Jefferson Vyds 2008 Merlot

New Kent Winery 2008 Merlot  



Barboursville Winery Inc 2005 Nebbiolo Reserve


Horton Vineyards 2005 Norton


Petit Verdot

Flying Fox Vineyard 2007 Petit Verdot

Potomac Point Winery 2008 Petit Verdot

Cross Keys Vineyards 2008 Petit Verdot

Michael Shaps Wines 2008 Shaps PetitVerdot


Pinot Noir

Cross Keys Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir



Keswick Vineyards 2008 Consensus

Sweely Estate Winery 2007 Wolftown Red  

Chrysalis Vineyards 2006 Tannat

Tarara Winery 2008 Long Bomb


Red Table Wine

Afton Mountain Vyd Corp 2008 Fiesta di Bacco  

Stone Mountain Vineyards 2008 Malbec



Casanel Vineyards / Casanel 2008 Batucada Norton

Farms LLC


Ingleside Vineyards 2007 Sangiovese


Horton Vineyards 1999 DIO – Touriga Nacional

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