VA: Viognier Aptitude?

Is Virginia for Viognier lovers? With 82 of Virginia’s 228 wineries producing Viognier, this vivacious varietal is set to make a name for itself in the state for lovers. In 2011, the Virginia Wine Board decided to designate Viognier as the state’s signature grape, hoping to brand it as a Virginia specialty, much the sameContinue reading “VA: Viognier Aptitude?”

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Of Wine, and Wonder, and AVAs!

Watch out Cali, Virginia is stepping up its game. The birthplace of American wine is celebrating another exciting arrival:  a brand new American Viticultural Area (AVA). The AVA designation must be approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and affords certain rights to wineries and vineyards within the delineated area (likeContinue reading “Of Wine, and Wonder, and AVAs!”

Baby, you’re a Firework!

Welcome, friends, to Fourth of July week! Like so many Americans, I plan to embrace our nation’s tradition of giving thanks to all those who have served, and appreciate our freedom and all that it engenders for the citizens of the United States. To do that properly, I will most certainly need a cuvee companion.Continue reading “Baby, you’re a Firework!”

Enological Ensemble?

Normally, when I wear my wine, it is not intentional. In fact, it usually requires that I take off what I’m wearing to address the issue. But the brilliant minds at the University of Western Australia have discovered a way to solve the occasional issue of sipping spillage. Behold the enological ensemble: Micro’be’ fashion isContinue reading “Enological Ensemble?”