7/30/2007

Bluemont Vineyards: Nestled amongst the Clouds

Bluemont Vineyards

Hello Friends,

I recently visited a beautiful Loudoun County winery in the small and quaint town of Bluemont, VA that is a brand-spanking new member to the Loudoun County Wine Trail. The winery, Bluemont Vineyards, is scheduled to host their grand opening towards the end of September or early October, just in time for fall foilage, so keep your ears to the grapevine. In the meantime, Dezel would like to share a little information with you about this fascinating find.

Bluemont Vineyards

I had the pleasure of meeting with one of the owners, Bruce Zurschmeide, who is also the grape grower, and I must say that Bluemont Vineyards is something to get excited about. The winery is situated at an elevation of nearly 1080 ft. above sea level, and you know what that means -view, view, view! And they are striking to say the least. The tasting room is housed in an elegant new two story modern structure with all the designer touches. You have to see it! From the mountainside wraparound terrace, guests will enjoy majestic valley and panoramic mountain views. Bruce added, “That on a clear day you can see the tip of the Washington DC Monument”. Now I don’t know about you friends, but that is pretty high up! Are your ears popping yet?

Striking views from the upper level terrace

The winery will offer lite gourmet fare to pair with their introductory wine offerings, which includes a Norton, Viognier, Merlot, Vidal Blanc, a Blush wine, and several unique fruit wines that are grown on the family farm. It sounds like there is a wine for every palate preference at Bluemont. There will also be an antique gift shop, cozy fireplace, on-site kitchen, and many other pleasantries to make your visit enjoyable and memorable.

Quite frankly, it would not matter if it were Lefty Grove or Nolan Ryan on the pitcher's mound, this winery, nestled mountaintop, is going to hit the ball out of the park when it opens!


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Bluemont Vineyards, 18755 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135


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7/23/2007

Fabbioli Cellars: Fun at the Farm !!!

Hello Friends,

Well, before I begin I would like to say “Thank You” to Mother Nature for holding to her promise, as this past weekend was absolutely perfect and ideal for visiting Virginia wineries. So guess what I did? You guessed it right! I paid visits to several Virginia wineries.

Fabbioli Cellars - Fun at the Farm !!!

One of the highlights of Saturday was a visit to our pal Doug Fabbioli’s farm house in Leesburg, VA, for their 2nd annual Open House event. Last year's visit made for a very enjoyable summer evening, so what would this year hold? Read on and find out more about "fun at the farm".

This year Doug added more pieces to the puzzle and everything fell into place and came together very nicely. With Mother Nature cooperating, I could not think of a better place to be on Saturday evening – clear skies, live music, good food, great company, and Fabbioli Cellar’s fine red wines . What more could a Virginia wine enophile ask for? I mentioned in a previous post “that Doug sure knows how to throw a party” and boy, did my friend deliver!

Fabbioli Cellars Cabernet Franc 2006

The evening started off with seeing several old friends and making some new friends and as you know, once a wine friend, always a wine friend. We chatted away and quickly moved to tasting some of Doug’s hand-crafted wines in the tasting room. The following selections were being poured: Fratelli 2005 (Chambourcin-based smooth blend), Tre Sorélle 2005 (Bordeaux-styled flavorful and supple blend), Cabernet Franc 2006 (recently released), Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (recently released), and for the sweet ending – Doug’s famous Raspberry Merlot. Yummy!

This year Doug again offered at no charge: admission, grilled hot dogs, sausage and buffalo burgers with sweet roasted corn, as well as other goodies, and asked the guests (extended family) to bring a dish to add to the table. Well, you would have sworn we all knew one another and planned it out because everyone brought something tasty and different. Needless to say, there was a mélange of delicious foods to pair with your favorite Fabbioli Cellars wine.

Since I had only tasted the Cabernet Franc 2006 from the barrel a few months ago, this selection that some locals identify with as being the state’s flagship red wine was an easy choice to make. Doug’s Cabernet Franc 2006 shows well and is done in a smooth, easy drinking style with an inviting nose and a lot of good upfront fruit and spicy nuances. To me it is drinking nicely now, so be sure to visit the winery and secure a few bottles. The season of fall will be here before you know it and a good local Cabernet Franc makes for a nice fall time evening sipper.

Vineyard tour with Doug

With wine in hand, we followed our fearless leader Doug into the vineyard for a tour. Like other local vineyards, Doug has had to build a deer fence around his vineyard to keep Bambi out. You see, like we enjoy wine, the deer enjoy grapes, and as much as I love deer there just is not enough for man and deer to enjoy – sorry, Bambi. Doug also gave the group a general overview of his vineyard practices and techniques, and we learned all about various pests, diseases, irrigation, drainage, etc. – the life of a grower is indeed hard work but it must be rewarding to see people enjoying the final product in the bottle as our fearless leader had a chance to witness Saturday evening.

~~ One of my favorite flowers ~~

Moving right along there were a number of fun-filled activities to enjoy from playing soccer and tossing a Frisbee, to visiting the sun-flower garden and soaking up the beautiful countryside. Additionally, acoustic guitar extraordinaire, Tony Lapera, wowed the crowd in playing a number of great classic rock tunes that had everyone snapping their fingers, tapping their feet and shaking their head. Great job, Tony! The crowd was also treated to a sampling of the Fabbioli Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2005. This wine is a result of an excellent vintage and good winemaking – the crowd loved it!

The evening ended with a colorful Firework show..Boom Boom !!!

Like with all good things, it was nearing time for Vine Spot to say good-bye to Fabbioli Cellars, but not without a bit of a bang first. The night ended with an explosive light show that filled the sky with colorful streaking patterns, for which my camera did no justice – the real thing was much more colorful and dynamic.

In closing friends, if you do not know Doug or have not sampled his wines, get to know Doug and sample his wines. He is a key player in the rapid development and success that can be found all along the Loudoun Wine Trail. Fabbioli Cellars is currently open for tasting throughout the summer season on Saturdays from 11am – 5pm. Visit their web site and get on the mailing list to find out about events, winemaker and vineyard news, etc. When you visit Fabbioli Cellars, tell the family you read about them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot!

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Fabbioli Cellars, 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, VA 20176


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Weekly Sip: Corcoran Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2005


Hello Friends,

We have talked about what many locals refer to as Virginia’s flagship red wine or the local red alternative in the past. If you missed the entry, click here for a little bit about the other Cabernet. While popular French red wine grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir can be found in Virginia, none are quite as suited for the east coast as Cabernet Franc, it appears. Cabernet Franc grows well in cooler climates, and more importantly, it ripens early. Thus Virginia and Upstate New York have taken a likening to this grape that has traditionally been used for blending in the Bordeaux region of France. Funny how a change in venue, or lets call it terroir, can promote you from a minor blending grape, to an important and favored varietal wine.

If readers recall, I hosted a Cabernet Franc blind tasting last year and the 2002 Corcoran Vineyards (formerly known as Waterford) Cabernet Franc did very well, placing 2nd, close behind an example from the village of Chinon, Cabernet Franc’s birthplace, which pleased everyone. Corcoran Vineyards continues their success with Cabernet Franc, and even though stylistically, the 2005 differs from the 2002, it is one of the best of the 2005 Virginia vintage in my opinion.

Corcoran Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2005


The 2005 Corcoran Vineyards Cabernet Franc is a young wine that offers an inviting bouquet, and displays a nice deep ruby color, and comes right out of the bottle showing a little muscle. A small percentage of Malbec, another French grape variety primarily used for blending, was added to this bottling likely for complexity. This is the perfect wine to pour into your attractive and shapely decanter for 2 hours or so and take note of how this medium bodied wine tames and opens up – literally blossoming into a precious rose. The tannins soften to a pleasant level of ripeness and the aromas become richer and the red fruit flavors emerge and are bountiful with soft nuances of herbs, spice and black pepper. Much like the 2002, this wine can be your evening companion sipped on its own, or try pairing it with roasted lamb, braised veal, or meat dishes that have nominal amounts of herb and pepper. Drink this now, or hold onto it -it will get better with time, again, much like the tasty 2002.

Corcoran Vineyards Pond and Picnic area - Beautiful !!!

So where can you find this wine? If you are local, visit the winery in the charming and historic village of Waterford (Loudoun County) and enjoy a day picnicking out by the pond and mature trees. For my friends who are outside of Virginia contact the winery at 540.882.9073 and find out about shipping to your state. Corcoran Vineyards also offers several other varietal wines and pretty much has something to cover any palate preference. When you visit, be sure to say “hi” to my pal Corky in the tasting room, who is a big proponent of Malbec and its health benefits, and let the kind folks at Corcoran know you read about them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot.


Corcoran Vineyards, 14635 Corkys Farm Lane , Waterford, VA - 540.882.9073

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7/18/2007

Weekend Wine Happenings - Northern Virginia

Have a Great Grape Weekend !!!

Hello Friends,

Dezel has a few fun-filled local weekend wine events for you to consider this Saturday. After-all, Mother Nature has promised to be kind to us on Saturday with low humidity and an abundance of sun shine. However, given that Dezel heard this news second hand through Mother Nature’s little messengers, the local weather women and men, do like me and keep your fingers crossed!

If your looking for something enjoyable to do on Saturday read on and plan a weekend respite to one or more of these “wine-der-ful” events in Virginia Wine Country!

Fabbioli Signature Logo in Red or White

This Saturday, July 21st our pal Doug Fabbioli and family will host an Open House at the Farm. Doug says “Bring a dish to share and non alcoholic beverages. Wines will be available for purchase. There will be vineyard tours, food (roasted corn and hot dogs), music, vintage wine tasting and fireworks.” We attended this event last year and had a great grape sort of time; that Doug sure knows how to throw a party. Needless to say, this is where Dezel will be Saturday evening from 5pm until dark! Visit the Fabbioli Cellars web page for details. Price: Bring a dish, buy some wine!

Another fine event taking place on July 21st from 7pm to 11pm is Hillsborough Vineyards most popular and fun-filled event. Which one is it? It is the 4th Annual Caribbean Nights event, which offers live music (Steel drum band), gourmet buffet, and some of the most beautiful views in Loudoun Wine Country. Watch the sunset from atop the hill that overlooks the Blue Ridge and enjoy your visit! Price: $40 per person. Visit their web site for further information.

Yet another fine event taking place in Loudoun County is happening at Breaux Vineyards on July 21st. Our Cajun friends at Breaux are transforming the “Cajun Theme” to a “Vineyards in Paradise” theme at their 2nd Annual Key West Festival! Breaux will offer Caribbean cuisine, hayrides, kid’s activities, wine tasting and live Steel Drum Band for entertainment, which will be followed by a Jimmy Buffet cover band. Visit Breaux for a day in paradise! $15 adults/$10.00 kids over 6 & designated drivers. 11am-6pm. Visit their web site for further information.

Tarara Sounds of Summer Concerts off of Shadow Lake

Okay, Loudoun is blowing up with events on July 21st, so here is another fun-filled evening engagement. As a matter of fact, Vine Spot visited Tarara to enjoy their “Sounds of Summer” concert series on July 7th and had a delightful time – why I even taught a few people how to do the Merlot Mash – my famous dance! These events are held from 6pm to 9:30pm off of a suspended stage that is back-dropped by beautiful Shadow Lake. I recommend the Pinot Grigio for drier palate preferences and the bargain priced Wild River Red if you like a dusting of sweetness. Pack a picnic and visit Tarara for an enjoyable evening of live music, beautiful views and their fine selection of summertime wines. These concerts are scheduled every Saturday until September 29th, so make a date with Tarara. Tickets: $10 Time: 6pm – 9:30pm Contact: http://www.tarara.com/ or call 703-771-7100.


Last but not least are our friends at Old House Vineyards in Culpeper, VA. Old House will host Summer Sunsets on the Island adjacent to the vineyard and open field. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and relax with a glass of your favorite Old House wine and a block of cheese and warm bread and enjoy live music while watching the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains from 6-9pm. Contact: http://www.oldhousevineyards.com/ or call 540-423-1032




In closing friends, have a great weekend and hope to see you on the wine trail!


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7/15/2007

Hillsborough Vineyards: Droplets of gems in every glass!


Hello Friends,

Vine Spot recently packed the saddle bags with picnic fare and rode through the green rolling hills and horse farms of Loudoun County’s Wine Country to visit Hillsborough Vineyards. Vine Spot has visited this gem (more on the gems later) of a winery in the past and have always had an enjoyable winery experience, and friends, this visit would be no different.

Sit under the pergola-covered stone floored patio and enjoy


Hillsborough Vineyards combines what many in and out of the wine industry might say are the three keys to success; these are first and foremost a beautiful view, a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and palatable winepreferably good. Hillsborough Vineyards warrants high scores in all three of these areas, and boasts what I would say are some of the most striking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding Loudoun countryside.

~ This is what I call a stress reducer ~


Relaxing trickling stream and beautiful koi pond

For summer, which will be our primary focus since its July, Hillsborough delivers nicely with a new addition to the liquid gem stone collection and a nice outdoor addition to boot. The outdoor addition is a beautifully inviting pergola, which provides a balanced amount of shade and sunlight to keep you comfy while enjoying your favorite Hillsborough wine and fine nibbles whilst out on the expansive stone floored patio. For those desiring more sunlight, Hillsborough has an uncovered deck with equally as beautiful views of the Loudoun countryside and hillside vineyard.

Open patio area with equally as stunning views

For those new to Hillsborough, you must be asking, what is up with the “liquid gem stone” term Dezel? Well, let me explain. All of Hillsborough wines are named after gem stones and are all of fine quality and complexity. Hillsborough prides itself in producing small batches of handcrafted complex blended wines. They are the only winery in Loudoun County to do only blends, which makes them unique in that respect. Hillsborough Vineyards also grows some grape varieties rare to Virginia soil. Ever heard of Fer Servadou? Click here and find out about it. So let’s talk about the new liquid gem stone, Serefina that is just in time for the seasonal warmth of summer and will be officially released in early August.

Serefina in the rock community is often referred to as an “angel stone”. At Hillsborough, Serefina is their first blush wine offering and is made from Viognier and Tannat – Note that Tannat is not only a smash in Uruguay, but is making a name for itself in Virginia as a varietal bottling. The Serefina is a brilliant salmon pink color with inviting red berry fruit aromas that follow through to the palate with lovely balance and a crisp and refreshing acidity. This is a perfect summertime sipping wine that would pair nicely with seafood and shellfish and will definitely be a big hit at the winery.

The Carnelian 2005 goes great with a tasty summer seafood salad

Hillsborough also has several other summertime selections in the two liquid gem stones -Carnelian and Opal white wine blends. These are flavorful and refreshing dry white wines that are as good on their own as they are coupled with poultry, grilled fish and creamy white sauce dishes. For the sweet ending, grab a bottle of the popular Moonstone, a blend of late harvest Viognier and Chardonnay that offers good stone fruit and subtle tropical flavors with just enough acidity to balance the sweetness out nicely and keep you coming for more. Hillsborough also has a nice selection of reds, ranging from light bodied and fruit forward to full bodied and elegant. Look for the release of their popular full bodied Bloodstone 2006 this fall.

Swirl, Sniff, Sip - You know the drill mates!

Looking for plans next weekend? Hillsborough will host one of their most popular events on July 21st. Visit their web site or call for tickets to the 4th Annual Caribbean Nights event, which offers live music, gourmet buffet, and some of the most beautiful views in Loudoun Wine Country – watch the sunset and enjoy your visit! When you visit the Baki family at Hillsborough, friends, be sure you let them know you read about them here on Dezel's Virginia Vine Spot.


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Virginia Wine Country named Top 5 regions to visit

The Virginia Winery Tour sign - Where the fun begins!

Hello Friends,

Have you read? In the July 2007 issue of Travel & Leisure Magazine the state of Virginia is recognized as one of the Top 5 new winery travel destinations in the world! Bruce Schoenfeld, the magazine's wine editor features Virginia in a list that includes some pretty hot wine producing regions - New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Chile. Mr. Schoenfeld’s list is based on 'hot new' travel destinations for those passionate about good wine, great food and enjoyable and memorable experiences.

With over 120 operational wineries, summer is a good time to saddle up and jump on the Virginia Wine Trail and experience the beautiful Virginia countryside, gourmet restaurants, historic landmarks, family farms, Mom & Pop Shops, and those burgeoning Virginia wineries that completes the fun-filled package.

If wine is pleasure, and pleasure is wine, then you have come to the right place for enjoyable and memorable winery experiences in picturesque settings. There are a number of resources such as my handy wine blog and the Virginia Wines - Aged to Perfection site to get familar with what is going on here.

Virginia is producing some top red & white wine selections


Want to know which Virginia bottle of wine did it for Mr. Schoenfeld? Click here to read the article, which makes for a very nice read and has me itching to visit New Zealand and Spain sooner than later.

In closing, all it takes is exposure for palates from across the globe to discover the remarkable progress and brilliant future the Virginia wine industry is establishing for itself.


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7/08/2007

Village Winery: Innovations in Wine Tasting


Hello Friends,

Vine Spot recently jumped back in the saddle and rode into Loudoun County to visit our friend, Kent Mars, owner and winemaker of Village Winery. We did not visit Kent at his charming winery located in Waterford, VA, however; instead we visited Kent at his kiosk, which is located at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet Mall.


Village Winery kiosk @ Leesburg Outlet Mall

A winery at a Shopping Mall you ask? That’s correct friends. It was early November of 2006 when Kent told me of his holiday plans to promote Village Winery, as well as Loudoun wines and target the holiday shopping crowd at the Leesburg Outlet Mall. I thought to myself, “What a great idea for the holidays;” after all, Kent’s popular dry Apple wine and the unique Elderberry wine would make for excellent mulled and spiced wine holiday selections. Of course, with December being a busy shopping month and longer than usual lines and consumers moving at a frantic pace, what better way to take a time-out than to enjoy a glass of wine – truly my kind of shopping!

Chatting with Kent last November about his plans at the mall

Well, let’s just say that Kent Mar’s innovative idea to setup shop at the Leesburg Outlet Mall has been very successful. Thus, it did not surprise me that seven months later Kent is still representing Village Winery, and in many ways Loudoun Wine Country, at the Leesburg Outlet Mall.

Kent preparing for the weekend rush @ Leesburg Outlet Mall


At the kiosk, Kent offers guests samplings of Village Winery’s hand-crafted wines and is more than happy to discuss and share his enthusiasm for Virginia wine with all who wish to know how he turns grapes and other local fruit into the wines we so enjoy. Periodically, Kent offers local cheeses for sampling and purchase that can be paired with one of his tasty Virginia wines. At the kiosk, wines can be purchased by the bottle, and whether you purchase a bottle or not, Kent gives all guests a 2007 Loudoun Wine Trail Guide so that they can become familiar with Loudoun Wine Country. While I was at the busy kiosk, over half of the guests were not aware that they were within 10 miles of some of Loudoun’s top wineries. Thus, outside of being a supporter and promoter of Loudoun wine and an emerging local winemaker, Kent is a people person, so whether you find him at Village Winery in Waterford, VA, or at the Leesburg Outlet Mall, you are certain to have a pleasant and enlightening winery experience.


Ripened Elderberry Fruit

So with summer upon us, you must be wondering about Village Winery summer offerings, right? Well, Village Winery has four wines, which in my humble opinion are perfect for summer and very popular with consumers. Kent’s newly released Cabernet Franc Rosé 2006, which sold out before I could try it, is described as a dry wine with nice up front bright berry fruit with good acidity , which makes it remarkably versatile with most foods and a good aperitif wine. The good news is that Kent will be bottling more of this popular selection and I’m eager to get my hands on a few bottles. Another selection, Kent’s dry Apple wine, has really taken off with consumers and is a refreshingly fruity wine, not sweet, made from local fruit that is barrel aged and makes for an excellent summertime quaffing wine. A wine that has made Village Winery unique in Virginia, and appears to have quite a following, is the Elderberry wine. The elderberry is a fruit bearing shrub whose many uses include tea, jams, brandy, pies, etc., and in Kent’s case, a dry medium bodied red table wine. A blind smell and sniff of this wine would have you guessing Chambourcin or perhaps even a soft Merlot – its richness and good fruit flavors makes it a prime candidate to be paired with light chesses, roasted chicken and game dishes. Another good summertime selection is the Village Winery Viognier 2006, which is the winery's first vintage. The Viognier is a soft wine offering floral and perfumed aromas with good citrus and subtle tropical fruit flavors on the palate and is another great summertime selection for pairing with grilled chicken and seafood dishes. Village Winery also offers some bolder red wine selections in a tasty Merlot, a Cabernet Franc and a Merlot & Cabernet Franc blend that are definitely worth seeking out.

Kent Mars of Village Winery in the Barrel Room

In closing friends, I recommend a visit to Kent Mar’s Village Winery to stock up on some of their great summertime wine selections. Whether you visit the winery in Waterford, or the kiosk at the Leesburg Outlet Mall, Village winery is sure to satiate your summertime needs. If your plan is to visit the winery be sure to pack a picnic basket and sit under the mature trees besides the rustic barn and enjoy the rural country surroundings. Very relaxing! When you decide to visit Village Winery friends, be sure to let them know you read about them here on Virginia Vine Spot.


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7/03/2007

Weekly Sip: Pearmund Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Hello Friends,

Summer is finally upon us and one of my favorite warm weather wines happens to be a good Sauvignon Blanc. Whether picnicking, backyard grilling, or just relaxing on the porch, Sauvignon Blanc makes for a nice easy drinking companion. From my Sauvignon Blanc experiences, there are three basic styles to choose from which I’ll talk about below.

Pearmund Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2006

The first style, and one in which I’m partial to, is Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, which is usually fruit-forward in style, highly aromatic, and bursting at the seams with intense bright and crisp grapefruit, melon and similar fruit flavors with a subtle distinctive herbal essence. These wines, in my opinion, have a quality to price ratio that is unmatched, and the Marlborough region in particular is offering excellent examples at unbelievable prices.

The second style would be found in the upper Loire Valley (France), where Sauvignon Blanc has been planted for centuries. The popular and esteemed regions of Sancerre and Pouillys-Fumé produce wines that are tamer than that of the New Zealand examples, and offer wines with good racy acidity, fresh cut green grass notes, subtle fruit, flintiness, touches of smoke, etc. – some of these examples can be highly complex and have been known as possessing “cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush,” aromas. Do note that the smokiness is not due to oak aging, but more so the chalky soil, and is as desirable in a Sauvignon Blanc as the petrol nuances are in German Rieslings. Also, do not let the "cat's pee" aroma scare you away - these wines are excellent!

You knew California would play a role in one of the big 6 grape varieties, right? The third style sprung up in the late 1960’s when the late Robert Mondovi coined the term Fume Blanc during a time when the grape variety was not very popular in California. Robert Mondavi went on to produce a dry Sauvignon Blanc wine that was French oak-aged, which offered an elegant styled wine that was less acidic, more voluptuous, and creamed textured, which to me is more Chardonnay-like, however, is a very popular selection today.

Review: The Pearmund Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2006 is a culmination of the three aforementioned styles described. The wine is lemon yellow in color with good up front citrus-like fruit flavors with subtly layered signature grassy notes. A splash of Viognier is added for complexity and heightens the aroma, and provides a nice integration of soft tropical fruit flavors. The wine is rounded out nicely by oak aging that also imparts hints of spice into the wine. The wine is balanced nicely with good acidity and is the perfect companion to pair with shellfish, scallops, and other seafood dishes, yet pleasant enough to be sipped on its own. Try a bottle! $19

Pearmund Cellars - 6190 Georgetown Road, Broad Run, VA 20137 Phone: 540.347.3475


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