4/27/2008

Virginia Vine Spot Visuals

Hello Friends,

This continues the springtime “Virginia Vine Spot Visuals” feature, and although the past few days have been rather somber and soggy, rest assured that sunshine is on its way - so I hope! About one of every five emails I receive is from a Virginia wine lover who wants to know where to discover the beautiful views. As I mentioned before, my plan here is to periodically post pictures of Virginia wineries I have visited with striking landscapes and picturesque settings. Oftentimes I tell people “she is a beautiful model.” The model I’m speaking of is Virginia, who, in her natural state, makes it difficult for the novice, amateur, or professional photographer to snap a bad picture.

Mediterranean Cellars Patio View

This picture was taken at Mediterranean Cellars, nestled in the lush, green, rolling hills of Fauquier County. This small family-owned farm winery is located in the town of Warrenton and sits atop a hill surrounded by sweeping views of the picturesque countryside and horse farms. This time of year the garden area bordering the outdoor patio should be near full bloom and colorfully attractive. With a full spectrum of red and white wines ranging from dry to sweet and tempting, there is something offered for every palate preference. Be sure to try the Rechina, a unique Greek-styled wine dating back to the 13th century, made from white savvatiano grapes with a distinct piney flavor. As the picture suggests, sit back, relax, and enjoy the good life!

For further information, visit the Mediterranean Winery website and be sure to let them know you saw them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot when you visit.

Contact Info: Mediterranean Cellars, 8295 Falcon Glen Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186


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4/20/2008

Loudoun Valley Vineyards: A Sign of Good Things to Come

Hello Friends,

This past weekend while driving up Route 9 through Loudoun wine country I noticed that one of Loudoun’s oldest wineries was under new ownership. Well, this bit of news piqued my interest, so I drove up the gravely driveway and past the vineyard to the tasting room of Loudoun Valley Vineyards.

A Sign of Good Things to Come ?

Loudoun Valley Vineyards was previously owned by the Tucker family and attracts lovers of their wines and southern hospitality from near and far. The Tuckers are not going too far; however, as they are set to open a Bed & Breakfast that is a grape’s throw away from the winery sometime soon. In my visits, I have always found delight in the relaxing country atmosphere and friendly staff, coupled with one of their off-dry white wine blends filling my glass. One of those selections currently available is the Classic White, an aromatic, citrus-laced, off dry white wine blend that typifies spring and goes well while sitting on the outdoor deck basking in the seasonal warmth and stunning views.

Loudoun Valley Vineyards

Well, you know that old saying, the song remains the same? Although under new ownership, the face of Loudoun Valley Vineyards remains a welcoming and friendly one. The new owners are Cameron and Bree Ann Moore, who are new to Loudoun wine country, but not new to Virginia wine. Bree Ann was previously the principal winemaker at Unicorn Winery, and worked as an assistant winemaker at Rappahannock Cellars in 2003. A graduate of the esteemed UC Davis enology program in California, I have been told by a reliable source that red wines are her specialty; thus my eager palate awaits her first vintage.

Visuals from my visits to Loudoun Valley Vineyards

Upon entering the tasting room I was warmly greeted by a smiling Eva, a personable Kristen, and a friendly four-legged door greeter named Sadie who wanted nothing more but to have her head scratched, and perhaps a treat. Eva guided me through the tasting of Loudoun Valley’s current selections which are all offerings of previous owner and winemaker, Hubert Tucker. Personally, I have always felt that Loudoun Valley did much better with their white wine offerings, as opposed to their reds, so it will be interesting to check out the new releases under Bree Ann. And speaking of new releases, I was informed that there will be several new selections released over the next several months. Additionally, look for Loudoun Valley to keep popular events like ‘Winter Soup Days’, and to add additional events, as well as attending several of the fun-filled wine festivals that all Virginia wine lovers so enjoy.

Great Valley and Vineyard Views

In closing friends, keep an eye on the new Loudoun Valley Vineyards. There is a positive and exciting energy about the place and a good dosage of optimism. During the spring and summer months, enjoy a glass of wine on the outdoor wrap around deck with friends and take in the vista views of the Catoctin Mountains and surrounding countryside. Click here to visit the Loudoun Valley Vineyard web site to stay abreast of current winery information, business hours, and contact information. Be sure to mention you saw them on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot when you visit.

Contact Info: Loudoun Valley Vineyards, 38516 Charles Town PikeWaterford, VA 20197

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    4/14/2008

    Virginia Vine Spot’s Q&A with Kent Marrs of Village Winery

    Hello Friends,

    This post marks the start of a new feature I’m adding to the Virginia Vine Spot blog called “Getting to know your local industry.” What I have found touring Virginia wine country is that behind every bottle of Virginia wine are some very down to earth and passionate people. My plan with this new feature is to periodically have a Q&A session with some of the industry locals, and post it to the blog, so you, my wonderful readers and friends, can get to know your local industry a little better.

    Kent Marrs of Village Winery in the Barrel Room

    I begin this new feature with Kent Marrs of Village Winery in Loudoun County. I have had the pleasure of meeting Kent in the tasting room several times and he is one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. The tasting room, where Kent can be found on weekends, is housed in a renovated farm building, which sits next to a historic eye-catching barn. Welcomes are always warm and friendly, and from personal experience, all of my tastings have been informative and satisfying. Picnics are welcomed, so put this one on your calendar for a sunny weekend day. Enjoy the Q&A session with Kent Marrs of Village Winery, friends.

    Dezel: Was there one special bottle that initially got you into wine? If so, what was this serendipitous find?
    Kent: Linden Vineyards Cabernet Franc (click here to visit Linden Vineyard site)

    Dezel: From wine connoisseur to winemaker, what and / or who inspired you to start growing wine grapes and making wine here in Virginia?
    Kent: Jim Law (owner, grape grower, and winemaker at Linden Vineyards)

    Dezel: As a grower, what vineyard techniques do you employ? Secondly, as an East coast grower, do the climatic variations make it difficult to maintain consistency in the quality and style of your wines from vintage to vintage?
    Kent: We like the GDC trellis system – less disease pressure and less labor during the summer months. We also get pretty good consistency, except for 2007, which was very dry. 2007 was a great year for our wines.

    Dezel: As a small farm winery, where do most of your wine sales come from?
    Kent: The Tasting Room.
    Dezel: Is it from Virginia wine lovers visiting your winery?
    Kent: Some – Currently, I do not track those stats as I should.

    Dezel: You did something rather innovative last year by setting up a wine booth outdoors at the Leesburg Outlet Mall for the holidays. How did this work and how well did it work out for you?
    Kent: It worked well to promote our wines and increase sales. This year we are only at the Outlet Mall November and December. Sales are increasing at the tasting room and I want to maintain a good customer relationship by being at the winery more.

    Images of Village Winery from past visits

    Dezel: Your elderberry wine is a crowd favorite. Whenever I visit Loudoun wine country and start chatting about wine in tasting circles your elderberry wine always comes up. I believe out of the 130+ wineries in the state you are the only producer making an elderberry wine. Is this also your favorite wine, and did you know it would have such appeal when you started making it?
    Kent: Elderberry is my favorite fruit- We also make a food product, elderberry syrup, which has become very poplar as well. We should release a new elderberry water beverage this fall. These are healthy products and our goal is to develop new products which will make consuming elderberry a daily benefit. My favorite wine is Petit Verdot

    Dezel: You also offer a varietal Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, etc. Is there a particular style you are after with your classic European varieties (ex. Old World, New World)?
    Kent: Old World style - The most important item to remember is “Great wines start in the Vineyard.” I went to a number of wine making classes, which Jim Law gave. He continually talked about the soil and site. Ten years later I understand what he was trying to tell us. It is not what we do in the winery.
    Dezel: Has there been a wine that you are most proud of as a winemaker?
    Kent: Petit Verdot- not because of what I do, but the grape itself and the site we have it planted on.

    Dezel: Outside of your own wines filling your glass, tell us at least three other Virginia producers whose wines you thoroughly enjoy?
    Kent: Jim Law’s wines are my all time favorite. Unfortunately, I have not been able to taste other wines due that I’m somewhat of a one man shop. I’m trying to change that. I do know, based on the customers that visit the tasting room that we have a great selection of wines and wineries here in Loudoun County and other parts of Virginia.

    Village Winery Visuals

    Dezel: Loudoun County wine country is one of my favorite places to visit on the weekends. There are so many good wineries, great restaurants, and unique shops out that way. If you had to tell someone why they should visit Village Winery what would you tell them?
    Kent: If people enjoy historic areas and a wide variety of wines and new elderberry products – come by and visit us.

    Dezel: Any new spring time releases or winery news that you would like to share with readers?
    Kent: We have released our Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot 2006. A special note on the Merlot- for the first time I’m picking up a light tobacco aroma. The 2007 Viognier will be released in a month.



    Thanks for your time and appearing on Virginia Vine Spot Q&A, Kent. Readers wanting to learn more about Village Winery and their wines can click here to visit the Village Winery web site.

    Contact Info: Village Winery, 40405 Browns Lane, Waterford, VA20197, 540.882.3780


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      4/11/2008

      In the News: Virginia Tasting Room selected as one of the Best in America

      Hello Friends,

      As I flipped through my latest edition of Wine Enthusiast Magazine (May 08), I noticed that Virginia’s own Kluge Estate Winery was selected as one of America’s Best Tasting Rooms. This is definitely a nice spotlight to have shined on you as a local producer since Wine Enthusiast Magazine reaches out to a global audience of wine lovers. For those of you who have not visited Kluge Estate Winery, find a picture perfect weather day and make a date with the tasting room. I have visited several times, and results have been hit or miss to be honest. When it is a hit, however, it is a homerun. The tasting room is smallish, yet sophisticated, and can quickly get crowded on weekends, but when you combine the farm shop, the nice spread of gourmet foods offered, the outdoor sun porch, and the picnic area surrounded by trees, results can be heavenly.

      Images from my last visit to Kluge Estate Winery

      Kluge Estate Winery is a full service winery, and is one of the few places I will tell readers to leave their picnic baskets at home and enjoy the delectable food items offered at the winery. The wines here are also very nice, and all the foods served come with wine pairing suggestions. For those who have not visited Kluge Estate Winery, I have included some of my photos from last years visit to wet your palate.

      When you visit Kluge, be sure to congratulate them on being selected as one of America’s Best tasting Rooms. Additionally, be sure to grab a Monticello Wine Trail guide and visit some of the neighboring wineries in the area – you are sure to find a lot of other great tasting rooms too!


      For further information on Kluge Estate Winery visit their website here. Be sure to mention you saw them on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot when you visit.

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        4/06/2008

        Virginia Vine Spot Visuals

        Hello Friends,

        Over the past two years I have taken a number of pictures from my travels through Virginia wine country. About one of every 5 emails I receive are from Virginia wine lovers who want to know where the beautiful views are. Starting with this post, I will periodically post a picture from my photo archive, accompanied with a short descriptive blurb. Since we are transitioning to the seasonal warmth of spring, my plan is to post pictures of Virginia wineries I have visited with striking landscapes and picturesque settings. Often times I tell people “she is a beautiful model.” The model I’m speaking of is Virginia, who, in her natural state, makes it difficult for the novice, amateur, or professional photographer to snap a bad picture.

        One of many beautiful views at Oakencroft Vineyard & Winery

        This picture was taken at Oakencroft Vineyard & Winery, located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oakencroft is situated amidst a beautiful farm setting surrounded by lush green landscapes and a picnic area overlooking a lake and shaded by mature trees. Find comfort and serenity in this spot for two and enjoy a glass of wine and the attractive countryside.

        To make a date with Oakencroft Vineyard & Winery visit their website here. Be sure to let them know you saw them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot when you visit.
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