7/25/2008

Next Stop: Miracle Valley Vineyards

Hello Friends,

I recently visited Miracle Valley Vineyards, located in the charm-filled village of Delaplane, Virginia, and nestled amidst picturesque and serene surroundings. Miracle Valley is a small family-run operation owned by Mary Ann and Joe Cunningham. The winery was established in 2004, and opened its doors for tasting almost one year ago in August 2007.

Miracle Valley Vineyards

Miracle Valley is common in the respect that it is one of a number of small producers in Virginia hand-crafting limited batches of wine for sample and sale out of Virginia tasting rooms. What I found unique about this small producer is that with the exception of one semi-dry dessert selection, all of their wines are 100% estate grown. In addition, the current offerings are 100% varietal wines – no blending. The grape variety on the label is what you get in the bottle – something for you purists to enjoy. To further explain the difference, many wineries source grapes from local vineyards and other wineries to make their wines each year. Most varietal wines today are usually blended with another grape variety or varieties for added complexity, color, structure, etc. Of course, nothing is wrong with these processes, especially if the wine is good and the characteristics of the grape varietals are well represented.

Mary Ann (right) and friend behind the tasting bar

The winery, tasting room, and vineyard sit upon 50 heavenly acres, and before becoming Miracle Valley, a cattle pasture occupied the land. The tasting room is housed in a nicely renovated multi-level historic farm house. Part of the tasting room is dedicated to a wine gift shop, and from the tasting bar you can enjoy pond and vista views. Current wine offerings consist of the following: 2006 Chardonnay Reserve (done in American Oak), 2006 Chardonnay Reserve (done in Hungarian Oak), 2006 Chardonnay, 2006 Merlot, 2006 Cab Sauvignon, 2007 Viognier, and for the sweet ending, the 2006 Sweet Michelle (made from 100% Rkatsiteli).

Outdoor Patio

The wines tasted were generally all easy drinking in style with nice balance and good varietal character. The exception would be the Cabernet Sauvignon, which was aged in American oak, and is more of a food pairing wine than an evening sipper. The sweet ending, the Sweet Michelle, is off dry with a good level of acidity; therefore it is not overly sweet and makes for an enjoyable and interesting ending to evening dinner.

Butterfly Bush and a Beautiful Visitor

In closing friend, be sure to put Miracle Valley Vineyards on your schedule when jumping on the Fauquier County wine trail. Expect to find a warm and relaxing environment and breathtaking views from the back patio. I would be remiss if I did not tell you to bring your camera and visit the beautiful butterfly bush while it is still in bloom. I think every butterfly in Delaplane must have been hanging out there when I visited. When you visit, let the Cunninghams know you read about them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot.

Info: Miracle Valley Vineyards, 3661 Double J Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144


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      7/16/2008

      Virginia Wine Hits the High Seas!


      Hello Friends,

      That’s right, Virginia wine is hitting the high seas and you can join in on the fun. This seems like a great getaway for the wine novice and connoisseur with an interest in Virginia wine from a very unique and luxurious perspective. If you are interested in sailing away on this fun-filled and relaxing wine adventure click on the links below. Both Pearmund Cellars and Del Fosse Vineyards & Winery are hosting wine cruises. In addition, an informational event is being held at LaGrange Winery at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2008 for those interested. See links below and have fun!

      Pearmund Cellars Cruise Info ( June 17-27, 2009) : Click Here

      Del Fosse Vineyards Cruise Info (June 21-28, 2009 ) : Click Here

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        7/11/2008

        Barrel Oak Winery: BOW is WOW!

        Hello Friends,

        This past holiday weekend I jumped on I-66 and headed to the small town of Delaplane, Virginia, to celebrate the 4th of July at Barrel Oak Winery. The last time I visited Barrel Oak Winery in March of this year the winery and tasting room was under construction. Wow! What a difference a day makes (actually about 3 months). Today, Barrel Oak Winery is an eye-catching and spacious multi-level facility where one can relax and discover great views and good vintages. Simply put – a beautiful building in a gorgeous setting.

        Barrel Oak Winery

        To celebrate the 4th of July, BOW (which is short for Barrel Oak Winery) was grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, playing outdoor games, giving winery and vineyard tours, popping fireworks, and lots more. Tastings were being held indoors and outdoors and smiling faces and wagging tails were plentiful. Besides being people-friendly, BOW is very dog friendly, and many four-legged friends came out to meet and play with the winery dogs, Barley and Justice (the new loveable puppy).

        Tasting Room


        Inside you will find a spacious tasting room with artful décor, high ceilings, a stone fireplace, large windows, and an abundance of natural light, as well as southern hospitality. In addition, the tasting facility features a wine gift shop and ample indoor seating. In my opinion, this is one of the nicest and most spacious tasting rooms in the state that I have visited – owners Brian and Sharon Roeder have done a great job. At the tasting bar we were greeted by winemaker Rick Tagg, who many people might know from Pearmund Cellars. After some chit-chat with Rick, we were invited to the tasting bar to sample the winery’s inaugural offerings. Let’s take a look at the wine list, shall we?

        Tasting Bar

        For a young winery there is a wide array of wine selections to choose from– something for every palate preference, including red, white, dry, off-dry, and sweet. Seyval Blanc 2007, BowHaus White (off-dry blend), Viognier 2007, and the Bowhaus Red (light bodied blend …a red that can be served slightly chilled) are some great summertime wines. Red wine selections like the Petit Verdot 2005, Cabernet franc 2005, and Merlot 2005 are nice sipping and food pairing wines. For those looking to indulge their taste buds in a dessert wine, try the light and tropical Late Harvest Viognier 2006 or the exquisite Chocolate Lab dessert wine. With the seasonal warmth of summer, I opted for a bottle of the Viognier 2007, which offers tropical notes and citrus hints, in an aromatic and mouth-filling, yet refreshing wine.

        Enjoy the view from the patio

        On nice days you will want to sit out on the stone patio where breathtaking views of the mountains and vineyard can be enjoyed. Speaking of vineyards, BOW's estate vines were recently planted and include Traminette, Seyval Blanc, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and Petit Manseng. The wines currently offered are sourced from several of the top vineyards in the surrounding area. When you visit the winery ask about a winery and vineyard tour – the behind the scenes stuff is very interesting!

        See You on the Wine Trail, Friends!

        As their website suggest, “We’re an Hour from Downtown and a World Away,” is very much the impression I get when sitting out on the patio marveling at the beautiful symphony of nature. I said it before, and I will say it again, friends: “If you enjoy Virginia wine and beautiful views this is the place for you because both are difficult to escape at Barrel Oak Winery”. When you visit be sure to tell them you read about them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot.


        Info: Barrel Oak Winery, 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144


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          7/05/2008

          Virginia Vine Spot Visuals

          Hello Friends,

          This post continues the summertime “Virginia Vine Spot Visuals” feature, and with the seasonal warmth of summer literally upon us, there is nothing more perfect than a crisp and refreshing white wine or a fruit-forward red wine served slightly chilled. The winery I selected for this entry will do the trick for you in more ways than one. Like I mentioned before, about one of every five emails I receive is from a Virginia wine lover who wants to know where to discover the beautiful wine country views. My plan is to periodically post pictures of the striking landscapes and picturesque settings of the Virginia wineries I have visited. 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.

          Hillsborough Vineyards

          This picture was taken at Hillsborough Vineyards, located in Loudoun County on Route 9. Hillsborough is situated atop a picturesque hilltop of vine plantings and boasts what some call the “million dollar view" of the Blue Ridge. I have long enjoyed Hillsborough’s unique and complex blended wines and unrivaled views of the Loudoun countryside. The hand-crafted, blended wines at Hillsborough are named after gem stones, so for summer you will want to try the Carnelian, Opal, and Ruby. The latter is a dry, crisp, and refreshing Rosé-styled wine that will be the perfect match for summer salads, shellfish, and light pasta dishes – also great for any picnic fare. Enjoy stunning views while sitting under the pergola-covered stone floored patio with friends and savor local chesses, warm French baguettes, and a liquid gemstone of your choice!


          For further information, visit the Hillsborough Vineyards website and be sure to let them know you saw them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot when you visit. Hope everyone had an awesome 4th!


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