9/26/2008

Stadium Sip: Cardinal Point A6 2007

Hello Friends,

How about those Redskins, huh? On a beautiful, sunny day they chalked up another victory over the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. I mean, who would have thought that after the horrid pre-season that the Redskins would open up the playbook and jump on a two game winning streak. But, before we raise and clink our wine glasses too soon, let’s just see how they fare against the undefeated Dallas Cowboys.

From Fed Ex Field: Cardinal Point A6 2007

Complimenting this beautiful day at the pre-game tailgate party was the Cardinal Point A6 2007. The A6 is a longtime favorite blend from Cardinal Point Winery consisting of 61% Viognier and 39% Chardonnay. This nicely crafted sipping wine displays inviting aromas of stone fruit and apples and, although relatively light in body, has a nice texture that gives it a fuller mouth feel. With good acidity and balance, this wine would do well as an aperitif wine paired with grilled chicken, seafood, or light cheeses. Enjoy young, as it is drinking well right now. Where to find it - You can either visit the tasting room in Afton and enjoy the picturesque views, or try your local Total Wine store where some CP wines are carried.

Price: $19 Alcohol Percentage: 12.8% Enclosure: Real Cork

(Note: This wine can also be found at most local Total Wine stores for $14.99)

Info: Cardinal Point Winery, 9423 Batesville RoadAfton, Virginia 22920

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    9/19/2008

    Media Day at Doukénie Winery

    Hello Friends,

    This past weekend I visited Doukénie Winery, located in Hillsboro, VA, for an “Open Cellar” promotional event. The invite for this special tasting was extended to the local media and featured a private tasting with winemaker and general manager, Sebastien Marquet.

    Doukenie Winery

    For those who follow my blog, you know that Doukénie Winery is one of my top spots to visit in Loudoun County. Doukénie does a great job of combining good wine with a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, all in an inviting and picturesque setting.

    Winemaker Sebastien Marquet and Christine Wolf

    Included in this special tasting was a tour of the wine-making facility and barrel room, Q&A with the wine maker, and lastly, hors d' ouevres especially prepared by Hope Bazaco – whom of which makes the best baklava in Virginia and has a popular dessert wine named after her. Additionally, Hope is the daughter of Doukénie, for which the winery is named. So be sure to say hello to Hope when you visit and ask about Doukénie’s remarkable story.

    Yep...That's the one!

    On to the tasting we go! We started our day meeting with winemaker Sebastian Marquet, who started with Doukénie in 2007 after making wines in both Sonoma County and Burgundy – two wine producing regions wine enthusiasts know well. Talking with Sebastian, he is up for the challenge, and frankly, quite excited about growing grapes and hand-crafting wine here in the Commonwealth. The excitement was all part of this media day, which allowed people like myself and others in the media and press to experience the great things Doukénie has to offer and to spread the good news by word of mouth to other Virginia wine lovers (like you).

    Tasting developing wines in the Barrel Room

    From what I gather, you will be glad to know that Doukénie Winery plans to hosts more events and special tastings at the winery in the near future. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter and check their online calendar to stay abreast of the latest and greatest. In addition, Doukénie has some new and exciting wines. Soon to be released is a varietal Sangiovese, a Sauvignon Blanc 2008, a Chardonnay 2007, a blackberry-based dessert wine, and lastly, an interesting three-blend chardonnay wine. The winery is also upping production to meet customer demand, but rest assured, this will not affect the quality of the wines you have come to expect.

    Enjoy Sunsets by the Pond

    And what should you expect? Based on the samples tasted and talking with Sebastian, I would say to expect a nice selection of easy drinking wines that emphasize fresh fruit and smooth textures, as well as wines that are “everyday” drinking wines that could be sipped on their own or paired with your favorite dish. What Doukénie Winery expects from you is for you to visit the tasting room and enjoy their wines, facility, and surroundings. It is still warm enough now to enjoy a picnic out by the pond, and when the cool weather comes, enjoy yourself indoors by the warming fireplace.

    In closing, when I asked the new winemaker what he enjoyed most about making wines here in Virginia, he commented on how he gets fulfillment seeing people having a great time at the winery enjoying both the wine and the relaxing atmosphere. When you visit, friends, be sure to let the kind folks at Doukénie know you read about them here on Dezel's Virginia Vine Spot.

    Info: Doukenie Winery, 14727 Mountain Rd, Purcellville VA 20132


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      9/12/2008

      Stadium Sip: Fabbioli Cellars Fratelli 2005

      Hello Friends,

      With the Redskins playing below expectations, I almost forgot this stadium sip, but here it is. This wine actually made it on a previous Stadium Sip in 2006, but it was so nice I’m doing it twice – plus it gives me a chance to briefly talk about the Chambourcin grape variety, which is a popular French /American hybrid variety here in Virginia.

      The wine I’m talking about, the Fabbioli Cellars Fratelli 2005, was what I enjoyed at the Redkskin’s final preseason game during the tailgate party. Thus, even though the Redskins lost, the ‘Red Wines’ did not. Well, enough pun, let’s talk about what we have here.

      Fabbioli Cellars Fratelli 2005

      The Fratelli 2005 is an easy-drinking Chambourcin based wine that has a smooth palate with red fruit, earthy and herbal aromas and similar flavors. Chambourcin lends itself to nicely colored ruby wines, and this wine falls in that category. It is light-to-medium in body with good balance and pairs well with red sauce dishes, barbeque, pork, aperitifs, and even beef dishes. I know it is a little way off, but consider this wine as one of your selections for Thanksgiving dinner.

      For those seeking this wine out, be sure to note that after the 2005 vintage, Fabbioli Cellars only makes a 2006 Chambourcin label (not Fratelli). If you do find any more of the 2005’s, these are ready to drink now and not meant for extended aging. Pop the cork and enjoy these now, friends! For more on this wine and Fabbioli Cellars visit http://www.fabbioli.com/.


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        9/05/2008

        I was there! 20th Annual Herndon Labor Day Wine & Jazz Festival

        Herndon Labor Day Wine & Jazz Festival

        Hello Friends,

        The Herndon Labor Day Jazz & Wine Festival, held on Monday, September 1st, delivered a fun-filled, relaxing and enjoyable day. There is nothing quite like a Monday off, but more so, there is nothing like a Monday off attending a wine festival with good wine, delicious foods, and great music. Am I right or what?

        Some of the Wineries in Attendance

        I have attended this festival in the past and it is always well attended. Like most Virginia wine festivals, those who show up early benefit the most, as they can sample wines without long lines and find the Virginia wine of their choice before the crowd pours in - literally. Once you find your wine, grab some food, find a spot in the shade, and enjoy the finger snapping and toe-tapping sounds of some great local jazz musicians.

        Grab a Bottle & Enjoy Live Jazz Music

        Look for this festival next year, held in historic downtown Herndon – it usually consists of approximately 10 Virginia wineries, as well as local arts and crafts vendors, delicious foods, and some great jazz acts. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year, friends, and hope to see you there!

        My hat says it all!


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