8/30/2010

Coming Soon: Crushed Cellars!

Hello Friends,

The growing Route 9 'wine' highway in Loudoun County will soon welcome Crushed Cellars to the wine trail. Crushed Cellars is a small family-owned farm operation located in the historic town of Hillsboro, Virginia. Crushed Cellars is owned by Bob Kalok, who is growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and experimenting with a few different Pinot Noir clones. Bob plans to open doors for tasting mid-September and will only be open on Saturdays.

Crushed Cellars


The attractive stone-front tasting room is brand new and looks out to the patio, vine plantings and relaxing pond. Crushed Cellars will open up with three wines: a dry and crisp 2009 Seyval Blanc, a semi-sweet 2009 Vidal Blanc, and a young and supple 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Bob is pretty psyched about joining the Loudoun County wine community and pouring his wines for Virginia wine lovers. Crushed Cellars is a grape's throw away from Route 9, so be sure to pay them a visit and enjoy their new tasting room, wines, and southern hospitality.

Grab a bottle, fine nibbles, and enjoy!


Besides growing grapes on the small family farm, Bob’s two kids operate their own little farmer's market, raising chickens and picking fruit from several trees on the property. There is always farm fresh eggs and freshly picked fruit available for purchase. Look for the kid's hand-made sign from the road and enjoy your wine tasting experience, friends!

The kids were kind enough to introduce me to their baby chicken!


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Info: Crushed Cellars: 37938 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, VA 20132, T 703.829.2317

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8/23/2010

Delaplane Cellars Photo Tour

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Delaplane Cellars is a small family-owned winery nestled on Lost Mountain in Delaplane, Virginia. Delapnae Cellars is a fairly new producer that's hit the ground running with a nice selection of 2007 red wines, some nice whites,  a beautiful tasting room, and some of the most stunning views in all of Virginia wine country. Delaplane Cellar’s goal is to produce small batches of high-quality single vineyard wines reflective of the unique characteristics of each site and the Virginia growing season. This post introduces a new feature to the blog – “The Photo Tour”.  Kick back, relax, and enjoy a quick photo tour of my visit to Delaplane Cellars, friends! NOTE: If you have trouble viewing the video please use the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsM0k6Rb0Mk

Photo Tour of Delaplane Cellars


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Beautiful Tasting Room and Stunning Views!


Info: Delaplane Cellars: 2187 Winchester Road, Delaplane, VA 20144-1734, T (540) 592-7210

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8/19/2010

Plan Ahead: October is Virginia Wine Month!


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October is Virginia Wine Month and some of your favorite Virginia wineries will host and participate in a number of fun-filled events. Just about anytime is a good time to visit Virginia wine country, but autumn’s stunning color spectrum of brown, red, yellow, and orange foliage makes it one of the most popular. The sunny, cool, crisp days of October are the perfect time to spend a day or a weekend winery hopping on the Virginia Wine Trail. Did you know? Virginia has over 160 wineries, twelve wine trails, and was recently named one of the top five up-and-coming wine regions in the world – need I say more? Discover quaint small town charm and southern hospitality as you meander along scenic routes where some of the best local wines are grown, poured, and tasted. Virginia wine country offers other attractions too, including small historic towns, B&B's and Inns, snazzy boutiques, antique shops, farm-to-table restaurants, mom-and-pop stores, and much more!

Celebrate Fall on the Virginia Wine Trail


The good folks over at the Virginia Tourism Corporation already have a “Romantic Fall Getaways in Virginia” link up, so be sure to check that out. To assists in your fall time planning check out the Virginia Tourism homepage and the Virginia Wine Marketing homepage. If you have any questions you can also hit me up via e-mail, Face-book, or Twitter. Get out this fall and raise a toast to the Virginia 2010 harvest and have an enjoyable and safe time! Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!





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Comparative Wine Tasting with Eisch Sensis Plus


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I was recently sent samples of two Eisch wine glasses from Balzak Communications and Marketing in Napa, CA. Eisch is a well-respected German wine glass producer who has received numerous awards and accolades for their "breathable" stemaware line. One glass I received was a standard red wine glass and the other was a Superior Sensis Plus red wine glass. Sensis Plus is a permanent treatment applied to the finished wine glass that promises to heighten your wine tasting experience by making the wine more harmonious, complex, better balanced, and elegant. I tried these two attractive glasses, which are both similar in size and shape, with a delicious bottle of 2008 North Gate Vineyard Meritage. Check out the video to see if the Sensis Plus glass outshined the standard Eisch red wine glass. NOTE: If you have trouble viewing the video please use the following link: http://vinespot.blogspot.com/2010/08/comparative-wine-tasting-with-eisch.html

Comparative Wine Tasting with Eisch


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8/17/2010

Q&A Vineyard Update with North Gate Vineyard


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Today’s Q&A is with Mark and Vicki Fedor of North Gate Vineyard, a small family owned and operated farm winery located amongst beautiful surroundings in Purcellville, Virginia. I recently visited with Mark and Vicki to discuss and taste through their wines. Much of our discussion took place in their 3 acre vineyard, as it should, since great wine starts in the vineyard. Given the atypical drought-like conditions and warmer than normal temperatures of the 2010 growing season so far, I tapped Mark and Vicki to get some hands-on information regarding what they are experiencing in the vineyard.

Mark and Vicki Fedor


Dezel: Tell us a little about your vineyard, elevation, soil type, what you have planted, etc.?
Mark and Vicki: At North Gate, we currently have about 3 acres planted with an additional 2-3 acres ready to plant in our current vineyard block. Our primary plantings right now are Petit Verdot and Viognier. We also have a little Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our site is at about 600-630 feet elevation. The vineyard site is relatively flat with a slight gradient down towards the southeast. Most of the vineyard has a heavier soil, with a relatively good balance between drainage capacity and water retention. As you go down the gradient to the lower portion of the vineyard, the soil does get a bit more clay-based. We’ve learned that choosing the correct root-stock and matching it with the correct area of the vineyard is important for our site. Our site seems to have good cold-air drainage as we have not experienced frost damage. We had some slight frost damage in the lower portion of our vineyard very low to the ground during the May 2010 frost events.


Dezel: With warmer than normal temperatures and drought like conditions, what are your thoughts on the 2010 growing season so far? Virginia growers usually have to find a way to get the water out, now I’m sure there is a need to get some water in, right?
Mark and Vicki: There have been some pros and cons to this growing season. The extreme, consistent heat has really allowed us to cut back on our vineyard sprays. The hot weather tends to suppress the fungi and molds that cause your typical vineyard diseases. However, the heat has really accelerated the growth of the vines. The amount of acceleration depends on how much rainfall or water you can get to the vines. We have noticed that this season has had wide-spread and scattered storms which have hit certain areas and left others dry. Here at North Gate, we’ve been lucky to have received rain just at the right times so our vines have pretty much stayed free of drought stress. We are not swimming, but the vines are happy. For vineyards that irrigate, it is a challenge to balance the water to the vines versus the heat in order to keep vine vigor in check. I can see where over-watered vines and this extreme heat could cause a vigor problem in a vineyard this season. In general, the vines here at North Gate have done well and we’ve worked hard to keep the vines in balance. With that said, we are looking at our Viognier coming in earlier than normal. It is a bit too early to get a good prediction on the Petit Verdot, but we hope the weather moderates and things will settle in for a good harvest.
North Gate Vineyard


Dezel: How has the current hot and drought like conditions impacted your white and red varieties? Has it been okay for the whites, good for the reds, etc.?
Mark and Vicki: The earlier ripening grapes are more likely to be affected by the current season’s extreme weather. At this point in the season, there is less time for a weather pattern change to affect them. There are people getting ready to harvest Seyval next week. Those vineyards that are brave enough to grow Pinot Noir and Riesling are harvesting it as we speak. The late season reds like Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and to some extent Cabernet Franc have a chance to even out and fall into a “normal” harvest schedule depending on the weather. Merlot seems to be a red that is caught in between. Some Merlot sites harvest in mid September so that will likely come in early. However, some Merlot sites in Loudoun have an early October harvest time so they still have time to settle in.


Dezel: Have you had to do anything different this season to adapt to the 'changeup' Mother Nature is pitching?
Mark and Vicki: No, not really. We’ve been growing grapes in this area for about 10 years now so we’ve experienced all kinds of extremes that this Northern Virginia climate can throw at you. We’ve had to work more at keeping the canopy open, we’ve watched the crop load pretty closely, and we’ve adjusted the amount of sprays we’ve needed down quite a bit.


Dezel: If you could send a nice little note to Mother Nature on what North Gate Vineyard needs for the remainder of the growing season to bring in the highest quality fruit, how would that note read?
Mark and Vicki: Dear Mother Nature, we’ve had enough of the hot days this season. How about some mid-to-upper 70’s with low humidity? Cool nights would also be a benefit! Our grapes have really grown like crazy this year so we need to give them a nice comfortable ride into the harvest season. Maybe a bit more gentle rainfall over the next week or so would be nice, but then a fairly dry harvest time would be wonderful. Please, no more wind and hail! If you could arrange that, we would all be very happy and we’ll send you a bottle of fine North Gate wine. P.S. Please keep any hurricanes and tropical storms out in the ocean where the marine life can enjoy them!


In closing, I would like to thank Mark and Vicki for their time and all the great information about where they are in the 2010 growing season. Hopefully Mother Nature reads my blog and will deliver another outstanding vintage to Virginia wine growers! Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!

Info: North Gate Vineyard, 16110 Mountain Ridge Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, T(540) 668-6248

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8/12/2010

Quick Sip: Tarara teams up with Lansdowne Resort!

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Today’s Quick Sip video is the 2009 Lansdowne Reserve White. Lansdowne Resort, a premier destination resort in Loudoun County, has teamed up with Tarara Winery, a popular wine destination in Loudoun County, and the result is a Virginia grown Lansdowne Reserve White and Red blend made by Tarara Winery for the resort. These private label “house wines” will be available by the bottle or glass at any of Lansdowne Resort’s on-site restaurants. It’s pretty cool to see a top destination resort like Lansdowne supporting the local wine scene and equally as cool to see Tarara reaching out and making this partnership happen. Cheers to both of them – we need to see more of that in Virginia!

2009 Lansdowne Reserve White


If you’re spending a weekend in Loudoun wine country, consider Lansdowne Resort for your overnight stay. Lansdowne has beautiful guest rooms, a world class golf course, a full-service spa, five on site restaurants - ranging from casual to fine dining, and centrally located to Loudoun wine country, the Outlet Mall, and historic downtown Leesburg. Next time you visit the resort be sure to give the the Virginia grown and produced private label house wines a swirl, sniff, and sip!
Available Exclusively at Lansdowne Resort

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Info: Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176-5236, (703) 771-7100

Info: Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, VA 20176

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8/09/2010

Just Say No to HR5034

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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being included in a short CNN clip along with Rachel Martin of Boxwood Winery which focused on House Resolution 5034. HR 5034 is a bill that could potentially remove our ability to purchase wine from out of state wineries via direct shipping. It seems wrong in a sense that people can buy drugs and pornography over the internet and have these items delivered to their front door, yet the National Beer Wholesalers Association, with support from the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, wants to put a screeching halt to the licensed and regulated interstate shipping of wine and spirits from source to consumer. Small family businesses started from the ground up by hard-working Americans who do not have enough production for a wholesaler to be interested in would be crippled by the passage of such a bill. Small mom-and-pop farm wineries rely on shipping a percentage of their wine production to out of state consumers who support and enjoy their limited production hand-crafted artisan wines. Social media has assisted in establishing a market for these wines, and many producers, especially those out west, have successfully built brands and forged real relationships with people like me who patronize their business. If I want an Oregon Pinot Noir, a California Cabernet Sauvignon, or a Washington Merlot on my dinner table from a small US producer, I believe I should have that right. These small producers have limited to no distribution, and not by choice, therefore, direct shipping is the only way I can get their wine and the only way they can remain viable as a business.(NOTE: If you cannot view the video please click on the following url: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2010/07/30/caifa.grapes.and.wrath.cnn )
Bill Threatens Wine Shipping


The more I read about HR 5034, the more disturbing it becomes to me. It appears to be all based on greed, not principal, in my humble opinion. The wholesalers already control over 98%, maybe more, of the US wine market through the three-tier-system. The small percentage they are looking to strip away would not only deny us the freedom of choice as Americans, but could also possibly put many more Americans in the unemployment line. The last statistic I looked at stated that over 1.1 million Americans are employed by US wineries. You don’t have to be a wine, beer, or spirit drinker to get involved – the argument should be based on retaining liberties and freedoms we enjoy as Americans as opposed to indulgence. I’m barely scratching the surface with this post; however, I urge you to check out the following links and find out what you can do to get involved to ensure that greed doesn’t make its way into our personal lives! By the way, if you watch the video clip, the wine shipment to me was not staged. While the CNN camera was rolling, a wine package was delivered to me. If this bill passes, the personal freedom that we enjoy in supporting small US family-run farm wineries could end.

Suggested Sites on HR 5034:

* Free The Grapes - http://www.freethegrapes.org/

* Stop HR 5034 - http://www.stophr5034.org/

* Wine blogger Tom Wark over at Fermentation is dropping some serious knowledge on the subject;   check out his latest piece here.

Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!

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8/02/2010

8 Chains North: Grand Opening August 21st!

Hello Friends,

Over the weekend I paid a visit to 8 Chains North - a small, family-owned and operated winery in Waterford, VA. 8 Chains North is the latest producer to hit the popular Loudoun County wine trail and is conveniently located off of Route 9. 8 Chains North is owned and operated by Ben Renshaw, who is a well respected Loudoun County grape grower. Ben has recently added winemaker to his resume and this did not come overnight. Ben has been in the wine-growing business since 1998 and the fruit of his labor is a delightful setting for Virginia wine lovers to sip, stay, and enjoy! (NOTE: If you cannot view the video please click on the following url: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fqcNLQvBdM )

Short Video Clip at 8 Chains North


The 8 Chains North tasting room is housed in a spacious and attractive newly renovated barn. While I assume Ben has good taste, his fiancée Connie and sister Avis, owner of Mom’s Apple Pie, must have contributed to making the tasting room look and smell so wonderful. The tasting bar is double-sided and can accommodate large groups and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable – especially in the area of local food and wine. From the tasting bar, large picture windows look out to the deck and estate vineyard.

Living Loco Vino at 8 Chains North


The wines currently being poured are the LoCo Vino, a refreshing white wine blend of 50% Traminette and 50% Vidal Blanc, a 2008 Sauvignon Blanc done in a Fume Blanc style, an estate-grown 2008 Merlot, and an estate-grown 2008 Furnace Mountain Bordeaux-style red blend. There is also a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon available, but due to its limited production, it is not being tasted. Luckily, there was a bottle open so I got to taste it and it’s a nice example of what Loudoun County fruit can produce in outstanding vintage years.

Virginia Wine Lovers at Tasting Bar


Lastly, and most importantly, you will want to mark your calendars for the Grand Opening of 8 Chains North on August 21st, 2010. There will be live music from noon to 4pm, local food plates paired with each 8 Chain North wine, and more! Make a date with 8 Chains North on August 21st and help welcome Ben, family, friends, and staff to the blossoming Loudoun wine community.

Relax, Sip, and Enjoy at 8 Chains North!


Info:8 Chains North, 38593 Daymont Ln, Waterford, VA 20132

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