12/27/2010

Twin Oaks Tavern Winery Photo Tour


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Twin Oaks Tavern Winery is a small Virginia operation located off of Route 7 in Clark County, just outside of Loudoun County. The small, charm-filled tasting room sits adjacent to Twin Oaks Tavern, which was once a popular respite in the early to mid 1900’s from the hustle and bustle of the city. During the winter months, sit near the stone fireplace and enjoy a glass of wine and fine nibbles. When the weather is nice, take in the beautiful valley views from the deck or picnic area. Click on the video below to review the photo tour of my visit to Twin Oaks Tavern Winery and be sure to visit their website and plan a visit. NOTE: If you have trouble viewing the video please use the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIR-FaYU3-c

Photo Tour of Twin Oaks Tavern 



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Enjoy the beautiful views.....


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12/24/2010

Merry Christmas, My Dear Friends!


May your days be filled with joy, and glasses filled with wine this holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, friends.

Live, Love, Laugh, Tweet, Sip, Enjoy!


Warm Regards,

Dezel

12/22/2010

Quick Sip: 2007 Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs

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The holidays are upon us and champagne and sparkling wines are finding their way into a lot of homes for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Oddly enough, New Year’s Eve and other celebratory occasions are the only time most people enjoy bubbly. Nowadays, with so many affordable sparkling options, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion. The special occasion is when you let the cork fly and taste the wine. Sparkling wines are very food friendly and come in many varieties, so make a habit of keeping a bottle or two in the fridge to enjoy anytime. Today’s sparkling selection comes from the Biltmore Estate Winery, located in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Biltmore Estate Winery has over ninety-four acres of vines planted with European grape varieties. The winery also augments their production by sourcing fruit from growing partners throughout the U.S.

2007 Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs


The 2007 Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs [Brut] is made in the traditional method from Chardonnay wine grapes sourced from a grower in California’s Russian River Valley. In the glass, the wine displays a pale straw yellow color with tiny bubbles that tingle and refresh. The (NOTE: no swirling a sparkling wine...disturbs the bubbles) sniff offers pear, a touch of toasted bread, and soft citrus fruit aromas. The palate is clean and bright with lemon curd, tart apple, and faint yeasty notes. I enjoyed this bubbly with a Cajun-style blackened tilapia sandwich and the pairing was lip-smacking delicious. This wine retails for $24.99 and clocks in at a moderate 12.2% ABV. While tasty, I look forward to trying a home-grown wine from the Biltmore Estate Winery. I hear North Carolinians are not only producing, but growing some nice wines that rarely get out of the state. Like Virginia, North Carolina may just be one of the best kept secrets on the east coast.

For a local [Virginia] sparkling twist, check out sparkling wine selections from Thibaut-Janisson, Barboursville, Kluge Estate, and Horton Winery. Many of these selections may be available at your local wine shop.. Disclosure: A sample was provided to www.myvinespot.com for review. 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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12/16/2010

Quick Sip: 2008 Anghel

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Today’s “Quick Sip” is the 2008 Anghel; a Bordeaux-style blend from award-winning winemaker Jason Burrus. Jason is the chief winemaker at Rappahannock Cellars and this is the first vintage and wine under his private label. The label’s focus is on crafting high-quality, limited production Virginia-grown wines that are sourced from some of the state’s top vineyards. The 2008 Anghel is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Franc was sourced from Willow Croft Farm Vineyard in Loudoun County and the Petit Verdot comes from Two Principals Vineyard in Fauquier County . Only four barrels (100 cases) of the 2008 Anghel were produced.

2008 Anghel


In the glass, the wine displays an attractive dark garnet color; a key characteristic of Petit Verdot. The swirl and sniff offers an inviting chorus of dark cherry, raspberry, sweet plum, and soft mocha aromas with hints of violets. The palate is ripe, smooth, and mouth-coating, with medium-full tannins, moderate acidity, and a slightly drying, yet lingering and satisfying finish. The 2008 Anghel retails for $35, has a real cork enclosure, and clocks in at 13.5% ABV. This wine has the potential to develop nicely over time with proper cellaring and patience. Enjoy this wine with filet of beef and other red meat dishes. Use the links below for purchase information and to find out more about Anghel Wine. 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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12/10/2010

Quick Sip: 2009 Martín Códax Albariño


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Albariño is a high-quality white wine grape variety that thrives in Spain’s Galicia region and in Portugal ’s Vinho Verde region where it’s known as Alvarinho. The first US plantings were right here in Virginia , but there is only a small amount of it planted and produced. Chrysalis Vineyards, located in Middleburg Virginia , makes a consistently good example that's delicious and well worth trying if you haven’t already. The Rías Baixas Denominación de Origen (DO), located in Galicia (Northwest coast of Spain), is Albariño’s homeland, and where some of the best examples in the wine world are produced. The grape variety is low yielding and the berries are small with thick skins, typically resulting in flavorful and rich wines. The Rías Baixas coastline, dotted with many fishing ports, is a haven for an endless supply of fresh seafood, which pairs perfectly with the area's most renowned white wine, Albariño.

2009 Martín Códax Albariño


I recently enjoyed the 2009 Martin Codax Albariño [Rías Baixas] with a tasty grilled salmon burger lunch. In the glass, the wine displays an attractive straw-yellow color with hints of green. The swirl and sniff offers expressive light citrus, peach, and floral aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing, with bright fruit, a subtle mineral character, a round texture, and a medium length clean finish. The wine is enclosed with a Stelvin rotating closure, retails for about $14.99, and clocks in at 12.5% ABV. Enjoy this wine with light hor'deurves or a wide variety of seafood and white meat dishes. Disclosure: A sample was provided to www.myvinespot.com for review. 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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12/03/2010

Winemaker for a Day at Sunset Hills


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I recently jumped on the Loudoun County wine trail and a paid a visit to Sunset Hills Vineyard to attend their “Winemaker for a Day” event. This popular event allows a [Virginia] wine lover like myself to get out from behind the desk and uncork some of the artful ingenuity that goes into making a fine bottle of Virginia wine.

Sunset Hills Vineyard


We were placed into small groups and led by winemaker Nate Walsh. My group’s name was “Cabernet Franc” and our task was to craft a blend out of the following barrel / tank samples: 2009 Cabernet Franc (extended maceration) from Sunset Hills, 2009 Cabernet Franc from Benevino Vineyards, 2009 Merlot from Sunset Hills, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Petit Verdot, and a 2009 Tannat.

Winemaker For A Day


The two Cabernet Franc wines and Merlot showed potential and were easy-drinking. The Merlot was the most complete of the bunch. One of the Cabernet Franc wines we tasted offered more charm and character on the nose, but was neutral on the palate. The other Cabernet Franc lacked aromatics, but had bright red fruit on the palate. The Cabernet Sauvignon displayed moderate structure, but was a bit closed. The Petit Verdot displayed a dark color and nice violet-like aromas, whereas the Tannat offered a deep color, firm tannins, neutral flavors, and toasty impressions. As you can see, we were very much artists, using the sample wines as liquid paint to craft a blend that would be more interesting and complex than any of the wines on their own.
Click on video below


Blending is important in Virginia since there is so much variation in the growing season from one vintage to the next. One year a grower’s early ripening varieties may shine and the next year the late ripening varieties may be the stars. This plays a vital role in the final blend and how the gaps are filled to produce a high-quality wine. For example, if a winemaker feels his/her wine is lacking color and/or structure, a splash of Petit Verdot may be the answer. Many varietal wines are also blends. By law, a varietal wine must have a minimum of 75% of that particular grape. Therefore, a Cabernet Franc can have 25% of something else in it and still be labeled Cabernet Franc. The trick with varietal wines and blending is ensuring that the grape on the label tastes like the wine in the bottle. Wines like Petit Verdot can overwhelm other varieties if not blended judiciously.

Gorgeous view from the deck

Given the diverse selection of wines we had to work with, our blend could have ranged from an easy-drinking wine to something more bold and assertive. Our blend started off with 50% Merlot, since that was the most complete wine and provided a good foundation. After adding 25% Cabernet Franc and equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the result was a supple wine with moderate complexity on the nose and palate. My group was looking for a steak wine, however, and the overall consensus was to aim for something big and mouth-filling. As one gentleman in the group put it, “I like to feel my wine go all the way down.” Needless to say, the “red meat” crowd wanted to increase the percentage of Petit Verdot and add some Tannat. Our final blend consisted of 35% Merlot, 30% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc (extended maceration), and 5% Tannat. In the end, we crafted a deep colored wine with cedar and toasty oak accents, firm tannins, and round soft fruit. I personally would have preferred a little more elegance, but the push for bigger and bolder prevailed. We all split a case of this blend, and when the wine is ready for pick-up, I’m sure we will all enjoy the wine with a good steak and remember the fun we had making it. In closing, keep an eye on Sunset Hill’s website and join their mailing list, friends. They offer a number of entertaining and enlightening wine events that you will want to take advantage of. 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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Info: Sunset Hills Vineyard, 38295 Fremont Overlook Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132

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