4/26/2011

The Wine Connection: 2009 Valvin Muscat & Thai


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Depending on how old you are, you may remember classic television game shows like "The Dating Game" and "The Love Connection." These shows sought to connect compatible people and entertain those of us who watched. Here at www.myvinespot.com, your host Dezel seeks to marry food and wine on the new “wine blog show” – "The Wine Connection." Generally speaking, food and wine pairing can be a match made in heaven, bringing out the best in both food and wine. It can also be a not-so-pleasant experience, producing off flavors and bringing out the worst in both food and wine. That said, let’s bring out the contestants and see how this evening’s pairing goes.

2009 Hunt Country Vineyards Valvin Muscat


The wine is a Hunt Country Vineyard estate-grown and bottled 2009 Valvin Muscat ($14.99). The wine hails from the Finger Lakes, NY region where the variety is still somewhat of a rarity. This white wine hybrid variety was developed by Cornell University, who also developed the Traminette grape variety that has found some popularity here in Virginia. For me, the Valvin Muscat is a good example of a “think outside the box wine.” The Muscat grape family is fairly large and this was my first time experiencing the Valvin variety. The dish is a chicken kapow that is sautéed with basil, garlic, and chili sauce and is bedded on string beans. The wine has intense floral aromas with bright citrus hints and a refreshing and balanced palate with a delicate sprinkling of fruity sweetness on the medium-length finish. The wine complemented the dish nicely and the dash of sweetness towards the finish tempered the dish’s spiciness and the acidity prepped the palate for the next bite of food. I’m proud to say that we made a wine connection this evening. 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 ...more to come!

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4/19/2011

Day Trip to DC’s Wine Country


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Beautiful days have been few and far between this spring, so when the forecast called for a picture perfect Thursday [04/14/2011], I took the day off and headed to Loudoun wine country. Loudoun County is one of the most important and fastest growing wine areas in Virginia and since it’s only an hour and some change away from Washington, DC, it’s often times referred to as DC’s Wine Country.

Breaux Vineyard's Tasting Room


My first stop of the day was to Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Virginia, where the early blooming trees brightened the green landscape and the vines were showing signs of life. Breaux needs no introduction; they have been producing Loudoun grown wines for over a decade and are one of the state’s largest vineyards. In the tasting room, you will find a wide range of wines made from estate-grown fruit to suit every palate preference. While there, I had a chance to chat with Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Director of Sales and Hospitality. Jen, as most people call her, is always looking for ways to make the customer experience at Breaux Vineyards better. This is probably why Breaux was voted Virginia's favorite winery for three (2008, 2009, 2010) consecutive years. Just recently, Breaux hired a new Cellar Club Manager, Libby Camp, and a new winemaker after having the same wine-grower since opening in 1997. Jen seems very pleased with what the new winemaker brings to the table and is excited about the future of Breaux Vineyard’s wines. If you have not been to Breaux Vineyards, be sure to click on their link at the bottom of this post and get to know these guys.

Wine Tasting at Catoctin Creek Winery


My next stop, also in Purcellville, Virginia, was to Catoctin Creek Winery. After a successful professional career in the banking business, Jim Hanna found success and satisfaction in professional photography -- capturing some of the most beautiful and best kept secrets in Loudoun County. Jim’s latest endeavor, winemaking, captures Loudoun County fruit in the wine bottle. Jim’s operation, based out of his home for the time being, can best be described as a micro-winery. At a little over 100 cases of wine produced in 2009, I believe Catoctin Creek Winery holds the title of being Virginia’s smallest producer. Jim has a few rows of trial vines planted out back, but contends he only wants to make wine. Jim partners up with some of Loudoun County’s top wine growers and the fruit quality shows in his inaugural vintage. Jim’s nicely done 2009 Cabernet Franc just won a gold medal at the Finger Lakes Wine Competition in upstate New York. Jim also offers a refreshing and bright 2009 Vidal Blanc, a supple 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, and a very nice 2009 Syrah that offers scents of briar, white pepper, and boysenberry fruit. Jim is currently in the process of setting up a website and venturing into social media, so the best way to reach him and set up a private tasting and learn more about his Loudoun based operation is via e-mail at info@catoctincreekwinery.com.

Beautiful Tasting Room at North Gate Vineyard


My last winery stop of the day was to North Gate Vineyards, where Mark and Viki Fedor are literally using sunshine to make wine in their brand new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified tasting room that’s powered by 96 solar panels. While the tasting room is new, the Fedor’s are not newbies to the Loudoun County wine industry. The couple first planted their vineyard in 2001 and was winemakers for Waterford Vineyards (now Corcoran Vineyards), where they produced a solid 2002 vintage and a 2004 Chardonnay that was one of the nicest examples I’ve tasted from Loudoun County. Since growing into their own label in 2006, the Fedor’s have continued to craft good quality wines from Loudoun County fruit and have established a local following from pouring their wines at local farmers markets over the years. The beautiful new tasting room is spacious and offers a relaxing atmosphere for guests to enjoy a glass of wine as well an assortment of local cheeses and meats. Additionally, the new tasting room boasts both an indoor and outdoor fireplace and a small stage for live entertainment. Refer to the links at the end of this post and make a date with North Gate Vineyard soon.

Delicious dinner at Grandale Farm Restaurant


Last stop of the day, actually night, was to Grandale Farm Restaurant in Hillsboro, Virginia. Grandale is a grape’s throw away from Breaux Vineyards and specializes in farm-to-table fine dining. Grandale also has a wide selection of local wine on the tasting menu, so for those wanting to eat and drink local, this is your spot. I enjoyed a delicious lamb rack over pumpkin grits and Swiss chard dish and look forward to returning for lunch and taking in the beautiful views from the deck. Loudoun County is a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and offers over 25 unique wineries, fine dining establishments, charm-filled historic towns, and quaint and cozy B&B’s and Inns for overnighters. Whether you’re planning a day trip like me or a weekend get-away, check out the Visit Loudoun website to plan your trip to DC’s Wine Country.

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 ...more to come!

CLICK HERE to visit Breaux Vineyard's website.

CLICK HERE to make friends with Catoctin Creek Winery on Facebook.

CLICK HERE to visit North Gate Vineyard's website.

CLICK HERE to visit Grandale Farm Restaurant's website.

CLICK HERE to visit the Visit Loudoun website.

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4/12/2011

Still thinking outside the box?

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Several weeks ago I posted a blog entry titled “Think Outside the box”. The gist of this post was to encourage readers to think outside the box and periodically divert from wines they’re accustomed to and seek out something altogether different. In the wine world, variety is the spice of life, and trying different wines can help develop your wine knowledge as well as your senses of sight, smell, and taste. It’s also a lot of fun, so why not experience new regions, producers, varieties, etc. Following the blog post, a number of tweeps on Twitter responded with their most recent “outside the box” wine experiences. The wines ranged from Garganega and Graciano, to Arneis and Marsanne. One local tweep, who enjoys Virginia Cabernet Franc, visited Wegmans and tried and enjoyed a bottle of Chinon for the first time. Chinon is a village in the Loire Valley (France) that focuses on red wine made from the Cabernet Franc grape variety, so if you enjoy Virginia or New York Cabernet Franc, give Chinon a try.

The Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2008 Négrette


I’m still thinking outside the box and recently had another “think outside the box” wine experience. This experience was with a red wine variety called Négrette. Négrette is primarily grown in Southwest France and is one of the oldest varieties in the world. The Négrette we poured comes from Kenneth Volk Vineyards in California, where limited amounts of the variety are grown. I didn’t know what to expect from this wine, but from first sniff to the finish, it was very pleasing. The wine displayed a deep ruby red color with alluring aromas of wild berries, vibrant red fruit overtones, spice, and a delicate touch of perfume. The palate is smooth and balanced with silky tannins, good food-friendly acidity and a very nice medium-length fruity finish. The Kenneth Volk Vineyard’s 2008 Négrette retails for $16.99, has a real cork enclosure, and clocks in at 13.7% ABV. I found this bottle of goodness at UnWined Gourmet Wine and Cigars (Belle View location) in Alexandria, Virginia. This wine sips nicely on its own and will pair well with a wide variety of foods ranging from pizza and burgers to light Italian fare. Have you had any recent “think outside the box” wine experiences? Do tell!

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4/05/2011

Quick Sip: Linden Vineyards 2005 Petit Verdot


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This week’s ‘Quick Sip’ is the Linden Vineyard’s 2005 Petit Verdot. Linden Vineyards is located in Linden, Virginia, and specializes in single-vineyard red Bordeaux-style blends. Linden Vineyards also produces some of the state’s finest examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval Blanc, and expressive Chardonnay wines. Linden Vineyards is owned and operated by winegrower Jim Law. Jim is one of Virginia’s most well-respected winegrowers (grape-grower and winemaker), and his wines are some of the most highly-regarded in the state. That said, Linden rarely advertises, uses no social media, does not attend festivals, does not enter competitions, allows no buses, limousines, or large groups, and to enjoy some of the niceties of the beautiful property, you have to become a case-club member. Some people would look at the previous sentence and ask how they built their good name and reputation? Four words: “High quality Virginia wine” - and they produce those wines on a consistent basis. To play devil’s advocate in regards to the rules, how many times have you driven over an hour to your favorite winery to be rushed through your tasting because the tasting bar was crowded, you were unable to find a seat, or you were disturbed by rowdy or loud crowds? I think the “Linden rules” are put in place to ensure you can enjoy a glass of wine in a relaxing, unhurried atmosphere. Okay, enough of my rambling, let’s jump into the wine.

Linden Vineyards 2005 Petit Verdot


The Linden 2005 Petit Verdot is comprised of 82% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. In the glass, the Linden 2005 Petit Verdot displays a translucent medium ruby color with vibrant red fruit and earthy aromas mixed with dried berries and shy scents of dill and thyme. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth, and savory, with restrained red fruits, soft tannins, good acidity, and a pleasant lingering finish. For a Petit Verdot, this wine is much lighter and brighter than I would expect. However, I have become accustomed to Linden wines, which are generally Old World in style, restrained, and fairly bright. Overall, this is a well-balanced wine with moderate complexity and good food-friendly acidity. Over the years, I have found that Linden wines, in particular the Chardonnay wines and the red Bordeaux-style blends, age well in the bottle, so don’t fret about purchasing one - you will likely be rewarded. The Linden 2005 Petit Verdot clocks in at 13.8% ABV, has a real cork enclosure, and sold for $28. With the seasonal  warmth of spring upon us, consider making a date with Linden Vineyards and enjoying fine wine, picturesque views, and light local fare. TIP: Before plannaing a visit, click here and review Linden's tasting and touring information. 

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