Granite Heights Winery

    After a visit to Magnolia Vineyard, we followed our GPS directions to Granite Heights Winery. The trip was much shorter using the back roads than it would have been to backtrack through Warrenton. The vineyards looked healthy and it is evident that more planting has been accomplished since our last visit. The owners are building a new house on the property.

    8 readers - By Wine About Virginia

    October Is Virginia Wine Month!

    October is Virginia Wine Month! Wineries and restaurants that serve Virginia wine will be having activities all month to help celebrate Virginia Wine Month. To help you plan your month, here are a few resources to look into. There are lots of activities for you to participate! Nancy and Rick from Virginia Wine In My Pocket has put together “31 Days of Virginia Wine” to help you ...

    6 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

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      Daily Wine News: Exploring Virginia

      Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog - - 6 readers - Sep 24 Posted by David White | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-24-2014 RdV Vineyards. “Like many of the best Virginia wines, it hits a midpoint between American opulence and European structure and restraint.” In Food & Wine, Ray Isle explores Virginia wine with José Andrés. “We need criticism.

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      4 readers - By Drink Local Wine

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      6 readers - By Dave Mcintyre/ Dave McIntyre's WineLine

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      6 readers - By Wine About Virginia

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      3 readers - By W. Blake Gray/ The Gray Report

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      4 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

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      6 readers - By The Pour Fool

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      2 readers - By Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine

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      1 readers - By Eric Schiavo/ Virginia Pour House

      Return visit to Maggie Malick Wine Caves

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      3 readers - By Wine About Virginia

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      5 readers - By Randy Smith/ The Wine Write