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    William Heyser’s efforts at planting vines and making wine during the Civil War.

    William Heyser (October 6, 1796 – November 6, 1863) operated several successful business including coppersmithing and paper manufacturing. His profits allowed him to purchased several farms outside of Chambersburg in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He kept a diary which chronicles just over the last year of his life while he was at home during the Civil War.

    18 readers - By Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog

    The Boonville Winery survived the Civil War but not the railroad expansion of Californian wine

    I had intended this post to simply contain an image of the Boonville Wine Company building but then I fell down the rabbit hole that is the history of wine making in Missouri. Thomas Pinney does an excellent job of outlining this history in his important book A History of Wine in America: From the Beginnings to Prohibition.

    6 readers - By Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog

      Drink Local Wine Week: The Importance of Vintage. Or Not.

      Dave McIntyre's WineLine - - 6 readers - Virginia and Maryland vintners have become adept at turning challenges into advantages. Case in point: The region’s variable climate. We get hot vintages, humid vintages, even hurricane vintages that have us looking for arks rather than barrels. (Anyone remember 2011?) Harsh winters can take their toll, as can late spring frosts. Cicadas, ladybugs, stinkbugs — yep, we get those too.

      Fall Round-Up of Value Spirits: The Vodkas, Comrade

      The Pour Fool - - 6 readers - Frequent readers of The Pour Fool may remember that I have admitted to pretty much outright scorn at the whole idea of Vodkas that are made as nothing more than a neutral spirit intended to do absolutely nothing but inject some alcoholic content into your lemonade or tricky cocktail. I’ve never understood that and have wondered for decades why those folks don’t just buy a bot ...

      Briar Valley’s Moment

      Pennsylvania Vine Company - - 6 readers - Briar Valley’s Moment Tod and Jean Manspeaker make memories (and good wine) in Bedford. Posted on October 21, 2014 by Guest Author Images via Briar Valley’s Facebook Page The following is a guest post from Rich Rocca, a Pittsburgh-area writer who blogs regularly as the Western PA Wine Pirate. Sweet wines pay the bills.

      Two Twisted Posts winery has a building now

      Wine About Virginia - - 6 readers - Follow by Email Popular Posts Magnolia Vineyards and Winery Magnolia Vineyards is located in Amissville, Va, not far from Gray Ghost and Narmada . Owned by Glen and Tina Marchione, it is one of t... Judgement of Paris A friend of mine at work loaned me her copy of George Taber's book, Judgement of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 ... New Virginia wineries coming in 2014.

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      Breaking News!

      … BREAKING NEW: VIRGINIA WINES HIT 90 POINTS IN WINE SPECTATOR! Yes, the headline is correct. The current issue of the well-respected wine magazine reviewed nine Virginia wines in its current issue. Of the nine, one scored 91 points, three others scored 90 points, and the rest earned between 87-89 points. These results are excellent and prove what…

      1 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      Halloween, Wine and Ghost Stories

      … Halloween is celebrated in the US, not so much in the Piedmont region of Italy. On the other hand, several castles in the Piedmont region offer some scary tales to tell. In Virginia, Pearmund Cellars is offering some Halloween fun. Stop by for a SPELL on Halloween Weekend. (Friday & Saturday) Pick your poison, red or white. Don’t forget…

      1 readers - By Wine Trail Traveler

      The last vintage from Berry Hill Vineyard

      … Nancy had queried about the status of Berry Hill on the Virginia Wine Mafia Facebook page, I contacted David. Berry Hill Vineyard was still open and he still had about a case of 2013 vintage Petit Verdot avaiable and had recently released his 2013 Cabernet Franc. We had tasted both last year while still in barrel. I made arrangements with David…

      By Wine About Virginia

      Cidermakers Wow Campers at TasteCamp 2014: Hudson Valley

      … cidermakers to set up shop and attempt to popularize cider in the Hudson Valley. Long before it became the popular drink it is today, Jason was traveling to France and Spain and other exotic locales to see how other regions produced the product. With Kidde joining him, the two have literally made history in the valley. Warwick Valley's Doc's…

      1 readers - By Carlo De Vito/ East Coast Wineries

      Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #27 & #26

      … It’s Fall and you know what that means: it’s the invasion of the pumpkin! I know that pumpkin-flavoring things have been overplayed in recent years but I have to admit that I still love pumpkin beers. Now that pumpkin beers pretty much come out at any time of year, I decided to sample a bunch of this year’s offerings to try to find the perfect…

      By Eric Schiavo/ Virginia Pour House

      Italian Winemakers Discover Global Warming Secret Weapon (VIDEO)

      … for inviting me on this trip and making it possible for me to share what I learned with all of you! Monique is the Founder and Host of Wine Oh TV and has a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Monique is an experienced broadcast journalist and has worked at various television stations across the country and most recently at KPIX-TV/CBS 5 and KSEE-TV/NBC 24 More Posts - Twitter - LinkedIn - Google Plus …

      1 readers - By Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TV

      A few drinks from our International Gold Cup weekend.

      …-altitude fruit in Spain. The particular cool factor is that the fruit is fermented in 12th century stone vats located in a mountainside. The resultant wine had herbaceous, brighter fruit with outstanding crunchy acidity. The 2007 Mas de Boislauzon, Chateauneuf du Pape and 2007 Mas de Boislauzon, Tintot Special Cuvee, Chateauneuf du Pape were a fun…

      1 readers - By Aaron Nix Gomez/ Hogshead - A Wine Blog

      Rant: TasteCamp Multiplicity

      …, covering different regions, such as a Southern TasteCamp or a West Coast TasteCamp. The idea would be a weekend trip for writers to a local wine region, exploring in depth the wines of places such as Texas and Idaho. The event would be all about local wine, as well as other local drinks and foods. United as a small group, the writers could…

      2 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Howl-O-Ween Happenings for Wine Dogs

      … October 25-26 (HOWL-O-WEEN) Each week, the Wine Dogs sniff out the most PAWSOME weekend wine events in Virginia. We've found plenty of Howl-O-Ween happenings to help scare up a good time in the vineyards. Got a lead? Send it to Ecco@VAWineDogs.com October 25 (1-5pm), Spooktacular Halloween Party at Miracle Valley. “Monster-ously” fun…

      6 readers - By Virginia Wine Dogs Blog

      It’s a Wine Quiz!

      …. Adelsheim Vineyard is located in which state? a. California b. Virginia c. Oregon d. Michigan 3. My brunch recipe for Mexican Egg Casserole paired beautifully with which wine? a. Monastrell b. Pinotage c. Semillon d. Prosecco 4. Malagousia is a grape grown in which country? a. Greece b. New Zealand d. South Africa e. Australia 5. Pedro Ximenez…

      4 readers - By Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences

      Chestnut Oak in Full Bloom

      … will feature estate grown grapes crafted by Eiserman. The tasting began with a very fruity 2010 Rose that was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Manseng. At 1% residual sugar, it was a pleasing sipper. Three vintages of Petit Manseng were next on tap, and these included pours from 2009, 2011, and 2012. These were all quite distinctive growing seasons…

      5 readers - By Virginia Wine Time

      Briar Valley’s Moment

      … it was a foolish decision,” she continued. “Because it’s been an uphill struggle. But we’ve had some great help from wine consultants in Virginia such as Michael Shaps and Jeanette Smith, and also take inspiration from Jim Law and the great things he is doing at Linden Vineyards. We think we can achieve the same things in PA… It is definitely…

      6 readers - By Pennsylvania Vine Company

      Newspaper Column’s 7th Year Begins

      … for a drive to Southern Indiana wineries than the fall. Many wine drinkers are still afraid to try new things. When visiting a wine shop, instead of the market or local liquor store, pick up a bottle of Argentinian Malbec or Carmenere from Chile. Wine novices should try the great Rhone grapes of France grown there or in California’s central…

      1 readers - By Howard W. Hewitt

      American Wine Story: Movie Review By Richard Leahy

      … in the recipe for making American wine and get to hear their stories. “I kept on seeing myself under an olive tree, drinking a glass of my wine,” said Al Schornberg of Keswick Vineyards in the Monticello AVA of Virginia. The next time you see Al, he and his wife Cindy are describing a harrowing flight in a plane which seemed likely to crash…

      4 readers - By Drink Local Wine
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