Virginia Wine

Virginia wine refers to wine made primarily from grapes grown in the U.S. state of Virginia. Wine has been produced in the area since the early days of European colonization in the 17th century. Virginia has hot humid summers that can be challenging to viticulture, and only within the last twenty years has the industry developed beyond novelty status. By tonnage, Vitis vinifera varieties represents 75% of total production. French hybrids varieties account for nearly 20% of total wine grape production in the state, while American varietals make up only about 5% of the total. As of 2012, the top 5 varietals produced are Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Vidal blanc and Viognier.
Posts about Virginia Wine
    • Sophistication and Elegance Offered at RdV

      We finally made it out to RdV Vineyards! The winery has been on our list of wineries to visit for quite a while, and we made an appointment for the weekend after a wintry week of snow and frigid temperatures. We bundled up and headed out to the winery; as we wound our way up to the facility, we were awed by the beauty of the wintry landscape.

      Virginia Wine Timein Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
    • Judging the 2015 Virginia Governors Cup

      The controversy about whether judges at wine competitions know what they’re doing is never far from my mind when I judge these days. How will the competition I’m working try to fix what seem to be serious problems, including too many wines and not enough judges? The 2015 Virginia Governors Cup took a novel approach — lots of judges, small flights of wine, and standardized score sheets.

      The Wine Curmudgeon- 3 readers -
  • Wine Pick Up at Deplane Cellars

    … After our lasagna lunch at Naked Mountain we decided to stop at Depaplane Cellars to pick up our club wines and enjoy a tasting with our friends Jill and Michael. Our favorites from the tasting were the 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and the 2012 Williams Gap. The 2013 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay presented apple and pear notes and a lightly…

    Virginia Wine Timein Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Lasagna Lunch at Naked Moutain

    … to enjoy the lasagna lunch. We all agreed to enjoy a bottle of the 2012 Raptor Red with our pasta. We noted blueberry, spice, plum, and toasted oak. It paired deliciously with our lasagna. If you haven’t been out to Naked Mountain lately, but sure to get there during the winter so you can enjoy the lasagna lunch. And when you do, tell them Virginia Wine Time sent you! Tweet …

    Virginia Wine Time- 2 readers -
  • 2015 Virginia Winery Guide available

    … Sharing the press release from the Va wine marketing board: January 6, 2015 Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Contact: Amy Ciarametaro Phone: (804) 344-8200 E-mail: Amy.Ciarametaro@Virginiawine.org 2015 VIRGINIA WINERY GUIDE AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION Richmond, VA - January 6, 2015 - The 2015 Virginia Winery Guide, produced…

    Wine About Virginiain Cabernet Sauvignon- 7 readers -
  • Merry Christmas!

    … Merry Christmas! We hope you are enjoying the holidays with some Virginia wine! We’ll be taking the next few weeks off to enjoy the holidays! Tweet …

    Virginia Wine Time- 2 readers -
  • Thank You and Happy 8th Anniversary

    … the help of some friends. My friend Tina Morey at Protocol Wine Studio has expanded my wine experiences this year. Together, using #WineStudio we've visited wines of the Hudson Valley, Virginia hard cider, Wines of Italy, and many other wine regions. Thank you Tina. My wine blogger friend Frank Morgan of Drink What You Like, is the Virginia Wine…

    William Pollard/ Wild 4 Washington Wine- 2 readers -
  • Drinking Lessons from Harvest

    …. After about 60 seconds, the sulfur had vanished. News to me. “This variety has a tendency to get contaminated with hydrogen sulfide in our state,” the winemaker explained. “It can happen for a number of reasons — too many sulfites, wrong nutrients, bacterial contamination, bad or wrong yeast.” I knew it wasn’t contamination — the winemaker…

    Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog- 3 readers -
  • Tree Decorating and A6

    … One of our traditions at this time of the year is to spend a Friday evening decorating my Christmas tree. We plan to have ham, yams, and cranberry sauce. And the wine we try to have every year is the A6 from Cardinal Point Vineyard. The A6 is a blend of viognier and chardonnay…two of our favorite grapes. The Viognier spends time in oak…

    Virginia Wine Timein Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • #Winelover-s With High Klout Scores (65+), December 2014

    … Peeps on Social Media (Mid-2014) Social Media Wine Influencers and #Winelover-s (2013) Top 100 Global Wine Tweeters - 2013 Luiz Alberto's New List Luiz Alberto: I prepared a list of the #winelover-s (people who love wine and that dedicate – a lot of – time to talk about it!) with scores 65+. They are the top people in the wine industry who…

    Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-wine- 3 readers -
  • VAWineChat: Fabbioli Cellars

    … Several weeks ago, we gathered both virtually and in situ (for the lucky ones), to taste the wines of Doug Fabbioli and to hear his thoughts on the state of winemaking in Loudoun County, Virginia. Fabbioli Cellars is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery that focuses on growing and making high quality wines using traditional…

    Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Winein Cabernet Sauvignon- 1 readers -
  • Lodi Comes To Virginia

    … Well, not quite. We recently savored a bottle of Oak Ridge Winery’s 2012 OZV (Old Zinfandel Vines) with a hearty beef dish topped with sautéed mushrooms and served beside herb-roasted potatoes. This sort of dish was just what the doctor ordered on a chilly night, and we decided to go outside of our Virginia wine comfort zone to try something new…

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