The Boneyard Skins 2012

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“The earth is mostly just a boneyard. But pretty in the sunlight.” ― Larry McMurtry The Boneyard Skins is pretty awesome. Indescribable, but awesome. Here’s the tasting notes from the winemaker, “Simply put this is a wine of incredible intellect and excitement. While many people are going to dig this wine it will blow the […]

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Drink Like a Pilgrim for Thanksgiving

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“The king and high priest of all the festivals was the autumn Thanksgiving. When the apples were all gathered and the cider was all made, and the yellow pumpkins were rolled in from many a hill in billows of gold, and the corn was husked, and the labors of the season were done, and the […]

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Cooper Vineyards Viognier 2010

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” — John Muir The days are getting shorter, the nights […]

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Chrysalis Vineyards Viognier 2010

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“I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.” — Zhuangzi  The Chrysalis Vineyards Viognier 2010 is a dreamy bottle of wine. The aromas are hypnotic and alluring — a blend of apricots, melon, orange blossoms, peaches […]

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Horton Vineyard Sparkling Viognier NV

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“Doing well is the result of doing good. That’s what capitalism is all about.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson  When I received a sample of the Horton Vineyard Sparkling Viognier NV, I was a bit off-put. On the shiny black and gold label there was an amber-eyed black cat. I like pets and everything, but critters […]

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Yes, Virginia is for Wine Lovers

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The Wine Harlot spent most of the last week in Virginia for the North American Wine Bloggers Conference held in Charlottesville. I enjoyed it so much, I’m contemplating a longer sojourn in the South. Well, except for the weather. As someone raised in the Pacific Northwest, I’m a complete weather-wimp, my climatic temperature range sweet-spot […]

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Wine Bloggers Conference 2011

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Things might be a bit quiet on the wine internets this week, as a couple hundred new media wine writers descend on Charlottesville, Virginia for the Wine Bloggers Conference North America (or as the elder statesman of American wine criticism Robert Parker fondly refers to us as blobbers). The highlights of the event will include a tour of Monticello, Thomas […]

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Lovingston Winery Petit Manseng 2010

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“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” — Aristotle Petit manseng? Virginia? Who knew? Virginia winemaking is coming into it’s own, and the Lovingston Winery Petit Manseng 2010 is a quality example wine that is being produced by “the other 46.” Petit manseng is a rare grape with origins in south-western France and is […]

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Veritas Winery Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2010

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“In vino veritas.”  —  Pliny the Elder The truth? Can you handle the truth? The truth is Veritas Winery Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2010 is delicious. It’s a “new world” sauvignon blanc with the color of pale straw and aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lemon-chiffon, passion fruit and fresh-mown lawn with a crisp, clean finish. You […]

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Jefferson Vineyards Viognier 2010

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“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” — Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson had a dream of native production of wine in Virginia. That dream has been realized. And realized in a big way. Jefferson is my favorite president, and this might be my favorite wine. Jefferson Vineyards Viognier 2010 is a delicious quaff that is […]

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