Thursday, October 08, 2009

8 Great Value Priced Virginia Wines


Here is a selection recommended by Jim Raper.

- Chateau Morrisette Independence white blend and Liberty red blend ($12 each). Smooth wines with just a trace of sweetness.
- Horton Norton and Stonecastle White ($12 each). The Norton is a Virginia classic, although not to everyone’s taste. The white is clean and refreshing.
- James River Cellars chardonnay ($12). Bright apple fruit with a trace of honeydew.
- Barboursville pinot grigio and sau­vignon blanc ($13 each). Crowd-pleasing whites with true varietal character.
- Ingleside Vineyards merlot ($14). Sophisticated berry flavors with earthy background.
- Rockbridge Meritage ($15) and DeChiel merlot ($13). Two wines true to Bordeaux heritage that are terrific values.
- White Hall Vineyards Breakheart Red ($10) and merlot ($15). Both are hearty reds.
- Williamsburg Winery Acte 12 chardonnay ($16). A soft charm distinguishes this perennial favorite.

Jim Raper,