Monday, November 13, 2006

Wine Spectator Gives Finger Lake Rieslings High Praise

In the November 15, 2006 edition of Wine Spectator, several Finger Lakes wineries draw serious praise in the ratings reports.

First to be singled out were Sheldrake Point's Riesling Finger Lakes Bunch Select 2004 (which recieved a score of 88) and Riesling Finger Lakes Reserve 2003 ( a score of 87).

Lakewood Riesling Finger Lakes 2005 scored an 87.

Hosmer had several that scored well. Riesling Cayuga Lake 2005 notched an 85, and their Riesling Cayuga Lake Dry 2005 scored 85.

Heron Hill also took home an 85 for their Johannisberg Riesling Finger Lakes Ingle Vineyard 2004.

Congrats to all!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Howard G. Goldberg Raves About Macari's Early Wine in New York Times

Published: November 11, 2006
New York Times

MACARI VINEYARDS’ 2006 Early Wine, a chardonnay, exudes the bright fruitiness found in Beaujolais nouveau, which is scheduled to appear in stores and restaurants on Thursday.

Fermented from Mattituck grapes picked on Sept. 17, and released on Oct. 23, Early Wine also evokes the joie de vivre of freshly minted whites known as Jungwein (Young Wine) found in heurigen, the Austrian wine taverns that open around the harvest. That’s because Early Wine, now in its fourth vintage, was created by Helmut Gangl, a vintner in the Burgenland region of Austria who serves as a part-time consulting winemaker at Macari, on the North Fork.

Since Burgenland is dessert-wine territory, it wasn’t surprising that previous vintages of Early Wine contained a slight sweetness. Such sweetness will not be found in the 2006 edition ($14.99). This beguiling wine is startlingly dry, and its tangy aftertaste goes on and on.


Md.’s Wine Industry Gets $147,000 in State Funding

from AMERICAN FARM magazine
NOVEMBER 7, 2006

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced Board of Public Works approval of two grants totaling $147,000 in state funding on Nov. 1 from the Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Fund to the Maryland Grape Growers Association and the Maryland Wineries Association.

The Fund was established in 2005 to promote the production and consumption of Maryland wine and the increased production of grapes in the state.
The grants will be used for a variety of projects including marketing, research, advertising, retail/festival promotions, activities that promote the growing of wine grapes and educational seminars.

The Board is comprised of the governor, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer.

“Through the Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Fund we are helping to support Maryland’s wine and grape growing industries — an increasingly important component of Maryland’s economy,” said Ehrlich. “By supporting the development of highly profitable agricultural sectors, such as our rapidly growing wine industry, we are helping to keep farmers on the land and making Maryland a better place to live and to visit.”

In 2005, Gov. Ehrlich authorized the creation of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Maryland Wine and Grape Growing and the Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Council.
The commission is made up of seven members appointed by the governor from the industry, the research community, and state government, and two members appointed by the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House.

The council is comprised of the secretaries of the Maryland departments of Agriculture, Budget and Management, and Business and Economic Development.
It is the responsibility of the council, upon advice from the commission, to recommend to the Board of Public Works how grants from the Maryland Wine and Grape Promotion Fund shall be allocated.

To date, $250,000 has been made available through the fund in two fiscal years.

White Hall WIns Town Point Virginia Wine Competition

White Hall Winery Wins Best of Show
November 1, 2006
A 2005 Viognier by White Hall Vineyards won "best of show" at the Town Point Virginia Wine Competition last month in downtown Norfolk.

White Hall Vineyards, located outside of Charlottesville, describes its Viognier (pronounced "vee-on-yea") as "nose of honeysuckle and mango, followed by a soft yet strong palate presence of pears and delicate smoke flavors." It retails for $16.99, according to the company Web site. This year, the competition hosted 31 Virginia wineries with 124 entrees in 12 different categories. Here are the gold medal winners in each category.

Chardonnay, Horton Cellar Winery Chardonnay 2005; Viognier, Oakencroft Vineyard & Winery Viognier 2005; Vinifera White, Cardinal Point Vineyards & Winery Quattro 2005; Hybrid White, Willowcroft Vineyard Traminetee 2005; Riesling, Rockbridge Vineyard Riesling 2005; Dessert, Oakencroft Vineyards & Winery Encore! 2004; Merlot, Breaux Vineyards Merlot 2002; Vinifera Red, Fox Meadow Vineyards Syrah 2004; Cabernet Franc, Fox Meadow Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2002; Cabernet Sauvignon, Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003; Meritage Category, Barboursville Vineyard Octagon 2004; and Norton, Cooper Vineyards Norton 2004.

The wine competition was established in 1991 by the Old Dominion University Enological Research Facility. This year's judges include local chefs or sommeliers, wine writers, wine educators and members of the wine trade.

Virginia Wine Appreciation Celebration Winners


Richmond Times-Dispatch Nov 1, 2006
Local wine winners

Juanita Swedenburg has been named the Virginia Wine Person of the Year by the Virginia Wine Industry.

Swedenburg is owner of Swedenburg Estate Vineyard, located 1 mile from Middleburg. She was honored for her contributions to the state's wine industry, including her efforts toward the direct shipment of wine.

Other winners announced at Monday's Virginia Wine Appreciation Celebration before 350 people at the Richmond Marriott Hotel were:

Gabriele Rausse: Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award. Rausse, owner and winemaker at Gabriele Rausse Winery, started Barboursville Vineyards and has been a winemaker in the state for more than 30 years and served as a consultant to numerous wineries.

Christopher Hill: Grower of the Year. Hill is owner of Glendower Vineyard in Covesville and is actively involved in the state's viticulture industry.
The Lafayette Inn: Restaurant of the Year. Lafayette is located in Stanardsville. Its menu includes more than 42 Virginia wines.
Ye Olde Dominion Wine Shoppe: Retailer of the Year. Located in Occoquan, this shop carries more than 200 state wines. Repeat winner.

The Country Vintner: Wine Distributor of the Year. Based in Oilville, it was the first distributor to have a manager dedicated to Virginia wines.
Del. Chris Saxman: Legislator of the Year. Delegate from 20th District pushed legislation that would allow continued self-distribution. -- Jack Berninger

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Virginia Wines Featured in NewYork Magazine

This is an excellent article about wines from Virginia....check it out.

Virginia Is for (Wine) Lovers
The state has excellent growing conditions, bucolic scenery, and a damn good Petit Verdot.
By Sara Cardace
November 13, 2006 issue of New York Magazine

E ven wine snobs now admit that the Finger Lakes does a mean ice wine and that Long Island produces a number of decent Cab Francs. Next on the East Coast radar? Virginia. It’s been quietly cultivating its grapes since Jefferson’s time, and now, thanks to recent experiments with varietals like Tannat, Petit Verdot, and Chambourcin, and the promising 1998, 2001, and 2005 vintages, the state’s 100 or so wineries deserve closer scrutiny.

Hours From New York: 2

Temperatures are about the same in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so a trip won’t get you a reprieve from November’s chill, but there’s still some fall foliage and lots of pure southern-country-valley landscape: sleepy hills, apple orchards, and tidy little chapels. It can be a long highway drive from region to region, so pick one trail and stay there—at least for the day.

Start in Linden, about a 45-minute drive from D.C. The wines at Linden Vineyards ( are some of the most complex and well rounded in the state. Arrive by 11 a.m. on weekends to reserve a special cellar tasting; if there’s a wait, mellow out on the glassed-in porch with a glass of its 2003 Claret ($20) and an artisanal-sausage-and-cheese plate. Next, head east on hilly, relaxing Route 66, hitting newcomer Three Fox Vineyards (—try the luscious Il Signor Sangiovese Reserve 2005 ($24) and the Piemontese Nebbiolo 2005 ($28)—and Piedmont Vineyards and Winery (, known for its light, food-friendly whites. Pick up a bottle of the sweet, lush Little River White ($13). Spend the night at the quaint Ashby Inn and Restaurant (from $250; 540-592-3900) in nearby Paris. Request a room in the School House building with views of the mountains. For dinner, try the inn’s unfussy, perfectly prepared venison. Nightlife pickings are slim, so best to curl up in front of the fireplace in your room with some dark chocolate and a bottle of Three Fox’s Rosso Dolce Chambourcin 2005 ($28).

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