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Virginia Wine & Dine Month, with its Love by the Glass promotion, is a celebration of Virginia wines at more than 500 participating restaurants and wine shops across Virginia making March the perfect month to explore Virginia wine.
Visit Virginia Wine’s Wine & DineÂ site to find special events, restaurant offerings and retail promotions. Here’s a sample …
Virginia Wine’s website is a great place to find your closest of Virginia’s 200+ wineries to visit this month.Â And if your local restaurant or retailer isn’t carrying Virginia wine, March would be a great month to suggest they get in on the fun.
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The 5th Annual Virginia Wine Expo last weekend featured 76 of Virginia’s now 210 wineries sampling over 400 wines. It was a great opportunity to hit 23 wineries and sample about 100 wines, some new discoveries and some old favorites. Over the next few articles I’ll share some of my finds.
Tasting with Amy Sunday at the Expo she told me the story of how Well Hung came about. She was out in the vineyard one day checking on the grapes with her friend Tracy Verkerke who commented “the grapes are so well hung.” They thought what a perfect name for a wine especially because for Amy’s family “everything is below the waste.” Her husband is a urologist.
They had a great name and Tracy designed the fabulous label (it’s Amy’s husband and sons) but now they needed wine. They thought about buying California wine to label but then realized they should make their own wine with the grapes growing right in front of them. It was the same time Michael Shaps was opening Virginia Wine Works with a custom crush facility so they became Michael’s first customer! Amy, Tracy and Kathy Rash officially started Well Hung Vineyard.
In less than three years they’ve grown from 200 to 1,000 cases. When you see their brand and taste their wine, you can see why. Their booth was packed at the Expo.
I tasted through six wines with Amy, 2010 Everyday Chardonnay, 2010 Viognier (Gold Medal Winner International Womenâ€™s Wine Competition), 2011 Blush, 2010 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Merlot-Verdot and her special Very Well Hung Chardonnay. My favoritesâ€¦
Very Well Hung Chardonnay
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Last weekend was the fifth annual Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond, a three day event featuring 75 of Virginia’s 200+ wineries sampling more than 450 bottles of wine. Kicking off the weekend’s festivities Thursday night was the prestigious Virginia Governor’s Cup Awards announcement. Nine of the eleven Gold medal winners attended the Virginia Wine Expo which gave me and thousands of others the chance to taste many of the award winners in one place.
And the winners I tasted…
* Thanks to Virginia Wine Time for the great photo from Glen Manor’s tasting room!
Other wines included in the Governor’s Case I haven’t yet tasted…
The 2012 Governor’s Cups Medal Winners were chose by a panel of world class judges who sampled over 400 Virginia wines and handed out thirteen Gold medals based on a the 100 point Wine Spectator scale. The 12 highest ranking wines will be assembled into the Governor’s Case used to promote Virginia wine in the coming months by the Virginia Wine Marketing Office.
Sales of Virginia wine reached a record high in fiscal year 2011 with more than 462,000 cases, or more than 5.5 million bottles, sold. This volume marks a sales increase of more than 11 percent over the previous fiscal year. Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with 210. Virginia is also the nation’s fifth largest wine grape producer.
In coming posts I’ll share more on this year’s Virginia Wine Expo, some new discoveries and more from my old favorites.
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…the MoÃ«t Red Carpet Glamour!
Adam Seger of Chicago is the winner of the inaugural MoÃ«t Oscar Cocktail Contest held through the MoÃ«t & Chandon USA Facebook page. His MoÃ«t Red Carpet Glamour “captures the essence of Hollywood glamour with exquisite notes of heady cardamom and kaffir lime that develop a refreshing and harmonious taste. This winning cocktail was chosen for its modern combination of the HumÂ® botanical spirit with MoÃ«t & Chandon Imperial, which highlights the flavor profile of champagne and truly celebrates the elegance of the Academy Awards.”
The MoÃ«t Red Carpet Glamour cocktail and MoÃ«t & Chandon Imperial will flow generously at the 2012 Governors Ball, the after-party of the 84th Academy AwardsÂ® this Sunday, February 26, 2012. This year the Governors Ball takes on a new spin. Special events producer Cheryl Cecchetto created an open format allowing the Ball’s 1,500 guests (Academy AwardÂ® winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants) to circulate among a variety of seating configurations while enjoying the cuisine created specifically for the event by master chef Wolfgang Puck.
The 2012 menu created by Puck and Chef Matt Benciveng features more than fifty dishes, from one-bite hors dâ€™oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. It includes signature favorites such as smoked salmon OscarsÂ®, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and Pastry Chef Sherry Yardâ€™s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars alongside inventive presentations such as lobster tacos with tomato and pickled Shallots, and beet salad with pistachio butter, burrata and citrus balsamic.
For your Oscar party at home, make your own MoÃ«t Red Carpet Glamour Cocktailâ€¦
Other new tools for planning your Oscar partyâ€¦
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