Region: Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
Grape(s): 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Maker: Linden Vineyards
Virginia wine can be polemical. I can admit to having brushed it off at first, and after a trip to a winery right outside of DC resulted in a host of unremarkable wines and a surprisingly glum tasting attendant who agreed the wines were only so-so, my worst fears were confirmed.
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Grape(s): Cabernet Franc
Maker: Damien Lorieux
I know I have had cab francs before – the low price allure of Loire reds drew my attention years ago, though I typically stuck more to Grenache from Spain and Italian Barberas in my hunt for bargain wines. It wasn’t until last year when I had one where I was paying attention and while the wine itself wasn’t all that good, it was interesting enough to make we want to look for more.
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Region: Willamette Valley
My first favorite white wine was the dry Riesling from Chateau Saint Michelle – a tart slightly effervescent Washington wine in the classic Riesling bottle. After I moved across the country, the wine was no longer easily accessible, and I moved on to drinking white wines I knew would be dry (or at least relatively so). And because I don’t really know anything about Riesling, it didn’t seem like it was worth the risk.
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Region: Willamette Valley
Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Oregon pinot noir is my favorite wine. It hasn’t always been the case, and the truth is I really didn’t even drink them until a few years back. Now I am constantly on the lookout, buying a case, drinking a few, and squirreling some away for a special occasion.
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Grape(s): Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
It was probably this year that I came to the realization that wine with bubbles is for more than toasts and mimosas. I’m sure it’s a well-worn path for wine drinkers, fitting in somewhere with the decision that you can drink whites in the winter and that some reds are better just a little bit colder. In any case, new ground for me. And so I started drinking a lot more bubblies. Lambruscos, sparkling rosés, dry effervescent Loire chenin blancs. A lot of good wines. And I blame those wines on this decision.
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I like wine enough now to plan around it. Apparently just drinking it, reading and writing about it ogling it online and on the shelves are no longer enough – wine has now earned a spot in my vacation planning. A few weeks removed from our last vacation, I have been thinking a little bit more about the places we went, the wines we tasted, and what worked (and didn’t).
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