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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At a glance:
Grape(s): Rara Neagra
Maker: Chateau Purcari
There are some settings that lend themselves to a really good wine. Late in the evening, after an adult rec league soccer game, and accompanying nachos and brocollini is not, at first glance, that kind of set up. But it turns out the bizarro combo actually works, and a good wine from a new place can shine through.
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