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Organic Wineries in Virginia Guide
Bob Barkwood

Organic Wineries in Virginia

In regions like Virginia, more and more vineyards are becoming conscious of organic wines. Wineries are carefully fine-tuned and improved to reduce the use of synthetic chemicals. This is why the percentage of organic wines from Virginia has...
Guide to Wine Tasting on the Nelson 151 Trail Guide
Katie Church

Guide to Wine Tasting on the Nelson 151 Trail

There is a popular stretch of road stretching southwest from Charlottesville Virginia called "Nelson 151", which is the home to tons of wineries, breweries/cideries, and even a distillery. A few of the wineries along this road lean...

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What is Meritage?

The Mystique of "America's Bordeaux"

Cathie Schafer 1541 Article rating: 4.5

This history of the use of the word Meritage in labeling wines really is fascinating. The brainchild of a group of American vintners, who wanted a way to identify and promote American wines that used the same grapes as those used in Bordeaux.  A contest was held to come up with a name to call this American blend. Of the more than 6,000 entries received, Meritage, a completely made up word to combine the words Merit and Heritage was chosen. It is pronounced like heritage, with an M.

What is Cabernet Franc?

Some of the best examples of Cabernet Franc are from Virginia

Cathie Schafer 1199 Article rating: 4.4

Cabernet Franc is a red wine, made from a grape of the same name. Aside from being a unique and delicious grape in its own right, it’s claim to fame is as that it is a parent of the much more well-known grape Cabernet Sauvignon. Apparently a happy accidental crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in a French vineyard sometime in the 1700’s resulted in the ever-popular Cabernet Sauvignon. Interesting right?

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