The development of wine growing in Virginia
has been trying to overcome obstacles
since the days when Thomas Jefferson
planted the first vineyards.
Virginia (State Appellation)
Homage to Thomas Jefferson – Virginia Wines Come of Age
A surprising level of sophistication and excellence graces many Virginia wines. Unfortunately, State legislators have passed wholesaler protectionist laws that will prevent most Americans from ever tasting or buying these wines. Dan Berger's felicitous discovery of an unexpectedly appealing wine scene in the birthplace of American viticulture is followed by his review of a dozen of his favorites.
April 30, 2007
Cult Cab Buyers Need Not Apply
In a defense of East Coast red wines
that I penned for this site a few months back, I implied that any quest to discover the key ingredients in Virginia red wines is bound to elude the First Growth and Cult Cab buyer. And that is most certainly the case with the latest red wines. Yes, oak was an issue in some of the “bigger” red wines on my recent trip, but two additional elements were in even more abundance: acidity and varietal intensity. Classicists will be intrigued; I was.