BARKING NEWS:

Piedmont Vineyards Sold to NoVA Developer... 12 Best of Category Honors for VA Wines in Atlantic Seaboard Competition... VA Has New Master Sommelier - Jarad Slipp w/RdV Vineyards... Williamsburg Adagio wins 2014 Governor's Cup; Former Gov. Bob McDonnell "Legislator of the Year"; Ag Secy Todd Haymore "VA Wine Person of the Year"... Winemaker Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyards semifinalist for James Beard Awards for "Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional"... 7 VA Wines (from Tarara, Linden, and Barboursville) earn 90 ratings from Wine Enthusiast... VA Wine Sales at all-time high; exports triple in 2012... VA Wine industry doubles economic impact in 5 yrs, new study finds ($74javascript:void(0)7 mil in 2010)...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Virginia Wine Dominates Atlantic Seaboard Competition

Results are in from the 10th annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, and Virginia dominated with 12 of 35 Best of Category honors, two of which went to Cooper Vineyards (Norton and Petit Verdot). Over 570 wines from 10 states were evaluated by judges from around the country. Virginia claimed 32 gold, 60 silver, and 62 bronze medals.

Paws up to Virginia's Best in Category Producers:

Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon by Paradise Springs Winery
Chardonel
2013 Chardonel by James River Cellars
Chardonnay
2012 Chardonnay by The Winery at Bull Run
Fruit Wine
2013 Cherry by Morais Vineyards & Winery
Merlot
2012 Merlot by Fox Meadow Winery
Other Red Hybrid/NA Varietals
2012 Norton by Cooper Vineyards
Other Red Vinifera Varietals
2012 Pinotage by Horton Cellars Winery
Other White Vinifera Varietals
2013 Republic by Democracy Vineyards
Petit Verdot
2012 Petit Verdot by Cooper Vineyards
Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Sauvignon Blanc by Trump Winery
Syrah/Shiraz
NV Shiraz by Altillo Vineyards
Vidal Blanc
2013 Joy White by Cross Keys Vineyards
Virginia Wine Dog Munchkin with Cooper Vineyards' Lucy and
Jacque Hogue during a 2011 visit

Friday, July 25, 2014

Big Dogs Enjoy Virginia Wine Weekend

July 25-27, 2014

Each week, the Wine Dogs sniff out the most PAWSOME weekend wine events in Virginia. This weekend is one for the big guys, with Labs at Maggie Malick and German Shepard Rescue at Keswick.

Got a lead? Send it to Ecco@VAWineDogs.com


July 26, 4th Annual Lab Fest at Maggie Malick Wine Caves (11am-6pm). Calling all Labrador Retrievers and other friendly dogs! Bring your pup for some doggie fun with Maggie Malick's own resident Lab rescue dogs, Moxie and Abby. Five percent of sales for the day will be donated to Lab Rescue! Enjoy the New Orleans jazz sounds "Crazy Rhythm while the dogs swim, play, and enjoy the spacious grounds! Ecco and Pomeroy give paws up  to this unique property with great wine and a fab hostess.

July 27, Yappy Hours at Keswick Vineyards. Keswick Vineyards is a big supporter of rescuing animals (they have 16 rescued dogs and cats of their own!), so Yappy Hours is a weekly event. Everyone is invited to come out with their own furry friends and local shelters bring adoptable pups in need of homes. This week features Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, which will receive a portion of the sales for each bottle opened to enjoy on site. Super friendly people and Stephen's wonderful wine make Keswick the go-to winery when the Virginia Wine Dogs are in the Charlottesville area.  

July 24-27, Grapehounds New York Wine Tour, hosted by Sir Jackson and Pompous Ass Winery on the north side of Senaca Lake. OK, it's in New York, but the Wine Dogs just love this group which calls itself a wine celebration of Greyhound adoption. Look for them to return to Virginia tour in the spring.
Ecco and Pomeroy met up with these GrapeHounds at
Lost Creek Winery during their May tour of Virginia.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Whine Dogs Bid Farewell to Vintage Ridge

Vintage Ridge Winery
Delaplane, Virginia

The Wine Dogs frequently bark out  exciting news of new wineries opening around Virginia. Today we report the sad news that Vintage Ridge Winery has been sold to private individuals and is permanently closing its tasting room doors.

Bill and Vicki Edmands planted their first vines in 2000. They opened their tasting room in 2007 and, by December, the buzz was growing about a new winery that made unique food pairings a part of every tasting. Munchkin showed up for a Virginia Wine Dog visit in 2008, and was escorted in by the Vintage Ridge pack for a most civilized tasting (read review here).

Munchkin declared the Vintage Ridge Petit Verdot top dog. On July 13, Pomeroy and Ecco dropped in to wish the Edmands good luck on the next chapter of their journey brought home a case to remember this unique wine experience. Parting thoughts from these great winemakers: "We are so appreciative of the support you've given us and your enthusiasm for wine. It's a little like raising puppies and seeing them go to good homes. Thank you."

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Virignia Wine Going to the Horses and Hounds This Weekend

Each week, the Virginia Wine Dogs sniff out the most PAWSOME wine events in for weekend. We've got a real treat coming up with the 10th annual Horse and Hound Festival.

Got a lead? Send it to Ecco@VAWineDogs.com
 
July 12 (11am-6pm), Horse and Hound Wine Festival, Johnson's Orchard. One of Virginia's most unique wine festivals featuring fun and games for the entire family. Races for paws, hooves, and little feet. Swimming for the wine doggies. Sip wine from Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery, Lake Anna Winery, North Mountain Vineyards, Peaks of Otter, Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, Rebec Winery, Tomahawk Mill Vineyard and Winery, and White Rock Vineyards and Winery. Proceeds benefit All American Mutt Rescue, Brook Hill Farm (Horse Retirement, Rescue, and Rehabilitation) and Commonwealth Search and Rescue 
 
 

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