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Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Your favorite Wine Dog Blogger, Munchkin, has put together a list of gifts from Virginia Wine Country. No matter your taste, you’ll find something here to set any wine lovers’ tail a waggin’.

SIGNATURE RED: 2005 Estate Series Cabernet Franc, Fox Meadow Winery, $27
Cab Franc is becoming a signature Virginia wine, and there’s none better than this gem from our neighborhood winery on Blue Mountain. The peppery FMV Cabernet Franc took Best of Show at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition this year… not bad for a winery that opened its doors last May.

SIGNATURE WHITE: 2005, 2006 Viognier, Rappahannock Cellars,
Virginia’s signature white is the Viognier, and nobody does it better than Rappahannock. After claiming the 2006 Governor’s Cup (and a host of other awards) for the 2005 Reserve, Rappahannock earned double golds this year for its 2006 Viognier.

CLASSIC WHITE: 2006 Reserve Chardonnay, Miracle Valley Vineyard
Mom and I checked out this new addition to Virginia Wine Country just before Thanksgiving (loved meeting Turbo, their Jack Russell). The Reserve Chardonnay is fermented in both Hungarian and then American oak for a truly rich, smoky flavor that was wonderful with turkey.

ROBUST RED: 2006 Ameritage Reserve, Pearmund Cellars, $29
As in “American Heritage,” this rich red wine is produced by blending the vineyard’s best Bordeaux grapes, including the scrumptious Cabernet Sauvignon from the barrel owned by Pomeroy’s dad. Just out this month, this is a full-bodied wine that will warm your toes (good thing, ‘cause it knocks your socks off).

MULLED WINE: 2006 Chambourcin, James River Wine Cellars, $14
Visited this winery with Uncle Jeff and discovered a perfect wine for cold winter nights. This sweet but dry spicy red makes a lovely mulled wine without any fuss. Just warm it on the stove (or even in the microwave) with a dash of cinnamon or cloves and enjoy!

SPARKLING WINE: Monticello Brut, Barboursville Vineyards, $16.99
Toast the New Year in style with the best little bubbly in Virginia. Barboursville created this classic sparkling wine based on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, using the "Charmat" style of Thomas Jefferson, father of the Virginia wine industry (the Octagon at the Barbour estate was designed by TJ himself).

DESSERT WINE: Vin de Sol, Pearmund Cellars, $25
This aptly named “Sun Wine” is created by aging late harvest Vidal in glass jugs on the winery’s roof (the old Spanish style for producing Sherry). The result is a golden liquor with nutty aromas and dried apricot flavors. Great for sipping after a meal, or pour over ice cream in a pastry shell.

COMMEMORATIVE WINE: Spirit (White, $20), Voyage (Red, $20), Courage (Port, $25), Horton Vineyards
Wine collectors and history buffs alike will treasure Horton’s special commemorative wines marking Jamestown’s 400th anniversary. The labels depict the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery on their voyage to the New World to establish the first permanent English settlement.

COZY ACCOMMODATIONS: Hot Tub Heaven Properties
For a convenient place to stay while picking up your wines, or to give someone a relaxing weekend in Blue Ridge wine country, you can’t do better than Hot Tub Heaven. Each of the four well-appointed vacation chalets and cabins is comfortable and homey and feature hot tubs. Of course, they’re pet friendly. Tell Tom and Deneanne that Munchkin sent you.

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