Jul 26, 2014

New Loudoun County Winery: Winery 32

We visited the newest Loudoun county winery a couple week-ends back.  They call themselves Winery 32. Winery 32 is owned by Roxanne and Michael Moosher.

Winery 32 is a 32 acre farm and the first grape vines were planted on the owners’ 32nd wedding anniversary. You will pass by 32 very large round stone planters on your way in. These planters have 32 Gloria peach trees in them. These peach trees are a cold-hardy peach variety developed at Rutgers University.
Winery 32 is open every Friday-Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM. The tasting fee is $8 per person for 8 wines and $12 for groups of 12 or more.  Winery 32 has a nice sized vineyard planted so far, with plans to plant more in the coming years.  Most the current wines are from Loudoun County sourced grapes.  Both Hiddencroft Vineyards and Fabbioli Cellars have contributed to assisting Winery 32.
The brand new tasting room is large and inviting.  It is located on the second floor.
Winery 32 has a large outdoor deck with plenty of tables under umbrellas.
All of the wine labels are original artwork from the owners' daughter and reflect local scenes from the farm or surrounding locale.  Mini posters are available for purchase.
Our first wine was called "Being Koi" a white wine blend named after two large Koi in the farm's rather large pond. (No fishing).  Being Koi ($22) is an off-dry blend of Vidal Blanc and Traminette. Next on the Winery 32 tasting sheet was a barrel aged and fermented Chardonnay ($26), but no to heavily oaked.  The Chardonnay label features two lamas from the neighboring property.  These white wines are followed by Gloria's Sunshine Light Peach ($23), which was a nice surprise as a summer sipper, and the semi-sweet Gloria Peach Dessert Wine ($16).
After a quick rinse we tried two Cabernet Francs, a 2011 ($22) and a 2012 ($24), followed by a Merlot ($28) and a Chambourcin ($22).  I thought the Merlot was superb.
We were rather impressed with Winery 32.  The facility is large and inviting.  The wines are well made and the art work is a pleasant bonus.  We purchased a bottle of the Being Koi and departed for our next Loudoun county winery.  When you visit Winery 32, tell them you read about their place on Wine About Virginia.

Winery 32
15066 Limestone School Road
Leesburg, 20176
Phone: (301) 943-9995 or (240) 687-1989

Jul 21, 2014

Quick stop at Pearmund Cellars

We stopped by Pearmund Cellars recently.  It had been a while since our last visit.
Corn hole being played next to vineyard
People enjoying Pearmund Cellars wines on the patio
The outside patio was filled with folks enjoying the nice weather and Pearmund Cellars wines.  With the nice weather, we were also able to have our wine tasting outside. This was good because the tasting bar inside was totally full.  The tasting fee at Pearmund Cellars is $10 per person.
Outdoor tasting
Our favorite Pearmund Cellars wines remain the 2011 Old Vine Chardonnay ($23) and the 2010 Ameritage Reserve ($29).  The Ameritage Reserve is a blend of equal portions of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot.  Pearmund Cellars claims they were the first winery on the East Coast to blend all 5 of the classic Bordeaux varieties.

Both wines are well made and taste great. Another very good wine was the 2012 Petit Manseng, which was a totally dry wine.
If you visit Pearmund Cellars, tell them you read about the winery on Wine About Virginia.

Pearmund Cellars
6190 Georgetown Road
Broad Run, VA 20137
Phone Number: 540-347-3475

Jul 13, 2014

Gadino cellars wine club pickup

Gadino Cellars are a small family-owned and operated winery in Rappahannock County, Virginia. They make great white blends and lovely red varietal wines and blends.   We were out of the area for the quarterly wine club pick-up day, so we visited on a week-end shortly after our return.
Gadino Cellars quarterly selection include two bottles of wine; one red and one white. Our club pick up included a bottle of the 2013 version of the popular white blend called Luminoso ($19). Luminoso is a delightful blend of Petit Manseng and Vidal Blanc.  Our other club pick up was the 2011 Delfino Rosso ($24), a Merlot-based Bordeaux-style blend.

Following a tasting of 7 wines ($7 per person), we also purchased a bottle of Moonrise ($18), Gadino Cellars' Nebbiolo-based Rose-style blend; and a bottle of Sunset ($16), a blend of Traminette and Chardonnay.  The 2012 Sunset is a "picnic-style" wine which has a bit of residual sugar. The Moonrise had definite cranberry notes and the Sunset was a light, crisp wine with a long finish.
Gadino Cellars tasting room quickly filled up while we were there.  Gadino Cellars wines are a great value, even more so for club members.  We recommend a trip out to Gadino Cellars.  When you visit, tell them you read about their winery on Wine About Virginia.

Rhode Island Wine - Newport Vineyards and Greenvale Vineyards

After a couple pleasant hours exploring Newport, including Lobster for lunch, we decided it was time to head for our hotel in Providence.  We had planned one winery stop along the way, but ended up stopping at Newport Vineyards winery as it was right on the main highway we were on.  It looked promising lots of healthy vines in evidence. A bit of a sticker shock here - we were given an extensive sheet of wines, (34 in total) and then told we would be able to taste 5 for $12, or $15 if we wanted to keep the glass. The one sparkling wine, the select Merlot, and the ice-style Vidal could each be tried for $1 each, if we chose.
I started with a white blend, Sauv Blanc and Seyval Blanc, which turned out to be favorite of the day, although the Gewurztraminer and the Riesling were not bad. Kurt chose the Newport Chardonnay (OK) and a white blend of Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Gris, and and Riesling (too sweet, not enough acid). On the red side, I did the Rose of Pinot Noir, and Kurt tried the Cabernet Franc, not a fan.  He did get a new grape to check off his list - Landot Noir, which actually turned out to be quite good. Very fruity.
We both tried port style wines - white for me, red for Kurt.  Mine was a big disappointment - obviously a Concord or Niagara base.  Our pourer was only on his second day, and wasn't able to tell me what it was before he poured,  Kurt’s red port was also not a favorite.

Prices here at Newport ranged from $11.50 up to $33.  Again, not much detail to share as our server was so new.

Our next planned stop was Greenvale Vineyards, which felt a bit more “normal” to us.
Here we were offered 7 wines for $12, which included glasses.  The tasting room is in a building that is on the National Historic register, and they have been making wine since the 80’s.
All wines are 100 percent estate grown.  We tried 2 Chardonnays, a Pinot Gris, a Vidal Blanc , a blend of Cayuga and Vidal, and then 2 reds, 2008 Cabernet Franc and 2008 Elms Meritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec).
My favorite Greenvale wine was the Select Chardonnay. Kurt leaned toward the Meritage as his favorite.  Prices at Greenvale ranged from $18- $29.

There were other wineries in Rhode Island and Connecticut, but we could not visit them on this trip.