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The Awakening: Celebrating the Splendor of Springtime in Virginia Vineyards

As the chill of winter fades away and nature begins to stir from its slumber, there’s a magical transformation taking place in Virginia’s vineyards. Bud break marks the beginning of the grapevine’s annual growth cycle, signaling the arrival of spring and the promise of another fruitful harvest. It’s a time of renewal, anticipation, and boundless […]

Grapes of Glory: A “Case” for Excellence in Virginia Wine

    “Success is best when it’s shared.”–Howard Schultz In our enchanting world of wine, every bottle holds a story, and every sip is a journey through time and terroir. As a Virginia native and a member of our unique and special community, I’m honored and proud to play a role in an industry that […]

Sipping Romance: A Wine Lover’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

With one month of 2024 already in the books and the calendar flipped to February, Valentine’s Day–the celebration of love and affection–is just around the corner. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two or a cozy evening at home, there’s no denying that wine can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the […]

A “Bubbly” 2024: A Guide to Sipping the New Year With Sparkling Wines

As the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve and the curtain closed on 2023, people all around the world came together to bid farewell to the past and usher in 2024 with joy and excitement. One of the most popular ways to toast the momentous occasion is by raising a glass of sparkling wine. […]

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas—October One Vineyard Edition

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas—October One Vineyard Edition The wine: 2020 Cabernet Franc Narrated by S. Claus (aka Kyle Zimmerman) ‘Twas the night before Christmas– ‘ol Santa was spent. I was so ill-prepared for the year’s “big event.” ☹   The hustle and bustle had caught up with age, (Should have given my elf team […]

“The Pursuit of Excellence…. Loudoun’s Passion In Wine

“The pursuit of excellence with unrestrained passion can lead to the accomplishment of wonders with unsurpassed joy.”—Aberjhani, historian / poet While many attributes define our wine world, no other descriptor embodies our spirit and commitment more than passion—that energy that originates in our souls, swelling within us, igniting our zest for life. Notwithstanding, teamwork is also a key […]

Fruit for Thought

Conversations and musings sometimes having to do with wine.

20 Degrees

  Im in the North Carolina High Country in July. Good friends bought a cabin here 3 years ago. They spend a couple months here every year and I try and join in for a week here and there. I wasn’t prepared for what was to be discovered. Avery County borders Watauga County. This is […]

Who Knew?

Who Knew? Maybe You? When I read, I traditionally choose historical fiction. This way I can educate or remind myself of the historical messages gone by and enjoy my story. I love little nuggets of information and fun facts. It’s easy to get caught up in the fads and rages of current pop culture.  Don’t […]

Good Pop, Bad Pop

Pop! A sudden noise that resounds of gaiety or fear and dread. Or perhaps a physical thing? Growing up in the mid-west we had big box stores similar to Target or Walmart. They were called Pop Shoppes. Inside were towering walls and rows upon rows of RC Cola, Mr. Pibb, Orange or Grape Crush, Fresca, Cream […]

Branching Out

Do you know why grape vines are trellised and pruned in certain ways? Well, I don’t know a heck of a lot about it either but apparently, it is important to let the sunlight reach the fruit clusters for ripening creating a balance between fruit and shoot growth which is helpful for the overall health […]