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A brief history of our beloved Viognier

I prefer Viognier, pronounced vee-own-yay, to most white wines because it has a distinct natural profile; maybe that’s why it’s the white wine for red wine lovers. For example, Viognier has more natural aromatics and minerality than Chardonnay. I prefer the style locally produced by Walsh Family Wines for October One Vineyard. It is full-bodied, …

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Oak aging our wine

Wine derives flavor from three sources. The primary source is grapes. Second is the fermentation process, and the last source is aging. When enjoying your next bottle of October One Vineyard wine, knowing the origin of the barrels used for aging and their contribution to your wine is the focus of this month’s blog article.  …

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Do you speak wine?

Have you ever been out in Virginia wine country for a wine tasting, and the host starts tossing wine terminology around like a truck stop fry-cook slinging corn-beef-hash? Or read a wine label where they drop terms such as the lees or punch-down, and you think, well, that must be advantageous, or otherwise, they wouldn’t …

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The simple art of tasting wine

In our last blog, we discussed expanding your knowledge and improving your wine consumption techniques to increase your enjoyment of October One Vineyard’s wine. We discussed the concept of knowing your wine. Its place of origin, how it is hand harvested, and optimal serving temperatures. This article will discuss proper glasses, how to taste wine, …

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Are you getting the most out of your October One Vineyard wine?

Wine doesn’t contain its meaning entirely within itself. You bring that to it through your knowledge and fantasy. ~ Sir Roger Scruton. This quote from the English philosopher and author of I Drink Therefore I Am, A Philosopher’s Guide to Wine encapsulates the concept of knowing your wine. You can be perfectly content consuming wine …

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Vineyard Vines full of red grapes for the Virginia Wine Club

Yes! October One Vineyard wins the Best Red Vinifera award! Wait, what is vinifera?

We were all dressed up and at the Loudoun Wine Awards dinner at the beautiful Lansdowne Resort main ballroom. The room was buzzing with excitement. The lights were low, and the air was thick, the moment suspenseful, and why not? October One Vineyard’s reception of many previous awards (but more on that in a later …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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