Local Winemakers Reveal Their Stashes. —Jessica Strelitz
winemaker, Chrysalis Vineyards, Middleburg
From Virginia: 868 Estate (Purcellville) Chardonnay. “Winemaker Carl DiManno and I went to UC-Davis together. We had a Loudoun County Winemakers Association meeting and all of us were supposed to bring a bottle to show what we were doing. He brought that.”
Guilty Pleasure: Browsing at the Harris Teeter in Purcellville. “I love trying to find good wines in the $10-15 range. Ten years ago I wouldn’t go to the supermarket … but stores are now starting to focus more on local, unique wines. Store manager [Nate Durbin] is also their wine buyer, and we chat nearly every other day.”
Splurge: Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2009. “If they do one thing well, it’s this. It’s always been one of my favorites.”
winemaker, Hillsborough Vineyards, Purcellville
From Virginia: Doukenie Winery (Purcellville) Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. “Just excellent wine.”
Guilty Pleasure: Kirkland Signature Sauvignon Blanc Ti Point (New Zealand). “I don’t see it often, but if I ever find it at Costco, I buy a few bottles. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is the best value in the world in wine.”
Splurge: Chateau O’Brien (Markham) Tannat. “[Winemaker] Jason Murray’s reds are so smooth. Tannat works best with simple food, like chicken or grilled vegetables with olive oil.”
winemaker-owner, Fabbioli Cellars, Leesburg
From Virginia: Linden Vineyards (Linden) Sauvignon Blanc. “I’m pretty much a red guy. I certainly appreciate good whites like this one.”
Guilty Pleasure: Homemade wine cooler made with local red wine, lots of ice, a good splash of ginger ale and a slice of lemon. “Some may see this as a sin, but it sure is refreshing.”
Splurge: Catoctin Creek (Purcellville) gin on the rocks with a lime. “When it comes to indulgent purchases, it very hard for me to indulge on myself.”
winemaker-owner, Corcoran Vineyards, Waterford
From Virginia: Chrysalis Vineyards (Middleburg) Viognier and Albariño. “I pair it with salad and bring it on picnics.”
Guilty Pleasure: NV Col Mesian Nove Cento Dieci Spumante Rosé Brut. “I love bubbles, going out or just sitting at home. It doesn’t have to be expensive.”
Splurge: Vintage port. “Dow’s from 2000 and 1997 are really good. And it’s great because you buy a bottle of 10-year tawny and it takes a month to drink it. Just have a little taste here and there.”
Stephanie Gadino Pross
assistant winemaker, Gadino Cellars, Washington
From Virginia: Glen Manor (Front Royal) Sauvignon Blanc. “The varietal is harder to find in Virginia, and this one is incredible.”
Guilty Pleasure: Gadino Luminoso (blend of Petit Manseng and Vidal Blanc). “We are guilty of drinking a lot of our own products. Luminoso is just sweet enough that it’s dangerously easy to drink. You can go through several bottles and wonder what happened.”
Splurge: French Viognier and Spanish Albarinos. “Our favorite wine shop is Vinosity in Culpeper. They have a great selection.”
Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, July 12th, 2012
World of Beer comes to Arlington in August. Originally slated for July, the opening was pushed back due to last weekend’s storm. [ARLnow]
Taco Bell tests Mountain Dew mixed with orange juice. Perhaps this is a non-alcoholic version of the mimosa. [USA Today]
Winestock, and many more NoVA wine festivals, this weekend. [NVM]
Fauquier County could be become “Footloose” if rigid new ordinance passes. [Inside NOVA]
It was a close call for Port City Brewing Company. With five days of no power and no backup generator, PCBC manages to save thousands of gallons of beer. And because of the high temperatures, they created Derecho Common Beer. [Old Town Patch / WCP]
Corcoran Vineyards wins Virginia Wine Lover Readers’ Choice award for its Apple Wine. [via FB]
Nightly glass of wine, a point for you. Moderate drinking might protect women’s bones. [The Salt]
Posted by Warren Rojas / Friday, July 22nd, 2011
If there were a beer vs. wine war happening amongst the Old Dominion’s potable producers, Jim and Lori Corcoran could be considered the first double agents.
The owners/operators of Corcoran Vineyards have, rather quietly, been working on adding beer brewing to their refreshment repertoire. As of this weekend, they are finally ready to share their resulting research–the aptly named Corcoran Brewing Co.–with the heat-plagued public.
Granted, Herndon native cum Corcoran head brewer Kevin Bills has been treating the privileged few who’ve trekked out to the winery’s nascent “beer barn” to introductory pours–just tastings and growlers for now, due to stringent ABC restrictions. “The same exceptions that allow farm wineries do not allow a brewery to serve by the glass. To do that, we would have to have a restaurant, which is not in the plans,” Bills explained–of the developing beer catalog. But the mainstream coming out will happen Saturday at Magnolia’s Annual Beerfest, followed by a proper grand opening in Waterford from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.
The fledgling nanobrewery will produce 1/2 barrels of craft beer at a time, concentrating on five signature offerings–P’ville Pale, Catoctin Ale, LoCo IPA (90 minute boil seasoned by seven hops additions), Corkys Irish Red (bolstered by roasted barley and British hops) and Slainte Stout–plus a rotating seasonal selection (now: Wheatland, an American-style hefeweizen. Coming soon: Kolsch, Wit, Pumpkin and Christmas ales).
Bills doubts production will top 100 barrels this first year, but has already secured the foundation for future growth: a thriving hop yard.
“At 360 plants, I was told it is the third largest hop farm in the state,” he said of the on-site source. Bills expects to tap neighboring farmers/artisan producers for just about everything else.
“I will be sourcing honey, pumpkins and other stuff from local sources. And, by the end of the year we should be sourcing our base malt from within the state as well,” he asserted. “So between the water, malt, and hops … it will be a truly Virginia beer.”
It remains unclear whether Bills and the Corcorans knew to wait for/had anything to do with the encroaching heatwave before rolling out their (hopefully) frosty brews. But their timing couldn’t be more perfect.
“This was started to be small, and we want to remain small. We thought a tiny brewery on a back road would not get much attention,” Bills asserted. “However, we already see that the demand is far greater than we could have anticipated … the buzz has already been huge.”
Posted by Carten Cordell / Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Put the scorchingly hot, swampy workweek behind you and grab your gal-pals for a night out on the town tonight. Historic Downtown Leesburg merchants play host to Girls’ Night Out, a ladies only event full of discounts, wine tastings and a free, live concert by Virginia-born and raised pop star Zahra Universe.
Red or white? Or red? No need to pick just one vino. Tonight, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, eight shops participating in “Farm to Fork Loudoun” will uncork some of their best bottles, including:
Bluemont Vineyard – Carter Braxton Properties
Corcoran Vineyards – Otter Creek Collections
Fabbioli Cellars – Cooley Gallery
Loudoun Valley Vineyards – Lou Lou
North Gate Vineyard – Savannah’s
Notaviva Vineyards – Rose Manor
Tarara Winery – Leesburg Vintner
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards – Creme de la Creme
On the musical side of things, guitarist Emily Guagliardi will be performing at Photoworks while guitar duo Steele & Oglevee strum together at The Cooley Gallery. As in Chris Cooley, Redskins’ very own tight end.
Head over to The Pink Shop at 6:30 PM to hear internationally-known recording artist Zahra Universe as she belts out her latest single “Dancin’ by the Fire” plus some of her other exotic, catchy tunes. Zahra, who pulls her musical inspiration from all around the world, has been dubbed “Princess” by the people in Cameroon, Africa, for the work she’s doing to promote HIV/AIDS education in the country.
Check out her red-hot video below for a sneak peak at tonight’s headliner.
Plus local massage therapy gurus Blue Lotus will be offering the chance to unwind and destress with f-r-e-e chair massages at their new location on King Street. Yes, please.
Bottom line: GNO, tonight can’t come soon enough!
Girls’ Night Out Leesburg
25 W. Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20175
Time: 5 to 9 PM
Posted by The Editorial Desk / Monday, January 11th, 2010
As of 4:36 p.m. last Friday, Fairfax County has its first functioning winery: Paradise Springs (#157 in the state).
After months of legal wrangling and fiscal uncertainty, co-owners Kirk Wiles (son) and Jane Kincheloe (mother) were thrilled to have friends and family pack the historical log cabin–originally constructed back in the 1800s–that will serve as the winery welcome center/tasting room for the official ribbon cutting on January 8.
“This is an historic day … a day when agriculture pushes back against the every expanding urban sprawl,” Wiles told the crowd of perhaps 100-odd well-wishers who showed up on a snowy afternoon to sample the family’s oenological wares and show their support for the boutique winery.
Local politicos and wine personalities in attendance included:
* Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (pictured above);
* Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerald W. “Gerry” Hyland;
* Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Lee District Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (pictured above);
* Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity (pictured above);
* Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services project manager T. Robins Buck;
* Philip Carter Winery proprietor Philip Carter;
* Philip Carter winemaker Rob Cox;
* Corcoran Vineyards founder Jim Corcoran; and,
* Winery at La Grange partner Mike Ching
Paradise Springs will officially open to the public at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 16 and will keep weekend hours through the spring.