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Is Virginia For Wine Lovers? Part 6: Valhalla

On a scorching hot Friday in August, I set off on a self-driving tour of Virginian vineyards that put over 200 miles on the clock and, in the latter half...
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Is Virginia For Wine Lovers? Pt 5: AmRhein Wine Cellars

From Tuscany to Germany in under thirty minutes: following my illuminating tasting at Villa Appalaccia, in southwest Virginia, I drove further up the Blue Ridge Skyway to AmRhein, which translates...
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Semi-featured Wine: Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon

From my post, Is Virginia for Wine Lovers? Part 2, about West Wind Farm’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon: “I ending up buying a bottle, which I’ll give a year or two...
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Is Virginia For Wine-Lovers? Part 4: Fincastle

Visiting south-western Virginia this summer and seeking out winery recommendations, I had a couple of people point me to Fincastle for its small scale and, particularly, its Cabernet Franc. So...
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Tuppers’ Hop Pocket Ale: Beer before Business

I was so knocked out by the New River Pale Ale in Virginia (see story below) that in picking up a six-pack I also purchased, on sight, a six-pack of...
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New River Pale Ale: Beer of the Year?

At a pizza restaurant in Virginia this past August, asked by the waitress if I wanted anything to drink, my eyes quickly scanned the fridge full of beer and a...
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Is Virginia For Wine Lovers? Part 3: Villa Appalaccia

On a scorching hot Friday in August, I set off on a self-driving tour of Virginian vineyards that put over 200 miles on the clock and, in the latter half...
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Is Virginia For Wine Lovers? Part 2: West Wind Farm

West Wind Farm is conveniently situated near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 77. Opened just two years ago by Paul and Brenda Hric and their nephew David Manley with...
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