Author Archives: Ray

  • WineFan at Marterella Winery

    Posted on September 15, 2013 by in WineFan

    We’ve all heard the old adage, “Wine only gets better with age,” and for the most part it is true for most wines. But, for many wineries and vineyards in Virginia, the demand for their wine is so high and their production quantities low enough that it is difficult for them to age their wines […]

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  • WineFan at Otium Cellars

    Posted on September 12, 2013 by in WineFan

    It has been said, “Seek, and you shall find.” Just west of Purcellville, Virginia, we found Otium Cellars, and the wine there is phenomenal. The care and artistry put into producing the wine there result in juices that are among some of the finest in the state. Otium Cellars is actually part of Goose Creek […]

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  • Interview with Advanced Sommelier, David Kurka

    Posted on September 10, 2013 by in WineFan

      Everyone experiences wine in different ways. Wine tasting is an inherently subjective experience. However, each wine has a well understood set of characteristics that can be assessed objectively. To watch someone who has studied these characteristics demonstrate the depth of their understanding of grapes and winemaking can be astounding. In this field, there is […]

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  • WineFan at Three Fox Vineyards

    Posted on September 4, 2013 by in WineFan

      “Wine brings to light the hidden secrets of the soul, gives being to our hopes, bids the coward flight, drives dull care away, and teaches new means for the accomplishment of our wishes.” — Horace, Roman Philosopher. The Romans sure knew their wines, and John and Holli Todhunter do too. At Three Fox Vineyards, […]

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  • WineFan at The Wine’ing Butcher

    Posted on August 21, 2013 by in WineFan

    Finding wine from around the globe can be difficult — many great wines never make it to the states. However, among the ones that do, The Wine’ing Butcher in Ashburn, Virginia offers a fantastic selection of wines from every end of the earth. Most of these wines, you would be hard pressed to find anywhere other […]

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  • WineFan at Desert Rose Ranch and Winery

    Posted on August 20, 2013 by in WineFan

    If you’re looking for a place that makes you feel like you’re in the Wild West, you don’t have to travel as far as you might think. Located in Fauquier County, Virginia, Desert Rose Ranch and Winery is just the spot to make you hum “Home on the Range.” And, if you’re a fan of […]

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  • WineFan at The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards

    Posted on August 19, 2013 by in WineFan

    As you drive down Route 9 in Loudoun County Virginia, you will find a plethora of wineries to visit. You would need more than a day to taste at them all. But, one that should not be missed is The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards. Among the newer wineries in the area, The Barns just […]

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  • WineFan at The Winery at La Grange

    Posted on August 17, 2013 by in WineFan

      Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? The Winery at La Grange sure does! This winery has an element most wineries in this area do not: a haunted tasted room. And, according to history, the 1790s-era home was haunted long before La Grange became a winery, so it’s not just a marketing ploy made […]

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  • WineFan at Pearmund Cellars

    Posted on August 11, 2013 by in WineFan

    “Stick with what you are good at, and success will follow.” We’ve all heard that at some point in our life. Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Virginia follows that path — although they aren’t just good, they’re great. Owner, Chris Pearmund decided to keep with the original vines of Chardonnay planted on the property as […]

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  • WineFan at Casanel Vineyards

    Posted on August 11, 2013 by in WineFan

    When you find a winery that exudes a style similar to another region, but with its own unique flair, it is a treasure to behold. Just outside Leesburg, Virginia lies Casanel Vineyards — there, they have clearly taken an old-world mentality while throwing in their own personal style. If you are a fan with this […]

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