VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness – CHALLENGE WINNER

WOW.

You all are awesome. You told us your favorite Virginia wines. We started with sixteen of your favorites — narrowed to the exciting eight — down to the fabulous four — brought us to the finale round — and we have a winner!

More than 2,700 votes in the finale round, and it was close. REAL close. The winner won with 50.8% of the votes. (We aren’t kidding… it was really REALLY close!)

So, without further ado… the winner of the 2017 VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challenge is…

Barrel Oak Winery’s 2010 Petit Verdot!

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THANK YOU all for voting and making this year’s challenge so much fun! We had a blast seeing everyone’s favorite wine selections. We do this because we love Virginia wine and we love our state… Thank you for making this hobby so fun and for selecting your favorite Virginia wine from the Starting Sixteen.

Congratulations Barrel Oak Winery!

Cheers!

Christina & Michelle

 

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VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness – FINALE ROUND VOTING

THANK YOU for voting in this year’s 2nd Annual VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challenge! You nominated your favorite Virginia wines and started us with sixteen of your favorites. We are down to the FINALE ROUND…the last two…the final challenge…let’s bring this year’s VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness home!

Voting will remain open until 5pm Saturday, April 1st. The Finale winner will be announced Sunday, April 2nd.

So without further ado… it’s time to announce your challengers in this year’s 2nd Annual VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness FINALE ROUND!

VOTE TODAY

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Here are the challengers:
Cooper Vineyards 2015 Viognier vs. Barrel Oak Winery 2010 Petit Verdot

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

We can’t wait to announce the winner April 2nd.

Cheers!

Christina & Michelle

 

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VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness – FABULOUS FOUR VOTING

You all are awesome! THANK YOU for your enthusiasm and participation in this year’s 2nd Annual VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challenge!

We have gone from the Starting Sixteen Virginia wines nominated by YOU to the Exciting Eight. The votes are in, and it’s time to announce the Fabulous Four Virginia wines — let the voting continue!

Voting will remain open until 5pm Monday, March 27th. The Finale wines will be announced, and voting will commence for the last round March 28th.

VOTE TODAY

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Here are the challengers:

Caret Cellars 2015 Rivah Red vs. Cooper Vineyards 2015 Viognier
Barboursville Vineyards 2010 Octagon vs. Barrel Oak Winery 2010 Petit Verdot

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Here is the schedule for the next rounds in the VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness rounds:

Fabulous Four: March 23-27
Finale: March 28-April 1

The winner of the 2017 VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challenge will be announced April 2nd.

Cheers!

Christina & Michelle

 

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VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness – EXCITING EIGHT VOTING

You voted and helped take us from the Starting Sixteen to the Exciting Eight — Thank you! It’s time to cast your votes again and help select the Fabulous Four Virginia wines in this year’s 2nd Annual VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challenge.

Voting will remain open until 5pm Wednesday, March 22nd. The Fabulous Four will be announced, and voting will commence March 23rd for the next round.

VOTE TODAY

MarchMadness2017-Round2Here are the challengers:

Caret Cellars 2015 Rivah Red vs. Trump Winery 2009 Blanc de Blanc
Cooper Vineyards 2015 Viognier vs. North Gate Vineyard 2014 Merlot
Barboursville Vineyards 2010 Octagon vs. Keswick Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc
Rappahannock Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc vs. Barrel Oak Winery 2010 Petit Verdot

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Here is the schedule for the next rounds in the VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness rounds:

Exciting Eight: March 18-22
Fabulous Four: March 23-27
Finale: March 28-April 1

The winner of the 2017 VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challenge will be announced April 2nd.

Cheers!

Christina & Michelle

 

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VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness – STARTING SIXTEEN VOTING

MarchMadness2017-Round1You nominated your favorite Virginia wines, and here is your Starting Sixteen bracket — Time to cast your votes!

Voting will remain open until 5pm Friday, March 17th. The Exciting Eight will be announced, and voting will commence March 18th for the next round.

VOTE TODAY

Here are the challengers:

New Kent Winery 2015 White Norton vs. Caret Cellars 2015 Rivah Red
Slater Run Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay vs. Trump Winery 2009 Blanc de Blanc
Upper Shirley Vineyards 2015 Viognier vs. Cooper Vineyards 2015 Viognier
868 Estate Vineyards 2015 Monarch vs. North Gate Vineyard 2014 Merlot
Barboursville Vineyards 2010 Octagon vs. Pearmund Cellars 2014 Meritage
Breaux Vineyards 2015 Equation Red vs. Keswick Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc
Ingleside Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc vs. Rappahannock Cellars 2014 Cabernet Franc
Barrel Oak Winery 2010 Petit Verdot vs. Glen Manor Vineyards 2013 Hodder Hill

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Here is the schedule for the VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness rounds:

Starting Sixteen: March 13-17
Exciting Eight: March 18-22
Fabulous Four: March 23-27
Finale: March 28-April 1

The winner of the 2017 VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challenge will be announced April 2nd.

Cheers!

Christina & Michelle

 

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VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness – Wine Nominations

We’re excited to launch the 2nd annual VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challengers! The final match-up in 2016 featured Paradise Spring Winery’s 2013 Norton versus Narmada Winery’s 2011 Mom. You voted, and the winner was Narmada Winery’s Mom!

Last year, Michelle and I selected our favorite wines and paired them randomly together for the challenge. This year, we want to hear from YOU!

Nominate your favorite wine today — your wine may just make this year’s Starting Sixteen! Submit your favorite wines through March 10th. The Starting Sixteen will be announced and voting will open March 13th.

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE WINE

Here is the schedule for the VA Wine Uncorked 2017 March Wineness rounds:

Starting Sixteen: March 13-17
Exciting Eight: March 18-22
Fabulous Four: March 23-27
Finale: March 28-April 1

The winner of the 2017 VA Wine Uncorked March Wineness challenge will be announced April 2nd. So, nominate your favorite wine today and get excited — Michelle and I will be announcing the Starting Sixteen bracket soon!

Cheers!

Christina & Michelle

 

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Questions to Ask During a Wine Tasting

When visiting a new winery tasting room, it is encouraged you ask questions to learn about the wines and winery you are experiencing.  It is fun to learn something new and get to know their wines beyond the taste on your pallet. I thought I would make a list of some of my favorite questions to ask to get your creative juices flowing during your next tasting room visit:

General questions about the winery:

  • When did you start your vineyard? When did your tasting room open?
  • What grapes do you grow on property?
  • If you bring in any grapes for production, where are they from? (Bonus points in my book if all Virginia and/or all locally sourced!)
  • What inspired you to start a vineyard and get into the wine industry?

During the tasting questions:

  • What foods do you recommend pairing with each wine? (I have tried making new dinners to match with a wine because they’ve been suggested as a good pair – fun to expand on the pallet and on your cooking skills!)
  • What temperature do you recommend serving this wine? (Most reds are designed to be served at room temperature a.k.a. cellar temperature, which is approximately 60-65 degrees. However, the wine maker may recommend you chill the wine more or less to bring out certain flavors. Just ask!)
  • How long can you shelf this wine? (Some wines are meant to be drunk right away, others age well.)
  • Tasting a table red or white – what blends are in this wine? (Learn about the percentage of each grape represented. This will help you learn about your personal tastes. It is also fun to test yourself in identifying what percentage of grapes you think are represented!)
  • Do you have the wine makers tasting notes I could review? (Read about what the wine maker intended for this wine.)
  • Have you won any recent awards for a wine?
  • What is your personal favorite?

Did you really enjoy a winery and tasting experience? Here are a few more questions following your tasting:

  • How can I volunteer with your winery? (Are there opportunities in the tasting room, at festivals and other events?)
  • Do you have any upcoming special events at your winery?
  • Do you offer a wine club? I would like to learn more about it…
  • Are you dog-friendly?
  • Can we bring a picnic to enjoy on site?

What are some of your other favorite questions to ask during a tasting? I hope some of these questions I like to ask help inspire you during your next visit to a tasting room!

Now, I have to run off to Caret Cellars for Wine and Cherries Weekend along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. They are releasing their Pinot Grigio – only 11 cases, and I may buy half a case for us! It is delicious.

Cheers!

Christina

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