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The first Virginia Wine Summit, held in early October, began with a modern version of British wine writer Steven Spurrier’s famous Paris tasting. This time he pitted seven Virginia wines and a cider against rivals from Europe and California. What matters in such a tasting is not which wines “won,” but that the challenger’s wines were comparable in quality to the world competition. That was the case here, but Virginia will truly reach world-class status only when such exercises are no longer necessary.

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Here are some of Spurrier’s comments about how various grape varieties perform in Virginia, along with my recommendations based on tastings at the Wine Summit and elsewhere. Wines are available from the wineries. Stores with good selections of local wine include Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits in the District; in Virginia, try Leesburg Vintner, Arrowine in Arlington, Unwined in Alexandria and various Wegmans and Total Wine and More locations.

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Chardonnay “Virginia makes very nice chardonnay in the crisp, lemony style,” Spurrier said. But he added that it is hard for an emerging wine region to make a distinctive stamp with such a ubiquitous grape.

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I once knew a wine writer (alwayswith a buzz on) who exulted that he’d tasted his way through 120wines at an international exposition. Now, my job as a winewriter has its joys, but tasting my way through 120 wines, oreven 80 wines, about par for a judge at a wine competition, isnot one of them.

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Such a slog is not only hard work but palate fatigue setsin early, so that the 46th wine you taste is never going to havequite the luster of the third, and by number 75, you are inagony and in need of a shower.

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Still, the idea of holding your own wine tasting at home orin a restaurant can be one of the most convivial of pleasures,as long as you go about it the right way, starting with whom youinvite.

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Paper Edition | Page: 9 Bali wines are made by people who believe they can start a new wine trend, in a land where holly books rule.

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Bali wines are beginning to gain the respect they deserve, as evidenced by the wine poetry by St. Regis Bali Resort’s Sommelier, Harald Wiesmann.

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Hatten Wines is a local wine pioneer. Starting the trend with the launch of its Rosé in 1994, Hatten — with its Aga Red, Aga White and Alexandria as well as Tunjung and Jepun sparkling wine —are now known internationally. In Bali, it is present at every turn, from luxury resorts to small restaurants.

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10/12/2012 World photo/Don Seabrook Workers near the end of their day as the sun rises at a mechanical wine grape harvest at Milbrandt Vineyards south of Quincy Friday. Grapes are harvested at night by machine at large vineyards, giving crushing operations the day to process the grapes.

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10/12/2012 World photo/Don Seabrook After harvesting, grapes are dumped into large bins on trailers at the Milbrandt Vineyards south of Quincy early Friday morning and then transported to a large crushing operation in Mattawa.

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MATTAWA — Surrounded by vineyards, orchards and the otherwise barren, desert landscape of the Wahluke Slope, the industrial presence of Mattawa’s two bulk wine production plants seems oddly out of place.

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Bill Foley built Fidelity National into one of the most successful mortgage-title companies in the world. But because he's also a wine lover, Mr. Foley bought a few wineries, too. That didn't turn out as well—at least not at first. By his own admission, Mr. Foley was "just a typical guy with money getting into the wine business" some 10 years ago, and the result was a predictable mess. Bad wines, bad winemaking, a complete lack of oversight—Mr. Foley gamely confessed to it all. But things have changed considerably in recent years, and Mr. Foley now owns 13 wineries all over the world and is soon to debut the Foley Food and Wine Society, a unique club of restaurants, resorts and wine.

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Was that true? I asked Mr. Foley, who was dressed in a very un-mogul-like outfit of a worn black T-shirt and khakis. "I'm a bottom-feeder," Mr. Foley replied with a smile. And yes, he allowed, Chalk Hill had been a very good buy.

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An enormous indoor riding ring on the property had helped him close the deal. No one else could figure out what to do with a ring the size of a football field, according to Mr. Foley, who estimated the structure had cost the previous owners a cool $23 million. "Gallo, Franzia and KJ looked at it," he said, naming three of the wine world's three biggest players. (KJ is Kendall Jackson.) "But they never got their arms around it." Mr. Foley could. He closed on the property in December 2010.

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