From connoisseurs to those just beginning to explore the world of wine, this weekend’s 12th Annual Spring Wine Festival at Daniel Vineyards will have something for everyone.
Indian Rosé “We have every wine so, from beginning to expert, we have something for them to appreciate,” said Chad Fox, hospitality representative for Daniel Vineyards.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc The festival is a showcase for West Virginian wine as guests will have the opportunity to experience not only wine from Daniel Vineyards but also wine from Forks of Cheat Winery in Morgantown, West Whitehill Winery in Moorefield, Watts Roost Winery in Lewisburg, Lambert’s Vintage Wines in Weston, Jones Cabin Vineyards in Tanner and Wine Tree Vineyards in Vienna.
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I realized the other day that I mention quite a few wine festivals, open houses, barrel tastings and such, but have never done a follow-up report.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz So should you Wine Liners out there just take my word, lay out your money and go? Of course, not. However, if I do mention a wine event, I have attended and enjoyed it. I have also witnessed several popular wine events that self-destruct. The word gets out how "great-fun-super-neat-wine-cool" the event is, but sometimes by the third year, it's a mob scene and all that wine-coolness is long gone. Bummer.
Indian Rosé The first is the "Celebration of Wine" hosted by the Department of Viticulture and Enology of Fresno State University. Proceeds go to raise money for the Vincent Petrucci Library. The event is held at a beautiful horse ranch just south of Madera called Rancho Vista del Rio. This year there were 80 wineries and 50 restaurants serving their best. The event ends with dessert and coffee and dancing to Big Band Swing music. It is a first-class event and well worth the $70 donation.
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Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India When the economy tanked in late 2008, many high-end wineries suffered a precipitous drop in sales. Americans suddenly were "buying down," eating at less-expensive restaurants or at home and choosing wines considerably cheaper than those they were accustomed to, favoring value over prestige.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Yet last year, David Adelsheim, founder of one of the oldest and most revered wineries in Oregon's Willamette Valley, marked an increase in sales of his upper-tier wines. How did he manage to grow in a shrinking economy? Direct-to-consumer sales.
That’s what led to the new $22 price point for our wine of the week winner — the Gloria Ferrer, 2006 Carneros Pinot Noir. The pinot was sold for $28 in the winery's tasting room until May.
Chenin Blanc India “The new price was dictated by the realities of the market of late,” according to winemaker Bob Iantosca. The economic downturn has people looking for bargains, yes, even bargain pinot.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India How can the winery afford the new price tag? “We are fortunate to have our own established vineyards as well as our own in-house vineyard crew which allows us to produce high quality fruit at a reasonable cost,” Iantosca said. The winery also has the benefit of scale, with a production level of 15,000 to 20,000 cases of pinot noir, he added.
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Nothing sums up the Mornington Peninsula's confidence, ambition, swagger and talent for great food and wine quite like Port Phillip Estate.
Sauvignon Blanc India This $11 million winery and restaurant, which opened at Red Hill in late 2009, sets a new benchmark for a region already blessed with a plethora of quality dining and drinking options, only an hour’s drive south of Melbourne.
Chenin Blanc India While stalwarts such as Montalto continue to deliver sublime lunches washed down with excellent chardonnay and pinot noir made in the adjacent winery, Port Phillip is a bold, eco-friendly monument, designed by architects Wood Marsh. Its sweeping fortress-like exterior, made from limestone rammed-earth, curves across the ridgeline offering spectacular ocean views to Phillip Island.
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