Re: Any good VA wines?
Date: July 17, 2007 11:42AM
Ok, let me help you all.
Virginia wines are currently some of the best in the world. Unfortunately, some of the better ones price themselves accordingly.
The biggest name is Oasis Vineyards. They're in Hume, VA, near Front Royal. They have received numerous awards over the years. They are expensive, and I don't think they're as good as they used to be. Certainly they're not as good as they think they are, but they are still good. They also have something which is pretty awesome, which is limo wine tours of VA Wine Country. I'm sure they're expensive, but that would be a good time. A buddy of mine use to drive for them.
Rappahannock Cellars, also out by Front Royal, is really up and coming. They're better than Oasis, and they're not priced quite as high yet. They were started a few years back by a family who owned and ran California wineries for generations, but think that VA is the future. Most of their wines are amazing. They have some different selections, too. Their Vidal Blanc, and their Solara (usually only available to wine club members) are great dessert wines.
Other than those two, there are a zillion little wineries all over. Pearmund Cellars, just off 29 on the way to Warrenton has a great Chardonnay, for instance. Other than that, I'd check out the wine festival held in Front Royal every year (it's passed already this year) to find a lot of the little ones with good stuff. Or, do the one of the Oasis limo tours. Or, just start doing tastings every few weekends. They're very inexpensive (usually about $4 per person), will teach you a lot about wine and what you're supposed to look for in any given type of wine, and will give you a feel for what's available. Just look on the internet, pick one or two a weekend, and do it.