Virginia Wine!

Welcome to Virginia Loves Vino! This website was established to promote Virginia Wine and offer some unique items for Virginia Wine Lovers. Home of the "Make Mine Virginia Wine" bumper-sticker. Virginia Loves Vino is partnered with Weekend Oasis Vacation Rentals which offers vacation cabins, cottages, and condos in Virginia Wine country.

Wine Pronunciation

Wine Pronunciation

Guests often visit our rental cabins in Virginia to have an extended weekend to enjoy some Virginia Wine. If you are like me, you may find some of the wines hard to pronounce, simply because you've never been exposed to them before! I went ahead and compiled this list of wine pronuniciations for you to enjoy.

 

Wine and cheese

Wines  and Cheeses

It is known that red wines do well with hard cheeses. White  wines  pair with hard, creamy cheeses. But keep in your mind that no strict characteristics .Your individual choice often depends on your personal  taste and preference. You will find many great wind and cheese pairings at many Virginia Vineyards, located minutes from our rental cabins in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

However, here are a few general recommendations

White Wine and cheese

Sauvignon Blanc is good pairing for Blue Castello,  Derby, Fresh  Mozarella,  Havarti, Goat Cheese

You can try    Chardonnay    with  Provolone, Mild Cheddar,  Chevre,  Bel  Paese

Champagne and Sparkling  Wines  are good pairings for Baby Swiss, Cobby, Mild Cheddar. Champaigne and Sparkling wines combine well with milk fat content, as the crispness  of these wines easily “pass” through any  fat on your palate.

Red  Wines and Cheeses.

Full-Bodied Red Wines

The cheeses for full-bodied red wines such as Cabernet, Sauvignon , Merlot , Bordeaux, Shirazshould be sharply flavored and more intense .Among them are aged  Fontina  and Gouda, Grano Padano, Recorino-Romano.

Some milder blues also can work , for example, Blue Castello.

Medium –Bodied Red Wines

These wines include some Italian wines, some lighter versions of Zinfandel and some Pinot Noirs. The rich wines can stand up to Port  Salut,  Provolone, Smoked Gouda,  Morbier.

Light Red Wines

Wine Terms

Wine Terms

Let’s talk about wine…

Like in any other special industry or just hobby the special terms one finds in serious wine discussions may look  exotic. However they are based on concrete tastes and flavors. Such words  like ‘nose’  and ‘tongue’ have different meanings amongst wine experts and  enthusiasts than in general language.

We often find ourselves engaged with guests staying at our rental cabin in Front Royal, our rental cabin in Amissville, as well as our rental cabin at Bryce Resort, discussing various Virginia wines they've enjoyed in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

These simple tips will teach you how to understand complicated wine discussion and also how to describe the many flavors of different wines. If you are absolutely unfamiliar with flower wine- speak ,keep in  mind  that complex descriptions for flavor often have more easily-understood synonyms.

Wine  tasting  is determined  by  five general  factors:  alcohol, acid, glycerol, tannins, fruit.

Let’s start with these general terms:

Acid  - The acids in wine are necessary component in wine making. The Northern wines  usually contain more acid than the South wines. The acid is sometimes balanced by the sugar. Excess acid can tell about bad wine( especially a semi-dry or semi-sweet).

Crisp– A fresh young wine , a well-balanced of acidity and sugar.

Wine Terms

Wine Terms

Let’s talk about wine…

Like in any other special industry or just hobby the special terms one finds in serious wine discussions may look  exotic. However they are based on concrete tastes and flavors. Such words  like ‘nose’  and ‘tongue’ have different meanings amongst wine experts and  enthusiasts than in general language.

We often find ourselves engaged with guests staying at our rental cabin in Front Royal, our rental cabin in Amissville, as well as our rental cabin at Bryce Resort, discussing various Virginia wines they've enjoyed in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

These simple tips will teach you how to understand complicated wine discussion and also how to describe the many flavors of different wines. If you are absolutely unfamiliar with flower wine- speak ,keep in  mind  that complex descriptions for flavor often have more easily-understood synonyms.

Wine  tasting  is determined  by  five general  factors:  alcohol, acid, glycerol, tannins, fruit.

Let’s start with these general terms:

Acid  - The acids in wine are necessary component in wine making. The Northern wines  usually contain more acid than the South wines. The acid is sometimes balanced by the sugar. Excess acid can tell about bad wine( especially a semi-dry or semi-sweet).

Crisp– A fresh young wine , a well-balanced of acidity and sugar.

Why Visit Wine Seminars?

Why Visit Wine Seminars?

Guests travel for thousands of miles to enjoy our rental cabin in Amissville, rental cabin in Front Royal, as well as our rental cabins and condos at Bryce Resort. Our guests enjoy over 30 vineyards located near our properties, really putting Virginia Wine on the map!

Last week one of our guests asked, "Why should I visit a wine seminar?" Here was my answer:

  • You will learn many interesting facts about  Virginia wines, vineyards  and wineries
  • Virginia is a home to dedicated wine makers. They are happy to meet you, answer the questions and share their experiences!
  • Taste extraordinary selections of wines along with great pairings from best chefs.
  • The best way to buy any brand from over 400 Virginia wines!
  • Learn more about international cuisine along with the dishes from the fine regional restaurants.
  • Discover a new hobby and meet new friends!
  • Just  enjoy!

Wine and Indian Food

Wine and Indian Food

The Shenandoah Valley is packed with vineyards, giving you an amazing opportunity to try all sorts of Virginia Wine. Our friends over at Narmada Winery (Amissville Virginia) are offering guests a unique experience at their Indian style winery.  You can pair many of the wine with authentic Indian food, for a truly inviting experience. Our rental cabin in Amissville is less than 5 minutes away, offering you a cabin to retreat back to for total rest and relaxation on our 25 acres.

When pairing Indian Food with Wine, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Spicy Indian food is considered to be one of the most difficult food pairings. The strong spices that go into each dish might have a strong effect on the palate. So, choosing a wine, mind the foods  strongest ingredients.

Choose a Low Alcohol  Level  Wines

Stay away from wines more than 14% alcohol. Initially alcohol may actually help to make the seem less spicy. The reason is the active ingredient in spicy food is capsicum  which is soluble in alcohol but not plain water. But after a while you will find that capsicum keeps getting replaced on every mouthful, your taste buds will have become more over-sensitized as the high level of alcohol  will start to accentuate the heat. So, go  for a low alcohol levels.

What is the difference between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon?

 

What is the difference between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon?

 

Some  people think  Cabernet Franc is just “a  little brother” of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is not quite so.

 

Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are both types of red wine grapes. Although the two grapes are similar both genetically and in terms of taste, Cabernet Sauvignon is  more popular, especially in America.

Cabernet Sauvignon  is planted worldwide. Cabernet Franc is mainly grown in France, Italy, Eastern Europe and the United States.

Cabernet Franc wines are thinner, lighter and less acidic than Cabernet Sauvignons. They also may have a more herbal flavor, depending upon their cultivation. While Cabernet Sauvignon wines are lauded for their ability to age well, Cabernet Francs are best enjoyed young.

Cabernet Franc can be used as a blending; for example in Virginia.  

 Both wines share strong notes of fruit and spices.

Virginia Wine Facts

Some facts about Virginia Winery Industry

Virginia  is the  5th among  viniferous  grape-growing  states. Virginia wine continues to excel in competitions in the United States and internationally. Blue Mountain Oasis and Poe's Mountain Lodge are both within 30 minutes of over 30 of the best Virginia Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley! Consider a weekend trip to Virginia Wine Country and enjoy one of our rental cabins in Virginia.

Regions:

Rocky Knob
Shenandoah Valley
Eastern Shore
North Fork of Roanoke
Monticello
Northern  Neck

Grape Varieties

White wines:

Chardonnay
Viognier
Vidal Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc
Riesling
Petit Manseng
Seyval Blanc

Red wines:

Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot

 

The Plains Wine Festival


The Plains Wine Festival

It's hard to believe that the wine festival in The Plains Virginia is fast approaching! Amber and I will be here for the third straight year and really looking forward to it. It's great to be able to hit the tent, purchase wine from all around the state, and enjoy pulling bottles from our cellar year round! The Wine Festival will be held on May 21 and May 22. Learn more about The Plains Wine Festival on our sister website by clicking here.