“If you had to pick only 20 Spanish reds (how hard is that!?) these wines would make the cut. Remember that many of these great producers make wines and wines at varying levels (Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva), so if you can’t find the benchmark wine listed here, you can try something else from the same producer.”
I’ve just returned to my room from my first pass at the VA Wine Showcase ballrooms at the Crystal Gateway Marriott where I made a list of the wineries in attendance and tasted my way through eight or so tastings.
This timeout is to catch my breath and eat lunch! But I am so excited about what I’ve experienced so far.I’ve met some wonderful people (wine makers, artists, jewelers and fellow oenophiles alike!) and I’ve been introduced to Norton, a Virginia varietal I’d not yet heard of before.
I will blog more about my experience and post my tasting notes in the hours and days to come but here are a few favorites and notables!
- Rosemont of Virginia
- Hume Vineyards
- Cooper Vineyards
- Horton Cellars (who make a wonderful Norton … Horton Norton kinda rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it??)
- Ingleside Vineyards