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Wintry mixes, gale force winds, and wild temperatures have not deterred us from hitting the wine trails in 2018. In current weekends, we visited Tarara Winery, Gray Ghost Vineyards, and Rappahanock Cellars along the way, we met up with fellow bloggers Kurt and Carol of Wine About Virginia and supreme oenophile/superior buddy Susan McHenry.

Our trip to Tarara Winery was threatened by a winter advisory that was issued for later in the afternoon. Even so, we decided to go with the intent to get their early and then leave early just before the winter climate arrived. Danielle, our wine educator, gave us an professional tasting of winemaker Jordan Harris’ exceptional wines. Of the white wines, the 2015 Viognier and the 2013 Neveah White have been my favorites. The Viognier presented floral aromas with notes of tropical fruit and honey. On the palate, I noted tropical fruit with a good, round mouth really feel. The Neveah White is a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier it displayed ripe pear and pineapple qualities with a touch of oak on the finish. Preferred red wines incorporated the 2015 Lengthy Bomb 9, a red blend led by Cabernet Sauvignon followed by Merlot, Syrah and Tannat. Notes of tobacco, clover, blackberry and anise gave way to a fruity palate with pepper on the finish it was also a bit “chewy”. I’d advise decanting just before serving. The 2012 Neveah Red was a juicy treat with components of blackberry, currants, tobacco and cedar. Oh—-the wintry mix? In maintaining with the fickle winter that has been 2018, it under no circumstances materialized.

Even so, our winter hurricane did strike the location, and several wineries have been closed due to energy outages. Gray Ghost Vineyards was capable to operate thanks to a generator, so we have been capable to attend their annual barrel tasting. Right here we met bloggers Kurt and Carol Jensen and dear buddy Susan McHenry. Group favorites have been the 2016 Petit Verdot and the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. I was also a fan of the lighter-bodied and fruity 2017 Cabernet Franc that was nevertheless in the barrel but oh so prepared to take pleasure in. From Gray Ghost Vineyards we produced our way to Rappahanock Cellars. Rappahanock Cellars has added sparkling wines to their lineup of good quality wines, and I enjoyed the Sparkling Rose with its strawberry flavors and vibrant acidity. The dry Rose Reserve and the 2015 Cabernet Franc have been other standouts having said that, at the finish of our tasting, the group was in the mood for Chardonnay, and the 2015 Chardonnay did not disappoint. Pear flavors with a wealthy mouth really feel and an oak kiss paired nicely with the platter of cheeses that we ordered to finish the great (and significantly less windy) afternoon.

Spring is about the corner, and the finicky winter of 2018 will be history. Program to stop by these wineries as we transition to warmer days and spring landscapes colored with fragrant blossoms. Of course, mention that Virginia Wine Time sent you.