Tuesday, March 22, 2011

BEST WINE OF VIRGINIA


Wine News

Top Ten lists - where writers offer their opinions about which wines they deem to be the best - can offer an interesting insight into what's going on in a wine region.  Wine blogger Frank J. Morgan always has interesting things to say about Virginia wines on his blog Drink What You Like.  He did a little research on some of the top twenty lists that have been circulating concerning Virginia wines.

Morgan found that, from those top twenty lists, the favorite winery of those who know Virginia wines appears to be Linden Vineyards in Linden, Virgina.  Winemaker Jim Law accounted for 11% of all the wines mentioned as Virginia favorites.

Breaux Vineyards, in Purcellville, Virginia also had quite a few mentions, as did Glen Manor Vineyards in Front Royal, Virginia.

The results also show what types of wines are most respected in Virginia.  Among the top twenty wines cited, white wines held a slight edge over red.  Both the red and the Chardonnay from Linden Vineyards was mentioned often.  Viognier seemed to be the most popular grape, but there were mentions for Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, Nebbiolo, Merlot and Norton.

A dessert wine from Gray Ghost Vineyards in Amissville, Virginia placed on several lists.  It's made from late harvest Vidal Blanc grapes.