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Virginia Pour House Virginia Pour House Wine/Beer Blog - Welcome! Some people that have stumbled upon my blog may be scratching their heads saying…really?

ANOTHER wine blog? Wait, another VIRGINIA wine blog?! Well, let me start by thanking you for getting this far into my sometimes cynical, snarky, overly aggressive, often times fair, occasionally enlightening, but most of the time good-natured banter. That being said, here is a little background on who I am and why I decided I would further add to your wine blog scene with my insight on what has be

come the most enjoyable hobby of my life. I am in no way a professional writer. Let me repeat, I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL WRITER. In fact, if viewed by any of my past teachers and professors, some of my articles, reviews, and blog postings would most likely get me slapped, laughed at, or asked to step away from writing for the foreseeable future. Got it? Good. I’m merely a 29 year old, Network Engineer/Business Development & Marketing professional, with a borderline obsessive attachment to wine, grapes, vineyards, cheese, and everything wine-related. You should also know that beginning in January 2011, I had never visited a winery or vineyard. That being said, I am just a normal guy, sharing my opinions and experiences with other wine lovers, and hopefully make some friends along the way! I originally had no intention of starting a blog as I already have enough commitments and distractions, but realized that this could be the only real way to track my obsession in a sensible manner. For me, visiting a winery is more than just paying a couple of bucks to get a few pours of various offerings from the respective pioneers. It’s about atmosphere, the tasting room, the entertainment, the staff, the views, the locations, the food, the pairings, and, of course, the wine. So if I come across something note worthy at a vineyard, chances are I’m going to blog about it.




As of yesterday the Pope became even cooler: he claimed wine is a necessity.


Grimbergen Abbey brew incorporates methods found in 12th-century books


Dogfish Head Craft Brewery announced Thursday it is merging with Boston Beer Co., the makers of Sam Adams beer and Angry Orchard hard cider.


The Virginia wine industry lost a giant yesterday. David King — father, grandfather, husband, gentleman, avid polo player, leader, friend to many, and co-founder of Crozet-based King Family Vineyar…


Ninkasi sells to Legacy Breweries; beer no longer takes the majority of U.S. alcohol consumption; and a lower-than-low spiked seltzer pops onto the scene.


Dunkin' has teamed up with Boston-based brewery Harpoon to produce Harpoon Dunkin' Summer Coffee Pale Ale, a "hoppy tribute to Dunkin's signature Iced Coffee (combining) the flavors of Dunkin's Original Blend with a bright, summery pale ale."


Long Live Beerworks plans to open its doors to the public on Sunday, and Ragged Island Brewing Company last night received unanimous approval from the Portsmouth Zoning Board for its plans to build a farm brewery.


It's been hard to keep these plans to ourselves, and now we can finally let the news hit the airwaves! Head to our website to read about our newest location Trillium Fenway and the future home of Trillium Canton:


Get to know some of the dynamic women leading the wine industry in Brunello, one of Italy’s premier regions.


Everything is big in the Lone Star State, including the wine scene. Learn how unique climate and terrain lend themselves to successful Old World varieties.


  Fewer things pair better than a glass of Virginia wine and the gorgeous spring weather found in the Commonwealth. With the season finally here,


The Napa pioneer's Hillside Select cult Cabernet helped put the Stags Leap District on the map.


For a few years now, contemporary historians have been debating the future of the oldest bottle of wine in the world, known as the Speyer wine bottle, or

This. Would. Be. Bad. Very bad.

This. Would. Be. Bad. Very bad.

The justices will hear oral arguments in a contentious case involving whether consumers can order from out-of-state wine shops.


It's all about how we create the flavors ...

Sad news in  . Our prayers are with his family.

Sad news in . Our prayers are with his family.

The Chrysalis Vineyards’ family is deeply saddened to inform you that our winemaker, Mark Patterson, passed away on Monday from a massive heart attack while at Fairfax Hospital, where he was being treated for complications arising from his diabetes. Mark suffered from this condition his entire life, yet never complained to anyone, just bravely carried on with a positive attitude and passion for his career, crafting beers and wines of the highest quality and distinction.

Mark has left a hole in our hearts and in our farm family. He was warmly admired by all of our staff, and I particularly enjoyed working closely with him in crafting Chrysalis Vineyards’ wines. He will be missed.

Mark Ivan Patterson was a private person, and left instructions for a simple handling of his last affairs. His ashes will be returned to his home in Ontario, Canada, where he is survived by his mother, Diane, father, Gene, and brother, Kirk.

Jennifer McCloud


From a Finger Lakes Pinot Noir to a Maryland pét-nat, wine professionals share their top picks


A new study suggests your daily glass of wine may keep you out of the hospital.

Crooked Run Brewing is EXPANDING in Sterling, VA

Crooked Run Brewing is EXPANDING in Sterling, VA

November 30, 2018 Dylan Savopoulos november 30, 2018 November 30, 2018 Dylan Savopoulos We're officially expanding!  Monday, construction begins on two new restaurants, located right next door to our brewery and taproom in Sterling!  Coming Spring 2019, Daybreak Biscuit Company and Nectar Cocktail...


From chefs like José Andrés, Tyler Florence and Guy Fieri to wine retailers like K&L Wine Merchants and wineries, people are stepping in to help those in need.


Ulises Valdez, who emigrated from Mexico to work as a vineyard laborer in Sonoma County, then rose to become one of California's most renowned vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early this morning of a heart attack.


Kent Rosenblum, an iconic winemaker and passionate advocate of California Zinfandel, died unexpectedly Sept. 5 from complications from surgery.


During a discussion in Portugal last week, Cabral said that the headspace of a sealed bottle of wine was so moist that there was no need to place bottles on their side to keep the cork damp.


The Red Sox and the Boston Beer Company announced a new partnership on Tuesday making Samuel Adams the official beer of the team.


After a long hiatus, it's time to return to action. New approach and details coming soon!


I would be remiss if I didn't mention a stop at Ocelot Brewing Company and their amazing new IPA's. Check out Loaded Questions, Street Lights, and Tongue Tied. If you like stouts, get some Here, Kitty Kitty if they still have it!


Checked out the Solace Brewing Company grand opening yesterday. Great beer and awesome atmosphere. Check it out! My favorite was the IPA, Serenity Now!

Jaymie and I with Gustavo Brambila, the pioneer leading the Mexican winemaker movement in Napa.

Jaymie and I with Gustavo Brambila, the pioneer leading the Mexican winemaker movement in Napa.


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The Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on October 3 & 4, 2015 at Celebrate VA in Fredericksburg, VA and we would like to invite you to join us a vendor, or possibly a partner. VIP seating is also available.

Please contact Donna ([email protected]) for more information.

A must read on wine from Virginia Virginia Wine-Lover
Ladies and Gents, be sure to visit our friends at Cobbler Mountain Cellars and check out the new diggs!
Great article on Virginia Wineries profitability and something want to be vineyard owners should take a peak at
Thoughts? way.
This should be interesting.
Thanks Kurt Jensen for this great read!