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The History Lesson You Never Learned About Virginia Wine

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While most revel in beer during Oktoberfest, did you know October is Virginia Wine Month? This month marks the 30th annual celebration of Virginian viticulture! With over 300 wineries in the commonwealth, Virginia has become the second-largest wine producer in the south and the fifth largest in the nation. Our land is rich in history as Virginia’s wine production dates back to 17th century colonization and our founding fathers. From laws requiring the landowners to tend their own grapevines to Thomas Jefferson’s life-long connection with wine making. In elementary school we all learned about American colonization and agriculture, but they...

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Mystery Solved: What are hops in beer?

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Beer is comprised of four main ingredients: barely malt, yeast, hops, and water. While you may know that beer contains hops… do you know what they are and why they’re used? We’re here to lay it out for you. The brewing process is more complicated than most tend to realize. While winemaking carries it’s own weight in difficulty, brewers take on a different set of challenges: they’re basically magicians. To produce the exact product they have envisioned, a brewer must meticulously choose and combine an array of items in perfect proportion. This includes malts, roasted grains, unmalted grains, sugars, dozens...

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Wine Gourmet's "Hurricane Preparedness Checklist"

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So we’re sure you’ve heard there’s a hurricane coming. To help you get the most out of our Hurricane Preparedness Sale we’ve created our own checklist to get you ready the Wine Gourmet way! 1. Stock up on water. We know water is a necessity for survival but did you know wine is on average 85% water and beer is on average 90-95% water? We like to pretend it all works the same way. Make sure you stock up on your beverages during our Hurricane Preparedness Sale: 20% OFF storewide and 25% OFF cases if you mention this post through September 15th!...

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National Grandparent's Day Gift Guide

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Many of us are lucky enough to have grandparents that love us dearly and spoil us excessively. This Sunday on National Grandparent’s Day make sure they know just how much they are loved and appreciated. Check out our guide below for 8 types of grandparent’s and gifts they’ll love! 1. The Formal Grandparent Their fine china is always perfectly polished and not a thing is ever out of place for this type of grandparent. Let their favorite bottle of wine double as the focal point of their beautiful home with the Centerpiece: Tabletop Decanter. 2. The Funny Grandparent Or should...

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August is Virginia Craft Beer Month

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The Virginia Tourism Corporation has it right when they say "Virginia is for Craft Beer lovers". Over the last decade, the beer business in Virginia has rapidly grown but did you know August is Virginia Craft Beer Month? After a transformative legislation passed, the month long celebration was established to honor these masterminds and their impact on Virginia's economy. Back in 2012 former Governor Bob McDonnell observed the influx in Virginia's craft beer industry and signed Senate Bill 604. This bill allowed the retail sales of beer on brewery premises and in public tasting rooms, ultimately transforming the state's industry. With the...

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