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Why Pinot Noir is the Hardest Grape to Grow

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Did you know Pinot noir is the hardest grapes to grow? National Pinot Noir Day is this Saturday, August 18th and it’s prompted us to explain why some wine lovers make a big deal about Pinot Noir and you should too. Have you ever heard a winemaker say that it was a “good year” for wine? When growing and producing wine, the terrior (combined environmental factors that affect the crop) becomes a vital factor. This is especially true for the unpredictable Pinot noir grape; for instance if the grape is grown in conditions that are hot, not only will it...

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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 new legislation...

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Introducing Deux, A Venue by Wine Gourmet

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When done correctly, food and wine pairing can enhance your dining experience immeasurably. Once you couple expert pairings with an intimate setting, the senses are stimulated in a way that creates long lasting memories. Without further ado, allow us to introduce the perfect pairing to our store and our newest venture - Deux, A venue by Wine Gourmet. Life's smallest and biggest moments are meant to be paired with the ones you love. At Deux, we are committed to enhancing the idea of togetherness, through curated wine dinners and private events in a personalized and intimate setting.When done correctly, food and wine pairing can enhance...

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The Story of Tasca Conti D'Almerita

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On Saturday, Scott from Country Vintner will be tasting out Tasca Conti D’Almerita’s Regaleali le Rosé from their Tasca Regaleali estate. Located in the mountainous heart of inland Sicily, Thousands of roses from all over the world thrive at this estate, inspiring a name change for this rosé that reflects the beauty that the surrounding roses bring.  With 200 years of winemaking under their belt, this family continues their long and distinguished wine making history today. For eight generations, the Tasca d’Almerita family has been devoted to Sicily, its land, its unique nature and its surprising and inimitable resources. Their...

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The Beer-Barrel Bombers

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Today we honor all those who courageously fought for the liberation of France on D-Day. Now, 75 years later Beale’s Brewing in Bedford has given us the Spitfire Pale Ale to commemorate those who served and the little known masterminds of war time beer distribution. View this post on Instagram In honor of the 75th Anniversary of D Day, we’re releasing Spitfire, a smoked pale ale, this Thursday. • Spitfire pays tribute to the British fighter planes that dropped barrels of beer to Allied troops following the invasion. Read more on this incredible story in our bio link. • #dday...

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