Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cabernet Franc 2007 Released

The 2007 Cabernet Franc is now available. 281 cases were bottled on January 21, 2010. It is showing good color with an aroma of blueberries and a hint of American oak. The photo shows it paired with Goot Essa Mountain Valley Sharp Cheddar Cheese. The idea to pair the Cab Franc with this cheese must have been divinely inspired as we have rarely tasted two things that go together so well.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Watch March 24, 2010

We've begun a watch for spring to alert people to the progress of the season as it awakens across the vineyard and region. The most visible sign so far is the grass becoming noticeably green, with flocks of robins very frequent. Sap is flowing from cuts where vines have been pruned. The National Forest is showing extra color, the result of bud swell in several different tree species. Will be sure to photograph the Redbud (Cercis canadensis) when they show good color in the forest, but it still a little early.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Watch March 15, 2010

Although a few more days must be endured 'til the arrival of spring, there are some early signs. Pictured are the spring lambs on the farm next door to the winery. Many people stop at the entrance to the vineyard to take pictures of them. (We wish more of these people would continue onto the winery, but I guess we can't match baby lambs for cuteness.)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wine and Cheese Weekends in March

Rumor has it winter relinquishes its cold grip and spring renews hope for warmth in the world. Supposedly, this happens sometime in March. The prospect of warmer weather intrigues us, and we encourage everyone to make spring a reality. For our part we offer wine and cheese pairings every weekend in the month of March. Wine & Cheese Weekends is our springtime ritual to get our customers to stretch their legs and get the blood moving again.

For $8 each customer gets a souvenir glass to taste the full variety of Shenandoah Vineyards wine, and pair these with gourmet dips and cheeses. Our sales staff will help guide you to make pairings that are memorable and delicious. Please join us in developing warm weather habits for the coming season. Of course in addition to our Wine & Cheese Weekends feature we continue to provide free tours and tasting as always.