Summer 2017 Newsletter

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

“Its summer now: the heat is on. It’s summer now all summer long.” -Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.” -Yogi Berra To me, summer is characterized by the awareness of interminable lengths of time induced by inactivity, as if it’s too hot to do anything. We grudgingly accept […]

The Virginia Wine Academy is Here!

The Virginia Wine Academy is Here!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

Big news! Andrew Hodson and Chris Parker’s website, www.thevirginiawineacademy.com, is now live! They start teaching classes this fall at Piedmont Virginia Community College in September, concentrating on WSET Levels 1 and 2, with the goal of offering Level 3 in the near future. What is the WSET you ask? Here’s the skinny: WSET stands for […]

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

Spring in the vineyard   Phew – we dodged a bullet. Remember my “winter” newsletter bemoaning the winter that never was? Well exactly on track, dear old Mother Nature graced us with bud break almost two weeks early. As I explained previously, that exposed us to two extra weeks of frost risk and although I […]

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

March 2017 March 2016 The Winter That Wasn’t   The polar ice cap is melting! Chicago has had no snow for the first time since Chicago was built! In Afton, it has been the warmest winter in 17 years! Warm winters are treacherous times for winegrowers because they can mean early bud break and early […]

Governor’s Cup Awards!

Governor’s Cup Awards!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Awards | No Comments

We are so excited to announce that two of our wines won Gold in the Virginia Governor’s Cup. The gold winners, which will also be featured in the Governor’s Case, are the 2014 Petit Verdot and 2014 Petit Manseng. Being featured in the Governor’s Case is an honor that is only given to the top […]

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

And here we are again in Autumn, the time of the year when we are all reminded of the impermanence of life. After the rush of spring and the glories of summer, the golden leaves start to fall and we feel the foreboding of winter. What tugs at the emotional strings is the realization that […]

Summer Newsletter 2016

Summer Newsletter 2016

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

One of the best things about going away is coming back. I am trying to understand my own feelings after returning from two months in France; is it merely the return to security and familiarity or is it a much deeper sense of belonging to what one has created? My kids roll their eyes when […]

Harvest Is Finally Here!

Harvest Is Finally Here!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Harvest | No Comments

Harvest started yesterday with our Sauvignon Blanc. The weather has been absolutely perfect with lots of sunny days and cool nights. Let’s hope it stays that way! Here are some pictures of our first day.

Taste of Monticello Roundup

Taste of Monticello Roundup

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Awards, Events & Festivals | No Comments

Our calendar was full last week with events celebrating The Monticello Wine Trail. Things kicked off at The Monticello Wine Cup Gala on Thursday night in Charlottesville at The Jefferson. We don’t often get to schmooze with our industry friends and this was the perfect event. We got to taste each other’s wine and catch […]