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We went to Charlottesville this past weekend and one of the stops we made was at Pollak Vineyards. Here’s a short video of our lunch and wine at Pollak.
On Sunday Warren, his parents (flew in from New Orleans), and I went to Gray Ghost to help harvest the chardonnay grapes. We’ve harvested several years in a row now and always have a good time. I was so distracted by the harvesting that I forgot to take some video of the actual harvesting. However, I did shoot some video of the process after picking the grapes. Here’s a short video of what happens to the grapes after they are harvested.
Believe it or not, we don’t always drink Virginia wines. From time to time other wines make it into our glasses. This past weekend we visited friends of ours and they were serving an Echelon Merlot. I got the video camera out and decided to do a little wine review.
Well, we kept our clothes on, but at Naked Mountain winter season is lasagna and wine time. We look forward to the sausage lasagna with garlic bread served up at Naked Mountain, and of course, we also look forward to sampling current offerings on the wine menu.
Paul and I both agreed that the 2005 Barrel Select Chardonnay was the gold star white wine. Pears and honey on the nose and a creamy texture makes this one a classic. We were more interested in the red wines since we already knew that lasagna was on the lunch menu. In a rare moment, we again both agreed that the 2005 Cabernet Franc was the best red wine. Dark cherries and spice on the nose gave way to similar flavors in the mouth with a smoky finish. Small portions of Merlot, Tannat, and Petit Verdot are blended into this lush Cabernet Franc.
For those who are tired of winter’s chill and promises of snow that never seems to fall, the 2008 Cabernet Franc rose may bring summer closer to home. Strawberry characteristics abound here with a nice tart finish that conjured images of summer concerts, picnics, and barbeques!
Feeling the cabin fever this winter? Get out to Naked Mountain and enjoy lasagna and wine; of course, mention that Virginia Wine Time sent you.