Its Regional Wine Week at DrinkLocalWine.com so we are posting as much about Virginia wine as we can. Regional Wine Week is a perfect compliment to Virginia Wine Month. Our Saturday dinner wine was the 2007 Cabernet Franc from Rappahannock Cellars. We had this wine with herbed chicken and seasoned wild rice. It paired beautifully with the meal.
On the nose we noticed some earth, cherry, currents, and pepper. In the mouth we noted mixed berries, pepper, and a velvety finish. This one is unfiltered. We found some sediment at the bottom of our glasses but that’s not a bad thing. One thing we did notice was this one got better the longer it was open. After a while the fruit characteristics really came forward. We ended up wanted more once the bottle was empty.
Our evening sipper last night was the 2008 Michael Shaps Chardonnay. We paired this one with a creamy Brie smeared on baguette slices. Recently we’ve gotten into having our cheeses with bread instead of crackers. The creamy brie with its slight nutty flavor seemed a perfect match with the fuller-bodied Chardonnay.
Has anyone noticed that I’m trying to include the Virginia Wine Month coaster in many of my pictures this month?
The 2008 Michael Shaps Chardonnay presented pear mores, toasted hazelnut, and pineapple on the nose. We noticed similar flavors in the mouth with a touch of apple and a creamy mouth feel. The texture of the cheese went really well with the mouth feel of the wine. This is one really nice Chardonnay. Tell us what gems you are finding during Virginia Wine Month. This is our first post for Regional Wine Week. Yay!
For dinner last night we had filet mignon with sauteed mushrooms and roasted vegetables. Warren selected the 2005 Special Reserve Petit Verdot from Ingleside Vineyards. Knowing we wanted to savor this one with our meal, Warren chose to decant it for about an hour before serving.
Right away we noticed the dark color and how it was almost impossible to see through in the glass. We noted dark plum, anise, earthiness, and a lengthy finish. We thought this one could have lived longer on the rack but enjoyed it just the same with our food. It was a perfect pairing.
We are certainly using Virginia Wine Month to open some of best Virginia wines on our racks. What Virginia wine have you uncorked so far this month?