Wine Tasting: Virginia Wine Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Feast, Sunday, 11/20

Olde Dominion Wine Shoppe in Occoquan, Virginia (408 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA 22125) (703) 494-1622 is having a free Thanksgiving Wine Tasting & Stock-up Sale on Sunday, November 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   They will be offering tastes of six carefully selected local wines along with samples of turkey, ham, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

It would be a fantastic idea to make Virginia wine a part of your holiday meal, because we all know the first Thanksgiving was held in Virginia 🙂

In case you can’t  make it on Sunday, here are the wines they recommend, with notes:

North Gate Viognier, $19.95 (North Gate Vineyard, Purcellville, VA)

This Viognier starts with aromas of sweet jasmine and tropical fruit with a touch of vanilla and butterscotch. There is a nice balance of acidity and spice throughout, leading to a lingering finish with subtle hints of grapefruit.

James River Vidal Blanc, $16.95 (James River Cellars, Glen Allen, VA)

A fruity, off-dry wine (slightly sweet) with grapefruit and peach characteristics.

Rosemont Dry Rose, $14.95 (Rosemont Winery, LaCrosse, VA)

A dry, French style Rose’ with smoky aromas and hints of rose petal, apricot, and strawberries. A great wine to complement ham!

Lovingston Pinotage, $24.95 (Lovingston Winery, Lovingston, VA)

100% Pinotage with a lovely cherry bouquet that develops on the palate, complimented by silky tannin and round body. Terrific with Thanksgiving fare.
Trump/Kluge Simply Red, $15.95 (Trump Winery, Charlottesville, VA)

This Bordeaux-style blend is medium-bodied wine with fruit-filled expression. Nuances of blackberry and black currant with notes of spice and hints of licorice.
Gray Ghost Adieu, $26.95 (Gray Ghost Vineyards, Amissville, VA)

A late harvest Vidal Blanc with the rich peach, honey, Muscat and apricot aromas and flavors. A perfect after dinner wine with pumpkin pie!


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