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Adega Ponte de Lima Adamado 2012 Vinho Verde (SRP $9): This wine is crisp, refreshing, and lightly effervescent with lively citrus fruit – namely lemon / lime — and green apple flavors enlivened by racy acidity that carries through the medium-length, clean finish. In general, Vinho Verde is very affordable, vibrant, and an excellent partner to shell fish and lighter style dishes. I usually enjoy these wines on their own and with foods like ceviche and mussels; but paired this bottle with a tasty batch of jerk chicken wings. For many sports fans, wings are synonymous with football, so kickoff a Sunday with a batch and a bottle! Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal. (Other info: ABV 10%, cork enclosure). –

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Godspeed Mount Veeder 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon: Supple and lithe in the mouth, with mature dark fruit flavors interwoven with leather, tobacco leaf, and a touch of damp earth. The flavors are supported by a strong spine of [bright] acid, with notable tannins in the medium-length, savory finish. Tasty juice. #wine #winelover #Napa

North Gate Vineyards 2012 Petit Verdot (SRP $28): Used as a minor blending variety in Bordeaux, Petit Verdot is on the rise in Virginia and fills a void for consumers craving a red with some oomph. Petit Verdot ripens very late, and for that reason, has decreased in popularity in Bordeaux. The risk of ripening does not appear to be an issue in Virginia. At North Gate Vineyard, for example, Petit Verdot was one of the first reds processed in 2012; which turned out to be a relatively balanced growing season. Known for its assertiveness, Petit Verdot produces small, thick berries; therefore, Mark and Vicki kept punch downs to a minimal so as not to extract too much tannin from the skins. Approximately 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon is added to the final blend to round out the mouth-feel and add additional dark berry fruitiness. In the glass, the wine displays a deep, almost opaque, purple color, with black fruit aromas alongside notes of spicy cedar, subtle leather, and violet overtones. The palate is ripe, fresh, and textured; replete with dark berry fruit flavors framed by firm tannins and ample acidity with a nice lingering finish. Pair this delicious, robust wine with hearty fall and winter inspired dishes. Approximately 345 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Loudoun County, Virginia. (Other info: ABV 13.3%, barrel aged 24 months in a variety of French oak barrels, cork enclosure). #vawine #Virginia #wine

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Travessia Urban Winery 2013 Riesling (SRP $18): The 2013 growing season was relatively warm with moderate rainfall through harvest, and as a result, Marco notes, “grapes achieved perfect ripeness.” Pale-straw in color, this medium-dry Riesling offers appealing stone fruit, floral and tart apple aromas alongside faint notes of orange blossom and honeysuckle. The aromas carry over to a light-bodied, racy frame, with excellent sugar-acid balance, ending in a clean, lively finish. This mouthwatering, well-made Riesling is diverse, bright, and very food-friendly – a perfect partner to holiday ham. Approximately 340 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Massachusetts. (Other info: ABV 11%, all stainless, cork enclosure). #MAwine #Massachusetts #wine

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Old Westminster Winery Tapestry (SRP $35): Tapestry is a non-vintage “Best of Maryland” blend spanning 2011 to 2013. It was created from the best barrels in the cellar regardless of vintage or variety. The blend is composed of 66% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 16% Merlot, and sourced from Old Westminster Vineyard (Carroll County), PAD’s View Farm (Cecil County), Link’s Bridge Vineyard (Frederick County), and Turkey Point Vineyard (Cecil County). Deep ruby in color, this wine showcases inviting aromas and flavors suggestive of spicy blackberry, dark cherries, plum, and dark chocolate bark. The palate is smooth and supple, with well-balanced acidity and a streamlined texture, supported by fine, integrated tannins that melt away into the lingering finish. A nice solitary sipper, this appealing Syrah-based blend will also be an excellent addition to your dinner table. Approximately 126 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Maryland. (Other info: ABV 13.8%, aged 6 to 30 months in mixed French oak barrels – all neutral, cork enclosure). #mdwine #Maryland #wine

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