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“You must be kidding – we all know that sparkling wine originated in and around the Champagne region of France -that’s why it is called Champagne because that’s where the grapes are grown and the wine is made.” Only sparkling wine that comes from that specific region of France can be called “Champagne” the rest […]

August 7, 2020

How the English helped the French make Champagne. By Andrew Hodson, Veritas Winery.

Dom Perignon, how the English Helped found French champagne

How can Monticello as a small wine growing region in Virginia create a high quality wine that reflects  a sense of the quality of wine characteristic of Monticello or what some people call “Regional Typicity” All of us have a memory that is so clear and vivid that we can remember exactly what we were […]

July 17, 2020

Momentarius – Monticello White

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“I have a very soft spot indeed for its more charming and more aromatic relative, Cabernet Franc.  -Jancis Robinson Editor of the Oxford Companion of Wine – referring to Cabernet Sauvignon Did you know there is a wine from California called “Marilyn Merlot”? Well how about a Virginia Cabernet Franc called “Franc Sonata” it’s catchy; […]

July 3, 2020

The Franc Sonata – An Infomercial for Cabernet Franc

By Andrew Hodson, Veritas Vineyard and Winery. Believe it or not there is also a grape called Gros Manseng, the “petit” and “gros”refer to the actual size of the grapes themselves, petit is small and gros is big. So Petit Manseng is a grape with small berries originally from the south west region of France […]

June 19, 2020

Petit Manseng, the Most Popular Virginia Grape.

This spring newsletter may seem late but I’m sorry  it is still spring until the first day of summer June 21st, so rather like my winter newsletter this is a retrospective look at the spring of 2020. It is hard to imagine that so much has happened to so many people at a local, state […]

June 12, 2020

2020 Spring Newsletter, from Andrew Hodson.

A 2020  Winter Retrospective Ah the balmy days of winter! That was the winter that was not. I hate to say it but I was tempted to put up the 2017 Winter Newsletter to see if anyone noticed the difference between now and then. Our winters are disappearing just like the Monarch butterflies, the glaciers […]

March 27, 2020

Winter In Reflection, with Andrew Hodson

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