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Veritas Summer Retrospective 2022 Well it’s all over now – summer that is. Labor Day is past, the kids are back to school, and harvest is in a damp swing.

September 13, 2022

Climate, Bottles, Bugs, and Summer Travels

Veritas Vineyard in the Summer

“Now over everything the autumn light is thrown And every line is sharp and every leaf is clear…” – Poem in Autumn, by May Sorton It really does seem like the light is different in autumn. I’m not sure why. There seems to be a clarity often enhanced by the morning chill. The sun lights […]

November 22, 2021

Autumn Retrospective

Maybe There is a Shot at Glory This week I am featuring Cabernet Franc almost as a sequel to my last blog on Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are both regarded by some as maligned grapes. You may have gathered I’m not a big fan of Merlot; the opposite is true of Cabernet Franc. Until […]

October 26, 2021

The Dark Days of Cabernet Franc are Over

Veraison – What was that again? If you Google the French term “véraison” the English equivalent is “veraison.” Under the French entry it says, “Maturation des fruit, spécialement du raisin qui prend sa couleur.” That roughly means ripening of fruits, especially of the grape which takes its color. When I come across a term like […]

July 21, 2021

A Day in the Life of A Vine – Veraison

Vines during Veraison

I thought I would give “ witnessing wine” a break for a week because I recently had the delight to try our latest 2019 release of Viognier as well as experiencing a recent Viognier with Jennie Mcloud of Chrysalis vineyard. I was stoked to witness two superb wines that really are unique to Virginia.The thing […]

October 16, 2020

In Search of Virginia Viognier – Update and Reality Check

By Andrew Hodson and Veritas Vineyard and Winery Tasting:  Acid/Sugar Balance I’ve spent time in the series describing how best to analyse wine as part of our understanding and evaluation of any wine be it sparkling or still.  We have to, as a first step, witness the properties of the wine we are tasting and […]

September 15, 2020

Sparkling Wine – User’s Guide The Continuing Saga of Understanding Sparkling wine

By Andrew Hodson, Veritas Winery in Charlottesville, VA “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 […]

August 7, 2020

How the English helped the French make Champagne

Dom Perignon, how the English Helped found French champagne

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.

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