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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 Vineyard & Winery – Charlottesville, VA What’s a Pet Nat got to do with Sparkling Wine? I talked last week of how the British were formative in what was to become  the product we now know as “Champagne” but before Champagne became Champagne there existed a way of making wine […]

August 14, 2020

Continuing the Sparkling Wine Saga

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, Charlottesville, VA 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 […]

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.

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