Of all the emerging wine regions in the United States - and there are vineyards now in all 50 states - perhaps none is attracting as much attention and excitement as Virginia's long history and current success as a wine region.
According to lore, Thomas Jefferson first planted wines on his Monticello estate some two hundred fifty years ago. And while the climate isn't perfect - some would say it's too cold during the winter - the cool and moist air give rise to excellent grapes year after year. Today's Virginia boasts hundreds of wineries with truly excellent wines, across a number of sub-regions. Everything from large bottling producers to Mom and Pop operations.
Wine tasting is becoming a major industry, and most of the wineries now have tasting rooms and love sharing their stories.
The tasting below is at one of my favorite wineries, Naked Mountain.