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Welcome to the online blog for traveler/writer/photographer Steven Barber. Come in. Relax. Take off your shoes and socks -- or any other article of clothing, this is the internet. Have a look around. I hope to intrigue, amuse, entertain, and maybe provoke you just a little. I love to find adventure. All I need is a change of clothes, my Nikon, an open mind and a strong cup of coffee.

Friday, June 23, 2017


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.

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