Someone mentions American wines and what comes to your head first; Napa Valley and Sonoma? Both of which are located in California. California has an illustrious winemaking career that started more than 240 years ago when a Franciscan missionary established the first known vineyard in California. Since then, California’s wine industry has only grown exponentially in size! California is known as the world’s fourth largest producer of wine; generating over 120 billion dollars annually. Just in 2012, 47 million cases of wine were exported to 125 countries! Roughly 90% of all American wine comes from California. Of the 526,000 varietals, the most notable are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Interestingly enough, everyone associates Napa Valley and Sonoma with wine. However, in the 19th century, the heart of the wine industry was actually in Los Angeles. There were so many grape vines in Los Angeles in the 1870’s that it got the nickname the “City of Vines”. It's not contested however that California has the best wines in the US. Or do they?
Handicapped, one word that used to describe Virginia wine but not anymore! Virginia wine has been quite good for some time now. In the last twenty years, the wine industry has really taken off. Quite the improvement from the lousy wines the colonists were producing in the 1600’s and finally recovering from the Civil War and Prohibition. There are 9 wine regions in Virginia, 27 wine trails, over 250 wineries, 7 viticultural areas, and is the 5th largest grape producer in the US. Right now is what some may call the “Virginia Wine Revival” and the “Future of Wine in the US!” Currently, Virginia is producing some very high quality, interesting and dynamic wines! So now, whether on the East Coast or the West Coast you have the opportunity to try some breathtaking wines!
What to Expect:
This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry-level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well-informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.