We Drink No Wine Unless it’s VA Wine

Well, That isn’t even remotely true but it was last night.

A few of us from work, Jedidiah, J and J’s lovely lady T and I have decided to get a little wine drinking group going. We started a little over a month ago with some Burgundy’s and a Condrieu I had that really needed to be drunk. Despite the fact that one or two of the Burgundy’s looked decidedly sketchy the evening turned out pretty durn well. Everything tasted delicious and Jedidiah and I didn’t even get into a fist fight! So we will soldier on. I would love to tell you that these evenings resemble the salons and discussion groups of the days of yore. A gathering of the intellectual elite as they redefine the thinking of an entire generation, However, there is way too much potty talk for that to be true so I won’t even try.

Last night was the second dinner and we decided to go with Virginia wine. Jedidiah already had a bunch to choose from so the rest of us showed up with food. Since the wine was coming from Virginia and we are a local leaning bunch, we thought we would make all the food local, too.

The evening started when Jedidah and I headed to his wine cellar to pick out a couple of reds. We debated for a few minutes, I ogled everyone’s loot and then we hit the road. Once we got to Jedidiah’s place I reminded him quickly that his house should belong to me, he agreed of course, and we started setting up. J and T arrived with the main course and we got to work tasting the whites and eating some bread and cheese. It should be said that the bread was locally made but the starter cheeses were not.

We opened a 2007 Veritas Sauvingnon Blanc and a 2006 Chester Gap Sauvignon Blanc. The wine maker for Veritas had said that the 07 SB is the best wine she has made and the Chester Gap was a new one for us. The Veritas had a great, typical SB nose, but we thought it was a little thin. Still it was crisp and clean and got a little more going on when it warmed up a bit. The Chester gap was a bit more rich and we all agreed we liked it a bit better than the Veritas. We admitted this in hushed tones since some us think Veritas’ wine maker is totally dreamy and we felt a bit bad preferring the Chester Gap wine. This discussion took place on the porch.

Local apple, local bread, and local feet enjoying local wine.

Local apple, local bread, and local feet enjoying local wine.

We used these same two wines to go with the beginning of our meal, so we moved to the table and enjoyed our local salad, arugula, tomatoes, cucumber, hard boiled egg, and local unpasteurized chevre. The dressing wasn’t local but what are ya gonna do? A person can’t live without olive oil, vinegar or mustard.

Local Salad.

Local Salad.

We switched back and forth between the whites and everything was pretty darn tasty.

Then we moved on to red. Jedidiah opened two reds, a 1999 Barboursville Nebbiolo and a 1998 Barboursville Cabernet Sauvingnon Reserve.

Nebbiolo on the left, Cabernet on the right.

Nebbiolo on the left, Cabernet on the right.

Frankly, they were both really good and still full of a lot of life. The Nebbiolo still had good acidity up front and nice soft, ripe fruit. The Cab was bigger and darker with pleasant tannins. Do I sound like a wine snob? I think I’m boring myself. They were good. The Nebbiolo being a stand out and better with the food we had, too. J and T brought Local potatoes roasted with herbs and local eggplant brushed with local pesto and grilled. Very tasty.

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

Grilled Eggplant

Grilled Eggplant

The night was a huge success. Virgina wine is a beautiful thing. I know I am biased. I think Virginia in general is a beautiful thing and it is difficult not to root for the home team but this is an exciting time for wine round these parts. There are some really great wines being made and we are just beginning to discover what grapes might someday be the Kings and Queens of our region.

Next dinner will be at J and T’s and we are thinking about focusing on the Loire, I think Jedidiah is also hoping for some damn meat. We’ll see.




2 Responses to “We Drink No Wine Unless it’s VA Wine”

  1. 1 starrhillgirl September 2, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Jedidiah has his own wine cellar? Crazy.

  2. 2 fatbiscuit September 3, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    wine. that’s made from grapes, right?

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