The Wines of Virginia Presented by Rick Schofield Tuesday, October 9, 2018 8:00 pm atPoughkeepsie Grand Hotel Dutchess Room (Lobby Level)
Virginia is making the best wines and the greatest range of wines east of California.They are the best "secret" American wines. You might not believe it, and unsuccessful vintner Thomas Jefferson would never have either.But, some of our members recently explored Virginia wines and vineyards and came back raving.They suggested that we arrange a tasting and were happy to learn one was already in the works!
Virginia wines are made from vinifera grapes, primarily labeled by variety.But according to our presenter, they’re “not the boring, copy-cat, accountant wines like Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot.” Virginia does grow ample Cabernet Franc and produces Bordeaux blends, but they also make stunning Viognier (the State grape), Petit Manseng, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, and other exotics. Rick Schofield, an IWAGY favorite and one of our most entertaining and informative speakers, will present eight wines including:
Early Mountain Vineyards Viognier
Michael Shapps Wineworks Petit Manseng Chrysalis Vineyards Petit Verdot Breaux Vineyards Nebbiolo He promises “More good stuff and some (blind tastings) to work the mind!”, and says many of October's wines are available in New York State. The next time you pass through the Old Dominion you can tell them that you know their wines from Poughkeepsie! Come to this month’s tasting to learn about Virginia wines, see if you agree with the members who’ve recently discovered them, and enjoy Rick’s fun style of presenting. About the speaker: Rick Schofield is a veteran of the club both as a presenter and a member.He has over twenty years’ experience as an advanced sommelier, on-premise beverage director, retail manager, wine educator, and wine business consultant.He has expertise in and certifications for many wine regions of the world, and has served as a wine competition judge both in Europe and the United States.