Kerri’s Cure Beer Release

Kerri Cure

Wineographer was pretty quiet in 2015. I had some grand ideas, but being pregnant most of the year will put a damper on your wine tasting. This wasn’t what I was planning as my first big post back, but what better post than one with purpose?This Friday, January 29th, there is a very special beer release happening all over the region, and every pint helps.

In March 2015, Matt and Kerri Rose of Forge Brew Works in Lorton, VA found out they were expecting their first child. After having numerous issues, Kerri was diagnosed with Stage IV GI cancer in August. Their son was born early in September 2015 so Kerri could undergo treatments. 20 breweries came together a few weeks ago to help in the best way they know, by brewing Kerri’s Cure Belgian Pale Ale and donating all proceeds. Sadly, Kerri lost her battle less than two weeks ago. The participating breweries will release Kerri’s Cure this Friday, January 29th. All proceeds will go towards remaining medical bills and their son’s education.

Reston Limo is also pitching in if you would like to attend at Forge Brew Works. They are offering free shuttles from Rosslyn Metro, so you don’t have to worry about Friday traffic and you have a safe way home. Get more shuttle info here. If you can’t make it to a brewery this weekend, or would like to contribute more, please visit their Go Fund Me page. The following breweries are participating in the release of Kerri’s Cure:

  •      Adroit Theory Brewing Company in Purcellville, VA
  •      Adventure Brewing Company in Fredericksburg, VA
  •      Bad Wolf Brewing Company in Manassas, VA
  •      Caboose Brewing Company in Vienna, VA
  •      Capitol City Brewing Company in Arlington, VA
  •      Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville, VA
  •      Crooked Run Brewing in Leesburg, VA
  •      Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton, VA
  •      Forge Brew Works in Lorton, VA
  •      Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas, VA
  •      Lost Rhino Brewing Company in Ashburn, VA
  •      Mad Fox Brewing Company Falls Church, VA
  •      Ocelot Brewing Company in Dulles, VA
  •      Old Bust Head Brewing Company in Warrenton, VA
  •      Old Ox Brewery Ashburn, VA
  •      Ornery Beer Company in Woodbridge, VA
  •      Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria, VA
  •      Pro Re Nata Brewery in Crozet, VA
  •      Spencer Devon in Fredericksburg, VA
  •      Tin Cannon Brewing Company in Gainesville, VA

To learn more about the Rose family, please read the articles here and here.


Photo from Fair Winds Brewing Company

October Events

pumpkinsThe weather is cooling down, there’s pumpkin spice everything, and football is back! More importantly, it is Virginia Wine Month.

Salamander Resort celebrates Virginia wine all month

Oktoberfest on October 10th at Starr Hill Brewery

25th Annual Wine & Garlic Festival October 10th-11th at Rebec Vineyards

Clifton Day Festival October 11th in Clifton

Rappahannock Oyster Festival on October 17th at Little Washington Winery

International Gold Cup Races on October 24th at Great Meadow

LoCo Brewfest on October 24th at Lost Rhino Brewery

Graves’ Mountain Apple Harvest Festival on October weekends

Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar

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trummer6The blog has been a little snoozefest recently, so what better way to wake it up than a cup of coffee. Yesterday I went to the recently opened Trummer’s Coffee & Wine Bar. If the name sounds familiar, yes, it is owned by the same family as Trummer’s on Main in Clifton. This is a smaller, more casual operation with an Austrian flare. In fact, you may need some help pronouncing some of the foreign options, but you’re definitely able to try something new.

You’ll find a little something for everyone, even us gluten free people. You can enjoy breakfast, small plates, sandwiches, cocktails, and of course, wine. I enjoyed a cappuccino with my yogurt and gluten free muffins. While there was summer-friendly strawberry sangria soaking for future visitors, I was particularly excited to see two Virginia wine offerings. As of now, their local drink options are Rappahannock Cellars Chardonnay/Viognier blend and Paradise Springs Melange. trummer8

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve seen all the development in Gainesville, but for all others it is in the Promenade Commons shops. If this seems like a bit of a hike, you could always stop for some body fuel before or after visiting wineries out 66.

May Events

breaux mayMay means wine festivals, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Weekend! Get the summer started right with some Virginia events this month and hug yo mama!

Virginia Gold Cup on May 2nd in The Plains

Fork & Cork Festival on May 2nd in Blacksburg

Montpelier Wine Festival on May 2nd & 3rd at Montpelier in Orange

Blending Class on May 9th at Gray Ghost Vineyards

Dog Day on May 9th at Breaux Vineyards

Twilight Polo on May 9th in The Plains (weekly)

Free tastings for Mom on May 9th & 10th at Narmada Winery

Mother’s Day Brunch on May 10th at Skyland Resort

Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour on May 15th-17th at Mount Vernon

Delaplane Strawberry Festival on May 23rd-24th at Sky Meadows State Park

Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon on May 30th at Doukenie Winery

34th Annual Vintage Virginia Wine Festival on May 30th & 31st at Bull Run Park


White Hall Vineyards & Mountfair Vineyards

white hallWhite Hall Vineyards is in Crozet and just a short drive from Stinson and Grace Estate. There are a few areas to sit, stone floors, and a round tasting bar in the middle. The tasting is $5 for six wines, and all of the bottles are reasonably priced. It started with the 2013 Vin Gris which is a rose-style wine made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Touriga. The second wine was the non-vintage Viognier-based White Hall White, but my favorite white was the 2012 Petit Manseng. With only approximately 0.7% residual sugar, it smelled much sweeter than it tasted. It was crisp and fresh with notes of honey and melon. 

white hall glassWhite Hall poured three reds, and started with the non-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon. It was produced from the rainy harvests of 2011 and 2012, so it is somewhat light-bodied compared to other Cabernet Sauvignons. At the price of $12 with minimal tannins, it makes a great group wine. The 2013 Merlot is comprised of 75% Merlot and is topped off with Malbec and Chambourcin. The non-vintage White Hall Red is most likely what they consider their easy drinking table wine, compared to my choice of Cabernet Sauvignon. For being 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Chambourcin, it was surprisingly sweet but also had smooth tannins for balance. There were no big, bold reds, but overall White Hall was very friendly and offered all of their sampled wines for under $18. 

mountfair_ciderMountfair Vineyards is less than 10 minutes from White Hall and you are welcomed into a very casual atmosphere. A chalkboard replaces a tasting sheet and you’re invited to take a seat at the tasting bar. The worst part about Mountfair? There isn’t enough of it! Their passion is red wine, but serve other options from nearby friends who don’t have tasting rooms. This expands their offering for those who aren’t crazy about red, but also supplements their dwindling popular supply of delicious red wine. The owner, Chris, started our tasting with samplings from other locations. We had the Farmhouse Dry and Oak Barrel Reserve from Potter’s Cider, a Pinot Grigio from Knight’s Gambit, and Fizz by Thibaut-Jannison.

Mountfair SunsetAll of the reds are blends, but my favorite, and the bottle I took home, was the 2012 Bonfire. It is a rich, full-bodied blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. The second red was the 2013 Nebulous, a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. The final pour was the 2012 Wooloomooloo (say that five times fast). It was primarily Petit Verdot at 60%, with 40% Cabernet Franc. The summary of Mountfair is to go early and go often. The blends vary every year and sell out quickly. If you like dry reds, this is a must visit in Virginia.