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 Filed as : Regional Spotlight~ Rest of U.S.

Charlottesville, Virginia

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  • Publish Date: Apr 13, 2010

Experience Charlottesville Charm
Virginia wines are worth a long weekend

For a long weekend that combines a taste of history, natural beauty and wine, Charlottesville, Virginia is your spot. With the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and rolling pastoral farmland that surround the charming colonial town, it doesn’t take long to discover why our “gentlemen farmers” and Founding Fathers were so drawn to the area.

In town, the youthful spirit of a college town meets a vibrant and sophisticated collection of shops, galleries, bars and restaurants patroned by students and locals alike. After a morning coffee and stroll around the historic down town, the Monticello Wine Trail is only a short drive away providing you access to 24 of Virginia’s boutique wineries. After tasting at King Family Vineyards or Veritas, you may be tempted to purchase a bottle and relax in an Adirondack chair and soak up the view of the mountains.

Of course a trip to Charlottesville wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Monticello (and perhaps Jefferson Vineyards afterward), where you’ll be inspired by the life of Thomas Jefferson, the man who made wine an American initiative...among a few other important accomplishments.

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Apr 13, 2010
I've enjoyed the last two Daily Sips since I live in Virginia. Coincidentally, I've been winery hopping all over the Northern and Central AVAs of Virginia. If you're interested, please see my notes on Barrel Oak, Miracle Valley, Vintage Ridge, Potomac Point, and James River Cellars. Anyway, I'm loving the focus on Virginia wines because not enough people know how outstanding some of these really are.

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Apr 13, 2010
I'm a huge fan of Virginia wines, especially those produced around Charlottesville. Another great winery in the area is Lovingston Winery, www.lovingstonwinery.com. It's a family run winery with a wonderful selection of bold reds and crisp, delicious whites.

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Apr 13, 2010
So glad to see this feature on Charlottesville and the wineries!!! When I saw yesterday's Daily Sip about Thomas Jefferson's B'day and no mention of his hometown and original vineyard sites, I was disappointed. This had made up for it. In addition to King Family Vineyards, Veritas and Jefferson Vineyards, I would add Pollak Vineyards. Cheers!!

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