We are happy to announce that the Rosemont Virginia Red, formerly known as Lake Country Red, was recently awarded a Double Gold medal in the 2015 Grand Harvest Awards! This is great recognition for a wine that is loved by many of our patrons as an everyday, easy red wine blend. This year’s vintage is comprised of 58% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 16% Chambourcin, 5% Syrah.
For this vintage we have shifted to using more Merlot and less Chambourcin. What this does is it makes the wine more Bordeaux in style and less fruit forward. Thus it is even nicer and more complex. This vintage also has a little Syrah that plays great with the Chambourcin. What makes this wine so special is the blend of the 2013 vintage at 32% and the 2014 vintage at 68%. They are completely opposite but when put together they make an outstanding table red wine. The 2013 vintage is concentrated and full of aromatics but too large in tannins for a medium bodied red. The 2014 vintage is lighter in tannins and very fruit forward. Put them together and magic happens, as was recognized by the judges for the Grand Harvest Awards!
About the Grand Harvest Awards
Established in 1990, it is the only wine-judging event in North America that is based on Terroir – a group of vineyards (or even vines) from the same region, belonging to a specific appellation, and sharing the same type of soil, weather conditions, grapes and wine making savoir-faire, which contribute to give its specific personality to the wine.
In other competitions, this factor is ignored. At the Grand Harvest, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality. GHA recognizes wine entries that best exemplify the terroir of their respective viticultural areas, and acknowledges its influence on wine quality.
We are excited to announce that the 2016 Summer Concert Series Line-Up has been finalized! So be sure to put these dates on your calendars and join us for a great time this summer!
Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday, May 28th
We are excited to welcome the Class Act Band to the Rosemont stage to help us kick off our concert series this summer! From simmering ballads to fiery funk, Class Act specializes in bringing soulful renditions of your favorite Motown and 70’s classics and much more! They’ll be the perfect way to kick off your summer!
Fourth of July Weekend
Sunday, July 3rd
The Feature Attraction Band will join us for our All American bash to kick off the 4th of July festivities, and once again, we’ll cap off the evening with a spectacular fireworks display!
Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, September 3rd
Close out your summer with one of our favorite local bands – JB & The Get Down Brown’s! We have tried to get them for years and we were finally able to nail them down! Playing the best of R&B, Blues, Classic Rock and a touch of Beach music, they’ll be a great way to say farewell to summer!
So put the dates on your calendars now and get ready for a good time! And keep your eyes out for tickets to go on sale online in the coming months. All concerts are from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Thursday, December 24th – 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday, December 25th – CLOSED
Friday, January 1st – CLOSED
All other days will continue with our normal hours of operation of 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and on Sundays from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
What makes a tasting room special to winery visitors? According to subscribers of the Official Virginia Wine Lover who voted for Virginia’s Favorite Tasting Room, the answer is (1) Friendliness of the tasting room staff, (2) Attractiveness of the tasting room location, (3) Staff’s knowledge of wine, (4) Proximity of the winery, and (5) Price of a tasting.
The Official Virginia Wine Lover just released the results of its 2015 Visitors’ Choice Awards for Virginia’s Favorite Winery Tasting Rooms. The Awards are particularly significant as many wineries sell up to 90 percent of their wine to visitors in their tasting rooms.
November readers of the online publication selected the following winery tasting rooms (listed alphabetically) as their Top 10 Favorites. (To assure accuracy and fairness, all duplicate votes were removed before the final count.)
BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS (Barboursville/Orange County)
CASANEL VINEYARDS (Leesburg/Loudoun County)
CHATEAU MORRISETTE (Floyd/Floyd County)
COOPER VINEYARDS (Louisa/Louisa County)
DOUKENIE VINEYARDS (Purcellville/Loudoun County)
FIRST COLONY WINERY (Charlottesville/Albemarle County)
NARMADA WINERY (Amissville/Rappahannock County)
ROSEMONT VINEYARDS (La Crosse/Mecklenburg County)
SAUDE CREEK (Lenexa/New Kent County)
WINERY AT BULL RUN (Centreville/Fairfax County)
The Official Virginia Wine Lover reaches some 50,000 subscribers, including wine festival attendees, visitors to wineries, tasting rooms and a targeted list of Virginia wine enthusiasts. The online publication is celebrating 10 years of supporting and promoting Virginia wines, the people who make them and those who enjoy them. Each month the electronic newsletter directs readers to festivals and events, featured wineries and travel destinations across the Commonwealth. For a complimentary subscription and additional information, visit www.vawinelover.com.