Virginia’s Exploding Micro Meadery Scene

By Matt Fitzsimmons Virginia’s Exploding Micro Meadery Scene This past February, Silver Hand Meadery was awarded 6 gold medals during the 2021 Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition, tying for the 2nd highest gold medal tally of any winery, cidery, or meadery in the state. While this haul surprised many in the wine industry, in retrospect […]

The Winegrowers of Horton and Early Mountain Vineyards

By Matt Fitzsimmons The Winegrowers of Horton and Early Mountain Vineyards “Great wine is made in the vineyard” is a common cliché in the wine industry. Yet no matter how repetitive this statement seems, that doesn’t make it any less accurate. While winemakers are often the public face for most wineries, the vineyard managers who […]

Virginia Bottle Art: Crazy Labels and Great Stories

By Matt Fitzsimmons Virginia Bottle Art: Crazy Labels and Great Stories All bottle art is designed to grab your attention, but the best ones convey a message. Some           highlight a good cause. Others explain the winery’s heritage. A few just want to make you laugh. Regardless, if the art causes you to say “I MUST […]

Understanding Virginia’s “Natural Wine”

By Matthew Fitzsimmons Understanding Virginia’s “Natural Wine” Natural wine is a trendy term in the wine industry. It certainly hits several items on the hipster bucket-list. Some claim that it’s healthier for you than regular wine (unlikely to be true). Natural wine is often confused with organic wine (not the same, but somewhat in the […]

Virginia Wineries Breaking the Mold On Sparkling Winemaking

By Matt Fitzsimmons Virginia Wineries Breaking the Mold On Sparkling Winemaking Sparkling wine has a reputation as a ‘special occasion’ beverage – but this is changing. While higher-end sparklings will likely remain a rare treat for most consumers, a growing number of American wine drinkers are reaching for bubbly more frequently, making it one of […]

Virginia Food and Wine Pairings You Should Try

Grapevine By Matthew Fitzsimmons Virginia Food and Wine Pairings You Should Try Food and wine – two of our favorite subjects. The concept is the two react with one another, so finding the right pairings makes the overall experience more enjoyable. While you can enjoy either on its own, like any great team a good […]

Getting the Most from Virginia Wine Month

By Matthew Fitzsimmons Getting the Most from Virginia Wine Month October is “Virginia Wine Month” for good reason. A warm, dry fall can turn a so-so vintage into a stellar one…while an early hurricane can wreak a year’s work. 2020 has been especially challenging, be it COVID-19, vineyard-wrecking May frosts, summer humidity, or late-season overcast […]

Wineries That Will Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

By Matthew Fitzsimmons Wineries That Will Survive The Zombie Apocalypse Planning for the Zombie Apocalypse has never been timelier. Not long ago, the idea that a mysterious contagion could sweep the United States and cause mass chaos seemed confined to works of fiction. But now…planning “What If” scenarios like “Where should I go when the […]

Exploring Shenandoah Valley Wine

By Matt Fitzsimmons Exploring Shenandoah Valley Wine Shenandoah Valley wineries are one of Virginia’s best-kept secrets, which is surprising given the valley is famous for so many other activities. You’ve probably heard about the hiking, river tubing, and cave exploring. But most people don’t realize this is also prime real-estate for making wine. The Shenandoah […]

Pairing Wine and History

By Matt Fitzsimmons Pairing Wine and History Wine and history are two of my favorite past times. Luckily for me, Virginia is the perfect state to pair them. Virginia is the birthplace of American wine, going back to 1619 when settlers in Jamestown were required by law to plant grape vines. Thomas Jefferson also experimented […]