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Former military pilot and retired educator enjoying life with rhododendrons, magnolias, travels, and Norton wine explorations. Recommended reading of Norton wines is Todd Kliman's The Wild Vine.

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StateYour ReviewsWineries in StatePercentProgress
Missouri Wineries4213132%
Arkansas Wineries62030%
Alabama Wineries41625%
Louisiana Wineries2825%
Georgia Wineries157021%
South Carolina Wineries52520%
Virginia Wineries5028417%
Tennessee Wineries95316%
North Carolina Wineries2113315%
West Virginia Wineries21513%
Kentucky Wineries97312%
Illinois Wineries91048%
Rhode Island Wineries1137%
Massachusetts Wineries2424%
Kansas Wineries2464%
New Hampshire Wineries1244%
Minnesota Wineries2593%
Maryland Wineries2722%
Idaho Wineries1432%
Wisconsin Wineries2992%
New Mexico Wineries1571%
New Jersey Wineries1611%
Pennsylvania Wineries42651%
Iowa Wineries1771%
Texas Wineries32461%
California Wineries1623691%
New York Wineries13101%

Latest Winery Visits

Lake Anna Winery (added Oct 19, 2020)
Cave Ridge Vineyard (added Oct 19, 2020)
Burntshirt Vineyards (added Oct 11, 2020)
Saint Pauls Mountain Vineyards (added Oct 11, 2020)
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Latest Wine Journal Entries

Effingham Manor & Winery (written Feb 10, 2021)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars
Norton Wine Review: High enthusiasm for Effingham's offerings. We have visited 33 out of Virginia's 41 Norton wineries so far. Hands down, ~ this is one of the best Virginia Nortons we have encountered. A very approachable, 'drink now' nonindicated vintage year, not overly American oaked, an almost subtle American hybrid example. Unlike too many vineyards which release wines early, this Norton was obviously held back to mature in bottle before publicly offered. Additionally, their 2017 Tannat was stunning and Viognier much appreciated.

Burntshirt Vineyards (written Jan 16, 2021)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars
Thirty acres of vineyards planted over ten years ago at 2,200' to 3,400' in picturesque surroundings. Burntshirt's winery is an example that good wines can be produced in North Carolina, ~ especially their medium bodied Cabernet Franc and unique white Austrian Grüner Veltliner. A large, comfortable outdoor seating, tasting area is attended to by an attentive staff. Curb delivery was appreciated during my last visit.

Saint Pauls Mountain Vineyards (written Oct 14, 2020)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
A wide array of wines, ciders & spirits can be found at St Pauls' three locations, ~ Hendersonville (Appalachian Ridge Cidery), Flat Rock tasting room and the five acre vineyard farm location which opened in 2012.  Fourteen French vinifera and German/Austrian grape varieties are grown at two sites which are at 2,300' and the other at a nearby ten acre 3,000' elevation Blue Ridge mountain crest.  Though there are many offerings, I came specifically for this winery's light ruby colored Cabernet Franc which interestingly belied its appearance.  A rather sharp initial bite greets your varietal typical anticipation. Though I have pleasantly experienced Cab Franc wines in Virginia and Northeast Georgia, ~ I also sensed a slight unexpected sophistication in this North Carolina example after letting the wine breathe for an extended amount of time (my wife disagrees with me on this note).  I'll set aside a few bottles for two or three years to compare tastes.  I'm going to give this a politically corrected, thumbs up since it will hold up to most smoked meats or a Southern Lowcountry Boil.

Lazy Bear Winery (written Dec 22, 2019)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
A countryside find along a rural road leading up to South Carolina's Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy. Thirteen fruit or mead offerings plus two typical Southern muscadine wines. A non pretentious family operation which is currently operating in a small tasting room with expansions to come soon. During good weather, there are tables set up for outside venues. Started in 2010 and open to public now for three years, time is on the side of this venture. It will be interesting to see how this develops in the years to come.

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