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June Wine Tasting Notes from Rowland

The WWS June Event at Rowland was a huge success!  We are sincerely grateful to John Grimsley, owner of Free Run Wine Merchants for providing history for each of the tastings. For those who attended and would like to reference the wines that were featured, here is a rundown of the tasting notes…  

For those who were unable to attend, we hope to see you in July at The 2300 Club!

TREVERI BLANC DE BLANC 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine crafted in the traditional method. Toasty, floral pear and spice flavors framed by a lively and fresh acidity. Treveri produces a remarkable set of sparkling wines from Washington’s classic and lesser-known varietals. All wines are hand-crafted in the traditional Methode Champenoise, with a secondary fermentation and conditioning occurring in each and every bottle. Launched by industry veteran, German born & trained Jurgen Grieb- Treveri is a family winery dedicated to putting Washington State Sparkling Wine on the map. Just three years since opening the doors, Treveri has been featured by the James Beard Foundation, served at the White House, and in the most recent months was recognized with a collection of 90+ reviews in Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast.

TAVIGNANO VERDICCHIO DI CASTELLI DI JESI CLASSICO SUPERIORE DOC-A perfect example of one of the most under-valued grapes in Italy. Almond, Apricot, Pear, bright acid. Tenuta Tavignano is located in the very heart of Marche, Italy, a region with a plural inflection of talents and an ancient agricultural vocation. Owned by the Lucangeli Aymerch di Laconi family, this estate has been producing wine since the 1600’s.

BALIA DI ZOLA SANGIOVESE DI ROMOAGNA DOC “BALATORE”  This 100% Sangiovese from atop one of the tallest hills in Romagna, Italy. Balatore shows red and black berries with a smooth, evolving finish and bright freshness.

LONARDO AGLIANICO IRPINIA DOC A great example of Aglianico from the Taurasi area of Italy. Dark fruits, red berries, flowers, all veautifully balanced. Aglianico is considered by many to be one of the most age-worthy grapes and Taurasi, the top expression of Aglianico in the area, is often referred to as the Barolo of the south.

Wine Tasting Notes from Kitchen on Cary

The WWS May Event at Kitchen on Cary was a huge success!  For those who attended and would like to reference the Virginia wines that were featured, here is a rundown of the tasting notes…  

For those who were unable to attend, we hope to see you in June at Rowland!

TRUMP SP BLANC DE BLANCS 2007 The vibrant Chardonnay aromas of Trump SP Blanc de Blancs are focused and complex, exhibiting notes of ripe apple and pear with hints of hazelnut and roasted almond. The wine is medium‐bodied with a creamy, finely‐beaded mouthfeel and a clean and zesty finish.  Patricia Kluge’s philosophy on sparkling wine is that it is not just for celebrations, but for all of life’s special moments! The elegance and finesse of Kluge SP Blanc de Blancs make it the perfect accompaniment for seafood, especially sushi, oysters, and grilled tiger shrimp.

HORTON VIOGNIER, VIRGINIA 2012-The wine starts out with juicy aromatics of honeydew, apricot, honeysuckle and warm apple pie, with hints of oak. Mouthwatering flavors of peach, pear and honey are integrated with hazelnut and citrus.  Peachy-tasting, with soft vanilla notes, pretty floral components and a spicy finish. This wine displays excellent balance and weight with a rich, round mouth feel and lovely finish.  This wine is soft and easy to drink.  Enjoy alone or pair with crab cakes, shrimp and pasta.

WHITEHALL VINEYARD CABERNET FRANC, MONTICELLO, VIRGINIA 2012  This Cabernet Franc exhibits a beautiful nose, with touches of smoke and spice weaved into the pure fruit aromas, that lead to lively, fresh, crisp berry .  It is medium bodied and often shows a bit of green bell peppers also herbaceous accents of tobacco and dark spice.  In the mouth it has red fruits that lead into bright tastes of raspberry and cherry with a black-pepper finish. The wine is ultimately quaffable – a perfect accompaniment to lighter red meat, particularly lamb, veal, and chicken – even salmon if the fancy takes you.

WILLIAMSBURG WINERY ROSE, VIRGINIA Varietal: Blend: 94% Merlot, 3% Traminette, 3% Vidal Blanc-The 2011 is showing bright strawberry, raspberry, and cherry along with a hint of apple, banana and grapefruit. These fruit nuances are nicely balanced with the creamy vanilla and earthy character. The finish has just a bit of minerality to balance out the entire wine.  This is a perfect picnic wine.  Wonderful to have on chilled down on a hot day, deck or river.

BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARD PHILEO, VIRGINIA– A propriety, non-vintage blend predominantly of Moscato Ottonel and Traminer Aromatico.  A truly beautiful and friendly dessert wine, with a brightly refreshing sweetness indebted to a carefully preserved fruit acidity, for a cleanand disarmingly elegant finish. Food Pairings: Poached pear tart with crème anglaise. Vanilla bean ice cream with marinated strawberry Crême brulee

Women’s Wine Society Spring Update!

Many thanks to everyone who joined us at Tazza Kitchen for our first event! We filled all the seats available to us as Dorothy Livick of Tazza Kitchen provided wine education about their amazing food and wine pairings!

For tasting menus from past events, visit our Women’s Wine Society Pinterest board where we will pin the wine/food pairings! Just click: and look for the Board called Society Pairings. While you are there, check out the other Boards for wine related recipes, gift ideas, entertaining suggestions, upcoming wine festivals and more!

In April, we are excited to explore the eclectic food and wine from Latin cultures including Mexican, Southwestern, Caribbean, and Cuban flavors at Nacho Mama’s new restaurant located in the Clarion Hotel on the Boulevard. Hope you will join us as we get a jump on celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Also, here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming calendar of events. Save the Dates!

Don’t forget our motto: Register Often & Register Early!

May 19th Kitchen on Cary featuring Virginia wines.

June 23rd Rowland on Main

July 21st 2300 Club with Chef Michael Hall


Announcing our new organization, Women’s Wine Society!

We wanted to be the first to announce the exciting changes we are bringing to all of our members and friends in the Richmond area who share a passion for wine, food and friendship.

As you may know, we have maintained the Richmond Chapter of Women For WineSense for the last ten years. Due to monumental changes brought about by the National Board, we, as your Richmond Board, have made the decision to dissolve the Richmond Chapter. This was an extremely difficult decision, one that carried many emotions and much sadness. While we will continue to recognize Women For WineSense for all its accomplishments and leadership in the years gone by, we feel that the organization is moving in a direction that does not maintain the educational opportunities and community involvement that we consider our priority here in the Richmond area.

So where do we go from here? You have captured our passion and our hearts as you have placed your trust in us to guide you through a journey of the world of wine and women. Now fasten your seat belts for the next part of the journey!

We are very excited to announce and encourage you to join us and become part of our new organization known as . . .


Sincerely yours,

Janet Bishop

Women’s Wine Society, Inc.