5 Red Wines to Try During Virginia Wine Month

V is for Virginia, and V is for Viognier, the state’s official white wine grape. But what about R? What red wine grapes are out there for Virginia wine lovers, especially now that the season is shifting from summer to autumn, and our palate is looking for something a little bolder?

It’s not necessarily a single red wine grape, but red wine grapes that are being lauded by imbibers everywhere. Specifically, red wine blends are making a name for themselves in Virginia, especially complex, rich Bordeaux-style blends (sometimes referred to as Meritage in this country).

These feature artful amalgamations from winemakers with such grapes as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot and others.

Here’s five to try in celebration of October being Virginia Wine Month:

1. RdV Vineyards Lost Mountain

- Chad Martin, chef/owner; sommelier

Circa 1918, Newport News

2. Chateau Morrisette Winery Archival I

- Gina McVeigh, sommelier

3. Sunset Hills Vineyard Mosaic

- Frank Morgan, blogger


4. Lovingston Winery Rotunda Red 2012

- Marc Sauter, sommelier/co-owner

Zoës Steak & Seafood Restaurant, Virginia Beach

5. Chatham Vineyards Church Creek Vintner’s Blend

- Patrick Evans-Hylton, food/wine editor

Coastal Virginia Magazine, Virginia Wine Lover magazine

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