Wine Wednesday: Williamsburg Winery

Williamsburg Winery: a 2014 Virginia Gold Cup winner and home to the best-selling Virginia wine, Governors White.

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A wine bottle can be used for many things, especially in the gardens of the WIlliamsburg Winery.
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Williamsburg Winery is located at 5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, Va., about three hours from downtown D.C. Tastings are $10 and include a short tour. If you want a more extensive tour, you'll pay $36 per person (reservation required) where tastings will happen in the private wine cellar.
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It isn't every day that you find the 400-year-old grave of a freakishly tall colonial-era man buried on winery property in Virginia, but our tour guide, Jack, spilled the beans and now we must tell. The grave was found during a 1988 archaeology dig on the property and dates back to the 1600s. Ultimately, the grave was moved to another location on the property shortly after it was found. The mystery man was buried with a bottle of the Governors White.
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Our tour also included an informative video of the history of the winery as well as a tour of the dark and rustic-looking underbelly of the property. The idea behind the design was to make the building look like a rustic Italian winery -- a job well done; it looks authentic.
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The Governors White was the first wine ever produced by Williamsburg back in the late 80's and within two weeks of its release, it won a gold medal. Granted, at the time there were only 14 Virginia wineries compared to the 240+ wineries currently. But the winery's 2010 Adagio would be awarded the 2014 Virginia Governors Cup 26 years later, for best wine in Virginia. The Adagio is a red wine blend with a blackberry richness and tastes of vanilla and cream from the oaks used for aging.
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"I taste a lot," said winemaker Mathew Meyer. "I also have a certain idea with each vintage on how to make them a bit different, some years being more bold than the last. When you do a blend, sometimes one percent can make a difference."
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During our visit along our tour of the property, we were also shown part of a cork tree. Did you know it takes a total of ten years for a cork tree to regenerate? Cork trees can be used over and over.
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The winery is open March through December, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, with the last tour beginning at 5 p.m. In January and February, the tastings are Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m.
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If you're not familiar with the Virginia Governors Cup, it features a panel of 40 world-class judges who sample close to 400 of Virginia's best wine. The 12 highest ranking wines are then assembled to the Governors Cup Case where the winner is chosen. This year, Matthew Meyers, Patrick Duffeler II and Patrick Duffeler Senior of the Williamsburg Winery were awarded top prize for their 2010 Adagio.
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P.S.: If you like cats, you'll enjoy the fact they have many of them around the property, just hangin' out.
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