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DC Wine Week

October 14, 2012

It’s DC Wine Week all week long!  So if you’re in or around the nation’s capital get yourself to one of these events asap – and of course don’t forget to tweet about it under #dcwineweek.

We’re still busy in the winery and unable to attend, but were excited to be asked to guest post for the DC Wine Week Blog.  Check it out here.

Let us know which events were your favorites!


Announcing New PVCC Classes

October 8, 2012

Its almost time to register for Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Spring Semester! We’re hosting two Saturday classes – both are a great way to get a peek at what goes on behind the scenes in a small winery.

Blind tasting & vote on different Stinson Meritage Blends 

Help us discover the perfect 2012 Meritage mix in our Wine Blending with Matthieu Finot class Saturday March 16th, 2013 9am – 1pm. If you’ve dreamt of opening your own winemaking space you’ll want to check out Winery Design and Equipment with Scott Stinson Saturday March 23rd, 2013 9am – 5pm.

Scott Stinson surveys winery phase II construction

Email Program Manager Greg Rosko to register or check back at for spring online registration.


September 3, 2012

Its here!  And we’re live tweeting awesome instagram pix of all the action under @stinsonvineyard.

If you missed it, here’s a roundup of the past few weeks.

Dropping Ankida Ridge lugs off at Trump Winery

The mysterious Rockgarden Cellars Vinho Verde…

We call this one the Ankida Ridge Traveling Wine Road Show

R2D2 still going strong!  Pressing the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Two pumps are better than one

The Egg is alive!!  And also delicious

Taking a break for some Tailgatin’

The new press arrives!  Just in time to tear through the 2012 Chardonnay

Meeting of the presses.  Don’t worry we’ve placed R2D2 at Muse Vineyards for the rest of the season – we know they’ll be good to the little guy!

Inching Towards Harvest

August 8, 2012

Final leaf pulling on Petit Manseng vines

It’s that time of year again.. pre harvest. Our Petit Mansengs have undergone verasion and are starting to ripen, the bird netting is up, winery equipment and supplies are on order. Now all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope the weather holds. Some area wineries have already started harvesting for their sparkling wines so we’ll likely see the first of our whites in the next week or so.

Bird netting is up!

As if the imminence of an early harvest isn’t terrifying enough, we attended a pre-harvest class with microbe specialist Lisa Van de Water. Lisa runs Vinotec Napa, a testing and consultation lab, and refers to herself as “The Bad Wine Lady”. Our vineyard consultant Lucie Morton hosted a group of her clients to brush up on best fermentation and aging practices with Lisa. Many wine spoilers are hard to detect before it’s too late – and difficult harvest conditions can yield lots of undesirables if a winemaker’s not careful. Her number one rule of thumb? “Never trust a microbe”!

Learning to spot microbes

After going over various undesirable yeasts and bacteria, we took a look at a few of Lisa’s slides. Ok, so we can no longer ignore the fact that wine spoilers exist. Next step? Steaming the entire winery – barrels, tanks, drains, hoses. We want everything as clean as possible before harvest!

NY Wineries

July 31, 2012

With lots to keep us busy in the vineyard, winery, and tasting room we don’t often get the chance to visit other wineries – let alone other wine regions. Every year a few of my girlfriends from NYC trek out out to Montauk at the very end of the South Fork of Long Island for a long weekend. We pass a handful of very impressive looking vineyards on the way, but never have time to stop. This year we took advantage of a cold, rainy day to escape the beach and go tasting!

Channing Daughters Winery and Wölffer Estate Vineyard came highly recommended by Lenn Thompson of New York Cork Report and neither disappointed. Both boasted beautiful, perfectly maintained vineyards and some seriously tasty vino.

Barrel top displays at Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton, NY

The tasting room at Channing Daughters was cozy and intimate. Some unusual white varietals – Tocai Fruiliano (which I first fell in love with at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in the Hudson Valley), Aligoté, and Pinot Bianco to name a few. Their 2008 Clones Chardonnay is a study in complexity. In addition to ten different Chardonnay clones it also contains 6% Tocai Fruliano, 1% Gewurtztraminer, 1% Aligoté, 1% Semillion, and 1% Viognier. No wonder it’s so good!

The patio and vineyard at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, NY

Wolffer had a great lineup of reds – not to mention a perfectly maintained vineyard. They claim “European elegance combined with the typicity of [the] Long Island terroir” and who can argue with that? We especially enjoyed the 2008 Fatalis Fatum a Merlot heavy Bordeaux-style blend with 64% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.