Archive for the ‘winery’ Category

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 www.pvcc.edu for spring online registration.

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#vaharvest2012

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!

Wine Club and Online Store Launches

December 7, 2011

We’re happy to announce that delicious Stinson Vineyards wines are now available to ship directly to you!  Stock up on a favorite via our Online Store or join the Wine Club for a steady supply plus first access to new releases.  Many of our first year vintages are well on their way to selling out – 2010 was an ideal harvest year for reds AND whites, so make sure you get in on it!

Tbin City

November 23, 2011

Yes that is a photo of empty tbins. A beautiful sight! This Thanksgiving we are thankful for:

friends & family

our extended Stinson Vineyards & Virginia Wine families

a (mostly) successful 2011 harvest

wonderful customers

amazing neighbors

non leaky barrels

Enjoy the holiday weekend with your loved ones!  We’re open 11am – 5pm on Thanksgiving in case you need a last minute hostess gift, bottle of wine, or just to get out of the house.