Well not only has the White House served a Charlottesville area Virginia sparkling wine - Claude Thibaut's Sparkling Chardonnay - Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello at that infamous White House dinner not long ago, but last Sunday at the Governors Ball another local Charlottesville wine was served: the 2008 Metit Mansang from Sugarleaf. Way to go, local winemakers!
We also did very well at the San Francisco Wine Competition - which is the largest competition of US wines in the world. I can attest to that - having been there once. It was HUGE. Virginia wineries this year took 23 medals with everything from Viognier, to Petit Mansang, to Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot to WHAT??? Cabernet Sauvignon???!! Good show!! How did Charlottesville wrestle a medal from Northern California for a Virginia-grown Cabernet Sauvignon!! They usually don't give ours a chance!!
What's upcoming now?? Check Pollak Vineyards for their barrel tastings - they are coming up soon - March 21-22 and March 28-28 is what I hear. Tasting fees will be $10 for non case club members
They plan to taste 5 wines at the barrel tasting: 08 Cabernet Sauvignon, 08 Meritage, 07 Meritage, and the port-styled Viognier. Yum! We sampled the port-styled Viognier at their wine dinner not long ago and loved it.
Later in March on the 20th will be Jefferson's Barrel Tasting Dinner which will allow guests to taste the 2009 wines that are aging. I don't see a menu so call them to find out what they'll be serving at 434-977-3042.