October Pie & Wine Weekends!
Maggie's going to pair her award-winning Petit Manseng Dessert Wine (50% off by the case!) with pumpkin pie this month. Stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram for Pie & Wine Weekend dates!
An early photo of Short Hill Mountain, in full fall color, with one of the vineyard blocks in the foreground.
Enjoy Maggie's colorful, fall mountain views
Seasons change. Cooler fall weather is almost here. Maggie soon will have her outdoor fire pits ablaze and ready to ward off seasonal chills, while Cave visitors
take in the color of the Blue Ridge and Short Hill Mountain. Sip some of Maggie's award-winning red wines to warm yourself in the cooler months. She'll also have her traditional mulled wine – a harbinger of the holiday season coming next month – made with her cinnamon-y 2015 Garnacha - a light-bodied red that pairs well with Thanksgiving turkey and cranberries!
Fall whites sale - 50% off
Maggie has four 2015 and 2016 Petit Manseng wines available - plus her 2016 Unoaked Chardonnay - all 50% off when you buy a case (12 bottles).
Mix and match varieties in your case. Give Maggie's wine as holiday gifts; plan for your seasonal party and dinner wine needs. Check out Maggie's recipe page for ideas to cook and pair with Petit Manseng and Chardonnay on sale now.
Harvest 2018 comes to a close. Looking ahead to 2019
Whether they grow peaches, tomatoes, apples or grapes, Virginia's farmers say the 2018 growing season is one for the record books.
Fortunately, Maggie's Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Cab Franc and Tannat came in with acceptable numbers, according to grape grower Mark Malick, referring to optimum brix and pH levels in the grapes. The winery's Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested early, purely to try and replicate Maggie's Best in State (State Fair of Virginia) Rosé that was produced in 2017.
But not all grape varieties fared as well. While Maggie's 2017 Albariño wine won double gold in the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition and is almost sold out in the Cave, the 2018 growing season was not as kind to this year's Albariño. There was not enough to make it worth pressing and fermenting.
"That is the world of farming," Mark said. "You don't have to go to Las Vegas to gamble. Become a grape farmer!"
The grape harvest was impacted at the start and close of the growing season by rains. Wet weather had an adverse affect on spring fruit set (when flowering clusters turn into berries). Harvest season, which, ideally, is dry during August, September and October, was rainy due to Hurricane Florence and other wet weather that intensified and shortened the window of opportunity for picking. It was a race against time, working 12- and 15-hour days, to harvest as much of the grape crop as possible, or risk losing it to mildew or rot.
Thanks to the Wine Cave agricultural team and a handful of dedicated volunteers, who helped bring in the grapes, Mark and Maggie closed the books on the 2018 harvest.
Now they are planning best strategies for the 2019 growing season!
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