Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Country roads, take me home

To the place I belong
Ohhhh Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads

Okay, maybe it's West Virginia in the song, but the sentiment rings true.

For those that are unaware, there was a time in your winemonkey's life, a dark time, an evil time, when wine did not control my life and was but a mere side attraction. Oh... the horror of it. It was during those times when escape to a wine country was a neccesary succor. (yeah, I said succor) Unfortunately, I was an east coast winemonkey and could neither afford the time or expense to travel to Napa, Bordeaux or Tuscany. My wine destination of choice was the Vriginia Wine Valley. A bustling place of wine newness that fit in with my personal wine newness and together we forged a bond of wine entertainment that sustained me through the dark years.

Now there were many weedy and green Viriginia reds to be had (I still use the term 'Viriginia Red' to describe certain non Virginia wines) and some very interesting whites amongst the slog, but that is how it goes with any wine region.

I can certainly say I have had some cru bourgeois and even some classied growths that did not cut the mustard. But Virginia can be fun and so can their wine ad that is the point. They have a great wine tasting event every year out at the horse track for God's sake. I mean, come on, these people know how to party.

I had forgotten that earlier time until I received a blog comment from Dezel who has a great Virginia wine blog and I was reminded of how fun drinking wine without thinking about it could be. To Dezel I say thanks.

Learn about Virginia wines for yourself at Dezel's Virginia Vine Spot or go to the Virginia Wine and Food Society's site at Virginia Wine Guide.

West Virginia ain't gotten nuthin' on you VA.

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