From Speed Tasting to Slow Sipping

I’m sure most everyone is tired of hearing how much fun we all had at the Wine blogger’s Conference, 2011 in Charlottesville, VA a few weeks ago.  So I apologize in advance for yet another post that is a result of the conference although this one is a little different.

I participated in the “Speed Tasting” portion of the conference.  Speed Tasting is sort of like speed dating.  The tasters take a seat at the table and the participating wineries go from table to table pouring their wine for you to taste and tweet about.  The night we speed tasted reds, I had the pleasure of tasting the 2009 Petit Verdot from Veritas Vineyard and Winery.  I was so impressed that I would have bought some on the spot except no wines were being sold – just tasted.  So the winemaker, Emily Hodson Pelton, and the Vineyard owner, Andrew Hodson invited me to stop by the winery on my way home from the conference.  And I am so glad I did!!!

During my visit at Veritas, I had the pleasure of sitting and chatting with both Andrew and his wife, Patricia.  They both love the winery and what it brings into their lives.  The Hodson’s refer to their winery as ” Folly et Deux” – loosely interpreted as fun for two.  Their daughter, Emily, is the Winemaker and their other daughter, Chloe, is the Event Manager and is an invaluable asset in running the tasting room.

We sat and chatted in the tasting room which reminds you of an old Southern parlor with leather sofas all around and huge fireplaces on each end.  It was huge and open but still inviting, cozy and comfortable – perfect for the hot sweltering days of a Virginia summer or the nippy cold of  an East Coast winter.  We chose a discreet corner of the room so we could talk uninterrupted about wine, the conference and life.   You could look across the tasting room at all the guests sipping wine and just tell how comfortable and at home they felt; but then with more than 100,000 people visiting this winery every year, it stands to reason Veritas would know how to treat their guests.

Having opened the winery in 2000, Veritas now has around 1,500 members in their wine club and as many as 4,000 people attending some of their events.  Petit Verdot is one of their signature wines.  In the interest of full disclosure, they gave me 2 samples of the Petit Verdot for this post.  As this wine could be cellared for 3-5 years, I will put one up and save it and then revisit this post at a later date with an update on how the wine is maturing.

Veritas – 2009 Petit Verdot (Virginia, Monticello AVA)

Alcohol – 13%

Price – $29

This wine is a deep violet color with earthy aromas.  It is rich and full-bodied with hints of black fruit on the palate.  The flavors explode in your mouth so that you can enjoy every second from the initial sip to the lingering finish.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karyn Howard
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 13:52:23

    Jean, thanks for another great blog. It’s interesting to hear about the wines you’ve had and recommend.


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