Fifth Annual in Vino Veritas

Celebrate Great American Winemaking at Fifth Annual In Vino Veritas

In Vino Veritas, a much anticipated annual, two-day wine event at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md., opens with a dinner and wine tasting that celebrates the legacy of great American winemaking.

On Friday, February 27 special guest Warren Winiarski (St. John’s College, Class of 1952), founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, joins a panel of notable winemakers and connoisseurs in an exclusive evening of wine tasting.  Stag’s Leap produced the winner of the 1976 Judgment of Paris. This historical wine event had a revolutionary impact on the wine industry, putting California wines firmly on the world wine map. A bottle of the award-winning 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon wine is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In its November 2013 issue, “Smithsonian” magazine included this bottle as one of the “101 Objects that Made America.”

Napa winemakers John Turley, founder of Turley Vineyards; John Williams, founder of Frog’s Leap Winery; and Zach Rasmuson, CEO of Duckhorn Vineyards, will join Winiarski for a discussion moderated by Abe Schoener, founder of The Scholium Project.  Turley, Rasmuson, and Schoener are also St. John’s College alumni.  St. John’s College is known for its visionary winemakers –The New York Times magazine describes Schoener as a “fearless, risk loving winemaker.”

On Saturday, February 28, guests at the Grand Tasting can explore more than 100 wines from around the world, premier wine growing regions and producers, meet the vintners, and sample wines and hors d’oeuvres. Workshops will be offered throughout the afternoon.

For prices, tickets and more information about this two-day fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of St. John’s College, visit:

St. John’s College is located in the heart of historic Annapolis, Md.  The college, an independent, four-year institution, also has a campus in Santa Fe, N.M.  St. John’s is known for its distinctive curriculum that focuses on the foundational works of western civilization.  The college also offers graduate-level programs based on these same principles


A Year Later – Petit Verdot, Veritas Winery

This wine was a media sample from Veritas Vineyard and Winery.

What a difference a year makes.  It was just a short year ago that I attended the Wine Blogger’s Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Not only did I have the time of my life, I met some great like-minded people and had the pleasure of tasting some phenomenal wines.  One of those wines was a 2009 Petit Verdot from Veritas Vineyard and Winery.  They actually provided me with two bottles.  One I wrote about as soon as I got it; the other I have held onto for the last year so I could revisit this wine and taste the difference another twelve months in the bottle makes. (The original blog post can be found here:

I was very excited to open this wine!!!  The deep purple hue in the glass and the hint of chocolate on the nose let me know that I was not going to be disappointed.  Following the standard protocol for tasting wine, swirl, sniff, sip, (let linger for just a few seconds) and swallow.  On the palate I got hints of vanilla and cherry wrapped in mocha with a touch of coffee to go along with the lingering finish of this well-balanced wine.  “In Vino Veritas,” the trademark of Veritas Winery rings true once again.

I didn’t see this wine listed on their website when I checked.  I do hope they still carry it.

Varietal: Petit Verdot          Alcohol:  13%            Price: (last year – $29)

I haven’t been back to Virginia to tour any wineries since the 2011 conference.  It is one of those things that we always talk about, but just never seem to find the time to actually do.  I have always heard that if you put something in writing, that it is much more likely to happen.  So I am committing this to writing today – within the next year, I am taking a long weekend and hitting the Virginia Wine Trail.  Stay tuned!

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