Finding Value in Hidden Places
Knowledge is power. Understanding undervalued regions and grapes to find great wines at great prices is one of the secret tools that wine professionals don’t often dish about.
Question: How many American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) does the state of Virginia have?
- Virginia doesn’t make wine
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Finding Value in Exotic Varieties – Viognier
With just 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of Viognier planted worldwide, this wonderfully aromatic grape makes wines that are full-bodied and textured. Originating in France, it has quickly developed a reputation as one of Virginia’s signature grapes.
The hunt for great value wines
Madeline heads to Trader Joe’s to put her knowledge of lesser-known grapes and regions to the test to find some tantalizingly good wines at great prices.
Virginia – A Hidden Gem
You’ve stumbled upon the United States’ best kept wine secret. Halfway between Western Europe and California, Virginia is a mix of old world and new world traditions. It’s where Southern Grit meets Old World grace.
Wine Quiz Answer
Answer – #3: The state of Virginia has eight distinct AVAs, spanning from Chesapeake Bay to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Virginia is one of the United States’ best kept wine secrets to those who don’t already know it.