Sunday, January 31, 2010

Winter Wonderland...again!

Although we are having what seems to be record breaking snow storms at all the wrong times, weekends, we are enjoying the time off with our family.

I have also had the privilege of enjoying several wine dinners out where our wine has been poured...first the James Beard Foundation in New York...then at the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, which was a benefit for the Loudoun Interfaith. At this particular event...I had the pleasure to taste for the very first time, beef sweetbreads. What would you think "sweetbreads" would mean if you saw it on the was nothing as I expected. Since I had no idea what it was, I took a bite and it was alright, not to the texture that I would really like...but then I found out it was actually the brains of the cow...OMG. I tried it but honestly could not eat anymore of it once I found out what it was...must be a phobia thing...please let me know if you have had these "sweetbreads" and what did you think??

Well...back to the winter we are enjoying...actually we have been planning and planning quite a bit on how we can help our customers better understand and enjoy wine. We have put together 7 different workshops for all to enjoy from a Barrel Tasting without the Barrels to A Blending Session with Me. Check out our website or join us on MeetUp for all the latest information!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Successful Weekend

Wow! What a great weekend of wine!

We started off on Friday night being honored to have our 2008 Viognier poured at the James Beard Foundation in New York City. It was absolutely a wonderful experience being there and chatting about our wines and Virginia wines! Can you believe that there are still people out there that haven't had a chance to taste a Virginia wine. Boy are they missin' out!

I also had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful family here in the photo with Chef Christopher Edwards of the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, Virginia. He was our "celebrity" chef that night at the James Beard House and he did a great job on all the food...delicious!!

Then on Sunday we started our new Educational Workshop here at Corcoran. We explained all about oak and how oak plays a role in the winery. Barrels or no barrels?? We enjoyed all the questions and enthusiasm about Corcoran wines. Look for a series of dates for our next wine class sessions! Register here...


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Barrel Tasting without the Barrels??

Well...we are off and running in this new year and ready to start our Educational Series here at Corcoran Vineyards (in the Winery).

Our first class of the year will be a Barrel Tasting...but without the Barrels on Sunday, January 24th starting at 1:00 pm. We have gotten rid of all our barrels in the 2009 harvest and have opted to use only stainless steel with miro-ox. We use several different oak alternatives and that is what we would like to teach in our first class. Not only about oak alternatives, but about oak. What does Hungarian, French or American Oak really taste like. In our class we will be tasting each oak and analyzing their aromas and flavor profiles. We will then be able to taste wine aged in each of the different oaks, not in barrels, but will you be able to taste the different flavors or smell the different aromas??

Come into the winery and experience something like no other. Limited seating and registration is at


Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year...New Name...New Ideas!

Happy New Year I move forth I would like to start really discussing all the things I enjoy with the grapes...Off the Vine!

I believe it is time to take the next step and jazz up this blog, add more information about my passion of making wine, more food and wine pairings and add our upcoming class schedule and events here at Corcoran.

Have you always wanted to learn about the different oaks we use...American, French, Hungarian?? Or have you wanted to find out how different wine glasses can actually make your wine taste different?? What about blending do we do that?? Is winemaking truly a science or just an art?? These and many more will be discussed this year.

I look forward to 2010 and educating a few more wine enthusiasts!