Friday, November 27, 2009

Explore the World of SPARKLING WINE!!

Come on out to Corcoran next Saturday, December 5th and enjoy five sparkling wines from around the world like a Cava from Spain or Champagne from Champagne, France and even a sparkling Shiraz from Australia.

This is a great time to meet Sommelier, Mary Watson DeLauder and taste how different wines whether sparkling or not are different in every region from around the world.

Especially now that we are feasting on all those Thanksgiving leftovers...what could be a better pairing?? Bubbles...tiny bubbles go with quite a few foods but very well with salty foods or snacks. So turkey sandwich and a handful of potato chips should be paired with some sparkling wine....yum!!

So sign up for one of the 2 sparkling wine sessions with Mary and taste some bubbles....learn about bubbles....and get some bubbles for your next gathering.

Registration is required at


Monday, November 23, 2009

Thinking Wine for Thanksgiving??

Whether you are having turkey, lamb, beef or fish remember to start with a glass of something you enjoy! Of course for me it will be bubbles, tiny bubbles because it is a great palate cleanser and I love it. In fact sparkling wine pairs with most everything so it is something to start or end every evening with. Once you have enjoyed your glass of choice, you can move onto a wine that is paired with your meal. With turkey I like Chambourcin for a red, with its light tannins and cranberry flavors it is perfect when paired with cranberry sauce and stuffing. And Viognier for a white wine with your turkey because although it is dry it has a lot of fruit flavors which will stand up to sides like sweet potatoes. A rich lamb pairs wonderfully with our Malbec. If you are thinking of having a beef roast, try a heavier red like our Meritage which is a blend of Bordeaux reds. Then for the fish lovers we have our lightly oaked Chardonnay. This Chardonnay also is a huge hit with all your leftovers!

All of us at Corcoran Vineyards wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful & CRAZY Time of the Year

With our busy schedules it's hard to find time to figure out what to make let alone what you want to pair with it. It can also be a daunting task as well. Any good winery or wine shop would be great at steering you in the right direction. A lot of these people are wine connoisseurs and they are out to educate people for the sheer love of wine not for their own agenda. Loudoun County has a town of wineries, wine shops, stores with excellent wine selections, etc right at our finger tips. If you didn't know, this area is growing very rapidly not only in wine production but also in wine expertise so take advantage of what's around you.... and just ask. Let us help fulfill our need for the spirit of know giving you the best bottle possible to pair with your meal.
Eat Well, Drink Well!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wine is for Wisdom!

Ok...ok...I couldn't resist putting this on my blog since I say this every weekend in the tasting room when customers ask me if they can rinse their glass with water...and I must say, "only wisdom on our bar" :)

This is interesting! And to paraphrase W.C. Fields, I don't drink water, because fish poop in it..
To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine... and those who don't...
As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom,in beer there is freedom,in water there is bacteria.
In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) - bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop...However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health. Therefore, it's better to drink wine and talk stupid, than to drink water and be full of poop!..There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I'm doing it as a public service!

Monday, November 16, 2009


It is that time of year again when Corcoran Vineyards will host our Annual Ladies Night!

I know, I know we need to do a Gentlemens Night with cigars and wine and we are planning that, but that will have to wait for now.

Friday, November 20th starting at 7:00pm we will be pairing holiday foods with Corcoran wines. This time it will be at our new Wine Tasting Barn, Hunters Run which is located right on Route 9, exactly four miles East from the Route 9 & Route 287 traffic light. It will be dark, but the weather folks are calling for a nice evening, so we will have the outdoor fire on! This is a not to be missed event of the year. Our 2008 Malbec has arrived and it is nice and spicy...yum! We'll also have my favorite sparkling CAVA to start the evening and lots more.

Reservations are required at

Hope to see you all then.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Extra Special Holiday Girls Night Out

Corcoran Vineyards and Celebrations Catering has teamed up to offer a spectacular evening at the Dandelion Patch in Reston next Tuesday, November 17th at 7pm.
We will be rolling out the red carpet this evening and offering tastings of our new Mary's Cuvee, a red wine blend of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Barbera and Tannat. This wine really should be called "Two chicks blending wine and havin' fun" because that is what Mary Watson and I did. It took us two full days to put this blend together and we are proud. Mary Watson will be at the Dandelion Patch with me pouring her wine.
If you would like to attend please RSVP to

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fall Pairings

The leaves are almost gone and the air is getting crisp, so usually that means we start to think about drinking more red wine than white. The safe bet for all is that white wine goes with white meat and red wine with red meats. Correct?? Yes and no. It really depends on what seasonings and/or herbs you are putting with that meat. we start thinking turkey for Thanksgiving, remember that Chambourcin goes awesome with all your feathered friends; quail, duck, chicken & turkey. And of course Chardonnay is a great white wine option when you add all the fixin's of mashed potatoes and gravy.

Two options to think about this month is a light red wine like Chambourcin or Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, lightly oaked, if at all.

What do you pair with your turkey...


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Book Signing at Corcoran at Hunters Run Wine Tasting Barn, Saturday!

Come to Corcoran at Hunters Run this Saturday, November 7th and meet Walker Elliott Rowe, author of the book, The History of Virginia Wines from Grapes to Glass. He will be signing his new book from 1:00pm-5:00pm at our new Wine Tasting Barn on Route 9.

"Go beyond the bottle and step inside the minds-and vines-of Virginia's burgeoning wine industry in this groundbreaking volume. Join grape grower and industry insider Walker Elliott Rowe as he guides you through some of the top vineyards and wineries in the Old Dominion. Rowe explores the minds of pioneering winemakers and vineyard owners, stitches together an account of the wine industry's foundation in Virginia, from Jamestown to Jefferson to Barboursville, and uncovers the fascinating mission chapter in Virginia wine history..."

After meeting the author, you can admire the breathtaking fall colors, while it still lasts. Sit by the fire inside or out enjoying a glass of Corcoran wine.