• Heritage Hunt Chapter of the American Wine Society

    July 15th  – Narmada Winery

    It is not the year, the producer, or even the label that determines the quality of the wine; it is the wine in the glass, whatever the label, or producer, or year…Drink wine, not labels.”

                                      Dr. Maynard Amerine

                                                    From The Quotable Wine Lover

    The Heritage Hunt Wine Club pursues a mission of sharing quality wines, and presenting vineyards, wineries, and wine-makers from around the world.  Whether you’re new to wine or an experienced oenophile, you’ll be at home at our wine-tasting events.

    The May meeting with a presentation and tasting by Jason Tesauro, Chief Sommelier, Barboursville Vineyards, will long be remembered by the approximately 85 club members and guests in attendance.  Jason was an absolutely outstanding speaker who held everyone’s attention for over two hours as he talked about wines in general and Barboursville wines in particular.  The evening started with a Cuvee 1814 Brut, followed by two whites (Vermentino and Viognier Reserves), a rose, three reds (Cabernet Franc, Nebbiolo, and Octagon XVIII), and finished with a delicious dessert wine (Paxxito).  Again, the Virginian Dining Room staff did a superb job of providing light snacks to accompany the tasting.  After the tastings, it was clear as to why Barboursville Vineyards was the only Virginia wine producer to be listed among the 240 best wineries in the world by “Wine Spectator” magazine.  Every wine was unique.  Jason asked us to use a simple 1-2-3 rating system for each wine, and the vast majority of votes for each wine were either a 2 or a 3.

    The June meeting was a presentation and tasting of wines from Rappahannock Cellars.  As this meeting was not yet held at the time of this article’s submission, a full report will be included in next month’s article. 

    Narmada Winery, located in Amissville, Virginia, was one of the requested wineries in our last survey.  In July, we will have the pleasure of a presentation and sampling of their wines.  These are wines influenced by the Indian heritage of its founders/owners.  Since its establishment in 2009, Narmada wines have earned more than 40 gold medals in national and international competitions.   Plan on attending to enjoy these unique Indian-influenced Virginia wines.

    A reminder that our new web site is up and running.  Please check it out (http://heritagehuntwine.club/). 

    As Jason pointed out at the May meeting, getting involved with the club leadership is a great way to really come to appreciate the wines that you will be sampling.  Please attend one of the board’s meetings and see how much fun your involvement can be.  Typically the board meets the Monday after our regular club meeting.  Anyone is welcome to attend (there is more than enough wine flowing for anyone who wants to be there).  Just ask one of the board members of the location of the meeting you would like to attend.  It is a lot of fun and does not take much time to be involved. The Great Oak Ballroom in the Clubhouse will open at 6:45pm on Monday, July 15th for our next meeting.  The meeting will come to order at 7 pm.  Reservations are required.  This meeting is open to members and guests alikeRegistration closes at noon, Tuesday, July 9th.  Cancellations after this date will incur the event fee.  Attendees registered as of that time commit to pay the event fee.  Register with Emily Russell at omieljr@aol.com or 703-743-1875.   Attendees can pay the event fee of $25/person at the door by cash or check.