• The drinking of wine is a celebration of life, good food and special company.  It’s one of the great pleasures of the world, and its enjoyment is enhanced by some knowledge of its varieties, flavors and styles.”

                                      Kevin Zraly, Founder and Teacher at

                                                    Windows on the World Wine School

    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.

    March’s meeting was outstanding with a focus on wine styles and regions to complement pizza.  This was a fun departure from our customary format with Chris Pearmund again leading almost 90 members and guests.  Four different pizzas were prepared by Chef Brian and the Virginian Dining Room staff.  Chris selected two wines to accompany each type of pizza.  Starting with a white pizza with goat cheese and onions paired with two different Rieslings, one of Chris’s own and a German Piesporter, we moved on to a baguette topped with fried onions paired with a Virginian and an Italian chardonnay.  Our third pizza was a red arugula paired with two Italian chiantis, one classico and the other a classico reserve but both were from the same winery.  We finished with a more customary “supreme”-style pizza paired with a Virginian and a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon.  Chris provided a wealth of information explaining how each of the wines best complements the different types of pizzas.  Attendees were left with no doubt in their mind that different pizzas merit different types of wine for the best enjoyment of this favorite comfort food.

    The March meeting included a brief preview of the new club web site by Bob Moe.  More to come as this site comes on-line.

    The April meeting was to have been our annual American Wine Society National Tasting Project.  The plan was to conduct a tasting of Napa Valley wines as part of a study of the terroir of this famous wine region.  Ultimately, attendees were to have had the opportunity to compare their ratings and that of our club with other AWS chapters.  It should prove to have been a very interesting evening with a heavy focus on wine education.

    By the way, have you ever wondered what the club leadership does with its half of the 50-50 drawing?  Well, it is principally used to give the servers at each of our events an appropriate tip for all that they do.  That gesture has always been very much appreciated by those doing the pouring and serving for our events.

    The May meeting will be a presentation and tasting led by Jason Tesauro, Chief Sommelier, Barboursville Vineyards of four of their white wines and four of their red wines.  This is a highly anticipated session for club members as Barboursville Vineyards’ tasting was voted one of those most desired by club members.  For those who may not already know it, Barboursville Vineyards emphasis is on Virginian wines with an Italian flavor.  This is one session club members will not want to miss.

    The Great Oak Ballroom in the Clubhouse will open at 6:45pm on Monday, May 20th 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, May 14th.  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.

    Randy Shelton