Last month I got a chance to sit down with Melissa Boardman, who runs the wine program at Keswick Hall in Virginia. She's a neat person who came to wine while on a path toward environmental law.
Here are a few others things I learned about Melissa and wine.
A couple of weeks ago I teamed up with Booth Hardy of Barrel Thief (Richmond, Virginia) and Kim Prokoshyn of Rebelle (Manhattan, NY). We traveled to the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA in search of pinot noir for the Wine & Spirits Magazine Sommelier Scavenger Hunt.
We learned so much about the AVA! The Santa Cruz Mountains are so special-- this wine region has an altitude requirement which lifts most of the vineyards up above the fog line. You end up with small, meticulously farmed vineyards that on the tops of mountains. The vineyards are often surrounded by redwoods and eucalyptus trees. The smell of the forest can be sensed in the glass.
Check out our full report here.
I’m Erin, and this is my wine blog. Here, you'll find information about wines from around the world, and Virginia.