Notes From the Winemaker - August 7th, 2012


Once again this September, we celebrate the privilege of hosting friends and principal artists of Virginia Opera, in their traditional fête for the new Season, coinciding with harvest excitement at Barboursville. On Sunday, September 9th at 5:30 pm, plan to gather in our Piemonte Arcades overlooking the vineyards and the Blue Ridge to the West, for an intimate concert from all 4 of the Opera's productions on the upcoming calendar, Massenet's The Pearl Fishers, Johan Strauss' Die Fledermaus, André Previn and Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. The "Season Reveal" will include performances by soloists from The Pearl Fishers and other members of the Company, all sharing with us in the beauty of the vineyard and Chef Melissa's superb feast for the occasion, from our Palladio Restaurant.

You're Invited to the Season Reveal

Sunday, September 9, 2012
5:30-9:00 pm

While in the middle of harvest, I am especially looking forward to attending. It will be my great delight to introduce the new Cabernet Franc Reserve - the 2010 vintage - in its first public presentation. Selected as Best in Class in the 2009 vintage, at San Diego's Winemaker's Challenge last year, and Best in Class in the 2008 vintage in the previous year, I believe you understand the quality of my excitement when I suggest to you that this new vintage, from 2010, will probably set the standard for our fame in Cabernet Franc since the Governor's Cup vintage of 1997. I am only very glad, that Virginia Opera is ready to announce such a brilliant new Season, at the time in our calendar when we intend to present the new Cabernet Franc.

But the same is true for our Malvaxia Passito 2007, now for the second vintage in a row a Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, and Best in Show in the entire field of dessert wines from all over the world. Our most age-worthy wine, with a palate which is our most complex, extravagantly broad and long-lasting, the Malvaxia Passito also is ideal for celebrating such a beautiful occasion.

And dinner will begin with our ravishing new star, the Vermentino Reserve in only its 2nd vintage, still a wine of such small production that we need to reserve it judiciously for the happiest events. Surely we have identified the ultimate Vermentino Evening, a daylight savings feast with the Virginia Opera, in great music of our international heritage with good friends of fine food and wine. This will be an evening of some of your happiest memories of Barboursville, and I cannot wait to welcome you here. For full information, including menu details, click here. Please do not delay reserving with Tracy at Palladio Restaurant (540) 832-7848.