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It's that time of year once again to spread the word about Virginia WineLover Magazine's 3rd annual Reader's Choice Awards! Vote for everything from your favorite vintage to your favorite vineyard dog!
It is the day we pick! How do we know what day is best?  You want your grapes to be rich in color.  A ripe grape will crush easily, but not be shriveled. A ripe grape is plump, and thickly juicy and tastes somewhat sweet and tart. The crushed grape should smell and taste ripe!
We are frequently asked, “What is that stuff in my wine?” What people are really asking is, what are the white or red crystals in my wine?   
This year's Summer Surprise is the new release of Splashdam White! Fans that remember the crisp, clean snap of this delicious Vidal Blanc wine will be thrilled. Perfect for chicken, seafood and Mexican dishes, it has a bursting citrus rind, green apple fruity flavor.
When we think about the 4th of July, and we all think picnics! Picnics are all about the food, company, and of course, the perfect wine to pair with all of that. (Before we talk picnic wines, keep in mind that picnic wines are not the same as barbeque wine.)
When making a food and wine match, think about the four basic taste components your tongue recognizes: salty, sweet, bitter, and sour. How the food tastes can dictate the perfect wine selection for your meal. 
When it comes to wine tasting, there are five basic steps. Once the wine is poured into a wine glass, hold it by the stem to prevent the heat from your hand being transferred to the wine and follow these simple steps:
The type of wine glass you use makes a difference in how much you will enjoy your wine since size and shape of glasses affect the way you taste. There are many different types of wine glasses, of varying styles, quality and price.
More good news arrived as the Virginia Wineries Association introduced the "Commonwealth Quality Alliance" program or "CQA".
Use a smartphone or GPS device to navigate to the provided coordinates. Your Geocache hint is "Wine a Bit". Look for a regular hidden container. When you find it, write your name and date in the logbook. If you take something from the container, leave something in exchange.
There are times when you may want to buy wine for a dinner party or a special occassion, but there are various types and flavors of wine in hundreds of bottles with fancy or colorful labels galour.
Over 50K votes were cast in the Virginia Wine Lover's Magazine and your voices were heard! MountainRose Vineyard's Autumn Gold won third for Best Dessert Wine in Western Virginia!

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