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Fox Run Vineyards Represents at the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference

Fox Run Vineyards

Fox Run Vineyards

I entered the first session of my first Wine Bloggers Conference sat down at a table and was greeted with a “hello” and “how are you” little did I know I was being greeted by Scott Osborn Owner of Fox Run Vineyards. Scott was so personable and shared a little bit of the history behind Fox Run Vineyards.

Fox Run Vineyards used to be a dairy farm. The first grapes were planted in 1984 and the dairy barn was converted to a winemaking facility in 1990.

The vineyard became exclusively family owned in 2012. The vineyard produces approximately 15,000 cases annually. Plantings include Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir.

Fox Run has 50 acres of grapes and 19 acres are devoted to Riesling. Fox Run is a three time Gold medal winner at the Riesling du Monde competition in Strausbourg, France.

I love the fact that Fox Run Vineyards has a charitable heartbeat that shows through via contributions for children, cancer research, and supporting the local community.

After hearing a little of the history of this vineyard, I was ready to taste the wines coming out of this vineyard.

I got the chance to taste my first Fox Run wine at the Live Blogging session where local wine makers have 5 minutes to pour and share information about their wine. My first Fox Run wine was a 2011 Reserve Riesling presented by Scott Osborn himself. 

I always jot down tasting notes on most wines I taste, but especially ones I really enjoy. I wanted to make sure I wrote down all of the details about this beautiful Riesling. Right away I noticed the lovely aromatics full of smoked citrus and stone fruits. On my palate, it was luscious full of melon and tropical fruits. 

After tasting the 2011 Reserve Riesling and loving it, I wanted more Fox Run wine. I got my wish!  The next wine I tasted from the Fox Run portfolio was the 2012 Lemberger. I have tasted many Lembergers and was curious how this cool climate Lemberger would show. I was pleasantly surprised. Again, I took out my little tasting notebook and started formulating my tasting notes.

The Lemberger was full bodied full of black and red berries. Black stone fruits and cracked black pepper.  I was quite impressed and wanted more. 

After tasting these two wines, I look forward to tasting the other wines in the Fox Run portfolio. 

One thing I know for sure Fox Run Vineyards is committed to making incredibly delicious cool climate wines to be enjoyed with family and friends. I have fallen for these lovely wines and having met Scott Osborn and Marisa Indelicato, I know these wines are made with heart. 

Thank you Fox Run Vineyards 
Cheers!

Wine Bloggers Conference Finger Lakes, New York

Finger Lakes wine publications

Finger Lakes wine publications

Well, I have my first Wine Bloggers Conference under my belt. My first Wine Bloggers Conference in Finger Lakes, NY. I actually had to say it twice.

For the purposes of this post I will refer to Wine Bloggers Conference 2015 as WBC15.

The WBC15 was AMAZING! I went not knowing anyone and left with an entire community of the most remarkable and talented wine writers ever! I was in great company with the likes of Karen MacNeil – keynote speaker for the conference and author of The Wine Bible – second version coming soon.

I had a chance to meet some of the bloggers I have admired for some time now and new ones that I have come to admire.

Finger Lakes, NY is a BEAUTIFUL place and I plan to revisit many times over. Let me say I was in awe over it.

The wines from this region are beautiful, elegant, and structured. I tasted so many wines that I wanted to bring home with me. I will be sharing over the next few blog posts specific information on a few wineries that I absolutely fell in love with their wines and their story.

I participated in the “Live Wine Blogging” session which allowed local wineries 5 minutes each to share information about their wines and bloggers to taste one wine. It was AWESOME! I was able to discern Finger Lakes wine makers take pride in the wine they produce. I have never experienced such hospitality. Thank you!

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I got to experience the Rockwell Museum an the Corning Glass Museum - WOW!

Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of Glass

The landscape of this beautiful place is breathtaking. If you are considering a nice getaway this is the place to go. 

Again, coming soon I will be looking for other wine lovers to go back with me to this lovely US wine region.

My Conversation with Wine Connoisseur and Founder of The European Wine Table - Jacqueline Chambliss

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This morning, I had the pleasure of speaking with Wine Connoisseur and Owner of The European Wine Table about her lovely wine gelee’s and wine.

We Skyped over coffee it was a great morning………………. :-)

Jacqueline Chambliss is a Wine Connoisseur who is extremely passionate about wine and her wine gelee’s.  I recently had the opportunity to purchase a box of four different flavors of the wine gelee’s in preparation for an upcoming gathering where I was going to make different grilled cheese sandwiches.  Well, let me just say on THAT day we did not eat ordinary grilled cheese sandwiches the wine gelee’s created a totally different grilled cheese sandwich experience.   

I paired my gelee’s with the following grilled cheese sandwiches:

  • Grilled Blue Cheese paired with Rouge Bordeaux Blend - (2014 Finalist in the Taste of the South)
  • Grilled Brie and apple paired with Prosecco Mimosa
  • Grilled Smoked Goudapaired with Bordeaux Blanc
  • Grilled Manchego paired with Cotes du Rhone

I asked Jacqueline what was the inspiration behind her wine gelee’s and Jacqueline shared that she grew up with these lovely food accompaniments.  It was a lovely story of how her gelee’s were a thread in her childhood.  Jacqueline's gelee’s are truly artisan in nature, cloaked in love and family tradition.

As you know I too am a lover of wine, so I had to ask Jacqueline how she got her wine legs. Jacqueline explained how she was a guest at a friend’s house who served a homemade wine and just like that she was smitten with the wine.  Jacqueline observed all of the components of the wine site, smell, and taste and determined the wine was very good.  From that point, Jacqueline immersed herself in the world of wine.  Jacqueline to her credit has wine credentials most people dream of obtaining.  A few of Jacqueline’s credentials - French Wine Scholar, WSET Certified, Port Wine Specialist, Champagne Specialist, and she is currently working on her WSET Diploma. Jacqueline knows wine!

I asked Jacqueline what she wanted people to know most about her wine gelee’s and she said “after one taste it will put a smile on your face.” Well, I can certainly testify it put a smile on my face :-)

Jacqueline also shared with me there is a new wine gelee flavor coming out which is Pear and White Burgundy – yum.  I cannot wait it sounds delicious.

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Okay I know you are asking where one can purchase these lovely wine gelee’s. Please see the list below, or click here.

Georgia:

  • Whole Foods Market - Briarcliff, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Merchants Walk,  Marietta, Harry's Farmers Market Roswell, Johns Creek, Ponce de Leon, Savannah
  • The Fresh Market - Buckhead, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Suwanee, Peachtree City, Athens, Marietta
  • Oli & Ve - Buckhead, Vinings, Roswell
  • Talk of the Table Wine & Cheese Shop - Cumming
  • Leaning Ladder Premium Olive Oil and Vinegar - Woodstock
  • Alon's Bakery - Virginia Highlands
  • Calyroad Creamery - Sandy Springs
  • American GraFrutti- Roswell
  • The Beechwood Inn - Clayton
  • The Buford Farmer's Market - Doraville
  • Little Alley Steaks - Roswell (served with their cheese plate)
  • Cheeses & Mary - Milton
  • Golden Isles Olive Oil - St. Simon Island

Tennessee:

  • Whole Foods Market - Franklin, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga
  • Avanti Savoia - Knoxville

North Carolina:

  • Whole Foods Market - Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Greenville, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Charlotte
  • Southern Season - Chapel Hill

South Carolina:

  • Southern Season - Charleston

Alabama:

  • Whole Foods Market - Birmingham

Virginia:

  • Southern Season - Richmond

Another wine lifestyle offering from Corks and Cuvee! Cheers!