“Sunshine in a Bottle” – Cana Vineyards 2012 Rhapsody in White


Note. This blog was written during my “blogging block”. I had no trouble sipping just to lazy or tipsy to post. As an FYI, there are a few more wine blogs coming that was created during this temporary phase of blockage.




Cana Vineyards 2012 Rhapsody in White – I selected this wine because our stock of every day drinking red wine has depleted greatly. Plus, it is going to pair very well with the delicious pork chops and spinach salad my amazing husband and artist Amoxes (visit Amoxes Art page; gotta get that plug-in :)) has made for dinner.



Yes, he’s not only creates masterpieces on canvas, his talent extends to the kitchen and creates delicious gourmet meals. Teen: “How does he make gourmet meals with the food in our kitchen and you can’t?” Being the wonderful man that he is, he immediately replies “Your mom is a good cook.” Teen and I both know, he is being kind. I’m not bad, but I am nowhere in his league.

To be honest, I was disrespecting the wine and just pulled out anything and wasn’t expecting much. To my great surprise, I selected a beautiful shimmery golden Cana Vineyards 2012 Rhapsody in White. Rhapsody is airy (you can feel the breeze-wind) with flavors of pineapples and pink grapefruit with a touch of sparkle, which I am unsure what is producing the effervescent. Cana’s Rhapsody in White is a delicious semi-sweet white wine with low residual sugar; Elegant!

Maybe it is the name, the airy-windy aromas or soft sweet flavors, but I instantly imagine a woman in the middle of the open grassy field, her hair and dress blowing in the wind; this would be my wine label design for Rhapsody in White. You can guess what followed; “Babe, I need a quick illustration of …” what I just wrote and POOF! In approximately ten minutes, I was presented with “Rhapsody”, which was created utilizing an ink pen. HE’S AMAZING! 



Hmmm… (sipping) I may have to rethink the cancellation of my wine club membership at Cana. Even on the brink of the Washington, DC 2016 Blizzard, I’m having some sunshine, “Sunshine in a Bottle“. PERFECT NAME!


Washington DC area 2016 Blizzard


My first review of Cana’s 2012 Rhapsody in White was in August 2014, read the first blog at treevinos.com, “Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg, Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover.

In 2014, I described this “Sunshine in a Bottle” as a semi-sweet white wine, 50% Riesling and 50% Traminette, floral and citrus aromas, 4.2% residual sugar – not heavy or sugary. GOOD, check mark. Two years later, Rhapsody has aged deliciously.

Folks, I have to share, I wasn’t spelling the word “effervescent” properly. So, I decided to speak the word and have my MAC record the word correctly. I selected the “Speech” option and began to say the word, at the monitor-into the invisible microphone LOL (hey, I thought all Apple products operate the same LOL). A male voice began to recite the blog. I have to admit hearing your words spoken by a male is an indescribable feeling. It also provides insight from the reader’s perspective. WIERD 🙂

Cana Vineyards 2012 Rhapsody in White is a fruity delicious wine that would be perfect for a brunch and pleasurable to wine novices and connoisseurs.

Visit Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg 


at 38600 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg, VA 20117

Open on Saturday 11 am – 6 pm and Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday from 12 pm – 6 pm. Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Visit their website for more information: canavineyards.com 

Salute! Sante!

Rome Anejo and Petit Verdot


ROME Anejo, at first puff, produces full peppery flavors with a hint of mineral that reminds me of Cabernet Franc. (I find myself continuously sniffing the cigar wrapper). This a smooth medium-full bodied smoke with a slight cocoa aroma and taste; very nice! 



Romeo y Julieta cigars, named after Shakespeare’s play, was created in Cuba in1875. In 1946 after visiting Cuba, Winston Churchill became a devoted fan of Romeo y Julieta cigars. Out of appreciation, Romeo y Julieta named a cigar size after Winston Churchill.

“After the Cuban embargo, production of Romeo y Julieta cigars moved to the Dominican Republic, where the medium-bodied cigars are more popular than ever and sought after for their flavor, construction, and consistency.” Today, the majority of Romeo y Julieta cigars are hand made at the renowned Tabacalera de García factory.” (romeoyjulietacigars.com)

ROMEO Añejo is created with the finest stalk cut, dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and double fermented 2008 vintage blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran sun grown tobaccos that are aged in special cedar cajones (yes, I had to research cajon, which is a drum/box made of cedar). The result of this aging process produced rich and robust smoke featuring coffee and dark chocolate notes. (romeoyjulietacigars.com)



Amoxes firing up a Rome Anejo


Now, let’s see how well ROME Anejo pairs with a 2013 Paradise Springs of Clifton Petit Verdot. I suspect the peppery flavors of the cigar to enhance the spicy and peppery flavors in the Petit Verdot



Petit Verdot is a full-bodied red wine and is one of the Bordeaux varietals (In case you were wondering, there are five Bordeaux varietals: Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc). Petit Verdot is typically used as a blending wine. However, it does very well in Virginia bottled as a single varietal. Virginia produces magnificent Petit Verdot!

Paradise Springs of Clifton 2013 Petit Verdot has rich dark color, blackberries aromas and just as I predicted a very nice match with the ROME Anejo. The spicy flavors enhance each other, creating long firm tannins.



I love Petit Verdot! I love so much; in 2010, I was barrel owner of Pearmund Cellars 2009 Petit Verdot. In addition to Paradise Springs and Pearmund Cellars, Virginia wineries, Chrysalis Vineyards produces an amazing Petit Verdot.

Petit Verdot is an exceptional wine to pair with a medium-full and full bodied cigars. Hmmm, I foresee a vertical tasting of Petit Verdot and cigar challenge :).


Salute! Sante’!

“Rose of Sharon” – Sparkly Delicious!


I’m hesitate in drinking Willowcroft’s 2014 “Rose of Sharon” rose. Since, I’m out of everyday drinking wine, I have no other options. Plus, I’m too lazy to drive 45 minutes to a vineyard or drive to a wine shop. Bottom line I’m just being plain lazy. Therefore, this Saturday afternoon, “Rose of Sharon” will be my source of entertainment.

A slight “Aaaah” has escape my lips. Immediately, I notice the sparkle. FOLKS, we have bubbles! Excitedly, I know I’m in for a treat. This cloudy Saturday afternoon is not going to be gloomy after all.


courtesy of CandyMafia.com

The color reminds me of watermelon candy, Jolly Ranchers to be specific and my mother. Mother-dear must be talking about me. When I was a young girl, my mother had a dish of watermelon Jolly Ranchers and told my sister and I not to eat the candy because it was her medicine; this little tale worked. We did not touch her dish of “medicine”. Years later (I’m talking junior high school age), I discovered the candies were Jolly Ranchers candy. To this day, watermelon Jolly Ranchers reminds me of my dear mother and I dislike the watermelon flavor :). Ok, back to the tasting…

Goodness, I hope this wine meets up to my expectations. I’m salivating, time to taste.


YES! A sparkly dry rose and I suspect the residual sugar is low. Soft bubbly with light, smooth tannins on the finish. Mmmm… the tannins are growing and creating a light pucker sensation.

“Rose of Sharon” composition:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin and Petit Manseng.

“Rose of Sharon” would be perfect for a brunch or brighten up any gray gloomy day :). “Rose of Sharon” is deliciously delightful!

For more information visit Willowcroft Winery at Willowcroft Winery. “Rose of Sharon” can also be purchased online for only $22.00. You will not be disappointed! 

Salute! Sante’!

Orange Wine?


UPDATED on 5/30/16 to reflect accurate information – the term “orange wine” was created by UK Wine Merchant David Harvey in 2004, which was purposefully created and others saw fit to use the term since that time.  Mr. Harvey thank you for bringing this to my attention. 


Yup, we have officially ran out of everyday drinking wines. There was one point in time that I had 300 plus bottles of wine in the cellar. Smiling, I recall the wonderful memories that has diminished my wine collection such as, girls day out relaxing by the pool, surprising a friend, private wine tasting parties or welcoming a new family to the neighborhood. Great Wine = Great Times!

Eenie, meanie, miney, moe

I say this to explain asking my husband to select a bottle of wine is like digging for gold in a mine. “They’re too damn good, man!” he yells from downstairs. LOL (he becomes so frustrated when selecting a bottle a wine). Trying to contain my laughter, from upstairs, I return the howl, “Babe, just select a 2002 or 2003 Chrysalis Lockley Reserve (a Norton), we have to drink the wine someday.” Guess what he selected, not the Norton; a 2012 Chateau O’Brien Tannat. Alarming I said, “Oh no, I’m laying this beauty down.” he responds, “This is why I do not like going down there” :). On a mission, I am determined to find a bottle of wine that will not cause us distress. (I find myself chuckling because subconsciously, I thought, “Goodness, when are you going to get to the topic of this blog.) It is bad when your subconscious feels you are talking too much. Okay, let’s speed this up. I choose a 2014 Chrysalis Vineyards Tximeleta (pronounced, chee-may-LAY-tah).



For those of you who know my husband, he prefers red wine and will drink a Guinness before having a glass of white wine. Tximeleta is a rose, so it is a good middle ground. I hand him a shimmering rose with orange highlights. What a classy wine! Intrigued, we sniff: fruity aromas; sip: mmm… a quick butter flavor graces my lips with sweet tarts skating along my palate; yes, skate. The wine is soft, smooth and glides across my palate. We both give Tximeleta a nod of approval.



I dissect the Tximeleta further; the color is more orange than rose. I wonder what is Tximeleta? Is Norton giving the wine its orange highlights, but it’s not in Norton’s characteristic to produce orange hues. I then wonder is this “Orange Wine?” What is Orange Wine? Time to hit the World Wide Web.

Orange Wine
Hunting for facts to conduct my own research and not utilize information from another blog, I stumbled upon orangefestival.eu.
Apparently, Slovenia (I like that they enhanced the “love” in the country’s name) is holding an “Orange Wine” festival. Now, I’m really fascinated about “orange wine”.



Slovenia is nestled between Austria, Croatia, Italy, and Hungary.



Slovenia has 3 main wine-growing regions, where over 40,000 wineries reside:

  1. PODRAVSKA produces Slovania’s most prestigious wines. Wines in this area date back to pre-historic times.
  2. POSASKA, the smallest out of the regions and
  3. PRIMORSKA, the most developed out of the regions.


Slovenia wines date back to the era of the Celts and Illyrian tribes. Seventy-five percent of Slovenia wines are white wine. There are approximately 6,000 recorded varieties and the majority of wines are consumed domestically.

I’m laughing at myself because I refuse to accept the research I found on orange wine. I was determined to discover an ancient wine-making process that only European wine-makers were aware of; NOPE! And orange wine does not contain orange peel. It’s simply a lengthen maceration with grape skins, which is the same process to produce red wine AND THAT’S ALL FOLKS!

In a nutshell:

  • The term “orange wine”, which is also referred to as “amber wine” was created by UK Wine Merchant David Harvey in 2004.
  • Orange wine is made by fermenting the juice of ripe white grapes with their skins for a long period of time.
  • Depending upon the maceration period, which could be a week to a year, the wine will posses an amber-gold-pink-orange color.
  • The tannins levels in orange wine are typically higher than in white wine.
  • Due to the color, there are Italian winemakers who feel there should be a wine category for “orange (amber) wine.” When customers order a white wine and the color is orange they become apprehensive.
  • Many wines produced in the country of Georgia (make sure you don’t think I’m talking about the state :)) are macerated.

So the question remains, is Chrysalis Vineyards Tximeleta an orange wine? Based on my research “YES, INDEED!” However, Chrysalis states otherwise:

Tximeleta (the Basque word for butterfly) is a rosé wine, made exclusively from Fer Servadou grapes. We bled clear juice from the freshly crushed fruit before it had chance to extract any character from the skins. The purpose of this was to increase the ratio of skins to juice for the Fer Servadou red wine – a component of the Rubiana blend. The bled juice was fermented on its own and was originally allocated to the Mariposa blend. However, after evaluating this wine, we were so impressed with it that we decided to bottle it on its own. This wine is decidedly Old World in style – blush in color, focused fruit, with crisp acidity.”Chrysalis Vineyards February 2015 VIP Newsletter

So folks, there you go, Chrysalis refers to Tximeleta as a “rose”. But based on the wine’s color, I’m calling Tximeleta an orange wine ;).


Salute! Sante’!


The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson