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Chris Parker on Virginia wines

This show was published 08 July 2011


Chris Parker is an Englishman who moved to Virginia some 20 years ago but who decided the wines were so good he would export them. In 2008 he set up New Horizon Wines and has been exporting the top quality wines to the UK to independent wine merchants and high end restaurants. Virginia is adjacent to Washington DC with the Blue Ridge mountains to the west and the Atlantic to the east. We hear about the climate and soils and the history behind the wine region and its AVAs. The signature grape varieties are Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot but Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay all grow well. With four distinct seasons Chris describes the wines as more European in style (than Californian) but with a uniquely Virginian character.


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