North Gate Vineyard

February 2013

Valentine's Day | Winemaker's Update | New Artist-in-Residence

Jewelry Show and Live Music: Guest Jewelry Artist Jen Pelton, Music by Timmy Griffin
 & Friends  
2/9, 12-4pm

Opening Reception: Penny Hauffe, Artist-in-Residence, 2/9, 4-8pm
Our Wine Is Award Winning
Take a look at our latest awards!

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition:
2010 Meritage - Silver
Apple Wine - Bronze

Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competition:
2010 Meritage - Silver
2011 Cabernet Franc - Silver
2011 Merlot - Bronze
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Farmers Markets
Winter farmers markets are in full swing! Join us at:

Falls Church Market, Saturdays 9am-12pm

Purcellville Community Market, Saturdays 9am-1pm



**Please accept our apologies: the last email was sent out with a few broken links due to our new web page!  This version is corrected.


The winter is a great time to catch up on things that we didn't have time for during the growing season and harvest, such as planning events, newsletters, website improvements, and sleep. We're very happy to announce
that thanks to our very good friends at Mesh Multimedia, we have a spiffy new website that is faster, stronger, better, full of more information, and best of all, easy for us to update. You can learn about our building, find our wholesale partners, and check out our events. We're continuing to add information and events, so check back often to see what's going on at North Gate!


Valentine's Day Special: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Valentine's Day Special: chocolate covered strawberry
Chef Randy of The Perfect Truffle has come up with something very special for us for Valentine's Day! Recently named as the best chocolate in Frederick by Frederick Magazine, we think it's also the best chocolate in Northern Virginia. For Valentine's Day and the following weekend, we will be selling these gorgeous hand-dipped and hand-decorated strawberries. Stop by with your sweetheart and share a special treat. Quantities are limited, but we'll also be stocked up and serving our usual 12 gourmet truffle flavors that can be paired with your wine tasting or purchased to enjoy here or take home.


Winery and Vineyard News
The 2012 harvest season came and went bringing us very good weather and clean, flavorful grapes. The warm days and cool nights during harvest contributed to balanced acidity levels and slightly better than average sugar levels. The flavors again had a slightly above average intensity level, which makes us very excited about the 2012 vintage wines.

In the spring of 2012, we planted nearly two acres of Petit Manseng grapes. In a couple of years we will be making a varietal wine and perhaps a nice dessert wine out of this aromatic white variety.

This winter in the winery, we are getting our blends ready for bottling. We have about 4500 cases of wine in production and we need to do quite a bit of bottling in the next few months. Look for our 2012 Chardonnay and 2012 Viognier to be released in April. We had a nice barrel tasting for our Trellis Club members recently, and the 2012 Viognier is showing really well---nice aromas, good fruit in the mid-palate with a lingering spicy finish that Viognier is known for.

We look forward to seeing you at the winery!

New Artist-in-Residence, Penny Hauffe
We have a new Artist-in-Residence, Penny Hauffe. A local Leesburg, Virginia-based artist, Penny will be displaying her work from February through May. The opening reception and premiere will be held at the Tasting Room on February 9 from 4pm - 8pm. We hope you plan to attend! Penny's work is inspired by bold colors, beautiful lighting, contrasting textures and the wonders of nature. Her greatest inspiration comes from the natural world, in particular wild animals. You can preview Penny's paintings on her website.


Turtle Hill Jewelry Show at North Gate Vineyard
Jen Pelton of Turtle Hill Jewelry will be here to demonstrate her art and answer questions about her jewelry on Saturday, February 9 from 12-4 PM. Find the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your sweetie, or get a bunch of girls together and treat yourselves to a relaxing day of wine tasting and jewelry shopping. Enjoy excellent wine, cheese, and music and see what Jen has been making in her workshop. 


Wholesale Highlights
Marco here!


Boy, North Gate Vineyard continues to make a splash in the state of Maryland! We now have our wine in about 30 locations. We're everywhere! From Baltimore, at the Woodberry Kitchen and Maggie's Farm; to Frederick at the Tasting Room, Isabella's, Acacia, Frederick Wine House, Ye Old Spirit Shop, Beckley Liquor Store, and Westridge Liquors; to Bethesda at Chef Tony's, Cork 57, Capital Beer & Wine, Bradley Food & Beverage, Pizzeria Da Marco, Georgetown Square Wine & Beer, Redwood Restaurant & Bar, Cork & Fork, and Beer Wine & Co.; to Elkridge at the Perfect Pour; to Gaithersburg at finewine.com; to Rockville at The Bottle Shop and Mom's Organic Market; to Hagerstown at Longmeadow Wine & Liquors, The Wooden Keg, C & R Liquors, and D & G Liquors; and even to Annapolis at Harry Browne's and The Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge.


Virginia also has been growing. Look for North Gate Vineyard wines at Total Wine, Whole Foods and Mom's Organic Markets amongst the 30 other locations in Virginia.


We can be found in Washington DC  at Bus Boys and Poets and Schneider of Capitol Hill. Most recent news:  Within the next two weeks, The North Gate Grill (Capital Hilton) will be carrying the 2011 Petit Verdot, Merlot, Viognier and the Apple wine. They are 1.5 blocks from the North Gate of the White House.


How much fun is this? Let us know if there's a place you'd like to see North Gate Vineyards award winning wines!





Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you soon!




Mark and Vicki Fedor
North Gate Vineyard