#VABreweryChallenge – Virginia Beach with Pleasure House Brewing (#39) & Commonwealth Brewing Company (#40)

While returning from the Outer Banks I stopped off at two local breweries Pleasure House Brewing (#39) & Commonwealth Brewing Company (#40). Both are located very close to each other, each on either side of the Route 13 Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and both provide a laid back neighborhood atmosphere. Pleasure House is located in a small strip plaza and features nearly a dozen beers on tap with many of these in crowlers. I stuck to a three beer sample of Shark Tears Gose, GLO Belgium Blonde Ale, and the Duck-In Saison of Apricot & Ginger. The Duck In was spicy, just not sure of that combination. The GLO is a solid blonde, refreshing with more uumph than others in that style.And the Gose, fruity and tart - and more than refreshing - a crowler made it home.

Commonwealth is a stand alone establishment located near the ...

Broc Cellars Valdiguié 2014


A 'Napa Gamay'. Vibrant and snake like, coiling and uncoiling, sleek, smooth, elusive. . . Cherry pip and white pepper, skins and musk. Pert and a hint of mid palate confection, it's quite firm and emphatic to finish.

Two Sweethearts from Anjou

By “sweethearts,” I don’t mean sweet wines but wines that are so pleasing and engaging that they seem as irresistible and buoyant as a pair of young lovers, hand in hand, lightly treading the dewy grass on a bonny morning. This pair of wines, from the Anjou area of France’s vast Loire Valley region, is new to America and originates in a family-owned concern that dates to 1790. Chateau de la Mulonnière is a project of the Saget La Perrière family that owns 890 acres in the Loire Valley spread over six estates. Anjou lies southeast of the city of Angers, a beautiful town with a magnificent castle and a medieval quarter that features an array of half-timbered buildings. Vineyard cultivation and winemaking in Anjou go back to the 11th Century and except for the interregnums of war, plague and the phylloxera, have been pretty much unabated for a thousand ...
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Wine School: Every Wine Deserves a Second Chance, Even Grüner Veltliner

This Austrian wine leaves a distinctly different impression when tried again.

Wine School: Every Wine Deserves a Second Chance, Even Grüner Veltliner

This Austrian wine leaves a distinctly different impression when tried again.

Wine School: Your Next Lesson: Albariño

This white wine from Galicia in northwestern Spain went quickly from unknown to taken for granted. What are the best ones like?

Wine School: Your Next Lesson: Albariño

This white wine from Galicia in northwestern Spain went quickly from unknown to taken for granted. What are the best ones like?