News, Events & Tidbits

HELLO FRIENDS OF DEMOCRACY! Only a few weeks left before the tasting room closes for the year. Our last open weekend of the year is December 12th & 13th and we'll be celebrating with some Christmas carols and a blending trial with our winemaker. 

In the Tasting Room

Saturday, 12/12 We’ll be Christmas caroling with Ragtop from 1 to 4 pm and serving up some of our special mulled wine featuring Campaign. We are also delighted that special food fare will be available from Rapido Food Truck featuring authentically inspired Mexican street cuisine with a southern drawl. Owner/chef Aaron Wilson promises soups, Mexican hot chocolate and minty mochas.
Sunday, 12/13 We had such fun last year with the rosé sweetening trial led by our winemaker Ben Margulies that we decided to do it again! Come lend your palate to the creation of our 2015 editions of Dawn’s Light rosé and our sweet Petit Manseng, Republic. Ben will also preview for us the new dry Petit Manseng, Unum, and our Viognier/Petit Manseng blend, Constitution. Event begins at 2:00 pm. There is a $10/pp charge for this event and reservations are requested to 434-263-8463.
Ben Marguiles at Democracy Vineyards

Update from Ben Marguiles,Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

November is one of the more involved months in the winery. The grapes have all been harvested, and the vines aren’t quite ready for dormant pruning yet. The wines have completed their alcoholic fermentation by October. In November, the Chambourcin wines (all 11 barrels) completed the secondary (or malolactic) fermentation. The Petit Verdot is the only wine still going through the secondary fermentation at present.

Early this month, I went to the Southeastern Grape and Wine Symposium in Surry, North Carolina to learn about recent developments in the industry. Some interesting topics included managing vine vigor in the vineyard, wine label designs, and yeast nutrition. Throughout November, the acidity and sulfite levels (to prevent spoilage) of the wines are checked and adjusted. Wines are “racked” or pumped into a clean container to remove them from the yeast and grape solids at the bottom of the tanks.

After this round of racking, I have a better idea of the final wine gallons will be, so I can plan the upcoming blending and bottling schedule. We are in the process of scheduling our bottling date for the white wines this spring, in the nick of time as we are running very low on all of our current whites.

On November 15, I presented the 2014 reds: Freedom, Suffrage, Velvet Revolution, Magna Carta, and Campaign. Some of these are not yet released. The new wines were well received by those who attended this special event at the tasting room, and I have high hopes for the reds’ popularity during these cooler months.

Ben Marguiles at Democracy Vineyards

Democracy Vineyards Presidential Straw Poll!

November voting in the straw poll saw Bernie Sanders outpace Hillary Clinton in the first three quarters of the month by a margin of 55% to 37%. Martin O’Malley garnered 7% of the votes and – even though he had dropped out of the race – Jim Webb received 1 vote.

On the GOP side, Donald Trump still leads with 24% of votes cast, followed by Jeb Bush and John Kasich at 12%; Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz with 9% each. Carly Fiorina got 6% of votes cast and Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal received one vote each.

There were two write-in votes – one for John Huntsman, former Governor of Utah and one for our winemaker, Ben Margulies – who is not old enough to be President.

Remember, if you buy wine at the tasting room or at a festival, pick up a ballot and vote in the straw poll. After all, Democracy Is About Choices – in our case, red, white, dry or sweet wines!

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Special Events

    We invite our Northern Virginia Friends of Democracy [or any other FoDs travelling through Arlington at that time!] to our Holiday Open House in the Club Room of our condo, The Brittany, in Arlington from 3 to 5 pm. We’ll have our full line of wines for tasting and purchase. However, if you know you want to buy a large quantity of wine, please let us know before Dec. 4 so that we can bring sufficient stock to the event. The address is 4500 S. Four Mile Run Drive. There is limited guest parking but on-street parking is also available. Please be advised NOT to park in any reserved spaces! RSVP to 703-395-6348 or
    12/10/15 - Staunton
    5 to 9pm
    Call 540-886-2851 for reservations