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OPEN THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY! With April and return of warmer weather [so we hope!], the tasting room returns to its full schedule.

In the Tasting Room

Sunday, 4/19 Enjoy an afternoon of blues with Roanoke musician Marc Baskind. 2pm to 5pm
Sunday, 4/19 Democracy After Hours with James Thompson, author of several books on the Sage of Monticello, who will share some thoughts on how Jefferson used wine in his self-transformation into a Renaissance man. Mr. Thompson studied Philosophy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he began what has been a continuing investigation into "the philosophy" of Thomas Jefferson. Mr Thompson is the author of six books
5:30 pm | $5/pp includes glass of wine.
Sunday, 4/26 Old school country, alt-country & blues with Paulo Franco.
2 to 5pm

Friends of Democracy Wine Club & Case Buyers Club

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Now you can choose one of two ways to enjoy the benefits of being a card-carrying Friend of Democracy! Our traditional wine club provides members with a quarterly shipment of wines selected by our winemaker, Ben Margulies, a special newsletter describing the wines sent in each shipment, wine swap and pickup parties at the tasting room, exclusive invitations to quarterly events and a 20% discount on subsequent wine purchases through the tasting room.

Membership in the case buyers’ club is available to anyone buying 12 bottles of wine at one time at the winery or on line. Case club members receive 15% discounts for up to one year on subsequent wine purchases through the tasting room.

Watch for a more detailed announcement coming soon!
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Update from Ben Marguiles,Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

March was a busy month in both the vineyard and the winery. We finished the final pruning of the vines, along with the tying down of renewal canes. Budwood from the vines was sampled to determine winter damage from the low temperature events in February, and so far I am cautiously optimistic about this year’s crop. After the snows in February and March, there were also plenty of sections of deer fence that needed patching.

In the winery, the 2014 whites (Unum, Declaration, Republic and Dawn’s Light) were all filtered in the days leading up to bottling. First, the wine is pumped through a “coarse” set of filters to remove any visible haze or particles. Next it is pumped through “fine” filters to remove any remaining yeast or other microorganisms that could compromise the wine. We used a mobile bottling line housed in a trailer, and were able to bottle nearly 300 cases of wine in about three hours of run time.

The 2014 vintage of Unum is 100% estate-grown Petit Manseng, cold-fermented over 17 days in stainless steel to complete dryness, then aged in neutral oak barrels for about five months.

The 2014 Declaration is made up of Chardonnay from historic Virginia vines, and estate-grown Viognier and Petit Manseng. The Chardonnay was fermented in oak barrels, the other components were blended in before aging in neutral oak barrels.

The 2014 Republic is 100% estate-grown Petit Manseng, fermented and aged in stainless steel to accent the fruit character of the grape. This wine is 3.5% residual sugar, balanced by the acidity of the grape.

The 2014 Dawn's Light is 100% estate-grown Merlot, from selected vineyard blocks known for their brighter fruit and lively acidity. The grapes were crushed and destemmed, then allowed to extract bright pink color for 12 hours before pressing the juice off. The rosé was fermented and aged in stainless steel. This wine was bottled at 1.6% residual sugar- not too sweet as to deter dry wine drinkers, but sweet enough to enhance the red fruit character of this wine.

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