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Summer Solstice with The Bitty Bar

Happy Summer!

We recently had the opportunity to celebrate the summer solstice with our friends from The Bitty Bar! 

The Bitty Bar is a very cool mobile bar (MOBILE BAR!!!) converted from a double horse box trailer. The Bitty Bar is available to hire for weddings, parties, tailgates, corporate events, festivals, etc. Click here to visit their Facebook Page. 

Thank you to Kate Greer for taking and sharing these beautiful photographs from this perfect evening with friends, great wine and good times! 

 

Spring 2017 CCWEP Networking Event

On Tuesday, May 2, we were given the opportunity to host The Community of Charlottesville Wedding Professionals at First Colony Winery for their Spring Networking Event. 

It was the perfect evening for fun & friends! Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us! A special THANK YOU to our wonderful event partners.  Blue Ridge Pizza Co.The Cozy Caravan Club, yummy desserts from Kraken Cakes, the great music of The Whiskey Rebellion brought to us by our friends at Sam Hill Entertainment, and beautiful linens from Festival Fare !

Last but not least, we're still swooning over the beautiful pictures captured by the talented Jennifer Byrne Photography. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Cheers! 

5 Reasons to Try First Colony 2015 Viognier Right Now

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5. It won't last! Sigh. With only 123 cases produced, this wine won't be around for long...

4. DOUBLE GOLD!! Our 2015 Viognier won a double gold medal at the International Finger Lakes Festival where 3077 wines from all over the world competed. 

3. Sip some wine, it's summertime!  What better way to cool down than with a refreshing glass of crisp white on a hot summer day?! Pairs well with boats & floats, porches & rockers, friends & family and YOU!

2. Our 2015 Viognier is a Monticello Wine Trail Gold Medal Recipient and top 6 overall Monticello Wine Cup Award Winner.

1. Virginia is for Viognier Lovers. Viognier is Virginia's state grape. In May 2011 the Virginia Wine Board made it official

Visit our online store to purchase or stop by our tasting room 7 days a week from 11am-6pm.

You can find full wine notes here

Wine Spotlight - FCW 2016 Rosé

Varietal: 50% Cabernet Franc * 35% Merlot * 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Monticello * Fermentation Style: Vat * Aging: 100% Stainless * pH: 3.43 * Alcohol: 12.7% AbV * Residual Sugar: 0 * Cases Produced: 300

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Rosé bursts from the glass with aromas of bright strawberries, and ruby red grapefruit.  Herbaceous in nature with, raspberry, and watermelon to follow.  The attack presents a soft feeling with a much bolder finish in this crisp racy rosé.  The bright clean fruitfulness of this wine presents its taster with a sense of sunlight glinting upon the glass and an overwhelming feeling of freedom during a hot summer afternoon.

Cellar Notes

The 2016 Rosé was allowed to cool overnight at 40*F after harvest.  The fruit was then destemmed but not crushed and allowed 6 hours of skin contact before gentle pneumatic pressing.  The juice was fermented using Vin 13 yeast at a temperature of 13* to 16* C over the course of 18 to 25 days until dry.  The wines remained in stainless steel tanks before being gently fined using isinglass and pad filtered.

Vineyard Notes

The 2016 Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were both harvested from First Colony Winery’s vineyards.  The Cabernet Franc is one of the older vineyards on the property and is used to produce First Colony’s Rosé every year.  This fruit adds to the overall crisp nature of First Colony’s Rosé.  In contrast, the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the newer plantings at First Colony and 2016 was the first year any fruit was harvested from this vineyard.  The youthful nature of these vines added to the jovial fruit forward aspect of this wine.  The 2016 Merlot was harvested from Kilaurwen Winery in Green County.  2016 was an above average year for reds, since the hot dry summer was tempered by rain just before the vines became too stressed.