A great afternoon tasting at Chaddsford Winery
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Several weeks ago, I was invited to a cookout at one of
the wineries where grapes for some of ChaddsFord Winery's
productions are grown. Eric Miller, the co-owner along
with his wife Lee, invited me out to it. I met Eric in 2001
when he was doing a wine presentation at a Delaware Chef’s
Association Dinner, and knew from that experience that he
was a fun guy. I have been a fan of several of their wines
for years, including the Sunset Blush, the Spring Wine, and
the Niagara. Over the years, I have crossed paths with
Eric several times, and have once even been out to the
winery for an event. So, I emailed him and said that I
would love to come out, taste the wines, and post reviews of
them on my website(s).
Well, today was the day.
I tried seven wines while there, from rosé, white,
sweet varieties, all the while conversing with Eric while
trying them. Every time that I talk with Eric, I usually
gain another insight on something, or just get another idea
to try. This time, I learned that a trick to get more
out of the taste to wine is to actually taste different raw
components on their
own, such as honey, different spices, and different types of
fruit. Eric, along with Gino Razzi of PennsWood
Winery, are probably two of the most competent winemakers in
and two of the most approachable. Eric
took two hours out of his busy schedule to meet with me for
the tasting, and it
was well worth it on my end.
The highlights for me of the tasting were the Niagara
the best Niagara wine that I have ever had, and it's similar
somewhat to a
Catawba grape), the 2007 Pinot Noir, and the 2006 25th Vintage
I would definitely recommend trying their wines to most
people, especially the Due Rossi, the Naked Chardonnay, and
Riesling (I will be trying the latter tonight, but I expect
the best from
Aside from that, you might want to take a ride out there,
and do a tasting, or definitely look at their website, see
the events listings
and visit during one of those times.
Then, you can normally taste most of what they have available.
Thanks again Eric!
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