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Gabriele Rausse Bottle

October is Virginia Wine Month, so let's begin with the godfather of Virginia wine, Gabriele Rausse. Without this elegant Italian, there would be no modern wine industry in Virginia, for it was Gabriele who was sent to the New World by the Zonin Family, one of Italy's top winemaking families, to discover a new place to make wine. He found it in Charlottesville, VA and thus was founded Barboursville Vineyards in 1976, the first commercial vinifera winery in the Commonwealth. Gabriele was its founding winemaker, bringing to reality Thomas Jefferson's dream of European-style wines & Virginia terroir.

Today, Gabriele is living his dream, working the grounds of Monticello as the Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds, and making wine with his family under his own label.

And so it is appropriate we christen this Wine Geek blog with the Gabriele Rausse 2012 Chardonnay, a pale lemon-colored wine with the classic Chardonnay fruit on the nose and the underlying acidity that makes it a bright, clean wine with flavors of apricot and pear. You'll get everything you'd expect from a Chardonnay in this wine and it pairs well with food. This is the wine Gabriele pictured making when he first came to Charlottesville 40 years ago, and it's the perfect wine to sip on the terrace at our Virginia resort.

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