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Breaux Vertical Tasting

Breaux Vertical Tasting

We recently took a ride down to Virginia to visit some of Brad’s family and attend the Nebbiolo Vertical tasting at Breaux Vineyards.  Brad’s Aunt Katrina has visited many of the great vineyards that Northern Virginia has to offer and had brought us to Breaux this past summer. Everyone had walked out with a few bottles of Breaux’s great wines and we knew that the tasting would not disappoint.

Nebbiolo is a very special wine for Breaux and was brought to Virginia after the owner had tasted the wine on a visit to Italy. The Nebbiolo grape is predominately grown in the Piedmont section of Italy and is not easily replicated in other parts of the world.  Breaux has been bottling Nebbiolo since 2002 and has had mixed success with its grapes.

We got to the vineyard in the middle of what felt like a tsunami. While the rain was
pouring down outside, we spent a wonderful day in Breaux’s barrel room where we had the chance to try 6 different years of Nebbiolo including 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.  The tasting was accompanied by food made by Grandale Farm created specifically to complement each wine we tried.  It is really amazing what a difference one year can make in the flavor of a wine!  After the tasting we were given a little dessert accompanied by Nebbiolo Ice, Breaux’s dessert wine.

Many people feel that the 2002 Nebbiolo is the best wine that has been released from Breaux’s collection, but Brad and I liked the 2005 Nebbiolo the best. We bought a few bottles to take home with us! Overall, the tasting was a wonderful experience. We got to try some great wine and food, learn about Breaux and its vineyard and spend a great afternoon with Brad’s family.


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