The biggest challenge with starting to write about wine is this: How long can I do this before I start falling into the traps of wine-snobbery that have ruined many a wine lover?
One trap I've already fallen into is this: I was under the impression that a good Pinot Noir couldn't be done outside of the states of Washington and/or Oregon. Because I like Pinot so much, I thought for sure that the chances of me finding a winery in Virgina that could do one were slim to none. As such I offered myself a mental challenge, and that challenge was if I ever found a Virginia winery that produced a even remotely drinkable Pinot, they would be my new favorite.
Well, dear readers, I did.
There's a catch though. The Pinot I found is not at all what I'm used to finding out of the Pacific Northwest, which are lighter, and nearly water in some cases. The Pinot Noir at Corcoran is thick, hearty and rich with tannins, and will age beautifully over the coming years. Quite frankly, I can't wait to pop it open in 5 years and give it a try.
In the end, everything I tried was very drinkable, and on-par with other Virginia wineries on price. As such they're well worth a visit if you're looking for another winery to stop in during a weekend wine blitz.
You can reach Corcoran on the web at http://www.corcoranvineyards.com/ or on twitter @corcoranwine.