Sparkling Viognier at Horton Vineyards

See also Virginia wine – first impressions, Virginia wine – tasting notes and Virginia's new star.

In the wake of all my recent coverage of the wine scene in Virginia, I thought you might be interested in the short film below showing Horton's winemaker Mike Heny hand-disgorging one of the winery's specialities. The state of Virginia has virtually adopted Viognier as its own special grape and it is typical of the ingenuity of owner Dennis Horton that he should dream up a sparking version. (For the record, I'm as little convinced that Viognier is a good base for fizz as I am that Marlborough Sauvignon is, but full marks for effort – in both cases, I suppose.)

You can see Dennis Horton in the background, and hear him explaining the economics of this product, to the group of attendees at the Wine Bloggers' Conference on the right.