Williamsburg Winery Governor’s White 2011

This is a winery that has some serious history behind it.  You know that wine-making in the U.S. started in Virginia.  Right?  After all, the Twelfth Acte of 1619 required that each settler plant at least 10 vines on his property for the purpose of making wine.  A few years later — a mere 369 years — the first Governor’s White from Williamsburg Winery was released.

While this is not one of the wines I brought home from Vintage Virginia 2013, I thought it would be a good time to sample this offering from one of the largest players in the Virginia wine industry.  They were at the festival, but they weren’t pouring this particular wine.  Instead, I bought this at my neighborhood grocery store.  That being said, the label clearly indicates that this wine is available in Virginia only.  Bummer!  You can buy it direct from the winery, but they only ship to 19 States plus D.C.

Winemaker:  Williamsburg Winery
Wine:  Governor’s White
Varietal:  Riesling
Vintage:  2011
Appellation:  Virginia
Price:  $11.49

Notes:  This Virginia Riesling is a pretty pale yellow in the glass.  On the nose I got scents of apple and peach.  On the tongue this was a light-bodied white with good acidity.  Flavors for me were plentiful peach with green apple, some hints of pear and apple peel on the finish.  It’s brisk while providing plenty of fruit flavor.  Alcohol is at 12.5% which gives this Governor’s White a light sweetness without it becoming cloying.  On the tart-versus-sweet-o-meter, I’d put this one down more on the tart side (but not tremendously so).  Of course, that’s right in the strike zone for my taste buds.  I enjoyed it.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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3 thoughts on “Williamsburg Winery Governor’s White 2011

    • I’m glad you also find it interesting that the colonists saw the need to establish their own sources of wine right from the start. And, yes, the wine was most definitely decent – good even. Better than I had anticipated because the winery – on the banks of the James River – is probably not the best locale for growing Riesling. But Williamsburg tells us on the label that they have sourced the grapes for this wine from elsewhere in Virginia.

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