(WFXR) — According to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC), the Commonwealth is the fifth largest wine producing state across the country with seven grape-growing regions and over 200 wineries.
Depending on what types of wine you are looking for, Virginia has a wide variety of red and white wines.
Below is a break down of the different red and white wines.
Virginia Red Wines
|Merlot||Aromas of mocha, red berries and nutmeg with flavors of cherry and vanilla. Pairs well with pastas in red sauce, poultry or lightly spiced darker meats|
|Norton||First cultivated in Richmond in the 1820s. Pairs well with red meat, especially smoked meats, or with wild game, rockfish or hearty cheeses.|
|Cabernet franc||Paris well with spiced beef stews and meat dishes or with goat cheese, aged gouda and gorgonzola|
|Cabernet sauvignon||Dry wine that pairs well with meats such as steak and foods with umami flavors|
|Chambourcin||Herbal aromas and crisp acidity. Pairs well with a variety of foods such as hamburgers, veal and fish|
|Malbec||Flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, cocoa, molasses, violets and plum. Pairs well with lean red meats and earthly flavors such as beef brisket, blue cheese and cumin|
|Petit verdot||Characterized with spicy notes of leather, coconut, smoke and dark chocolate. Pairs well with steak, rich sauces, barbecue and strong cheeses|
Virginia White Wines
|Albariño||It is best served young. Pairs well with fresh fish and seafood of all kinds as well as light meats and goat cheese|
|Chardonnay||Highlights fruity flavors. It pairs well with a variety of foods including poultry and cheese|
|Moscato||It has a slight sparkling quality. Pairs well with cheese, nuts and biscotti|
|Niagara||Characterized with a musky, fruity aroma and taste. It is perfect in the summer heat|
|Pinot grigio||Showcase flavors of lime and apple. Pairs well with fresh vegetables and fish|
|Riesling||It pairs well with pork, roast turkey and sweeter vegetables|
|Sauvignon blanc||It can have a smoky aroma of flint. Pairs well with seafood or poultry|
|Traminette||Flavors of lychee, apricot and honey. Pairs well with rich foods such as roasted meats and mushrooms|
|Vidal blanc||Flavors of honeysuckle and pear, candied fruit and citrus. Pairs well with seafood, poultry or sweet fruit|
|Viognier||Aromas of stone fruit with tropical notes that suggest a sweet wine. Pairs well with lobster, veal, cheeses and pork|