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Virginia wine pioneer Dennis Horton popularized viognier in Virginia back in the 1990s, and later introduced a sparkling version. Horton died in 2018, and the winery is now guided by three generations of Horton women: Sharon, Dennis’s wife, continues to manage the vineyards, while daughter Shannon handles the winemaking, with help from her daughter, Caitlin. Rebranded as Súil, a Gaelic word meaning “hope,” the sparkling viognier is still made by hand through riddling, disgorging and recorking, and in limited quantities. It is worth seeking out: Bone dry (with no dosage of added sugar at disgorgement), it has the honeysuckle and jasmine notes of viognier with a laser beam of freshness. This wine recently won a silver medal at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships in London, probably the first such honor for a Virginia bubbly. Brava! ABV: 12 percent. BW: 880 grams (Sparkling).

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