\r\n\u201cWine-ing\u201d in Virginia\r\nVirginia Wine Travel Journal 2019\r\nAuthor: Nancy Bauer\r\nPhotographer: Rick Collier\r\nPublisher: Virginia Wine in My Pocket; 2nd edition (2019)\r\nReviewed by Ralph Peluso, Literary Editor\r\nZebra Rating \u2013 5 Stripes\r\nALEXANDRIA,VA-With baseball season in full swing, I could not resist a twist on the famous Tom Hanks quote from the great movie, A League of Their Own. Yes, there is wine-ing in Virginia!\r\nNancy Bauer has enhanced my perspective about Virginia wines and area wineries, ranging from good to Napa Valley East. Talking about Virginia Wine Travel Journal 2019, Bauer says, \u201cI want this book to do three things: inspire readers to become enthusiasts and get out into Virginia wine country more often; encourage all enthusiasts to get curious about what it takes to create what\u2019s in their glass, because greater knowledge translates to greater appreciation. Finally, I\u2019d like readers to serve as an army of advocates for wine tourism in our state.\r\n\u201cDo not be shy,\u201d she says. \u201cTalk it up with friends, family, and out-of-state visitors. Wine as a tourist attraction is a great thing. It develops the economy in depressed rural areas. Many family farms would have disappeared if not for Virginia\u2019s wine industry.\u201d\r\nNancy\u2019s work combines the facts with an array of fascinating geographic locations. She offers places to visit that fit nearly every taste and wallet size. One fact is that Virginia is the U.S.\u2019s 7th largest wine producing state. There are more than 300 wineries stretching from the Atlantic coast to the southwest panhandle.\r\nThe book is chock full of useful, interesting information. Virginia has created, as the author refers to them, \u201cnew-to-you grapes.\u201d Virginia vintners make beautiful chardonnay and cabernet franc, of course. But do not miss out on the albari\u00f1o or petit manseng or petit verdot, just a sampling from the new to you group.\r\nPlanning a romantic getaway? Delve into the weekend wine excursion itineraries. You\u2019ll soon be humming along on a bucolic drive to your destination of choice. Nancy has included an easy checklist to track your winery adventures.\r\nNot all the wineries are rated as equal. Some are very modest, while others move toward destination-location elegant. My favorites are wineries that combine ambience like music with fun wines.\r\n\r\nNancy\u2019s involvement in making wine tasting easier to enjoy goes back a decade. In Virginia Wine Travel Journal 2019, she has condensed mounds of research about Virginia wines into one simple guide that ranges from travel directions to human interest stories and background about locales.\r\nNancy and her husband live in Virginia and are focused on enhancing the state\u2019s wine experience for all. \u201cI\u2019m looking at launching a series of events that change up the model of the traditional wine festival,\u201d she says. \u201cI see moving away from having dozens of wineries and thousands of people. If you\u2019ve been to 25 or 50 or 100 Virginia wineries, and plenty of people out there have, you start to crave something more intimate.\r\n\u201cI want a place where you can talk one-on-one with a handful of winemakers, from select wineries you may not have heard about. Then compare notes and gossip a little with others who enjoy the same,\u201d she added. \u201cThat\u2019s what I\u2019m looking to create. Fingers crossed, and stay tuned!\u201d\r\nVirginia Wine Travel Journal 2019 is a unique guide to Virginia wine country, a handy, wire-bound planner with checklists, short articles, hidden gems, and wine country stories. You can plot getaways, track visits, jot notes, and get insider tips. Follow the easy road map to the wines of Virginia. But for now, just serve yourself a generous pour and read. Enhancing your next winery experience depends on it!\r\nRating - 5 Zebra stripes.