An international wine is fine, but I’d rather taste the place in Virginia

December 3

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It took an Armenian wine to help me focus on what I like about Virginia wine.

The wine was a red blend from Karas, which bills itself as Armenia’s largest winery and which began exporting to the United States this year. It was delicious, polished and elegant, and a terrific bargain at $16. Fruit-forward, with juicy flavors and moderate tannin, it was a great example of what’s become known as the international style — a wine that could come from anywhere, with fruit more important than place.

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