Brad McCarthy has over thirty years of experience in Virginia wine-making: he was the original winemaker for such Virginia icons as White Hall and Blenheim, as well as his own Bradford Reed Winery, and has and continues to consult for dozens of other wineries. He began as a cellar rat in the 80s in the now defunct Montdomaine Cellars, spent several years apprenticing around the country (including at Acacia Winery) and has now come back after many years to White Hall Vineyards, the beautiful winery he helped start (and where his first vintage Governor’s Cup win helped put Cabernet Franc on the Virginia map!)
Brad has also become an expert on wine and spirit barrels, and the complex world of barrel aging. While continuing to make wine and consult, he also works with the companies who make some of the world’s most sought-after cooperage. This expertise has obviously influenced his winemaking.
Most importantly for us, almost thirty years ago, when Brad was in his winemaking infancy, he supplemented his income by working at Robert Harllee’s Market Street Wineshop alongside current Market Street Wine co-owner, Thadd McQuade.
We can think of no better way to celebrate Virginia Wine Month (and to make Thadd and Brad feel old!) than to sit for awhile on a Saturday afternoon in the cellar of 311 E Market, and taste the wines of White Hall Vineyards with one of Virginia’s best and most knowledgeable raconteurs.
Please join us for this special free event.
Tentative list of wines to be tasted:
White Hall Viognier
White Hall Estate Riesling
White Hall Estate Pinot Gris (from vines Brad planted in 1994!)
White Hall Estate Merlot
White Hall Soliterre