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    Oz Clarke is a Fan of Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on August 6th, 2014

    “What do I like about Virginia? The countryside. It’s magnificent,” said Robert “Oz” Clarke. Clarke recently sat down to discuss his 2013 trip to Virginia, at which time he was the keynote speaker at the Virginia Wine Summit.

    Barboursville Vineyards

    Barboursville Vineyards

    Before Clarke discussed Virginia’s ability to grow great Viognier, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, however, he gushed over Virginia’s Southern hospitality, history, and music. Check out the video.

    Mr. Clarke is a well-known international wine connoisseur, with his own website stating, his “formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach.” In short, Oz knows his stuff and he isn’t shy about sharing his opinion. To back it up, Mr. Clarke is a decorated writer on the subject, garnering awards from the Glenfiddich and Wine Guild multiple times each, André Simon, James Beard, Julia Child, World Food Media and Lanson, among numerous others. Clarke is a bestselling author and has appeared in several BBC series, including his most recent ‘Oz and Hugh’s Last Orders.’ Harpers hails, “Oz Clarke is the nearest thing to genius in the world of wine writing.”

    “It took me a long time to get to Virginia. I thought it was absolutely smashing.” – Oz Clarke

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