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About the Virtual Tasting

Stephen Rigby, winemaker, and Dorothy Vaccaro, general manager for Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg Virginia joined founder of A Life Well Drunk John Sporing for a virtual tasting. Boxwood Estate returned to our show to present their red wines, just in time for the holidays.

Did you miss the live tasting? No worries, watch it here:

In our conversation with Stephen and Dorothy, we guided through three of their wines:

  • Topiary 2016
  • Topiary 2017
  • Trellis 2018

TOTAL PKG $88 + free shipping

A special three pack of these wines has been created for this tasting. Order the three pack ordered directly from the winery with free shipping by using this link:

About Boxwood

Boxwood Estate Winery is the fulfillment of a long-held dream by proprietor John Kent Cooke, former owner, and president of the NFL Washington NFL team. An admirer and collector of French wines, particularly great Bordeaux, Cooke and his team at Boxwood are committed to making premium red & white wines in the Bordeaux tradition, but with their own, distinct Virginia expression.

Boxwood Winery is in an area steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War history, and renowned for world-famous horse farms. Today the area is also known as a wine region (Middleburg AVA), with Virginia being the fifth largest wine producing state. The Boxwood sustainable vineyards occupy 26.5 acres of the historic landmark farm, and are planted with traditional Bordeaux varietals, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc & Sauvignon Blanc, all ENTAV certified.

Meet the Makers

Stephen Rigby: Winemaker

Stephen’s experience covers 40 years of East Coast winemaking, including vineyard management and winery design, as well as consistently creating award winning wines. His 20 years in Virginia include valuable time working at VA Tech Enology Research lab. In 2019, Stephen is pleased to return to Virginia after making wine in North Carolina and Pennsylvania since 2000. He prefers a minimalist approach to making wine, encouraging the inherent expression of the grape, its terroir and vintage.

Dorothy Vaccaro: General Manager

Dorothy oversees daily operations, research, compliance, marketing, special events and staff training. She earned her BSBA with a dual concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a WSET Level 2 Certification in Wines & Spirits from Capital Wine School in D.C. Dorothy grew up on the southern New Jersey shore and has lived in Virginia for the past 10 years.