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Check in @TheDirtyBuffalo on 25 Mar 2015, 5P @JASEgroup #HRVA

Check in @ Dirty Buffalo, NORFOLK VA: Fun new client visit. And oh by the way, JASE Group referrals do earn you money. Ask Matt!

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Wine Grape Harvest Increases 17 percent

~ Commonwealth Sees Second Largest Wine Grape Harvest on New Plantings, Solid 2014 Growing Season ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Virginia 2014 wine grape harvest increased just over 17 percent from the previous year’s harvest with 8,039 tons, up from 6,862 tons, according to the new production report.  The 2014 wine grape harvest in Virginia is second only to the 2009 harvest, when just more than 8,600 tons were produced. 

Speaking about the newly released 2014 Virginia Commercial Grape report, Governor McAuliffe stated, “The Virginia wine industry is growing and the numbers reflect this upward movement.  With sales increasing steadily over the last few years and interest about our wine industry growing along the East Coast, the United Kingdom, China and other markets, we must plant more grapevines, increase harvests, and produce more wine to meet that demand.  Doing so will help the wine industry continue to grow and provide more opportunities, especially in rural areas, as we work to build a new Virginia economy.”

The 2014 Virginia Commercial Grape report, released by the Virginia Wine Board at its annual two-day meeting Charlottesville, shows double digit percentage growth in the number of tons of wine grapes produced in Vinifera, Hybrid and American grape categories, and significant growth in non-bearing acres of Vinefera grapes.  Bearing acres increased by 56 acres, or two percent, over 2013 figures.  A bearing acre is one that has matured and is producing fruit for harvest.  It usually takes two to three years for an acre to become fruit bearing.  Non-bearing acres, or acres that are newly planted and not yet bearing fruit for harvest, grew by 67 acres, a 19 percent increase over 2013 figures.

Overall wine grape production increased by 17 percent, due to growth in new bearing acres and an improved 2014 growing season versus the previous two seasons.  By comparison, the 2012 and 2013 harvest numbers were depressed by a variety of factors, including frosts and an unusually cold winter in 2013 that damaged some vineyards.

“Although Virginia wines are garnering global acclaim and sales continue to grow, the industry’s greatest challenge is to plant more vines to meet the increased product demand,” said Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.  “The growth in wine sales is outpacing wine grape production figures and that is a trend that must be addressed.  However, grape growing is a unique and labor intensive endeavor that requires the right site selection and investment.  Virginia’s wine advocacy organizations are assisting vineyard owners with planting analysis with the evaluation effort and the Commonwealth has several tools, including the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) fund and the Winery and Vineyard Tax Credit program, to incentivize new production.  We’re hopeful that these efforts and others will spark new production in 2015 and beyond.” 

Strong growth in the number of bearing or non-bearing acres was recorded for several grape varieties in localities across the state including Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, among others.  Comparative data for bearing and non-bearing acreage, in addition to county specific data can be found at

Check in @ JASE Studio on 25 Mar 2015, 7A

Check in @ JASE Studio, NORFOLK VA: Today is Waffle Day–my wife’s favorite day! Here’s a little history on the waffle:

Origin of The Waffle: The waffle dates back to the 1300s in Greece. Greeks cooked flat cakes between two metal pans. At the time, they topped it with cheeses and herbs. Pancake syrup wasn’t around back then.

International Waffle Day: This holiday originated in Sweden. It is called Våffeldagen. The holiday coincides with the Feast of the Annunciation. This day was also considered the start of spring in Sweden and Europe. It became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making waffles on this day.

National Waffle Day: Celebrates the patenting of the waffle iron by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York on August 24, 1869.

Waffle Day

*source: holiday insights

Late Dinner @ The Studio

My awesome wife brought sushi to the office for me. Makes working late a little easier.

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Skype with Jeri

Poppie & GCole got to Skype with Jeri tonight. Holy cow, she’s growing up so fast. Not to mention, it’s tough to get a toddler to sit still long enough to video chat.  :)

Skype with Jeri

Check in @ JASE Studio on 22 Mar 2015, 2P

Check in @ JASE Studio, NORFOLK VA: Today is National Goof Off Day. I wish. I tried. No such luck.

office space

Check in @ La Bella in Ghent on 20 Mar 2015, 8P

Check in @ La Bella in Ghent, NORFOLK VA: Thanks Andrea and Marti for great food recommendations, friendly service and great food.

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Veritas Night

It’s a Veritas night. Thanks for your prayers for our family.

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Where has JASE taken you

Dinner with family in Rocky Mount. Where am I?

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Where has JASE taken you

Visiting Nicole’s Nanny at Nash Memorial Hospital in Rocky Mount, NC.

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Happy Birthday, Pop!

Today would have been my Dad’s 74th birthday. What an awesome man he was. Cancer sucks!

circa 1995

Check in @ Ronald McDonald House on 12 Mar 2015, 8A

Check in @ Ronald McDonald House, NORFOLK VA: Ghent Business Association Marketing Committee meeting. Fun.

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Check in @ JASE Studio on 12 Mar 2015, 7A

Check in @ JASE Studio, NORFOLK VA: Today is Girl Scouts Day, sellers of the best snack cookies eva!

Girl Scout cookies

Where am I?

Great place fur a business meeting. Where am I? Hint: Virginia Beach.

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