Chrysalis Winery Flip Chart

Often used during presentations, planning meetings, and other activities involving group brainstorming, flip charts—large pads of paper typically supported on an easel—are like portable blackboards. This flip chart records the substance of a conversation between Jennifer McCloud, the owner of Chrysalis Vineyards in Middleburg, Virginia, and winemaker Alan Kinne, as they were discussing the future of the vineyard in the late 1990s. Committed to working with the particular soil, climate, and topography of her Virginia vineyard (the terroir), McCloud was interested in experimenting with lesser-known grapes at Chrysalis and this flip chart helped track those discussions.
This page reveals part of McCloud and Kinne’s conversation about Viognier, a white varietal from the French region of Condrieu in the northern Rhône Valley. At the time, Viognier had gained attention as a promising varietal for Virginia’s challenging environment, where summer’s heat and humidity can lead to mildew and rot. Dennis Horton, of Horton Vineyards in Orange, Virginia, had been producing Viognier for several years and other winemakers in the state were taking notice. Kinne and McCloud discussed Viognier’s texture, flavor, and bouquet, recording their observations on this page of the flip chart:
Texture: oily, unctuous, viscous, Sake, slight bitterness, nuts (old), mineral (old). Flavor: Peaches, ripe cantaloupe, honeydew, white peaches, mango, coconut;
Bouquet: White blossoms, tropical, under-ripe pear, lychee nuts, orange blossom, tangerine, mandarin [orange], honeysuckle, fennel.
They recorded viticulture issues on another page, including vine age, low vigor, spacing, hardening of shoots, pruning, training, trellising, harvest parameters, and yields. McCloud began producing a small amount of Viognier with grapes sourced from other growers and planted 7.5 acres of her own, which came into production in the early 2000s.
Object Name
flip chart
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white (overall color)
cardboard (overall material)
burgundy (overall color)
overall: 34 in x 27 in x 1/2 in; 86.36 cm x 68.58 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Chrysalis Vineyards

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