• Fourth generation grape grower Cara Mroczek teams up with winemaker Shane Waller at Star in the Valley outside Strasburg, Va. At an elevation of over 1000 feet, the vineyard is planted in the gently rolling foothills of Little North Mountain. Petit verdot comes into its own here, due to the drier conditions and cooler growing season. This heady wine shows dark plum notes tinged with violet.