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    Spring Wine and Beer Festivals in Virginia

    by Casey | Posted on April 11th, 2013

    Warm spring breezes call us to the patios and porches, but wine and beer festivals pull us out to the festivals. Take time to sample the latest vintages and meet the newest brewers at one of these upcoming events in Virginia.

    Bloomin' Wine FestDowntown Farmville is known for great home decor shopping, but Saturday, April 20 at Riverside Park, Farmville Wine Festival takes the spotlight. It’s a rain or shine event with ten Virginia wineries pouring their best bottles.

    • Day-Of Tasting: $25
    • Day-Of Non-Tasting: $20
    • Ages 10-20: $10

    Additional April 20-21 Festivals

    The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester is a long-standing tradition in Virginia and it only gets better as the years go by. Check out the Bloomin’ Wine Festival April 26-27 where unopened bottles and cases of wine will be available in addition to the tastings offered by 20 Virginia wineries. The wine festival is the kick-off for the 86th year of the Apple Blossom Festival.

    • Advance One-Day Tasting: $15
    • Advance Two-Day Tasting: $25
    • Wine Garden Non-Tasting: $5/day
    • Purchase Online

    More than 200 wines will be poured by over 20 Virginia wineries at the Great Grapes Wine Festival in Reston April 27-28. Sample wines with your souvenir wine glass and enjoy the arts and food vendors on site, including the kids’ area.

    Wine Festival at Monticello

    The BrewRidge Music & Microbrew Festival will be held in Pembroke May 4. Expect to sample from Virginia’s craft brewers and/or check out the Beer Pairing Dinner & Porch Jam on May 3.

    The Annual AT&T Spring Town Point Virginia Wine Festival is back in Norfolk for the seventh year. Come enjoy two days (May 4 & 5) of tastings from 25 Virginia wineries.

    • Advance Tasting: $25-$30
    • Non-Tasting: $15-$20
    • Reserved Table: $150-$350
    • Purchase Online

    Additional May 4-5 Festivals

    Sample Virginia wine on the grounds of the man who passionately pursued its growth in the 1800s. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello hosts the Wine Festival at Monticello on May 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Along with the wine, enjoy a sunset tour of Monticello and the restored vineyards, as well as conversation with Thomas Jefferson as portrayed by Bill Barker and renowned winemaker Gabriele Rausse.

    Additional May 11 Festivals

    Looking for a wine festival later in spring? Find them all here. Who knows, you just might find a new Virginia wine or craft beer to LOVE.

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    Cozy Virginia Wineries

    by Casey | Posted on February 13th, 2013

    Virginia is a Commonwealth of wine with more than 200 wineries statewide, making for great winter getaway spots. If you’re looking for a place to cozy up with a glass of wine, our friends in Loudoun County have identified their 17 wineries with a fireplace.

    Barren Ridge Vineyards

    Following their lead, here are 20 others across Virginia that have an inviting space for you to warm and sip.

    Chateau Morrisette is a mountaintop winery that sits just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd. The winery boasts a Black Dog concert series, a farm-to-table approach to culinary creations in their restaurant, and of course, premier Virginia wine.

    Delaplane’s Barrel Oak Winery is widely known as one of the most kid and pet friendly Virginia wineries. Additionally, BOW is also certified Virginia Green, making conservation and environmental concerns as a top priority.

    Just 35 minutes outside of Charlottesville, DelFosse Vineyards and Winery in Faber is one of only a few terraced vineyards in Virginia. More than five miles of trails are open for your hiking and/or biking pleasure.

    Paradise Springs Winery and Vineyard can be found in Clifton and is the closest farm winery to Washington, DC. Paradise Springs’ 2009 Chardonnay won the 2010 Governor’s Cup.

    Situated on historic grounds, Barboursville Vineyards in Barboursville is renowned for Octagon, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, but only in their very best years. The 2009 Octagon, 12th Edition, won the 2013 Governor’s Cup.

    Virginia boasts more than 230 wineries. Make a plan to visit and sample them all. Chances are good you’ll find a fireplace we didn’t!

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    Let the Wine Flow in September

    by Casey | Posted on August 17th, 2012

    Those who love a good glass of wine can find it every day of the week in Virginia. Winery tasting room staffs offer guests samples, explain how the wine was created, what smells and flavors should be recognizable in each and what food might pair well with each. Additionally, many of Virginia’s wineries host special events. Here are a few you can look forward to in September.

    Rockbridge Vineyard

    Rockbridge Vineyard

    September 1

    • Celebrate the Labor Day Weekend at Fox Meadow Winery. Expect red, white and blue food pairs with the wine. Sept 1-3. Standard tasting fee of $5-$6 applies.

    September 2

    • First Sunday of the Month Brunch at Prince Michel features wine tastings, self or guided tours, and of course, the brunch buffet. $25/adult; $12.50/child 12 and younger. 10:30-2:30
    • Yappy Hours at Keswick Vineyards is a time when dog owners can bring their pooch. Tastings are conducted both inside and outside. Leash your pet at all times. Held every Sunday 9-5.

    September 3

    • Labor Day Lunch at Chateau Morrisette sounds like a great way to spend the day. The restaurant is open 11 to 2 and the winery is open 10 to 5.

    September 7

    • Live Music Fridays is exactly what it sounds like. Go to Potomac Point Winery every Friday for music, wine and dining. $24.00/person. 6-9 p.m.

    September 8

    • Music, wine and the great outdoors. That’s Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyards & Winery. Bring your blanket or lawnchair and have a relaxing evening under the stars. 7-11 p.m.
    • The Squealing Black Dog & Swine Festival at Chateau Morrisette promises to be a great time - BBQ pit masters, sauce competition, R&B, Blues and Country music, great wine, vendors and more. $25/person. 11 to 6.
    • Sans Soucy Vineyards invites you to their 3rd Annual Shrimp & Wine Festival featuring five wineries, great food, live music, and plenty of arts and crafts. $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. Designated drivers are $10. Children 16 and under are free. Noon to 6.
    • The South African Food & Wine Festival, now in its 7th year, is held at Grayhaven Winery. Exotic eats and Grayhaven’s wine are what’s up. The upbeat live music by JuxtaPower won’t let you sit still, so be ready for a great weekend in Gum Spring. General Admission: $20 in advance; $30 at the gate. + Wine Tasting: $25 in advance; $35 at the gate. Children 17 and under are free. 11-6
    • Blue Ridge Vineyards hosts a Summer Concert series twice per month, where guests can relax with fantastic music and even better wine. Hear the sounds of Preacher Woody & MWB Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Later, on September 22, SOLREVOLT brings the fun.

    September 14

    • Have a seat on the deck at Lexington Valley Vineyards for their monthly Wine and Wags – a good Friday afternoon wind down with your best pet and a nice glass of wine. Noon to 6.

    September 15

    • DuCard Vineyards’ fine wines are paired with a fabulous dinner during the Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner. Music, as well as opportunities to meet the chef and the winemakers, will make this a memorable night. $79/person. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

    September 16

    • Taste Rockbridge Vineyards’ wine for free during Sunday Uncorked. Visit between 2 and 5 p.m. and enjoy a live band, too. If you like it, come do it again on September 30!

    September 22

    • Afton After Hours is what Afton Mountain Vineyards calls their once-a-month Saturday evening wine and music event. No tastings, but wine for sale by the glass and bottle. 6:30-9 p.m.

    September 28

    • Taste something new. North Mountain Vineyard is hosting a Bavarian Dinner right on time for Oktoberfest. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25 pre-paid reservations only.

    September 29

    • As the moon rises, DuCard celebrates! Sit a spell drinking great wine and waiting for the harvest moon to rise. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

    Learn more about Virginia’s wineries and pinpoint their locations on our new map at Virginia.org/Wine.

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    Families & Wineries

    by Casey | Posted on May 18th, 2012

    If ever you were in doubt about whether children are welcome at wineries (a la the ABC store), query no more. Your children are welcome with open arms and greeted with their own “juice” and acres of green to run off steam. Need proof?

    Potomac Point Winery Grape Stomping

    Potomac Point Winery Grape Stomping

    Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane was recently named the number one family-friendly winery by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
    For Mom and Dad: Award-winning wines like the 2009 Petit Verdot (13 medals and counting) and 2010 Chardonnay Reserve (8 medals including a Double Gold from the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition).
    For the Kids: A juice box, four kid-loving dogs, whimsical artwork, and plenty of open space to run and play as long as you’re watching them.

    Desert Rose Winery in Hume boasts a western feel complete with horses corraled nearby.
    For Mom and Dad: Snobs need not stop by this laid back cowboy atmosphere, but chocolate lovers are most welcome! Enjoy the Starboard paired with boutique chocolate – unbeatable!
    For the Kids: A dedicated Kiddie Korner in the tasting room has plenty to keep them busy – games, books, and more.

    Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring is a quiet country retreat that welcomes picnic baskets for family relaxation.
    For Mom and Dad: Small batches of carefully crafted wines and Sangria have received high praise from some wine critics. Mark your calendar for their signature event – South African Food & Wine Festival – September 8-9, 2011.
    For the Kids: Playground, nature trails, horses to admire, and four sweet dogs to greet you.

    Molliver Vineyards & Winery in Nathalie is a place the whole family will enjoy with lots of activities. Have an RV? Stay a while on the 134-acre wilderness property!
    For Mom and Dad: Watch sports on the giant projection wall while sipping.
    For the Kids: The family can enjoy hiking, picnicking, swimming, and fishing at the stream or pond.

    Horse & Hound Festival at Peaks of Otter Winery

    Horse and Hound Wine Festival at Peaks of Otter Winery

    Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford is a a working farm and orchard with great views and a country life atmosphere.
    For Mom and Dad: Fruit wines (my favorite is Light Pear), the fruit trees, picnic areas, creeks, and ponds, make this a great day trip everyone will enjoy.
    For the Kids: Visit with the barnyard animals for a while.

    Potomac Point Winery in Stafford as a Mediterranean feel to it with a Tuscan courtyard, olive oil bar, and authentic decor.
    For Mom and Dad: The bistro menu, extensive wine shop, tasting, and facility tour will occupy as much time as you allow. The view down onto the vines is quite relaxing. Be sure to ask to see the cave (by appointment)!
    For the Kids: The “Little Buds Room” has plenty to keep them busy, but they would enjoy seeing the cave, too!

    Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery in Louisa began with 10 acres of grapes in 2005 and some guidance for the renowned Gabriele Rausse. 2010 was their grand opening.
    For Mom and Dad: Several small-batch wines to choose from, including a Norton, Cabernet Franc, and a Rosso.
    For the Kids: Interact with the rescue horses, miniature donkeys, and resident French bulldogs Charlie and Suzie.

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    All Mom, All Weekend

    by Casey | Posted on May 7th, 2012

    Has Mother’s Day crept up on you? If so, you’re in luck. We did the digging so you can be the hero!

    What kind of Mom are you looking to honor this weekend?

    The Outdoorsy Mom

    In Roanoke, take her geocaching on Saturday. An event called Caching in on Scenery begins at the Green Ridge Recreation Center at 11 a.m. You can search for treasure on foot or in your vehicle using a GPS. Don’t have a handheld GPS? A limited number will be available, but a $150 refundable deposit is required to rent it for your hunt.

    Thousands of shorebirds use the Eastern Shore to rest and feed midway through the spring migration. The International Migratory Bird Celebration will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Expect workshops, bird walks with experts, guided tours of Assateague Lighthouse, and activities for the kids.

    Butterfly release at Flying Flowers.
    Butterfly release at Flying Flowers.

    The Traditional Mom

    Moms who love flowers and gardening will enjoy the Garden Fair Saturday and Sunday at the State Arboretum of Virginia in Boyce. Let her pick out the plants that make her smile at this huge sale. Spend the day – there are special events, fun for the kids, and food will be available. $10 per car.

    The whole family can sweep mom off her feet with a special carriage ride through the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in Harrisonburg. Both Saturday and Sunday a pair of beautiful Belgiums will be leading the way. Saturday’s rides are from 6 until 9 p.m. for mom’s who love the cool evening sunsets. Sunday rides are from 1 until 4 p.m. $10 per adult; $7 per child; or secure a private carriage for $58. 540-568-3194

    In Wytheville on Saturday, a butterfly release is planned at Flying Flowers. Flying Flowers at Beagle Ridge Herb Farm is Southwest Virginia’s only walk through butterfly house. Please register as soon as possible for this popular event. $10 for adults; $5 for children. Call 276-621-4511.

    The Wine & Dine Mom

    Quite a few Mother’s Day wine events are available across the Commonwealth – some are celebratory brunches and others are free tastings for mom.

    Additionally, she may like to sit down to a very nice meal. Reserve your space at Cooper’s Landing Inn & Traveler’s Tavern in Clarksville for Sunday brunch.

    The Art-Loving Mom

    “Where for art thou, Romeo?” Oops! Wrong play, but if mom loves Shakespeare, you need to take her to Staunton on Sunday. The American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 2 p.m. Admission is $12 to $45.

    The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their final performance of the season Saturday at 8 p.m. at George Mason Center for the Arts. Moms who appreciate classical music will love the FSO’s performance of The English, The French, and The Piano – a collection of Purcell, Debussy, Ravel and Elgar.

    In Norfolk, the Attucks Jazz Series is underway. Enjoy a smooth evening with Denise Donatelli in this legendary venue. 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

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