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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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Holiday Food Shopping Excursions

by Casey | Posted on December 6th, 2012

Sure, the grocery store might have what you need for the holiday dinner, but what fun is that? Get out of town or at least support the local shops for some great Virginia-made products.

Is ham on your list? There’s no place to go but Smithfield for the real deal. Right on Main Street you’ll find Taste of Smithfield, a restaurant and store. Sample the wares, enjoy a nice lunch and bring home the bacon. Yep, they have that, too.

Woodson's Mill

Woodson's Mill white cornmeal

Flours are a necessity for baking and you can purchase it freshly ground from local millers like Jim Young at Wade’s Mill in Raphine or Steve Roberts at Woodson’s Mill in Roseland. Gift sets are available from each mill as well.

Virginia peanuts are renowned and you can get them from a few places. They’re perfect for gift-giving and pre-dinner munching.

Virginia is experiencing an explosive re-birth of its oyster industry and has been dubbed the Oyster Capital of the East Coast thanks to being the largest farm-raised oyster producing state in the country. Lovers of the succulent delicacy can choose from seven salinity regions and get their take fresh from the water.

If you find yourself expanding the menu for more seafood than just oysters, let it be known that Wachapreague is the Flounder Capital of the World.

Foggy Ridge Cider apples

Foggy Ridge Cider apples

On to the beverages!

Apple cider is a favorite holiday treat and Virginia has a burgeoning cider industry – both hard and not.

In the Blue Ridge Highlands you can visit Foggy Ridge Cider, the 2012 Cooking Light Taste Test Award Winner. Growing American heirloom apples as well as French and English cider apples, the cidermaker, Diane Flynt, manipulates the harvest as little as possible to create three ciders and a cider + apple brandy blend.

Additional Cideries and Orchards:

Wine? Yes, Virginia has plenty of that. Take your pick of more than 200 wineries statewide. Beer? Oh yes, the craft beer industry is thriving in Virginia, too.

Enjoy the season of cooking and travel!

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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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