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WINTER 2010 Contents | Features A grape grows in Richmond 19 Cultivated almost 200 years ago in Virginia, the Norton grape takes firm root.

Chef Jonathan Highfield, instructor at Culinary Institute of Virginia in Norfolk, with sweet treats he baked for our Seasonings feature.

Interviews by Joe Tennis Introduction by Patrick Evans-Hylton

Special Sections & Supplements 18 Vino! Virginia Great Getaways – 26  Outstanding offerings across Virginia


49 Classifieds

Contents | Departments 5 Publisher’s Note


6 Editor’s Note

13 Wine, dine and

22 Baby, it’s cold outside –

shop mighty fine


Wehner, second generation Virginia wine grower, has great grapes on the Eastern Shore.

14 Spicy seasons greetings

– a dash of Colonial Virginia and a soupcon of the Caribbean make a trio of tasty holiday goodies.

10 Cork Report – A full pour

of wine-related news

12 Try This At Home –

Wonderful wines and incredible eats pair for a perfect wine tasting event.

a wintertime retreat to Loudoun County warms the heart, imagination.


8 Quaff Quiz – Jon


16 Ski lodge chic – fondue

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25 History Uncorked:


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38—Wine Map 40—Winery Listing 42—Wine events


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Publisher’s Note The tasty trip of wine education


et me be the first to say that publishing a wine magazine does not qualify one as a wine expert, Virginia or otherwise. My wife and I recently took a weekend to get away in the Shenandoah Vally and found ourselves enjoying a wine tasting at Rockbridge Vineyard. There we met and were conversing with a nice couple when the inevitable question came up as to what I did for a living. In answering that, I noticed one of the magazines my company publishes (Virginia Wine Lover) sitting on the counter, and I explained that they should not draw any conclusions as to my ability to discern or recommend one wine over another. I quickly explained that my editor and the writers were the true experts and that by every definition I am a neophyte to the world of wine. My involvement and interest in this niche began purely as a business interest, but I can honestly say that this magazine has evolved into one of the most enjoyable ones we publish. I’m sure that many of our readers are far more knowledgeable than I am on the topic of wine and specifically Virginia wine. However, I feel like many of you are right there with me, learning as we go and enjoying the ride without any pretense or wine snobbery. With this issue we’ve added a few new features that hopefully will add to your learning and enjoyment, one of which is a video component that features a Virginia winemaker showing and telling us about one of his or her favorite vintages: what gives it its special flavor, what to look for in tasting it and suggestions on what to pair with it. There will be a different featured wine and accompanying video for each month. You can find the wines being featured the next three months on page 12 of this issue. We invite you to watch the video with friends, sample the wine and score it with a convenient score card VWL executive editor Patrick Evans-Hylton has provided for you on our website, Post your comments and those of your guests on our website, as well. One of my favorite learning experiences comes from our weekly e-newsletter. Each week Patrick includes a short Wine 101 factoid. Like the rest of the newsletter, it is quick and easy to read. The newsletter also includes a featured event of the week, a weekend getaway and a great recipe. Access the newsletter through our website and then be sure to sign up to receive the free weekly editions. Learning about wine is a journey, and I hope that you’ll allow me to tag along, continuing to grow and learn more with each issue of Virginia Wine Lover and our companion e-newsletter. Cheers!

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n 1982 I ordered my first bottle of wine at a Magic Pan creperie in suburban Atlanta. I was still in high school and desperately wanted to impress the young lady I was with. I looked at the wine list with great angst and realized I didn’t even know where to begin. “Parducci Chablis”, I ordered with as much confidence as I could muster. With a “very good, sir,” the server retreated and came back to the table. He presented the bottle to me. I stared blankly. He opened it and handed me the cork. Something rang true here—something I had seen on television. Sniff it, a tiny voice in the back of my mind whispered. I did, with such vigor that the server must have thought I was going to inhale half of the stopper. “Does it meet your satisfaction, sir?” he quickly and shockingly asked. It did, I guess. I had no idea what I was sniffing for. Nor did I have a clue what to be looking for as the wine passed over my tongue. The same television show that taught me that I needed to sniff the cork also told me that I should be performing a whole bunch of other rituals, so I put on a three-ring circus act of swirling the wine so hard that some splashed out onto my pink Izod shirt (thank goodness it was white wine), slurping it aloud, and doing something akin to gargling with it, all in hopes of picking up hints of citrus and notes of vanilla. Years later, I realized my early wine education—the one from the television show—came from Ted Knight’s buffoon-esque character, Ted Baxter, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as I watched an rerun episode in horror one evening on Nick At Night and all those suppressed memories came flooding back. We are not taught how to order wine, how to detect if it is corked or not, what bouquet we should be picking up, what flavor profile to be looking for, or how to pair the wine with food. Some folks do take wine classes, and that is great, but for too many of us, drinking wine is a sitcom that quickly develops into a melodrama. Starting in November, I’ve got a video for you to watch, and a new one each new month. It’s part of our exclusive series of conversations with Virginia winemakers. Each takes one of their favorite vintages and simply describes the wine, its properties, and how to pair it. The videos can be found on our website, We guarantee not a single one will ever have you snorting a cork halfway up one of your nostrils in public.

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kirting the summit of mountains for some 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway provides scenic views through the Appalachians at just about every winding twist-and-turn of the blacktop. This national parkway—and national treasure— turns 75 this year; the road was begun on Sept. 11, 1935, originally as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program to bring jobs to the unemployed of the Great Depression. During the past three-quarters of a century, much of the parkway has remained the same. It’s still a slow-paced drive that changes dramatically from season to season. Brilliant green canopies of leaves, showy wildflowers and abundant wildlife great motorists in the spring; fiery displays of orange, yellow and red leaves play out each autumn, as do crystal-clear views of the surrounding valleys which seem to go on forever. But a lot has changed along the parkway, too, including a proliferation of places to stop and explore. Just off the parkway, or close by, are quaint towns filled with shops and restaurants, wineries serving up Virginia vino, and charming beds-and-breakfasts extending a stay, and more. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway—you’ll find more on our website, Grab a map, jump in the car, and travel not just RE on another road that takes you from M O ON Point A to Point B, but one that takes you through history.









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on Wehner, owner and operator of Chatham Vineyards, looks out across his vineyard, growing in the sandy, loamy soil of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Here on this narrow strip of land, with cross breezes from the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Chesapeake Bay to the west, Wehner grows wine grapes in the shadow of Chatham, a Federal-period brick house built in 1818 and along the tranquil shores of Church Creek. Wehner is a second generation Virginia wine grower; his mother and father planted a vineyard in Great Falls

in 1970. Wehner and his wife, Mills, started Chatham Vineyards in 1999 and have been growing grapes on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for more than a decade now with more than 32,000 French vinifera vines planted in a high density 20-acre vineyard. In addition to overseeing the growing, winemaking and sales at Chatham Vineyards, Wehner is also general management. Mills also works fulltime for the winery, and owns/manages Eastern Shore Classic Wines, the wholesale business the couple run to distribute their wines.

How do you think folks outside Virginia view the wine industry here? Folks outside Virginia are curious about our state. I always find when I travel abroad or within the country that Virginia has a mystic appeal to it. Our ties to the old world, our agrarian history and our winemaking efforts beginning with Jamestown and Monticello have created this image. I think we need to continue our efforts to improve the quality of our wines overall, and to educate people outside the state. I feel fortunate to be operating in partnership with such strong state support from Governor and First Lady McDonnell, his administration, the Virginia Wine Marketing Office, and the Virginia Tourism Commission.

HOW WOULD YOU RECOMMEND SOMEONE LEARN MORE ABOUT WINE? The best way to learn about wine is to taste. Visit tasting rooms and ask questions. Traveling is a great way to immerse yourself in wine culture.

WHAT FACTORS DO YOU CONSIDER IN PAIRING WINE WITH A DISH? One of the most important factors is to pair the weight of the wine with the weight of the meal. Delicate reds should be paired with delicate food, heavier reds should be prepared with heavier food. Crisp whites should be paired with lighter more subtle cuisine.

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NAME THREE THINGS FOLKS SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A WINE. When I choose a wine I first decide on red or white. I then think about wine styles, different wine regions, the food I am having and the friends that I am sharing it with. Also, weather is a huge factor. Crisp whites are wonderful during the summer whereas big reds are nice during the winter months. People’s eating habits change with the seasons. I look at price, I try to avoid the extremes of high and low. I hate to be disappointed. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST REWARDING ASPECTS OF YOUR JOB AND WHY? The most rewarding aspect of my job is getting wine into the bottle. Once it goes into the bottle, it becomes a time capsule of weather conditions, vineyard decisions and the people who worked endless hours making it expressive of the vintage and place.



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WHAT DO YOU SEE AS SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES TO THE VIRGINIA WINE INDUSTRY? The weather is certainly one of the biggest challenges. It is also what makes it so rewarding. I have never seen a perfect vineyard site, not in California or in France. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE GRAPE (OR TWO) GROWN IN THE STATE, AND WHY? The flavor profile of Chardonnay and the ripeness and color of Petit Verdot are consistent in my vineyard, year after year, making them my favorites to grow. This is important when you are developing a brand and creating a following for specific wines. I also think Viognier has a lot of potential. WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF VIRGINIA WINE? The future of Virginia wine is huge.  Virginia wine has come a long way in a short period of time. WHAT DO YOU THINK THOMAS JEFFERSON WOULD THINK OF VIRGINIA WINE TODAY? I think Thomas Jefferson would be delighted. NAME THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE VIRGINIA WINES OF THE MOMENT, AND WHY. Wine not only reflects its place but also the quality of the people who make it.  I have always admired Jim Law at Linden and Luca Paschina at Barboursville. They both produce wonderful wines and contribute to our industry by running a sustainable business.   I have also been impressed with the winemaking talent of Matthieu Finot at King Family. I recently enjoyed his Meritage, the winner of the 2010 Governor’s Cup. VWL

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CHESAPEAKE BAY WINE CLASSIC The largest and most successful wine auction in Virginia turns 20 in November. The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation Grand Auction will be held Nov. 13 at a private estate on the grounds of Bayville Golf Club overlooking the Lynnhaven River. Activities begin at noon with a preview reception featuring cuisine from eight of the region’s top chefs complemented by champagnes and other wines. Auctioneers Fritz Hatton and Elyse Luray take to the stage with an assortment of rare and highly collectible wines; guests can also bid on packages, which range from getaways, dining at area restaurants, luxury merchandise and more. Around two-dozen wineries are participating; wines complement small plates from the Chase Barton of Burton’s Grill, Richard Boone of Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro, Bobby Huber of Steinhilbers Thalia Acre Inn, Todd Jurich of Todd Jurich’s Bistro, Sam McGann of The Blue Point, Jerry Weihbrecht of Zoes Restaurant and Alvin Williams of Cobalt Grille. The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization which has raised and distributed millions of dollars, with the primary beneficiary being the ACCESS College Foundation. ACCESS has helped nearly 75,000 students in the college admission process throughout 10 winter 2010 n Virginia Wine Lover

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wine producing regions of the United States and explores why 200 years after Thomas Jefferson’s failure to cultivate grapes at Monticello the region is finally flourishing as a producer of quality wines,” the film’s producers state. Silverthorn Films worked some 60 days shooting the documentary at such vineyards as Barboursville, King Family, Kluge, Jefferson, Veritas and White Hall. Interviews for the film include Gabrielle Rausse, Luca Paschina, Bill Moses, Tony Champ, David King, Chris Hill, Michael Shaps, Andrew Hodson and others. To order a DVD copy of Vintage: The Winemaker’s Year for $19.95 plus shipping and handling, or for more information on the film, visit www.


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the past 21 years. Over the course of the year, Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation hosts several events in addition to the Grand Auction; the Grand Tasting occurs in late winter/ early spring, and the ladies-only billfish tournament, Wine, Women and Fishing, takes place in late summer. A preview of the live auction lots, silent auction lots and collectors lots, as well as more event information, is available at the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic website,

VINTAGE: THE WINEMAKER’S YEAR A new feature-length documentary focusing on the Virginia wine industry was released in autumn, airing on PBS stations across the nation in October to coordinate with Virginia Wine Month. The film, Vintage: The Winemaker’s Year, is also available for purchase from the movie’s producers, Silverthorn Films. Streaming trailers from the film are also on the website. The project has received rave reviews: an examination of the players and places of the Monticello Wine Region in central Virginia culminates in the 2008 vintage. Along the way, the wine industry’s meteoric rise is explored, including its impact on the such attributes as Virginia’s cultural, social and economic standings. “Vintage examines the factors that make Virginia unique amongst the VINTAGE Photos Courtesy of Silverthorn Films

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Twenty-four Virginia wineries notes say the vintage is “well-balanced submitted wines during the competition, and full-bodied … fruit forward with hints which was judged using the Davis 20 of pear, crisp green apples and a long, point system. Judges awared one gold, smooth finish of toasted marshmallows.” Paradise Springs Winery, just in silver and bronze for each of the 12 The wine is aged in first- and its first year of competition, varietal categories together with two second-year French oak for has taken top honors in the Best of Show medals. nine months sur lie. Sur lie WEB EXCLUSIVE – prestigious Governor’s translates literally from for a complete RE Cup for white M O ON the French for “on lees,” list of winners Best of Show VWL wine with its 2009 which refers to bottling of the red wine was awarded to: Chardonnay. a wine directly from the and white wine King Family cask after fermentation categories for r ia Vineyards’ 2007 Win Love CrossKeys Chardonnay 2008 e without racking, or the Governor’s Meritage won the Winemakers notes: “This delightful wine filtering the wine, from Cup awards, Governor’s Cup for was barrel-fermented in new and used the lees—a remaining visit our website, red wine earlier this French oak for nine months. yeasty residue. In the www.virginiawine year. This was the first Pale straw in color with case of Chardonnay, year the Governor’s Cup a bouquet of apple, this can impart WEB competition was divided flowers, honey and additional flavors, RE EXCLUSIVE – M O ON into two competitions: the judging vanilla, this wine has VWL especially woody/nutty/ for a complete of red wines was held in February and a clean acidity and toasty flavors, and add list of winners the judging of white wines was held in rich mouth-feel that more complexity to the of the 2010 August. This was necessary, competition makes it a perfect r ia wine. e Win Lov Town Point e officials say, because of the surge of complement to Paradise Springs’ 2009 Virginia Wine entries: there were less than 50 in 1982, semi-soft cheeses or Chardonnay is available at Competition, visit our website, the first year of the event, and more than seafood and roasted the winery’s tasting room in www.virginiawine 400 in 2010. poultry dishes.” $18 Clifton. The wine is priced at The Governor’s Cup for white wine was www. $27. For more information, visit awarded at Monticello in early fall during a ceremony hosted by First Lady Maureen McDonnell and Secretary of Agriculture Cooper Noche NV TOWN POINT VIRGINIA Todd Haymore. The competition is Winemakers notes: “Virginia Norton WINE COMPETITION sponsored by the Virginia Wineries infused with essence of chocolate.” $17 Association. - PEH The 19th annual Town Point Virginia More than 200 entries vied for the spot, Wine Competition was held Oct. 8 at the which went to Paradise Springs’ offering Town Point Club in downtown Norfolk. of 100 percent Chardonnay. Winemaker’s n winter 2010

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Afton Mountain 2008 Cabernet Franc

Paired with Chesapeake Chicken: grilled chicken breast topped with sliced Virginia ham and melting cheese with jumbo lump crab garnish Winemaker tasting notes: “The 2008 Cabernet Franc is a medium-bodied wine with a nose of dark cherries. It has mature tannins, with flavors of dark cherry and currants, and good length and depth on the finish. It is 100 percent Cabernet Franc and is an ideal wine for steaks and hearty pastas.”

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And what to enjoy with your wine? We’ve paired exclusive recipes with our Editor’s Picks and created cooking videos with step-by-step instructions—look for a link on our website for these. Our recipes are developed by VWL executive chef Patrick Evans-Hylton, a Johnson & Wales University-trained culinarian. The most important thing to remember is to drink—and eat—what o you enjoy: these are just At H suggestions. The next most important thing to remember is to send in your photos and results of your at-home wine tasting, using our partyplanning tools found on the Virginia Wine Lover website. VWL – PEH

fter hearing of a successful Champagne Smackdown from Hampton Roads wine enthusiast George Kotarides—pitting some impressive French wines against the 2007 Kluge Blanc de Blanc, a Virginia sparkling which came in second place, thankyou-very-much­—we decided to create a column for Virginia Wine Lover. Th is Our “Try This At Home” column encourages wine lovers to host tastings in their home, and report their findings to us. Enthusiasts of all levels can participate —we give you the tools you need for a successful vino venue at our website, Where to start? How about with a tasting of your favorite Virginia wines coordinated in a theme. Maybe taste all Meritage blends, or all Chardonnays, or wines from the Eastern Shore; below, we offer some wines in which to get started, and even have posted video interviews on our website with winemakers to tell you a little more about their vintage.


Wonderful wines and incredible eats pair for a perfect wine tasting evening

DuCard 2008 Popham Run Red Paired with Spaghetti alla Puttanesca with Vegetarian Meatballs Winemaker tasting notes: “Rich red wine bursting with ripe cherry and raspberry aromas, and spicy, peppery character. Named for the stream that runs through the edge of the vineyard. Pairings: pasta and red sauce, grilled kebobs, chicken dishes.”

Sweely 2006 “1867” Meritage

Paired with The Ultimate Burger with Sweet Potato Fries; burger stuffed with goat/blue cheese and served on artisanal buns with wine-mustard and garden fresh greens. Winemaker tasting notes: “Our first release of 1867 is a blend of 75 percent Merlot and 25 percent Cabernet Franc, aged 12 months in new French oak. This wine delivers a ripe black cherry and raspberry nose that reveals rich and toasty aromas with a whiff of vanilla. As this wine opens, the elegance of the fruit exposes a fresh, well balanced wine, with a nose that continues to capture a myriad of slightly caramelized candy and spice aromas.”

Hosting a Virginia Wine Lover wine tasting party at home is easy: 1. Go to www.virginiawinelover. com and download our free, exclusive guidelines. You’ll find wine selection and serving tips, party planning ideas, food pairing guidelines, and easy-to-follow judging sheets for everyone at your party. It couldn’t be easier!

2. Host your party, have fun, and take lots of pictures. Gather your judging sheets from everyone in attendance at the end of the evening; just by participating, you and all your friends will be signed up for our free Virginia Wine Lover e-newsletter featuring exclusive content like wine tips, recipes and giveaways.

3. Send your photos and wine tasting results to us; we’ll post the results on our website and, once per issue of Virginia Wine Lover magazine, we’ll feature a party in print—with everyone in attendance winning a free one-year subscription to the publication.

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(1) We love the fiery flavors that each crisp chip delivers with ROUTE 11’s MAMA ZUMA’S REVENGE HABANERO POTATO CHIP. This is a great chip to add some heat and some crunch to mini crab balls at holiday gatherings: crush chips finely and roll crab balls, prepared from your favorite recipe, in the breading before cooking. Don’t have a favorite crab ball recipe? Check out our Web Exclusive (see below) for our exclusive recipe. Available in combo cases and tins; prices vary.

(3) Serve guests a Virginia Highland Maple Coffee by adding 1 ounce PURE VIRGINIA MAPLE SYRUP along with 2 ounces dark rum to a mug of hot coffee, stir, and top with whipped cream for a unique take on Irish Coffee. This syrup comes from the southernmost commercial collection point of maple syrup, and yeah, it’s pretty awesome on pancakes and waffles, too. Available in plastic jugs and glass maple leaf bottles from 50 ml. to gallon size.


The Virginia’s Finest program promotes a wide assortment of made-in-Virginia products from baked goods to cheese to seafood to snack foods—many which pair perfectly with Virginia wine. It’s easy to put together a basket with a couple of the tasty treats and a bottle or two of vino for seasonal gift-giving or incorporate some of the products in holiday entertaining. Here are a few of our favorite Virginia products, and how we like to show them off:

don’t mask the flavors: we drizzle it on a relish tray with a variety of olives, artisancured meats, feta and hard cheeses, then garnish with fresh rosemary. $16.99. www.


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From Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago By Ramin Ganeshram Dough Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened 2 1/2 cups freshly grated or frozen grated coconut (not dried or sweetened) 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup candied cherries, roughly chopped



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Sugar Syrup (optional) Ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup water

Method Preheat oven to 350F and grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Stir in the butter, coconut, raisins, cherries and candied peel. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, egg, vanilla and Mixed Essence. Add to the dry ingredients and beat well. You will have a heavy batter. Divide the batter equally between the prepared loaf pans and sprinkle with currants. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove the breads from the oven and let cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. While the breads are cooling, make the Sugar Syrup by mixing the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Simmer until the sugar melts and the mixture slightly thickens to a thin syrup, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Brush the loaves with the syrup and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Set aside to dry. Note on Mixed Essense, from Ramin We Ganeshram: “Mixed Essence, which is often found pair in West Indian baked goods, is essential to the our flavor. It is available in Caribbean markets, but if Sweet you can’t find it, you can substitute equal parts Bread of vanilla extract, almond extract and pear with Holly essence. Store it in a tightly sealed, darkcolored jar.” VWL Grove Vineyards’

2009 Celebration ($18).

Special thank you to Chef Jonathan Highfield and Culinary Institute of Virginia, where Highfield instructs, for creating the dishes shown above. More information:

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<< seafood, to pies and preserved fruits, wines and punches, and baked goods. Baked goods this time of year featured fancy ingredients, such as spices and exotic fruits coming up as part of the triangular trade routes between the Caribbean, the Colonies and England. Trade between Virginia and the Caribbean for a number of products—spices, rum and sugar among them—was regular and frequent. From Ramin Ganeshram comes Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago (Hippocrene Books, $19.95) and a wealth of recipes from that island nation, the homeland of her father. Included in the book are many wonderful dishes, including an assortment of sweets that are flavored wonderfully with Caribbean spices. Three of our favorite sweets are perfect for holiday entertaining, including two fruitcake-like baked goods, a Black Cake and Sweet Bread. These are not your typical fruitcakes: the flavors are well developed and accented with a myriad of spices. They are great for entertaining and holiday giftgiving. Another delightful treat are the Coconut Tarts—sinfully, sugary bites bursting with flavors from the islands.





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ord association: fondue. Rich, dark wood walled ski chalets. Titanic hearths ablaze with a roaring fire. A snowy, winter wonderland. Sitting on a furskin rug, legs crossed and tooties cozy in wool socks at a communal table with others, laughing and telling stories from the slopes, all the while dipping slices of fresh French bread in an earthenware pot of melted cheese. Some tall blonde guy named Lars fillingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;then refillingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;your glass with a great wine. Virginia may not be Switzerland, and you may lack any friends named Lars, but you can have a fabulous fondue party this winter, at a ski resort or at home. Here is how:

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To do: Toss 1 pound grated Guyere cheese with 2 tablespoons flour to coat and set aside. Cut 1 garlic clove in half and rub around the inside of your fondue pot. Add 2 cups dry white wine to the pot, place on a stove top and bring to a simmer; do not boil. In small handfuls, add the coated cheese, stirring with a wooden spoon until melted; repeat until all cheese is melted. Add 2 tablespoons brandy and 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg. Stir continually and heat until it comes to a boil, then transfer pot to a low heat source for serving. Dip-ins: chunks of French bread, firm vegetables like broccoli and miniature carrots, and pieces of cooked meat like grilled chicken; offer fondue forks to spear the food and dip into the cheese. Pair with: Although this fondue is made with white wine, the nutty, hearty flavor of the cheese, along with the addition of the garlic, brandy and nutmeg, make it richer and able to stand up to a good red. We recommend the Sunset Hills Vineyards 2008 Benevino Cabernet Franc ($22). From the winemakers’ notes: “… a delicate wine, with bright cherry and spicy fruit mixed with an earthy, slate quality … food-friendly, lighter and with a wonderfully delicate balance.”

Here is a list of Virginia slopes: Bryce Resort 1982 Fairway Dr., Basye 540-856-2121 Season: December – mid-March typically Base elevation: 1,250 feet; summit elevation: 1,750 feet Slopes: 25 skiable acres; longest run: 3,500 feet; lifts: 5 Snow: 30 inches annually; 100 percent manmade on all slopes Signature Trail: Revenuers Run The Homestead 7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs 540-839-1766 Season: December – March typically Base elevation: 2,500 feet; summit elevation: 3,200 feet Slopes: 45 skiable acres; longest run: 4,200 feet; lifts: 5 Snow: 50 inches annually; 100 percent manmade on all slopes Massanutten Resort 1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville 540-289-9441 Season: December – mid-March typically Base elevation: 1,750 feet; summit elevation: 2,925 feet Slopes: 70 skiable acres; longest run: 4,100 feet; lifts: 7 Snow: 56 inches annually; 100 percent manmade on all slopes Signature trail: ParaDice Wintergreen Resort Route 664, Wintergreen 434-325-2200 Season: November – late March, typically Base elevation: 2,512 feet; summit elevation: 3,515 feet Slopes: 90 skiable acres; longest run: 7,392 feet Snow: 40 inches annually; 100 percent manmade on all slopes Signature trail: Wild Turkey VWL




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irginia now proudly boasts almost 150 wineries, producing quality quaffs that are gaining a well-deserved national and international reputation. Increasingly, restaurants throughout Virginia are featuring these wines and offering selections not only by the bottle but also by the glass as a means of introducing even more folks to our world-class vintages. The following restaurants all offer Virginia wine(s) by the glass, and Virginia Wine Lover magazine invites you to stop by one of these fine establishments and raise a glass – or two – to our wine industry.


Restaurant 3 Arlington

Bilbo Baggins Restaurant Alexandria

Stardust Alexandria Tempo Restaurant Alexandria

Brass Cannon Restaurant Gainesville

The Red Fox Inn Middleburg

Café Torino Warrenton

The Wine Kitchen Leesburg

Fire Works Pizza Leesburg Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar McLean Goodstone Inn & Estate Middlebrug

The Jefferson Hotel Lemaire, T.J.’s Richmond


The Melting Pot Richmond

Aberdeen Barn of Charlottesville Charlottesville

Jackson 20 Alexandria

Madigan’s Waterfront Historic Occoquan Magnolias at the Mill Purcellville

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Charleys Waterfront Café and Wine Bar Farmville Depot Grille Lynchburg

Downtown Grille Charlottesville

Lightfoot Restaurant Leesburg


Palladio Restaurant, Barboursville Vineyards Barboursville

Dish Lynchburg

Lansdowne Resort Leesburg

South River Restaurant & Wine Shop Waynesboro

Tuscarora Mill Restaurant Leesburg

Harry's Tap Room Arlington

Hunter’s Head Tavern Upperville

Siips Wine & Champange Bar Charlottesville

Thornton River Grille Sperryville

The II Georges Inn Danville

Historic Cedar Knoll Inn Restaurant Alexandria

Restaurant Pomme Gordonsville

The Dining Room at Berkley Hotel Richmond

Griffin Tavern Flint Hill

Hidden Horse Tavern Middleburg

Outer Banks Seafood Company Midlothian

Edible Garden Richmond Hamiltons’ at First & Main Charlottesville Hunter’s Head Tavern Upperville Keswick Hall Keswick Main St. Eatery and Catering Company Lynchburg Mangia Lynchburg Maxine’s Fine Dining at The Manor Resort Farmville

The Pointe at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel Charlottesville The White Hart Café Lynchburg WESTERN REGION Oddfella’s Cantina Floyd Zeppolis Inc. Blacksburg EASTERN REGION Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant Virginia Beach Aberdeen Barn of Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Angelo’s By The Sea Virginia Beach Berret’s Seafood Restaurant Williamsburg Bistro 515 at Holiday Inn & Suites Williamsburg Blue Talon Bistro Williamsburg Brutti’s Portsmouth

Café Provencal Williamsburg Catch 31 Virginia Beach Deja Blu Virginia Beach Fin Newport News

Restaurant owners

Gabriel Archer Tavern Williamsburg

and sommeliers:

Little Italy Ristorante Nassawadox

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Lynnhaven Fish House Virginia Beach

wine by the glass, too?

Mahi Mah’s Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Saloon Virginia Beach

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Montgomery Grill Portsmouth


Outer Banks Seafood Company Virginia Beach


Passion the Restaurant Chesapeake Riverstone Chophouse N. Suffolk Riverwalk Yorktown Rockafeller’s Restaurant Virginia Beach Salacia – Prime Steaks and Seafood Virginia Beach Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro Va Beach Schlesinger’s Newport News Smithfield Station Smithfield Surf Club Virginia Beach Swan Terrace at The Founders Inn & Spa Virginia Beach

The City Dock Restaurant at Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Norfolk The Trellis Restaurant Williamsburg Tradewinds at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel Virginia Beach Vintage Kitchen Norfolk Vintage Tavern Suffolk Waterman’s Surfside Grille Virginia Beach Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant Williamsburg SHENANDOAH REGION

Buon Amici Williamsburg

Sweet Madeline's Cafe & Catering Hayes

One Block West Winchester

Burton’s Grill Virginia Beach

The Boxwood Inn Newport News

Staunton Grocery Staunton

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A Grape Grows in Richmond Cultivated almost 200 years ago in virginia, the norton grape takes firm root Interviews by Joe Tennis Introduction by Patrick Evans-Hylton


olks had high hopes for winegrowing in Virginia from the very first settlers in 1607 through the period of Thomas Jefferson in the late 18th-century; alas, growing conditions in the colony-cum-state made it difficult for the European vitis vinifera— the typical wine-producing grape—to take root here. But in the first part of the 1800s, Dr. Daniel Norborne Norton developed his own grape from the native American vitis aestivalis to be a viable wine-making fruit. Norton first grew the grape—thought to be a long forgotten variety—in Richmond in 1830. The intense flavor is similar to the Concord but less sweet. Winemakers realized the value in using the Norton grape to produce high-quality, dry table wine—unusual for a native American grape.

One of the most successful ventures came from Charlottesville’s Monticello Wine Company, which blended it in its Virginia Claret. Norton became a staple of American winemaking before Prohibition. Norton is established in Virginia once again and present in award-winning wines from around 30 of the state’s wineries. To find out more about this American beauty, writer Joe Tennis talks grapes with three of the state’s key Norton players: Neil Glaser, marketing director at Horton Vineyards since 1989; Washingtonian Magazine food and wine editor Todd Kliman, author of The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine; and Jennifer McCloud, owner of Chrysalis Vineyards.


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scale of intensity in difference in flavor. Once you got it in your mouth, it had the characteristics of the Spanish reds that were real fruity reds that I happen to like. And so I fell love with Norton.

Dennis Horton VWL: How did you get interested in the Norton grape? GLASER: Dennis Horton is from Hermann, Missouri. There was a winery next to him. And they had a Norton. And he had always heard about the Norton grape coming originally from Virginia . . . He was interested in growing his grapes here in Virginia in ’87, ’88, ’89. When they were getting ready to plant, he thought, ‘Hey, let’s bring Norton back to Virginia.’ KLIMAN: I drank the wine one night at a, sort of, thrown-together dinner. And I was really intrigued by it, because it didn’t taste at all like anything that I had had before. It didn’t taste anything like a European grape. It didn’t taste anything like what I had been drinking from California or Oregon or Washington ... It was very earthy and kind of wild, and it was just interesting. JENNIFER MCCLOUD: There was a conference in Charlottesville ... The theme that year that year was ‘Alternative Grape Varieties,’ and that really appealed to me. . . And speaking on the speakers’ table was Dennis Horton (of Horton Vineyards) and Alan Kinne . . . Then after lunch, out came this stuff called Norton, and I had never heard of it before … I had never tasted anything quite like it. It reminded me from a character sense alone (of being) kind of out there, a little bit, you know, pungent, a little bit—‘gamey’ is not the right word, but it’s almost in the same

VWL: How did you get involved in the growing of the Norton grape? GLASER: It was 1989. It was like five acres of the original 55-acres of vines. And we planted it at the bottom of the hill, which was the toughest spot of the mountain, where we planted grapes . . . And he figured Norton would do well. And so he put it at the toughest spot. And it thrived—in the tough spot. MCCLOUD: I came to Virginia specifically to grow Norton and the other grape varieties that I felt would ripen properly and rise to a level of world-class properties . . . And then when I heard of Norton being native, growing on its own root, being the most disease-resistant variety grown in the world . . . It was exciting to me. VWL: How do you think folks in general perceive wine made with the Norton grape? GLASER: I’ve poured Norton for probably more people than most in the last 15 years or 20 years. And it’s always interesting. If the American wine connoisseur walks up, and he tastes Norton for the first time, there’s a real 50-50 shot there if it’s going to go good or bad. The aroma of the wine and the flavors of the wine and the big acidity are shocking to someone who’s a Cabernet drinker or a Merlot drinker—if that’s their expertise. It really attacks your palette. It’s a different kind of wine . . . But for people who don’t drink red wine, it’s like ‘Wow, that’s the first red wine that I’ve ever liked.’ KLIMAN: People either love the Norton or hate the Norton. And, in the book, I say that it’s the grape of love and hate—and nothing in between … It’s a grape of extremes. And it’s the wine of extremes. It’s the wine of love and hate … I love the fact people would hate it, as well as love it. I love that it provokes that kind of extreme reaction. MCCLOUD: The people who maybe turn their nose up a little bit at them are the ones that are sort of an up-andcoming wine snoot, you know? And the people that I found that really are attracted to Norton are either new to wines, and they don’t have these ideas

Todd Kliman and they haven’t listened to the Robert Parkers of the world. VWL: How do you think wine lovers generally perceive wine made with the Norton grape? GLASER: When you age these wines, the connoisseurs will like them when they’re really old . . . I always suggest to them, ‘Lay it down and try it out in seven years.’ At first, it may be too fruity and acidic when it’s young for your average wine lover . . . It’s a really good bottle of wine that ages beautifully. Some of the best juice I’ve had is old Norton. KLIMAN: They’re divided, too. I know there are wine lovers who love it. I know there are wine lovers who hate it. And I don’t think there are many who fall in between. MCCLOUD: I think it’s a matter of their experience with wines and a matter of their interest in regionality of wines . . . I think wine lovers perceive Norton as an alternate to the more

Read more about it The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine By Todd Kliman Clarkson Potter, 2010 $25 More information:

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MCCLOUD: Well, you know, you’re talking to, like, the prime evangelist of the Norton grape. I have the world’s largest planting of it. I came here to grow it. I think it’s absolutely worthy of restoration. And I am kind of proud to be leading the charge for the restoration of Norton.

mainstream European red . . . It has a very unique character and identity, which I think is a necessary quality for a great grape. I mean, if it tasted like some other grape, then why not just have the other grape? VWL: What are the best properties of the Norton grape for wine making? GLASER: The first year we picked Norton, it was difficult. Because each of the berries was so small, there’s hardly any juice inside the berry. MCCLOUD: Balance is a key to any kind of quality level … We’re balancing acid, fruitiness—and, in the case of a red wine, tannin, alcohol . . . A really good red wine has to be balanced . . . In that sense, Norton has it all going for it for an age-worthy red wine—one that can improve in the bottle for years and years, or decades, even. So it has high acid. It has incredible fruitiness. The fruit has staying power . . . Norton has gobs of fruit. So it can balance its firm acidity with sufficient fruit. VWL: What are the challenges of growing the Norton grape? GLASER: I know some years it’s been a very easy grape to grow. And other years there’s been problems that have been unforeseen. MCCLOUD: If you work at it, Norton is truly our only grape variety that can be grown organically ... There aren’t any challenges … once it’s established, the stuff is bulletproof. . . . It wants to grow here. It’s native … We joke that if it’s not in a vineyard, the damn thing’s a weed. VWL: What are the challenges of wine making with the Norton grape? GLASER: It’s not that same kind of balance chemically. The sugar is a little lower, and you have an acid that’s much higher . . . When it come to the winemaking part of it, then you have to make those adjustments. MCCLOUD: There are challenges in making good red wines with the Norton fruit. I think those challenges center around ensuring that you’re harvesting ripe Norton fruit . . . Handling the acids is probably the key constraint to quality wine-making with Norton. VWL: What is the future of the Norton grape? GLASER: We’re making these Port wines. We made one recently where we blended three different old, old, old

Jennifer Mccloud barrels of Norton—12 and 11 and 10 year-old barrels of Norton for our Port wines . . . I think people are trying to find ways to market it better, to get it under people’s noses. Sometimes that might take a slight gimmick. KLIMAN: I think there is renewed or new interest in the Norton. I think that’s a great thing. I just can’t see it becoming what it was destined to become. It had a real future 120130 years ago, and I can’t see it ever reaching that again. But I think it will continue to grow, and I think it will have a place for certain people

VWL: How does the Norton grape fit in with Virginia’s ambitions to be known as a wine-growing region? GLASER: Whenever the marketing offices, or the Powers That Be, whenever they think about Norton, they sort of hide the fact that this thing comes from Virginia. It doesn’t seem to be popular from the Powers That Be. But when it comes to wine makers and wine lovers and folks who are Norton fans, they want to see a lot more made about that it’s from Virginia. KLIMAN: Even among this outsider wine region, and Virginia still really is, Norton remains an outsider. That interests me . . . I find it interesting that Norton remains an outsider among outsiders MCCLOUD: I think Virginia’s native grape has a great future. I think people are going to again appreciate regionality . . . And I would rather make the world’s best Norton than the world’s 400th-best Merlot . . . It’s our grape. I think Norton fits in at the top. Let’s restore our own native grape—our wine that was once renowned. VWL

Wineries with Norton releases Abingdon Vineyard Winery Barrel Oak Winery Belle Mount Vineyards Bluemont Vineyard Bright Meadows Farm Burnley Vineyards Byrd Cellars Casanel Vineyards Castle Gruen Vineyards and Winery Chrysalis Vineyards Cooper Vineyards Dry Mill Vineyards Winery DuCard Vineyards Glass House Winery Horton Vineyards

Hummel Vineyards Keswick Vineyards Lexington Valley Vineyard Molliver Vineyards Mountain Cove Vineyards New Kent Winery Paradise Springs Winery Potomac Point Winery Rappahannock Cellars Rockbridge Vineyard The Winery at La Grange Veramar Vineyard Weston Farm Vineyard and Winery Wisteria Farm & Vineyard Source: n WINTER 2010

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

A wintertime retreat to Loudoun County warms the heart, imagination By Patrick Evans-Hylton

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of Washington, D.C., Loudoun County feels worlds apart. The rolling countryside and charming villages make a great retreat; close enough to the city for convenience, yet far enough for a true feeling of escape. Although some warm weather activities are put on hold this time of year, the winter season (average Leesburg high temperature in December is 47F) provides charm on its own: visits to some of the two-dozen area wineries; touring art galleries and antique shops; enjoying dinner at some of the region’s fine dining restaurants that support local farmers; and a host of holiday-themed events among them.


We checked into Lansdowne Resort, and were warmly greeted in the lobby. We walked on plush carpet to a soaring atrium that opened up and provided incredible views through floor-to-ceiling windows to the adjacent, beautiful countryside. Our views stretched from the resort to the Potomac River nearby; 22 winter 2010 n Virginia Wine Lover

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it was a perfect crisp, cool day with powder blue skies. We couldn’t wait to get to the room and begin exploring Loudoun County. Lansdowne offers a number of getaways, including a girls weekend, romance packages, and offerings tied to their spa services and, in season, golfing; check their website for more details. The resort itself offers some 296 rooms, including 14 spacious suites. Our room was well-appointed and provided us with a look out to pastoral surroundings. The resort offers many wintertime ways to unwind, including Spa Minerale, the multi-pool Aquatic Complex and a health club. The Spa Minerale is a welcome relief to the stresses of the holiday period: wrapped in a luxurious, thick robe, tea cam be enjoyed by a fireplace before enjoying a number of treatments. Among the Spa Minerale offerings are massage, body treatments, facials and other skin care, salon services, and steam, sauna and whirlpool. The atmosphere in the 12,000-square-foot facility is sophisticated, calming and relaxing—a perfect treat.

Throughout the facility, service was remarkable, from check-in to valet service, as was service at the On The Potomac restaurant, where we enjoyed a fantastic meal. In fact, one of the best charcuterie platters I’ve ever had was served for us at On The Potomac, a beautiful prelude to a completely enjoyable meal. Dinner at On The Potomac was also a wonderful way to get a taste of local wines: there are plenty of Virginia wines offered at the eatery, all selected to perfectly pair with the exquisite cuisine. The menu offerings of food and wine are seasonal.


A large portion of our time was spent in Leesburg, completely charming with a quaint historic district filled with shops, art galleries, wine boutiques and fine dining restaurants. Two of our favorite places to dine are very local-centric, through both food and wine. Magnolias at the Mill (www. in Purcellville is welcoming and alluring and set in an continued on pg 24 >>> old mill.

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Lansdowne Resort

Where to go, what to know Corcoran Vineyards

Where to stay Lansdowne Resort

Lansdowne Resort 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Lansdowne. 877-509-8400

Wines include: Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Malbec, Meritage

Wines include: Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin

Doukenie Winery

Wines include: white wine blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, red wine blends, late harvest zinfandel

There are also wonderful bedand-breakfasts in the area. A full listing of B&B options can be found through the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia,

Wines include: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, white wine blends, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, red wine blends, Syrah, various fruit wines including raspberry and blackberry

Where to imbibe

Dry Mill Vineyard & Winery

There are some two-dozen wineries in Loudoun County, including:

8 Chains North

Wines include: Sauvignon Blanc, white wine blends, Merlot, Bordeaux-style blends

Bluemont Vineyard

Wines include: Vidal Blanc, Viognier, rose’, Merlot, Norton and various fruit wines including peach, strawberry and blackberry

Wines include: Chardonnay, Traminette, Viognier, rose’, Cabernet Franc, Norton, Syrah

Fabbioli Cellars

Wines include: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Meritage, Sangiovese, various fruit wines including raspberry, pear (port style) and black raspberry (port style)

Hidden Brook Winery

Wines include: Bordeaux-style blends, rose’

Wines include: Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, white wine blends, rose’, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Merlot, red wine blends

Breaux Vineyards

Hiddencroft Vineyards

Boxwood Winery

Wines include: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, rose’, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Meritage, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot and Syrah

Casanel Vineyards

Wines include: Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Norton

Chrysalis Vineyards

Wines include: Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, red wine blends, and various fruit wines including sweet cherry, raspberry-Chambourcin and blueberry-Chambourcin

Hillsborough Vineyards

Wines include: Viognier, white wine blends, rose’, Fer Servadou, Meritage, red wine blends, Tannat

Lost Creek Vineyard & Winery Wines include: Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, white wine blends, rose’, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Merlot

Loudoun Valley Vineyards Chrysalis Vineyards

Wines include: Albarino, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, rose’, Norton, Petit Verdot, red blends, Tannat

Notaviva Vineyards

Wines include: Chardonnay, Riesling, white wine blends, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Merlot, red wine blends, various fruit wines including apple

Quattro Goomba’s Winery

Sunset Hills Vineyard Wines include: Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, white wine blends, rose’, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Swedenburg Estate Vineyard Wines include: Chardonnay, Riesling, white wine blends, rose’, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir

Tarara Winery

Wines include: Chardonnay, Viognier, white wine blends, rose’, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage, Merlot, red wine blends, Syrah

Village Winery

Wines include: Viognier, rose’, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, red wine blends, various fruit wines including apple and elderberry

Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Wines include: Albarino, Chardonnay, Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, white wine blends, rose’, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Merlot, Petit Verdot, various fruit wines including apple

Zephaniah Farm Vineyard

Wines include: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Merlot

What to do Some of our favorite winter-time things to do while in Loudoun County include:

Ashburn Ice House

Facility with two NHL-size ice rinks, video arcade, restaurant and proshop; Ashburn

Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers Percussive dance group performing to a variety of music from bluegrass to pop; Waterford.

Christmas in Middleburg

A holiday celebration with a horse country-theme, including a parade of nearly 100 horses and riders in red riding coats; Middleburg

Christmas Light Trolley Tour A tour through Purcellville neighborhoods aboard a trolley viewing Christmas lights displays followed by an evening of carols, roasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa; Purcellville

Crossroads of Conflict: Northern Virginia Civil War Trails

Self-guided trail featuring prominent Civil War sites in Northern Virginia.

Cooking Class Weekend at Briar Patch

A weekend getaway at Briar Patch B&B with cooking classes and gourmet goodies; Middleburg.

Dining Out

Scores of restaurants are located across Loudoun County; a full list can be found on the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association website.

Gallery 222

A gallery of original fine art from some of the region’s premier artists; Leesburg.

Glenfiddich Farm Pottery

A collection of handmade saltglazed, functional stoneware items; Leesburg.

Leesburg’s First Friday

An event celebrating Leesburg through the arts, shopping, food and wine on the first Friday of each month, except January; Leesburg.

Leesburg Vintner

An accommodating shop filled with local wines and Virginia foods; Leesburg.

National Sporting Library

A research center chronicling horse and field sports though art, literature and culture; Middleburg.

Shopping - Antiques

Dozens of antique shops are located across Loudoun County; a full list can be found on the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association website.

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O carefully whom we would call on this time around, and whom we would visit on our next trip. Our stops included Doukenie Winery (three to try: 2009 Mandolin, 2008 Vintner’s Reserve, 2008 Petit Verdot), Fabbioli Cellars (three to try: Apertif Pear Wine, 2009 Rosa Luna, 2008 Tre Sorelle) Loudoun Valley Vineyards (three to try: 2005 Legacy, 2005 Dynasty Reserve, 2006 Vinifera White) and Sunset Hills Vineyard (three to try: 2008 Cabernet Franc, 2009 Viognier, 2008 Unoaked Chardonnay.) Because much of Loudoun County is rural, and many wineries are located down winding, narrow roads, and because we wanted to sample in earnest without worry about navigating ourselves safely back to the hotel, we used the services of Virginia Wine Adventures ( to take us from winery-to-winery. The service was professional—our driver was charming and informative— and touring was made easy and effortless as we traversed wine country in a comfortable mini bus. The good folks at Virginia Wine Adventures even provided a light lunch of sandwiches, cheese and crackers, and sweets, which we enjoyed during our stop at Sunset Hills Vineyard. Each winery was wonderful in its own way—a folksy, country farmhouse-style was predominate at Doukenie Winery and Sunset Hills Vineyard; eclectic garagistes form-and-function was offered at Fabbioli Cellars; and mid-century modern style was evident at Loudoun Valley Vineyards. Note: do check with wineries regarding their hours of operation during winter months, as they can vary greatly from other times of the year.


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An American regional menu offers a number of small plate items, including brick oven pizzas, sandwiches and burgers, as well as an assortment of dinner entrees—offered at great price points. Some items come from the wood fire oven, including shrimp and grits, bacon-wrapped filet and a duo of local sausages. Eight Virginia wines were offered on the list. Sister restaurant Tuscarora Inn (www. in Leesburg also offers a casual but fine dining experience with a menu featuring ingredients from many local farmers, growers and producers. As with Magnolias, the emphasis is on fresh, seasonal American regional cuisine at attractive prices. On a recent menu, Duck & Waffles caught our attention with such components as: grilled Hudson Valley duck breast, basil-roasted garlic waffle, foie gras-stuffed prunes, Waterford elderberry glaze, snow peas and Vidalias. Tuscarora Inn’s commitment to Virginia wine goes beyond their list, however; the restaurant offers the Tuskies Wine Trail (, a large charactateur map of the region featuring not only area wineries, but other services and amenities such as limos and lodging. The 24 inch-by-36 inch map shows muststop places in the region, as well as providing address, contact information and descriptions of each participating establishment. You can pick one up at Tuscarora Inn or Magnolias. A side excursion was made one afternoon for some holiday shopping at

the nearby Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets (, a collection of more than 100 outlet stores including Barneys New York, Coach, Juicy Couture, Polo Ralph Lauren and more. Hillsborough Viineyard



Another large part of our visit was spent exploring nearby wineries. Around two dozen wineries produce awardwinning quaffs from the terroir of the region, so we had to pick-and-choose

Leesburg and Loudoun County were wonderful to visit. The attractions, even in the winter, plentiful and substantial; the folks everywhere we met friendly and generous. Our heart and imagination warmed and long weekend done, we made a stop one last time at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, then down the road at Tysons Corner, to get some shopping done. Our car was loaded with vino from what Loudoun bills itself as “D.C.’s Wine Country;” some for us and some for giftgiving. It was a great getaway; we look forward to returning when the earth tilts the other way on its axis and seeing what the region offers then.

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The Civil War’s Sequicentennial

Stonewall Jackson House House museum with many of Jackson’s belongings

Stonewall Jackson House*


Virginia Military Institute Museum Museum with focus on the Civil War and cadet history A full site, activities and events can be found at the LexingtonRockbridge County Chamber of Commerce website.


he small town of Lexington, We like the Alexander-Withrow House, built in 1789 and located settled in 1777, is an in the center of downtown independent city within Lexington. Rockbridge County and located about 50 miles A full listing of lodging can north of Roanoke. History be found at the LexingtonRockbridge County Chamber of predominates Lexington; Commerce website. the town seems at ease in both the past and present. In fact, that is a large part of its charm, found in TO SUP the hospitality of its people, the We enjoy house-roasted coffee architecture of many of its buildings, and fresh baked goods at Lexington Coffee Shop. and the theme of many of its events. Hunter’s Raid took place here; an attack by Union Gen. David Hunter on the town and specifically Virginia Blue Ridge Military Institute (VMI.) VMI was Vineyard instrumental in training of the Southern Fincastle Vineyard & armies and, as a unit, participating in Winery actual battles, such as the Battle of 220 New Market. Also, Southern luminaries Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson Virginia Mountain are both buried in Lexington. Vineyards History Uncorked is an ongoing column examining Virginia people and places of the American Civil War during its sesquicentennial through travel to historic destinations statewide. Roanoke * Courtesy of the Stonewall Jackson House Collection, Stonewall Jackson Foundation, Lexington, Virginia

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Classic regional fare (fried chicken, sautéed rainbow trout, meatloaf, liver and onions) is enjoyed at Southern Inn.


Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery Jackson and hundreds of other Confederates are buried here

Valhalla Vineyards Wines include: Chardonnay, Viognier, white wine blends, rose’, Cabernet Sauvignon, red wine blends, Sangiovese, Syrah, dessert

Rockbridge Vineyard

A full listing dining options can be found at the LexingtonRockbridge County Chamber of Commerce website.

Virginia Mountain Vineyards Wines include: Chardonnay, Traminette, white wine blends, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, red wine blends





Rockbridge Vineyard Wines include: Chardonnay, Riesling, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, rose’, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Concord, Meritage, Merlot, Norton, Pinot Noir, Syrah

Lee Chapel at Washington & Lee University Campus Robert E. Lee and family are buried here

Lexington: Home of vmi, resting place of lee jackson

VMI Photo by Kevin Remington





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Wineries in the region include:


Barren Ridge Vineyards Wines include: Chardonnay, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, rose’, Cabernet Franc, Meritage, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Touriga, Viognier-Vidal Blanc ice winestyle blend


Blue Ridge Vineyard Wines include: Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Traminette, white wine blends, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, red wine blends, dessert Fincastle Vineyard & Winery Wines include: Chardonnay, Traminette, Viognier, white wine blends, rose’, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Rockbridge Vineyard

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Abingdon Art and History Make Abingdon an Ideal Holiday Excursion


Fall 2010 Events

Nov 5-7 — Mistletoe Market at SW Virginia Higher Education Center Nov 19-21 — Christmas Craft Show at Cooms Center Nov 20 — A Taste of Home Cooking School December 4 — Polar Express Storytelling at the Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum Dec 5 — Christmas Tour of Historic Homes Dec 13 — Community Christmas at the Barter Theatre Nov 27-Dec 18 — Holiday Market at the Farmers Market - Every Saturday

“Entertain Your Senses”


Throughout the Holiday Season

Abingdon, VA is Home to: Barter Theatre Virginia Creeper Trail White’s Mill William King Museum Historical District Fields-Penn House Museum Star Museum

800-435-3440 • • 276-676-2282

ocated just north of the Virginia-North Carolina border, Abingdon sits in the Blue Ridge Highlands of Southwest Virginia. Its rich history and abundance of arts aren’t the only things that will put Abingdon on the top of your vacation list. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of activities year-round and shopping, spas, restaurants and wineries will satisfy just about anyone. Hike, bike or horseback ride along more than 34 miles of breathtaking scenery on the Virginia Creeper Trail, which began as a railroad in the early 1900s. As you stroll through Abingdon, its downtown will reveal brick-lined sidewalks, buildings dating back to the 1700s, and other historic landmarks, including White’s Mill, a water-powered grist mill. With museums, theaters and art galleries, you will quickly see how the arts influence Abingdon’s charming culture. Every summer, Abingdon’s streets are filled with arts and crafts, antiques, entertainers and nationallyknown writers and lecturers as it hosts the Virginia Highlands Festival. The festival began in 1948 to preserve and celebrate the arts and culture of the area, and has continued to flourish over the last several decades, being named one of the Top 100 Art Festivals in 2010. Whether you want to spend a night or just the day at the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa, it’s definitely worth a visit. Originally built in 1832 as a private residence, it went on to hold a finishing school for young women, a hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War and a women’s college. Today, it has evolved into an elegant hotel and spa while still honoring its significant past. Head to Barter Theatre, Abingdon’s yearround theatre, to see a show and experience its rich history. Get into the holiday spirit with a showing of It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the other holiday-themed shows playing this season. Please see our Wine Map and Guide starting on page 38 for information on wineries in the area.

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Lexington a rustic retreat


ake one look at the breathtaking vistas that surround Lexington and you will surely be singing how the hills are alive. Situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lexington abounds with awe-inspiring views and that good ‘ole Appalachian music—not to mention a rich history dating all the way back to the Civil War era. Lexington is a city of adventure. Formidable mountains brace the county with walls eager to be tackled by a willing hiker. Parks and hiking trails litter the landscape to the brim ready for hikers any season. Even the ever popular Appalachian Trail runs through the county in a few locations, making Lexington a true hiker’s paradise. With a scene as beautiful as Lexington’s so many other outdoor activities are available too, such as camping, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding and hunting. Or just sit back and enjoy some local Appalachian tunes “…Lexington by one of the many abounds with bluegrass groups of awe-inspiring the area. Head south of views and the city and bare that good ‘ole witness to one of Appalachian Virginia’s most music—not to unique and immense natural wonders, mention a rich the Natural Bridge. history dating all Twenty stories of pure rock formation, the way back the Natural Bridge to the Civil draws in sightseers War era.” from all over. In addition, you can explore the underground formations of the caves nearby. As for the historic aspects of Lexington, the city is home to the Virginia Military Institute, which has a museum on campus. Travel back in time to the Civil War as you enter the Stonewall Jackson House. Discover the mysteries of the past and learn about the legendary nickname “Stonewall” at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery where the general himself is buried. A visit to Lexington isn’t complete without tasting some of the award-winning wines at Rockbridge Vineyard and Lexington Valley Vineyard, both local wineries in the area.

“Great Weekend Getaway”, featured in Nat’l Geo Travel Magazine August-09

Osceola Mill

Bed & Breakfast Fine Dining & Lodging Valley Mill by P. Buckley Moss

The Historic Lower McCormick Mill now serves as a premier restaurant and inn. Lexington, Virginia area. 540-377-mill(6455) • 866-747-mill

LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA The streets, roads and trails are paved with memories. Call for your free travel guide. Toll-free: 877-453-9822 |

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Harrisonburg call harrisonburg your home for the holidays

I Your first resort. Massanutten Resort | (540) 289-4952

n the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is the ideal spot for a weekend getaway or a long stay. History comes to life and outdoor adventures abound in this small Virginia town, but not without fine dining, shopping and wine around every corner to complement your excursion. With its rich history, Harrisonburg is the perfect place to antique shop, find heirloom jewelry or a piece of furniture with a story to tell. Harrisonburg’s “buy fresh, buy local” attitude can be seen at local markets and produce stands, which you won’t want to miss. Bring some of the local Virginia flavors home with you. For a fun-filled day, head over the Massanutten Resort, east of Harrisonburg. Winter is the ideal time to try skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing. After a day in the cold, head indoors to make a splash at Massanutten’s WaterPark. Open year-round, it’s always 84 degrees inside and lots of fun. Massanutten also features a spa and plenty of dining options to spend the day relaxing. If you’re looking for a unique activity, head north to the Shenandoah Caverns. A guided tour will take you underground to discover a hidden world of natural wonders and remarkable crystalline formations, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. After a fun-filled day, head to downtown Harrisonburg to enjoy an evening of food, wine and theater at Temptations at the Theater. For shows, times and more information, call 540-432-8922. During the holidays, Harrisonburg comes alive, and the Christmas Parade & Holidays on Main Street on Dec. 3 is not to be missed. Traditional holiday festivities take place on Court Square, reminiscent of a simpler time with carolers, carriage rides and cocoa. For more information, visit www. Experience Virginia’s wine country. Many places offer tastings and tours and you can take home a bottle of award-winning wine to share with friends during the holidays. Please see our Wine Map and Guide, starting on page 38, for all the wineries in the Harrisonburg area.

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Charlottesville the napa valley of the east


America’s First Wine Connoisseur


ome to Thomas Jefferson, the Cavaliers, majestic mountains, of course, and delicious Virginia wine, Charlottesville is a gem nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dubbed the Napa Valley of the East, Charlottesville is an all-in-one package for the wine connoisseur and the traveler. Exquisite scenery, fine dining, a pulsing city, thrilling adventures and a bounty of charming wineries peppered across the rolling hills of the historic city await you. Ranked as the Best Place to Live in America by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated, Charlottesville has something for everyone to enjoy. With more than 20 different wineries and vineyards to choose from, prolific cities like Charlottesville make Virginia the fifth largest producer of wine in the nation. Choose from award-winning wineries that have entered wines in state, national and international wine competitions. For your more adventurous side, take to the hills and explore the mountains that once dazzled Thomas Jefferson himself on one of the many hiking or biking trails. Only 45 minutes away lies the infamous Blue Ridge Parkway, home to some Virginia’ prettiest vistas; with the leaves beginning to fall, the sights will be even more clear. The Downtown Pedestrian Mall serves as an ideal place to casually amble by shops and restaurants with friends and family. Street performers always liven up the already thriving atmosphere and the variety of locales to choose from allow for an exciting shopping experience. Tucked away in the furrows of the Southwest Mountains, sits the illustrious home of one of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson. Monticello provides a historic experience like no other. History buffs are given something to stand in awe of and the everyday sightseer can marvel at the influential architecture or backdrop the plantation sits upon.With so much to offer, it is easy to see why Jefferson fell in love with Charlottesville—and you will too. Please see our Wine Map and Guide starting on page 38 for all of the great Virginia wineries in the area.

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Discover Lynchburg From a New Perspective

Pursue HaPPiness! exPlore THomas Jefferson’s secluded reTreaT Guided Tours daily aPril–november (closed Tuesdays)

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Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center

With ‘fresh and funky’ sites from eclectic shopping to the nation’s only year-round, outdoor snow sports slope, it’s not your grandmothers’ Lynchburg anymore! Surrounded by renowned sites like the National D-Day Memorial, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway and more, Lynchburg offers gracious lodging and dining making it the perfect spot to nestle down a few extra days and see all Central Virginia has to offer.

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Wine festival

November 20, 2010 • 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. TickeTs $20.00 in advance • $25.00 at the door

Johnson’s Orchards From Blossom To Bottle


1218 Elmos Rd. Bedford, VA 24523

We are minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway! More than just fine wineS, we offer fresh fruits in season, fruit Butters, Preserves, Jams, Jellies, Juice Sweetened Spreads, Hot Sauces, Salad Dressings, Relishes, Honey, BBQ Sauces, and more ! All with that old fashioned homemade quality and taste that you will love. Visit us online at:

snow, shopping and spas—spend your holidays in lynchburg


ucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lynchburg is a thriving city waiting to be explored. Established in 1786, Lynchburg went on to be an important tobacco port. As businesses came to the city, so did culture, arts, architecture and education. Today, Lynchburg is still drawing crowds with its technology, healthcare and education systems, including five universities. You’ll find plenty of other reasons to explore this vibrant city. Whether you’re hoping for a relaxing weekend getaway or an activity-filled vacation, you will find everything you’re looking for in Lynchburg. Surround by scenic foothills and views of the James River, you can get your fill of the outdoors as your walk or ride trails, float down the river, or take in the views from the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre that offers year-round skiing, snowboarding and tubing. For the history buffs in your group, visit one of the many historic landmarks and estates, such as the National D-Day Memorial or the Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park. If you’d rather spend the day indoors, head to downtown Lynchburg to experience some of its unique shops. Don’t miss the Lynchburg Community Market, the third oldest farmer’s market in the country, where you’ll find much more than just baked goods and produce. A trip to one of Lynchburg’s spas is a great way to spend the day pampering yourself. In addition to the culture and history, Lynchburg is also home to several wineries and vineyards. Spend the afternoon sipping some of Virginia’s well-known varietals or take a tour and see how your favorite wine is made. Please see our Wine Map and Guide, starting on page 38, for more information. Then head out on the town to one of Lynchburg’s many restaurants for an evening of culinary delights. After exploring all that Lynchburg has to offer, you may just find yourself staying a few extra days to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or explore more of what Lynchburg has to offer.

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Faquier County



Rappahannock County, Virginia

virginia’s wine country of the north


et against a vibrant backdrop of rolling mountain peaks and rustic farmlands, Fauquier County offers a quaint atmosphere you only see in movies. Cozy comes alive in every sense of the word in Fauquier. The open pastures and idyllic scenes stretching from horizon to horizon will surely grant the tired traveler a reprieve from city strain. Only 45 minutes from Washington D.C., these rolling hills are home to some of Virginia’s finest wineries and a few carry traditions that are decades, even centuries old. Fauquier offers more than 21 different parks and recreational centers for the soul including golf “…Fauquier active courses and equestrian County trails. Be sure to visit the flying circus while you offers a are here. Yes, flying. The quaint Flying Circus Aerodrome atmosphere in Bealeton is an air show you only see presenting patrons with awe-inspiring stunts. in movies.” With all the farmlands in the area, Fauquier abounds with farmer’s markets brimming with fresh fruits and produce and fun activities for the whole family. With wineries around every corner, many consider Fauquier County to be Northern Virginia’s wine country. The vineyards are steeped in tradition, family values and varietals that will suit just about anyone. Please see our Wine Map and Guide, starting on page 38, for more information. Rich history abounds all over the Fauquier area. Delve into Civil War times as you walk across Manassas Battlefield, the site of the First and Second Battles of Bull Run, only minutes away. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, enlighten your cultural side at one of the many art galleries in the area. Find unique paintings and handcrafted jewels unlike those you would find anywhere else. Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a wine-filled weekend, travel to Fauquier County and experience the history, shopping, wine and breathtaking scenery any time of year.

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Have the happiest holidays in Fairfax County! From sightseeing to shopping, Fairfax County is the perfect starting point for holiday traditions! With festive fun from magically lit streets to oldfashioned sleigh rides, it’s where holiday traditions are made! Stop by our Visitor Center at Tysons Corner Shopping Center. Visit Download our app at the iTunes Store – just search for “Visit Fairfax.”

he city life has quite the draw, what with streets teeming with life and street lights shimmering to seemingly perpetuate the hours of the day. Washington D.C. has such a feel, but it does make an individual grow weary. Find the oasis of Northern Virginia only a few minutes away from the nation’s capital in the suburban city of Fairfax. Don’t be fooled. Though it may be a suburb, Fairfax is still quite an active place and holds many treasures for both the traveler and the wine connoisseur. Located within one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, the city of Fairfax is situated amidst many of the finer things “Though in life, including its it may be scenery. Escape to a suburb, one of the many parks or lakes the Fairfax is still city has to offer— quite an active perfect for a day of place and picnicking with that favorite Cabernet. holds many Have a taste for treasures a faster paced day? for both the Take a stroll down the streets of Reston traveler and Towne Center, which the wine offers more than 50 retail shops and connoisseur.” 30 restaurants to choose from. Fill the night with figure-eights and feel the cool of the winter air at the Pavilion Ice and Skating Rink opened seasonally at the heart of the Towne Center. After a hefty fill of fun activities, enjoy what you really came to do, sip some wine at Fairfax’s first winery, Paradise Springs Winery, “Winner of the 2010 Governor’s Cup.” Enjoy a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life while tasting their award-winning wines. You won’t want to miss one of the many annual festivals that Fairfax hosts, including the Festival of Lights and Carols that celebrates the best of the holiday season. After taking in the sights, smells and tastes of Fairfax, you will see why it’s the ideal place to spend a weekend away.

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illiamsburg provides an ideal setting for a weekend getaway or longer trip, whether you want to immerse yourself in its history or experience its shops, restaurants and spas, and of course, great Virginia wines. Cobblestone streets, quaint buildings and the picturesque James River are just a few of the charming traits of Williamsburg, but this city is full of all the modern amenities needed on a trip away from home. The first thing that stands out about Williamsburg is its rich history, which is at the heart of this region. Williamsburg is part of the Historic Triangle, which is also made up of Yorktown and Jamestown. History buffs can visit one of the many museums of the area, step back in time at one of the many buildings of Colonial Williamsburg, or visit the famous battlefields and plantations that have stories to tell. For a faster paced day, visit the area’s amusement park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg. In addition to roller coasters, this park offers live entertainment, concerts, animal exhibits and plenty of restaurants that will take you around the world with global-inspired cuisine. During the holiday season, Busch Gardens turns into Christmas Town, with themed attractions, shows, rides and plenty of shopping for everyone on your list. Experience Virginia’s southern hospitality at one of Williamsburg’s many dining establishments. Complement innovative dishes from well-known chefs with a glass of locally-made wine. For a relaxing day, pamper yourself at one of the many spas in the area and then head to the quaint specialty stores to find something special, where you will find everything from well-known outlets to highend boutiques. It’s never too early to get started on holiday shopping. If you are in Williamsburg during the holiday season, the city comes alive with events, festivals, carolers and old-fashioned celebrations that are one-of-a-kind. While in the area, don’t miss Williamsburg Winery, one of Virginia’s largest, and just up I-64 is New Kent Winery. Please see our Wine Map and Guide, starting on page 38, for more information.

Shop 'til you drop in Williamsburg, VA, enjoy a tour & tasting at the Williamsburg Winery and then relax at the Country Inn & Suites Williamsburg East. PER NIGHT RATE INCLUDES:

• Deluxe continental breakfast • 2 Williamsburg Winery “Tour & Taste” tickets • Premium Outlets coupon book • Passport to Savings coupon book

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Staunton the queen city of shenandoah

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ith a charming downtown and the Shenandoah Valley as a backdrop, Staunton is the perfect destination for a weekend or midweek getaway in Virginia. Its five historic districts are packed with architecture, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants—best explored on foot with a good pair of walking shoes. Staunton is home to the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars Playhouse, a re-creation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. Shakespearian favorites play throughout November and come December, spend an evening “Its five historic with the playhouse districts are as it gets in the holiday spirit with packed with several holidaythemed shows. architecture, Walk through unique shops, traditional rural buildings from all over the world art galleries and as you learn the restaurants…” stories of the first pioneers that came to America at the Frontier Culture Museum. Exhibits show the life of the early colonists and how the country we live in today was shaped by its past. In December, the museum offers Christmas Lantern Tours with music, refreshments and a visit to the Old World farms. If you feel like brushing up on the life and legacy of Woodrow Wilson, visit The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Explore Wilson’s life—from his early years through his presidency—in the museum’s seven galleries, and then tour his birthplace and experience what life was like in the 1800s. A visit to Staunton wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Barren Ridge Vineyards. Tours and tastings are offered in the former apple barn, which has been converted into a state-of-the-art winery. Try some of Virginia’s best varietals as you take in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley scenery. Please see our Wine Map and Guide starting on page 38 for more information.

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Loudoun County holidays, horses and history in loudoun county


Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm In Loudoun County at 14727 Mountain Road, Hillsboro, VA (540) 668-6464 For a list of events, visit

Visiting Loudoun County Wine Country?

Visiting Loudoun County Wine Country?

Tuscarora Mill and Magnolias at the Mill Two great places to refresh and refuel, after a vigorous round of winery cruising.

203 Harrison St. SE Leesburg, VA 20175


198 21st St. 540-338-9800 Purcellville, VA 20132

t might be hard to find Loudoun County on the map, but its charming towns, spectacular scenery and abundance of wineries make it unforgettable. Spend a wine-filled weekend, plan a getaway focused on history and horses, or relax with a game of golf and a trip to one of its luxurious spas. Located just 25 miles from Washington, D.C., Loudon Country is surrounded by civil war battlefields, horse farms and estates, golf courses, spas and all types of shopping. With more than 20 wineries and vineyards, it can easily call itself DC’s wine country. Loudoun County includes several small towns and numerous villages—all which offer the perfect mix of southern hospitality and Virginia heritage. Whether you want to experience the thrill of a steeplechase race or take a leisurely trail ride through Virginia’s scenic landscape, you will find yourself swept away by Loudon County’s enchanting horse country. Neighboring Leesburg and Middleburg, both steeped with history, have historic downtowns that are also worth a visit. Leesburg is also home to premium outlets in an outdoor shopping center, but there are plenty of old-fashioned country stores along the way. With an emphasis on farm-to-table dining, many of the local restaurants use items from their own gardens and farms. At the many orchards and farms, you can pick your own produce for an evening meal or to share with friends back home. You’ll discover local favorites such as peanut soup and barbecue, as well as global-inspired cuisine at Loudoun County’s many restaurants. To complete your culinary weekend, sign up for a local cooking class or take a guided wine tour to make the most of your visit. For a unique experience, take a ride on White’s Ferry, which has operated since 1786. This ferry is the last working ferry on the Potomac River and runs daily between Maryland and Virginia. Loudoun County really lights up during the holidays. Many of its quaint towns have annual holiday celebrations, hunt club parades and arts and crafts shows. Whether you want a weekend of wine or a day trip to the country, Loudoun County has something for everyone. Please see our Wine Map and Guide, starting on page 38, for more information on the area’s many wineries.

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HARVEST FEAST An annual celebration of the close of harvest season with wine paired with local fruits, vegetables and meat, prepared family-style in the barrel rooms of the winery. Space is limited. $75.

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Virginia Winery Map



Where to Find Virginia Wine With the number of Virginia wineries surpassing 150—and no signs of slowing down—there are plenty of places to find some mighty fine wine, right from the source. On the next page is an alphabetical listing of Virginia wineries, by region, along with the city and phone number. The regions listed correspond with our Grapevine calendar of events. This listing is provided as a service to readers and wineries, which are listed free of charge. Send any changes to:














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O Virginia Winery Listing S-7 Fincastle Vineyard


N-3 Barrel Oak Winery

& Winery Fincastle – 540-591-9000


Delaplane – 703-798-8308

N-4 Bluemont Vineyard


S-8 Fox Meadow Winery


Vineyard & Winery Abingdon – 276-623-1255 Dugspur – 540-834-6172


Middleburg – 540-687-9770

N-6 Breaux Vineyards Hillsboro – 540-668-6299

S-9 Glen Manor Vineyard N-7 Casanel

Wirtz – 540-721-5215

Vineyards Leesburg – 540-751-1776

Front Royal – 540-635-6324

W-3 Brooks Mill Winery

S-10 Lexington Valley

Vineyards Rockbridge Baths – 540-462-2974

W-4 Chateau Morrisette Winery Floyd – 540-593-9218

Meadworks Winchester – 540-888-4420

and Vineyard Rural Retreat – 276-686-8855

W-6 Foggy Ridge Cider Dugspur – 276-398-2337

S-12 MistyRay Winery Harrisonburg – 540-433-8243 Vineyard & Winery Maurertown – 540-436-9463

W-7 Mountain Rose Vineyards Wise – 276–328–2013

S-14 Rockbridge Vineyard Raphine – 540-377-6204

W-8 Rural Retreat Winery & Dye’s Vineyards Rural Retreat 276-686-8300

W-9 Villa Appalaccia Winery Floyd – 540–593–3100

W-10 Vincent’s Vineyard Lebanon – 276-889-2505

S-17 Valhalla Vineyards Roanoke – 540–725–9463

W-11 West Wind Farm

Vineyard & Winery Max Meadows – 276-699-2020

Front Royal – 540-636-8086

Winchester – 703-447-0648


S-1 AmRhein Wine Cellars Bent Mountain – 540-929-4632

S-20 Virginia Mountain Vineyards Fincastle – 540–473–2979

N-19 Hartwood Winery

Vineyard & Winery Edinburg – 540-984-3306

Fredericksburg – 540–752–4893

N-20 Hidden Brook Winery Leesburg – 703–737–3935


S-4 Cave Ridge Winery


Mt. Jackson – 540-477-2585



S-5 Crooked

Run Cellars Mount Jackson – 540-477-9030

N-17 Gadino Cellars

Amissville – 540-937-4869

S-22 Wolf Gap

Eagle Rock – 540-798-7642

N-16 Fabbioli Cellars Leesburg – 703-771-1197

N-18 Gray Ghost Vineyards

& Vineyard Stanley – 540-742-1489

S-3 Blue Ridge Vineyard

N-14 Doukenie Winery Purcellville – 20132 14727 Mountain Road 540–668–6464 www.doukenie Everyday 10am -6pm

Washington – 540-987-9292

S-21 Wisteria Farm

S-2 Barren Ridge Vineyards Fishersville – 540-248-3300

N-12 Corcoran

Winery Leesburg – 571-271-6799

Berryville – 540–955–5510



N-11 Chrysalis Vineyards Middleburg – 540-687-8222

N-15 Dry Mill Vineyards

S-18 Veramar Winery S-19 Vino Curioso


N-21 Hiddencroft

Vineyards Lovettsville – 540-535-5367

N-22 Hillsborough

N-1 8 Chains North Winery Waterford – 571-439-2255

S-6 Cross Keys Vineyards

N-2 Aspen Dale Winery Delaplane – 540-364-6178

N-9 Chateau O’Brien

Delaplane – 540-592-7210

Tavern Winery Bluemont – 202-255-509

Broad Run – 20137 6190 Georgetown Rd. 540-347-3475 www.pearmund Daily 10am – 6pm

N-41 Piedmont Vineyards & Winery The Plains – 540-687-5528

N-13 Delaplane Cellars

S-16 Twin Oaks

N-26 Lost Creek Winery Leesburg – 703-443-9836

N-39 Pearmund Cellars

N-28 Marterella Wineries Warrenton – 540-347-1119

Vineyards Waterford – 540-882-9073

Vineyards Edinburg – 540-984-8699

Linden – 540-364-1997

Winery Clifton –20124 13219 Yates Ford Rd., 703-830-9463 www.paradise Wed – Sun 11am – 7pm Fri Happy Hour 5pm – Dark

N-40 Philip Carter

N-10 Chester Gap Cellars

S-15 Shenandoah

N-25 Linden Vineyards

N-38 Paradise Springs

N-27 Loudoun Valley

at Northpoint Markham – 540-364-6441

S-13 North Mountain

Spotsylvania – 22551 5621 Court House Rd., 540-0895-5085 www.lakeanna Open year round Wed – Sat 11am -5pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm Except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

N-8 Castle Gruen

Vineyards and Winery Locust Dale – 540-229-2498

S-11 Misty Mountain

W-5 Davis Valley Winery

Mt. Crawford –

N-5 Boxwood Winery


W-2 Blacksnake Meadery

Bluemont – 540-554-8439

Linden – 22642 3310 Freezeland Road 540-636-6777 www.foxmeadow Mon – Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm Other times by appointment

N-24 Lake Anna Winery

Vineyards Purcellville – 540-668-6216

N-23 Hume Vineyards Hume – 540-364-2587

Vineyards Waterford – 540–882–3375

N-29 Mattaponi Winery

Spotsylvania – 22551 7530 Morris Road 540-582-2897 www.mattaponi Weekends 11am – 6pm Weekdays by appointment

N-30 Mediterranean Cellars Warrenton – 540–428–1984

Winery Hume – 540-364-1203

N-42 Potomac Point

Vineyard & Winery Stafford – 540-446-2266

N-43 Quattro Gombas Winery Aldie – 703-327-6542 N-44 Rappahannock Cellars Huntly – 540-635-9398

N-55 Vintage Ridge Vineyard Rectortown – 540-364-3371

N-56 Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Leesburg – 703-777-8161

N-57 Zephaniah Farm Vineyard Leesburg – 703-431-2016


EASTERN REGION E-1 Athena Vineyards & Winery Heathsville – 804-580-7327

E-2 Belle Mount

Vineyards Warsaw – 804-333-4700

E-3 Bloxom Vineyard Bloxom – 757-665-5670

E-4 Chatham Vineyards Machipongo – Eastern Region 757-678-5588

E-5 The Hague Winery Hague – 804-472-5283

N-31 Miracle Valley Vineyards Delaplane – 540-364-0228

N-45 Rogers Ford Farm Winery Sumerduck – 540-439-3707

E-6 Holly Grove Vineyards

N-32 Molon Lave

N-46 Sharp Rock Vineyards

E-7 Hummel Vineyards

Vineyards Warrenton – 540-439-5460

N-33 Naked Mountain Vineyard Markham – 540–364–1609

N-34 Narmada Winery

Amissville – 20106 43 Narmada Lane, 540-937-8215 www.narmada Summer Hours: Thur 12pm – 5pm, Fri 12pm – 6pm, Sat 11am – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 6pm Federal Holidays Mondays 11am – 6pm All other days by appointment

N-35 North Gate

Vineyard Purcelleville – 540-668-6248

N-36 Notaviva

Vineyards Purcellville – 540-668-6756

N-37 Old House

Vineyards Culpeper – 540–423–1032

Sperryville – 540–987–9700

N-47 Sunset Hills

Vineyard Purcellville – 703-725-3546

N-48 Swedenburg

Estate Vineyard Middleburg – 540–687–5219

N-49 Tarara Winery Leesburg – 703-771-7100

Franktown – 757-442-2844

Montross – Eastern Region 804-493-1554

E-8 Ingleside Vineyards Oak Grove – 804–224–8687

E-9 New Kent Winery

New Kent County – 804-932-8240

E-10 Oak Crest Winery King George – 540–663–2813

E-11 The Williamsburg

Winery Williamsburg – La Grange 757-229-0999 Haymarket – 20169 4970 Antioch Rd., 703-753-9360 E-12 Vault Field Vineyards Kinsale – Daily 11am – 6pm 804-472-4430

N-50 The Winery at

N-51 Three Fox Vineyards E-13 White Fences Delaplane – 540-364-6073

N-52 Unicorn Winery

Vineyard Irvington – 804-438-5559

Amissville – 540–349–5885

N-53 Village Winery Waterford – 540–882–3780

N-54 Vint Hill Craft Winery Vint Hill – 20187 7150 Lineweaver Road 703-991-0191 www.vinthillcraft Fri – Sun 11am – 6pm


CENTRAL REGION C-1 Afton Mountain Vineyards Afton – 540-456-8667

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C-2 Albemarle

Ciderworks North Garden 434-297-2326

C-19 Grayhaven Winery

C-3 Annefield

Vineyards Saxe – 434-454-7559

C-4 Autumn Hill

Vineyards Standardsville – 424-985-6100

C-5 Barboursville

Vineyards Barboursville – 22923 17655 Winery Rd Barboursville 540-832-3824 www.barbours Tasting Room: Mon-Sat 10am -5pm, Sun 11am-5pm Winery Tours: Sat & Sun 12pm-4pm or by appointment

C-6 Blenheim Vineyards Charlottesville – 434-293-5366

C-7 Bright Meadows

Farm Vineyard & Winery Nathalie – 434-349-5349

C-8 Burnley Vineyards & Daniel Cellars Barboursville – 540-832-2828

C-9 Byrd Cellars

Goochland – 804-475-8536

C-10 Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery Afton – 540-456-8400

C-11 Chateau Z Vineyard Lynchburg –





C-24 Hunting Creek

Vineyards Clover – 434-454-9219

C-25 James River Cellars Glen Allen – 804–550–7516

C-26 Jefferson Vineyards

C-28 King Family

Vineyards Crozet – 434-823-7800

C-29 Kluge Estate

Winery & Vineyard Charlottesville – 434–977-3895

C-13 DelFosse Vineyard

and Winery Faber – 434-263-6100

C-30 Leo Grande Winery Goode – 540-586-4066

C-31 Lovingston Winery Lovingston – 434–263–4533

C-32 Molliver Vineyards Nathalie – 24577 2046 Waller Rd., 434-349-1000 Summer 11am-8pm Winter 12pm-6pm

C-14 Democracy

Vineyard Lovingston – 434-964-6124

C-15 DuCard Vineyards

C-33 Montdomaine

C-16 First Colony Winery

C-34 Mountain Cove

Etlan – 540-923-4206

Charlottesville – 434–979–7105

Charlottesville – 434-971-8142 Vineyard & Wine Garden Lovingston – 434–263–5392

C-17 Flying Fox

Vineyard Afton – 434-361-1692

C-35 Mountfair Vineyards

C-18 Gabrielle Rausse Charlottesville – 434-296-5328

Crozet – 434-823-7605

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C-41 Rosemont Vineyards & Winery LaCrosse – 434-636-9463

C-42 Sans Soucy Vineyards Brookneal – 434-376 –9463

Charlottesville – 22902 C-43 Savoy-Lee Winery 1353 Thomas Huddleston – Jefferson Pkwy, 540-297-9275 434-977-3042 C-44 Spring Creek Wine Cellar www.jefferson Pamplin – Daily 10am – 6pm 434-248-6981 tours and tastings C-45 Stone Mountain C-27 Keswick Vineyards Vineyards Keswick – Dyke – 434-244-3341 434–990–9463

C-12 Cooper

Vineyards Louisa – 23093 13372 Shannon Hill Rd., 540-894-5253 www.cooper Daily year round 11am – 5pm

C-36 Neala Estate Vineyards Gum Springs – 23065 Madison – 4675 East Grey 540-948-6570 Fox Circle 804-556-3917 C-37 Peaks of www.grayhaven Otter Winery Bedford – 24523 Everyday 11am – 5pm 1218 Elmos Rd., 540–586–3707 Greenwood www.peakesofotter Vineyards Vernon Hill – Weekends: 434-579-2836 Jan-Mar 12pm – 5pm Daily: Apr-Dec – Hickory Hill 12pm – 5pm Vineyards Moneta – C-38 Pollak Vineyards 540–296–1393 Greenwood – 540-456-8844 Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery C-39 Prince Michel Nellysford – Vineyard & Winery 434-361-1266 Leon – 540-547-3707 Horton Cellars C-40 Rebec Vineyards Winery Amherst – Gordonsville – 434–946–5168 540-832-7440

C-46 Sugarleaf Vineyards North Garden – 434-984-4272

C-47 Sweely Estate

Advertise with us and receive an extended write-up on your winery and name on our winery map.

Winery Madison – 540-948-9005

C-48 Thibaut-Janisson

Winery Afton - 434-996-3307

C-49 Tomahawk Mill Winery Chatham – 434–432–1063

C-50 Veritas Winery Afton – 540-456-8000

C-51 Virginia Wineworks Charlottesville – 434-923-8314

C-52 White Hall Vineyards White Hall – 434-823-8615

C-53 White Rock

Vineyards & Winery Goodview – 540-890-3359

C-54 Wintergreen Winery Nellysford – 434-361-2519

C-55 Woodland Vineyard Farm Winery Midlothian – 804-739-2774

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O Stories and Songs Nov. 5. Wine, dinner and guitar and mountain dulcimer music. MountainRose Vineyards.



Harvest Soup Festival Nov. 6-7; Nov. 13-14. Five gourmet soups paired with AmRhein wine. $. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. AmRhein Wine Cellars. Tales of Suspense Nov. 12 -13. Wine, three-course dinner with play. $. 7 p.m. Chateau Morrisette.

Nov. 5, 6; 13,14. Peaks of Otter Winery



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Grapevine PEAK FOLIAGE OPEN HOUSE Awesome autumnal views of the mountains are enjoyed along with apples, fresh cider and Fruit Of The Farm Wines at Peaks of Otter Winery; picnic facilities available. Free. Nearby: the National D-Day Memorial and Bedford Memorial to make a full day of it. Free.

Open House Nov. 30. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Vincent’s Vineyard. Tree Trimming Dec. 4. Wine, lunch and decorating a tree. MountainRose Vineyard. Holiday Open House Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19. Wine, snacks, cider. Noon – 4 p.m. Chateau Morrisette. Holly Days Dec. 11-12. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. AmRhein Wine Cellars. Holiday Open House Dec. 11-12. Sample mead and wassail by the fire in the tobacco barn. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Blacksnake Meadery. New Year’s Celebrations Dec. 31, Jan. 1. Special menus at the restaurant on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Chateau Morrisette.

EASTERN Secrets of the Chocolate Maker Nov. 2; Nov. 7. Learn how raw cocoa beans are processed into chocolate and how chocolate was used in 18th-century cooking. $. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg. 800-447-8679. www. Urbanna Oyster Festival Nov. 5. The 53rd celebration of the oyster; food, entertainment and a Wine Garden featuring an assortment of Virginia Wineries. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. www. Eastern Shore Oyster Riot Nov. 12. An “all-you-care-to” extravaganza with fresh oysters and other food, Eastern Shore wines and live entertainment. $. 6-9 p.m. The Inn and Garden Café,


Onancock. 757-787-8850. www.

Swine & Wine 2010 Nov. 13. Annual benefit for local community organizations feature a pig roast, along with other foods, music and Chatham wine. $. 6-10 p.m. Chatham Vineyards. Fall Barrel Tasting Nov. 13. Sample wines direct from French and American oak barrels and see how the wines are maturing. $. 1 – 4 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards. Virginia Roast & Toast Nov. 14. Oyster roasting and microbrew beer tasting along with barbecue and more. Featured Virginia breweries include O’Connor (Norfolk), St. George (Hampton) and Starr Hill (Charlottesville.) $. 3-6 p.m. Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk. 757-423-2052. Art and Mysteries of Brewing Nov. 20. Program demonstrating the process of brewing beer as it was practiced in the 18th century. $. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Colonial Williamsburg. 800-447-8679.

Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia Nov. 24-26. Events at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center exploring ow food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. $. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 888-5934682.

Open Studio and Vineyard Tour Nov. 26, 27. Self-drive holiday shopping and wine tasting tour hosted by The Artisans Guild of the Eastern Shore. Guild members open their studios to the public to demonstrate their crafts and show and sell their work with stops at local wineries along the way. www. Bacchus Wine and Food Festival Feb. 4. Wines paired with food selections from 18 local restaurants mixed with entertainment and a VIP reception. $ 6-10 p.m. Virginia Living Museum, Newport News. 757-595-1900.

CENTRAL Heart of Virginia Wine Trail Harvest Passport Weekend Nov. 6-7. A tour of wineries along the

Heart of Virginia Wine Trail. $. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fall Barrel Tasting Nov. 6-7. Taste 2009 and 2010 wines from the barrel. $. Horton Vineyards. Sunday Country Brunch Nov. 7. $. 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery. Cooking Class Nov. 7. Class with guest chef Terre Sisson of Charlottesville Wine and Culinary. $. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. First Colony Winery. French Crepe Day. Nov. 7. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. Fall Farm Feast Nov. 13. Celebration with local fruits, vegetables and meats served family style in the barrel room. Wine. $. Jefferson Vineyards. Wine and Chocolate Nov. 13. A pairing of gourmet chocolates with red wines. Reservations required. $. Stone Mountain Vineyards.

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Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point Nov. 13-14. Bivalves from the Rappahannock River Oyster Company, music and wine. Noon-5 p.m. Cardinal Point Winery. Annual Truffle Feast Nov. 13-14. Four-course truffle feast paired with Barboursville wines on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon, prepared by guest chef Craig Hartman of Keswick Hall. $. Barboursville Vineyards. Chili & Wine Weekend Nov. 13-14. Enjoy a cup of chili paired with wine; tours. $. James River Cellars. Wine and Food Pairing Nov. 14. Four dishes paired with wine. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. Cooking Class Nov. 14. Cooking class with personal chef Cindy Shepard uses seasonal and local ingredients. Reservations required. $. DuCard Vineyards. Fridays Over The Patio Nov. 19. Indoor picnic with food, wine, music. $. 6-9 p.m. James River Cellars. Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival Nov. 20. Virginia wineries, local food, purveyors and artisans, music and more, including an appearance of “Mr. Jefferson” to discuss his love of wines and his home at Poplar Forest. Held at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest; tours of the home available. $. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest. 434-5348120. Luna-See Nov. 20. Wine, music and dancing at The Verandah. 7-10 p.m. Wintergreen Winery. Holiday Open House Nov. 20-21. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cooper Vineyards. Thanksgiving Open House Nov. 20-21. Noon – 5 p.m. Peaks of Otter Winery. Thanksgiving Celebration Nov. 25. A five-course dinner prepared by Chef Melissa Close Hart, paired with Barboursville wines. Reservations required. $. Barboursville Vineyards. Tasting Room Open House Nov. 26. Open house with hot mulled wines and wine spritzers. Byrd Cellars.

Holiday Open House Nov.26-28. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wintergreen Winery. Thanksgiving Open House Nov. 26-28. Taste new releases including Cabernet Sauvignon and hot mulled wine made with Spicy Rivanna. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Burnley Vineyards. Holiday Open House Nov. 26-27. Barboursville Vineyards. Thanksgiving Open House Nov. 26-27. Open house with Horton Norton Chili. $. Horton Vineyards. Holiday Open House Nov. 27-28. Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery. Christmas Open House Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, Dec. 18-19. Noon – 5 p.m. Peaks of Otter Winery. Thanksgiving Open House Nov. 28. Burnley Vineyards. Grand Opening of the Glass Conservatory Dec. 4. Noon – 6 p.m. Glass House Winery.

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Holiday Open House Dec. 4. Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery. Holiday Open House Dec. 5. Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery. Holiday Open House Dec. 4-5. Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery. Holiday Open House Dec. 4-5. Burnley Vineyards. Heart of Virginia Wine Trail Jingle Bell Weekend Dec. 4-5. A tour of wineries along the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail. $. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Holiday Open House Dec. 5. Wine tasting including hot cider and cookies for kids. $. Woodland Vineyard. French Crepe Day Dec. 5. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. Holiday Open House Dec. 11. Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery. n winter 2010

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O Holiday Open House Dec. 11-12. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cooper Vineyards. Wine and Food Pairing Dec. 12. Four dishes paired with wine. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. International Cheese Tasting Nov. 13-14. A sampling of more than 25 cheeses from around the world paired with Grayhaven wines, including new fall releases. Given – Grayhaven’s Cheese 101 with information on cheese including tasting notes and where to find them in the Richmond area. $. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Grayhaven Winery.

Gala gathering to celebrate the release of Gray Ghost’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2007 vintage year. This is the only time the winery will open the Reserve Cabernet. Evening activities include live music by the Seth Kibel Jazz Trio, open wine bar and an extensive buffet. Advance ticket purchase required. $108.

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Holiday Open House Dec. 18. Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery. Holiday Open House Dec. 18-19. Hours vary. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery. Holiday Open House Dec. 18-19. Hours vary. James River Cellars.

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Christmas Eve Celebration Dec. 24. A five-course dinner prepared by Chef Melissa Close Hart, paired with Barboursville wines. Reservations required. Barboursville Vineyards.


This family-friendly event features live music and some mighty fine wine from the Shenandoah Valley; featured wineries include: Crooked Run Cellars, Cave Ridge Vineyard, North Mountain Vineyard, Shenandoah Vineyards and Cedar Creek Winery. Uncorked focuses on supporting local businesses, which not only includes area wineries, but also gourmet food vendors and local farm produce and specialty products. The event is held indoors at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. Wine tasting, $10; regular admission, $5.

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Holiday Open House Dec. 11. Tomahawk Mill Winery.




O The Masked Ball Dec. 31. Black-tie optional ball following a five-course winemaker’s dinner. Reservations required. $. 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Veritas Vineyard & Winery.



New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31. A five-course dinner prepared by Chef Melissa Close Hart, paired with Barboursville wines. Reservations required. Barboursville Vineyards. New Year Day 2011 Brunch Jan. 1. $. 12:30 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. Wine & Cheese Pairing Jan. 15. Guided presentation of artisanal cheeses paired with Wintergreen wines. Reservations required. $. 6-8:30 p.m. Wintergreen Winery. Wine and Food Pairing Jan. 16. Four dishes paired with wine. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. French Crepe Day Jan. 30. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner Feb. 12. $. 6 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. Virginia Wine Expo Feb. 25-27. More than 350 regional wines sampled against a backdrop of food/wine and related exhibitors, chef demonstrations, seminars and more. $. Held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

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Wine and Food Pairing Feb. 20. Four dishes paired with wine. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. French Crepe Day Feb. 27. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery. Wine & Cheese Pairing Mar. 5. Guided presentation of artisanal cheeses paired with Wintergreen wines. Reservations required. $. 6-8:30 p.m. Wintergreen Winery. Wine and Food Pairing Mar. 13. Four dishes paired with wine. $. 1 p.m. DelFosse Vineyards & Winery.





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NORTHERN Caledon Natural Area Art and Wine Festival Nov. 6. A large assortment of artists and wineries including Oak Crest, Cooper, Roger’s Ford Farm, James River Cellars, Vault Fields and Mattaponi. $. Caledon Natural Area, King George. 540-663-3861. www.caledonnatural Gala Release Party Nov. 6. Celebration of the 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon release. $. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Gray Ghost Vineyards.


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HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE True Blue Burgoo Nov. 6. Celebration of the third anniversary with special tastings from local gourmet food purveyors, long with music. 1-5 p.m. Bluemont Vineyard.

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Open house with wine tasting, including seasonal wines. Gift shop open; visit with special craft vendors.

Cedar Creek Duo Nov. 6. Cedar Creek Duo performing flute and classical guitar music. 2 – 5 p.m. Fox Meadow Vineyards. Fudge-apalooza Nov. 6-7. Wines paired with six fudges. $. Fox Meadow Vineyards. S’mores & Hot Chocolate Weekend Nov. 6-7. Wine tastings with s’mores. $. 1 – 5 p.m. Willowcroft Vineyards. Soup Weekends Nov. 6-7, Nov. 13-14, Nov. 20-21. Homemade soup and wine around the hearth. Noon – 5 p.m. Old House Vineyards. Fall Chef & Winemaker Dinner Nov. 7. Dinner paired with wines from Pearmund Cellars , Winery at La Grange and Vint Hill Craft Winery. $. 6 p.m. The Landing Restaurant, Moneta. 540-721-3028. Winemaker’s Dinner Nov. 10. Vint Hill Craft Winery winemaker DJ Leffin hosts a wine dinner. $. 6 p.m. Clarke’s Grill & Sports Emporium, Manassas Park. 703-330-1213. Food & Wine Pairing Nov. 11. Food and pairing of Hiddencroft Vineyards wines at Stone Manor Bed & Breakfast. $. 7-10 p.m. Hiddencroft Vineyards. Wine & Tapas Nov. 13. Corcoran wine paired with locally grown foods at On The Potomac restaurant at Lansdowne Reort. $. 4 p.m. Corcoran Vineyards. Beast Feast Wine Maker’s Dinner Nov. 13. Exotic game dinner. Dress in an animal print or hunter outfit. $. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Pearmund Cellars. Winemaker’s Dinner Nov. 13. Multi-course dinner from Chef Eric Stamer paired with wine. $. 6:30 p.m. Naked Mountain Vineyard and Winery.


Civil War Authors Day Nov. 13. Local authors and historians discuss the Civil War; wine. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Gray Ghost Vineyards.

Bark & Wine SPCA Benefit Nov. 13. Wine tastings, music and more to benefit the Fauquier Animal Shelter. 2 – 5 p.m. Philip Carter Winery. Chili Days Nov. 13-14. Chili and wine. Fox Meadows Vineyards. Vintners Dinner Nov. 14. Linden Vineyards vintners dinner at Blue Rock Inn. $. 5:30 – 8 p.m. The Blue Rock Inn, Washington. 540-987-3388. First Anniversary Celebration Nov. 20. Celebration of Narmada Winery’s first anniversary and the Indian celebration of lights, Diwali. Indian food, music, dancers. Narmada Winery.

Fall Celebration Nov. 20-21. Music, tours, wine tastings, light hors d’oeuvres. $. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hartwood Winery.

Holiday Open House Dec. 4-5. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, music. Naked Mountain Vineyard and Winery.

Winemaker’s Barrel Tasting Nov. 27. Compare between the new harvest and existing vintages in the tasting room. Philip Carter Winery.

Holiday Open House Dec. 5. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Chateau O’Brien.

Murder Mystery Dinner Nov. 27. Murder mystery dinner. $. 7 – 10 p.m. Chateau O’Brien. November Talent Nov. 27. Concert with Dave Pepper. Noon – 5 p.m. Casanel Vineyards. Turkey Chili Weekend Nov. 27-18. Turkey chili and wine. $. Noon – 4 p.m. Willowcroft Vineyards. First Friday Music Night Dec. 3. Live music and soup. $ 6 – 9 p.m. Old House Vineyards. Holiday Open House Dec. 4-5. Wine, snacks, entertainment. $. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gray Ghost Vineyards.

Winemaker’s Dinner. Dec. 11. Christmas winemaker’s dinner. . 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Winery at La Grange. Champagne Event Dec. 11. Annual Champagne, sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres event. $. Noon – 4 p.m. Willocroft Vineyards. Christmas at the Cellars Dec. 11-12. Holiday festivities include chocolate and wine pairing, special releases and more. Rappahannock Cellars. Route 9 Barrel Tasting Jan. 15. Barrel tastings with winemakers at these wineries along Route 9 in Loudoun County: Doukenie Winery, Sunset Hills Vineyard and Loudoun Valley

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Live Music and Spiced Holiday Wine Nov. 13. Live music from Rick Burnette and Bill Foster to celebrate the Spiced Holiday Wine. 2-5 p.m. North Mountain Vineyard & Winery. Red Wine Tasting By Candlelight Nov. 20. An evening of red wine tasting by candlelight and soft piano music, with food including a carved filet station, special cheeses and fruits. $. North Mountain Vineyard & Winery.

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Soup ‘n Sip Nov. 28. Complimentary soups, breads, coffees, mulled wine and seasonal music. 1 – 5 p.m. Blue Ridge Vineyard.

Vineyards. $. Noon-6p.m. 540-668-6464 Virginia Wine Showcase Feb. 12-13. Large exhibit of Virginia wineries with sampling along with culinary seminars and marketplace with food/wine and related retailers. $.

SHENANDOAH Wines and Chocolates Nov. 6. Pairing of wine with artisan chocolates. $. Veramar Vineyard. Vintner Dinner at Skyland Resort Nov. 12. Dinner from Shenandoah Executive Chef Peter Bizon featuring vintages from Chateau Morrisette Winery. Fee includes Friday night lodging, four-course dinner with wine pairings, Shenandoah Seasonings cookbook and etched wine glass. $. Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park. 800-999-4714.

Illumination Dec. 4. Illumination of the winery along with carolers, mulled wine, holiday treats and special wine gifts. 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. CrossKeys Vineyards.

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Holiday Open House Dec. 4-5. Wine and snacks. Shenandoah Vineyards. Holiday Open House Dec. 4-5. Wine sampling, holiday snacks. Noon – 5 p.m. Rockbridge Vineyard. Soup ‘n Sip Dec. 5. Complimentary soups, breads, coffees, mulled wine and seasonal music. 1 – 5 p.m. Blue Ridge Vineyard. Holiday Open House Dec. 5. Wine, cider, snacks, music. 1 – 5 p.m. Virginia Mountain Vineyards. Holiday Wine Dinner Dec. 10. $. 7 p.m. Valhalla Vineyards. New Year’s Eve Ball Dec. 31. Ball with dinner and wine to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. $. CrossKeys Vineyards. Valentine’s Concert Feb. 12. Music, wine and fivecourse dinner. $. CrossKeys Vineyards. Calendar listings are provided as a reader service. Because of space limitation, check with your favorite winery for more detailed event information and/ or other possible events. Virginia Wine Lover is not responsible for erroneous information. To submit calendar listings, email: grapevine@ VWL

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Bloggers Imbibe

Cyber sips and tips from the blogosphere

The internet bring folks together—instantly. Across the world, folks Facebook, Tweet and otherwise blog about everything going on in their lives; fortunately many of them are imbibing at the time. What are some of Virginia’s top bloggers enjoying at the moment? Two of them—J. D. Humphreys and Warren Richard—share their current Virginia wine finds with VWL:

Horton Norton apropos to the holidays J. D. Humphreys


The baked garlicky penne was the perfect companion to Horton’s “The Tower Series” Norton 2007. My meal concluded with a delicate fruit-topped panna cotta that played very nicely together. I was first introduced to Horton’s Norton during my visit to Horton Vineyards years ago on a Saturday wine excursion with friends. While blazing through the extensive wine list, I concluded it was robust red (Virginia) wines I preferred most, characteristics I cherish in Horton’s Norton. Native to Virginia since the 1820s, owner Dennis Horton reintroduced Norton to a skeptical wine market in the early 1990s. This masterpiece is a regular visitor (that doesn’t stay long) in my wine rack. On pour, Horton’s Norton is a deep rich maroon purple with a thin ruby halo on the brim that remains opaque even when just a

Horton Vineyards Horton Norton— The Tower Series—2007

few sips remain in the glass. A swirl and sniff, after decanting, gives a preview of what you’re about to experience—spicy with dark fruit aromas and oak. Sipping reveals further notes of black currants, tart cherries with the spicy, dry oak finish that has a tendency to gently tickle the sinuses when sipped too fast. Red wine drinkers should rejoice while strict white wine drinkers would find it intimidating. Not only does Norton pair well with Italian dishes, its spicy character would pair beautifully with rabbit or venison, making it ideal for post-Thanksgiving meals. By itself, very apropos to savor next to the fire after a day of holiday shopping and festivities.


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Liinden’s Petit Verdot: elegant and flavorful Warren Richard


with cracked pepper and fresh thyme When the weather transitions to leaves served with a side of roasted cooler temperatures, I tend to favor potatoes. A simple meal to be sure heavier dishes that feature beef and yet elegant with spicy, earthy flavors; pork. I also take stock of the bolder Virginia wines that have been I wanted the wine to be likewise resting on my wine rack. So elegant and flavorful. My search of the wine rack on the first brisk autumn Linden ended when I grabbed evening, I decided to plan Vineyards this selection from Linden a meal that would be Petit Verdot­— complemented by the 2007 Vineyards. 2007 Petit Verdot from Linden The 2007 vintages were the product of an optimal Vineyards. growing season of cool nights I sampled this gem at and hot dry days that resembled Linden Vineyards’ barrel tasting and California rather than Virginia, so was impressed enough to purchase a bottle upon its release. My wine I anticipated a more fruit forward selection always depends on food, wine. Dense in color, the 2007 Petit Verdot presented a nose of dark and on this particular evening my menu included filet mignon seasoned plums and currants, dried herbs, and

mocha; in the mouth, rich dark plum flavors finished with a spicy edge. With the pepper-crusted beef and roasted potatoes tossed with herbs, the wine was a perfect match. As the cooler seasons hold sway, why not consider a favorite Virginia red wine? I can recommend the 2007 Petit Verdot from Linden Vineyards.


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