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30 Six Days in the Shenandoah: Exploring the Valley provides a sense of place, a sense of self

We are minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the D-day Memorial More than just Fine Fruit Wines. We offer A Country Store with, Fresh Fruits in season, Cider, Gifts, Canned Goods, T-Shirts and more!

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10 Quaff Quiz – A passion for wine, a passion for Virginia: Annette Boyd says a win-win combination adds up to a dream job as Virginia Wine Marketing Office director 12 Cork Report – A full pour of wine-related news     ACCOUTREMENTS

44 History Uncorked – First Family, First Entertainers: Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into the wining and dining lives of George and Martha Washington GRAPEVINE 46 Winery Map   48 Winery List

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ittle did Annette Boyd know when working at a wine shop in college that she would today be managing the overall marketing of the burgeoning Virginia wine industry. “We had tastings every Wednesday and Friday. It was during that time that the 1982 Bordeaux were released and everyone was talking about an attorney in Maryland that had started a newsletter about wines. It was at the time that Robert Parker became Robert Parker,” she says. Her love for wine grew. “[I] later promoted Virginia wines as an employee of the Virginia Department of Agriculture,” she says. Then the Virginia Wine Marketing Office was created, and Boyd stepped in as director. “My degree was in marketing, so to apply my knowledge of wine with my chosen field of marketing was a dream come true. Still is.” How do you think folks outside Virginia view the wine industry here? I think we have a wide variety of opinions. Many people outside Virginia may not realize that Virginia produces wine, but for the industry insiders that have heard about Virginia wines, I think most have heard that tremendous strides have been made in the quality of wines being produced here and that some exciting things are happening. Particularly with Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and blended, Bordeaux-style wines.

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is that we can see and measure our impact with Virginia wines. Sometimes in marketing your work doesn’t see the light of day, or you are only one small piece of a much larger effort to the point that it’s hard to measure what impact you have had. In our office, we get to see results from our work every day whether it’s an article being written on Virginia wines or an ad, or an event, we can see how we have helped to shape the outcome of that work. It’s a great experience and one that we never take for granted.

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What factors do you consider in pairing wine with a dish? First and foremost, I decide what I’m in the mood to drink, then I work backwards into what I want to cook. But usually I like to pair wines that are similar in weight or flavors to the food I’m eating. For example, simple foods with simple wines. Heavy cream sauces or fatty foods with bigger style wines and acidic foods with acidic wines. These are general guidelines that I follow, but then add the fun part—if a wine has a nutty flavor than it might match well with a toasty chardonnay, or if it has a peppery taste than it might match well with a peppery steak. There is an art to some of the best food and wine pairings, and that’s when I visit the expert sommeliers we have in Virginia restaurants. How would you recommend someone learn more about wine? Taste a lot of wine and make notes about what you taste. Over time, you will see patterns in what you like and conversely, what you don’t like. There are also tons of great books on wine and wine schools in Virginia.   Name three things folks should consider when choosing a wine? 1. Drink what you like. 2. Don’t be afraid to experiment; there are literally thousands of different types of wines, and that’s part of the fun. 3. If you are in a winery, restaurant or wine shop, don’t be afraid to ask staff about the wines you are considering. They have tasted many of their wines and can add to your information.   What are some of the most rewarding aspects of your job and why? This really is a dream job for me. It brings together my passion for wine and Virginia wines in particular, with marketing. But I’ve been in many marketing positions, and one of the most rewarding aspects of this role

What do you see as some of the biggest challenges to the Virginia wine industry? I think that as Virginia wine’s reputation grows there will a short supply of the wines. I see production as a large issue in a couple of years. Virginia wines really are a small batch artisanal product. Since it takes time to establish a vineyard there is going to be more demand than supply sooner than people realize. What is the future of Virginia wine? I see a very bright future. The style of wines produced by Virginia are coming into vogue again. People are requesting leaner-style wines that are more restrained and that express the fruit flavors of the wine without masking those flavors with a heavy use of oak.   What do you think Thomas Jefferson would think of Virginia wine today? I think Mr. Jefferson would be very proud of the Virginia wines being produced today. In fact, I think he would be amazed not only of Virginia wines, but about the scope and size of the entire U.S. wine industry. It’s exactly what he envisioned.   Name three of your favorite Virginia wine varietals of the moment, and why? At this very moment, I’m really into Virginia rosés. I love the dry rosés coming from Virginia, and many have amazing flavors. Also include Virginia Viogniers and our blended Meritage-style wines. Six months ago I would have said Cabernet Francs and Petit Verdots; I switch around frequently. VWL

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A new wine region sign program to attract more visitors to Virginia’s wine regions—and the vineyards within— has been kicked off. The signs, placed along roadways, announce to visitors that they are entering a particular American Viticultural Area (AVA)—a designated region noted for certain unique wine growing characteristics. The first sign was unveiled April 19 in the Monticello AVA at King Family

Vineyards by First Lady Maureen McDonnell, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, Interim Virginia Tourism Corporation Director Rita McClenny and David King, coowner of King Family Vineyards. Throughout the spring and summer, signs will be placed at key points of entry in the Eastern Shore AVA, Northern Neck-George Washington Birthplace AVA, Shenandoah AVA and the Northern Virginia Wine Region. www.VirginiaWineLover.com n summer/fall 2012

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This summer’s OpSail 2012 in Hampton Roads brought dozens of visiting ships from across the country; it also showcased culinary prowess in the Fleet Chef Challenge, a cooking competition of about two dozens teams of regional chefs and their international counterparts in port for the event. Preliminary competition on Saturday reduced the number of teams to five for finals the next day. Using a mix of Virginia products—including wine, produce, seafood and specialty food items from across the state, as well as other ingredients—the chefs competed against each other, the 90-plus-degree heat in the improvised outdoor kitchen at Town Point Park in Norfolk and time; there was one hour to create dishes to wow a host of judges that included culinary professionals. The competition was coordinated by Culinary Institute of Virginia, the Virginia’s Finest arm of the state’s agriculture department, and Festevents. Winners were Chef Scott Simpson of the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach and Jose Franklin Obregon Uzhoa of the Ecuadorian ship Guaya, who worked in unison. Aided by Simpson’s knowledge of the Spanish language and a bit about the culture and foodways of Ecuador, where he had lived for 2-1/2 years, the international collaboration was enough to take home top honors. The duo prepared corn husk-wrapped black sea bass stuffed with lemons, onions and rosemary grilled on a cedar plank and topped with a sauce made from Virginia white wine, fresh leeks, Edwards country ham, fresh tomatoes, a splash of cream, and regional oysters. It was served with Ecuadorian-style rice made with fresh coconut water, studded with Chesapeake jumbo lump crab and topped with grilled local corn kernels. Along the side was a traditional South American salad with grilled hearts of palm, avocado, tomato and lime-pickled red onions.

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• Bluestone Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon • Delfosse Vineyards & Winery 2007 Meritage Blend • Jefferson Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc • Keswick Vineyards 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon • Keswick Vineyards 2010 Merlot • King Family Vineyards 2008 Meritage Blend • Potomac Point Winery 2009 Heritage Reserve Meritage Blend • Tarara Winery 2010 Honah Lee White Vinifera Blend • Trump Winery 2008 Kluge SP Blanc de Blanc Sparkling • Veritas 2010 Vintner’s Reserve Meritage Blend • White Hall Vineyards 2010 Gewurztraminer The 2012 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition was conducted in two stages. The preliminary round took place in mid-January in Alexandria. The final round was judged in late January in Richmond. The Governor’s Cup award winner was selected from the 2012 Governor’s Cup Case, the top 12 scoring wines of the competition, which were selected from more than 400 entries. Jay Youmans, one of only of 31 Masters of Wine in the U.S., directed the competition.  VWL

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EVERONA DAIRY, Rapidan Piedmont: a hard, aged sheep’s milk cheese with a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and bit of tang www.EveronaDairy.com

OAK SPRING DAIRY, Upperville Bay Derby: a semi-firm cow’s milk cheese with a taste similar to a milder cheddar; traditional Chesapeake Bay crab seasoning provides a subtle spicy pepperiness OakSpringDairy@aol.com

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essert trends come and dessert trends go; a celebrated sweet treat one day seemingly falls out of favor the next. Not so with pie. We seem to have a love affair with this classic dish in all shapes and sizes. Pie can be savory, like chicken pot pie, or sweet, like apple pie. It can be a small, bite-sized dish or a large offering yielding many slices. Pie is also a dessert for all seasons—ice box lemon meringue pie cools us in the summer while hot-from-the-oven pumpkin pies warm the body and soul during winter holidays. We picked five of our favorite pies, great for the fall and winter season: deep dish pizza pie for watching weekend football games on television; chicken or turkey pot pie for use of Thanksgiving leftovers; and salted caramel apple, bourbon pecan and classic sweet potato pies that have tastes and traditions that resonate with this time of year. VWL contributing editor Frank Morgan offers some Virginia wine pairings for each dish and a word of advice: “It’s impossible to pair one wine with one dish to suit all palates. Instead, it’s important to remember to drink what you like.”

DEEP DISH PIZZA PIE With pepperoni, mushroom, and olives The raspberry, spice and earthy notes of the Annefield Vineyards Cabernet Franc would make a nice pairing. For a lighter alternative to complement the mushrooms, try the Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir (yes, Pinot—excellent Pinot—from Virginia.)

CHICKEN (OR TURKEY) POT PIE Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay or the Jefferson Vineyards Chardonnay Reserve would be great choices.

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SALTED CARAMEL APPLE PIE The late harvest dessert wine Soleil from Breaux Vineyards Soleil would make an ideal sweet pairing. For a lighter alternative, try the Thibaut-Janisson Fizz sparkling wine.

SilverSpoon Bakery, Portsmouth www.SilverSpoonVA.com 757-673-8431 (Bourbon Pecan and Classic Sweet Potato pies by Claire Martinez) Twisted Sisters Cupcakes Café www.TwistedSistersCupcakes.com 757-675-3966 (Deep Dish Pizza and Chicken Pot pies by savory chef Margaret Derrick)

CLASSIC SWEET POTATO PIE I personally prefer a lighter rose like the 2011 Rose from Boxwood Winery or the slightly heavier Delaplane Cellars 2011 Rose. For a lighter alternative, try the Chardonnay-based Veritas Scintilla sparkling wine. VWL

BOURBON PECAN PIE Try the fortified Cru from Trump Winery, aged for more than a year in American bourbon barrels.

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DOZENS OF VIRGINIA VINOS SIPPED, SWIRLED— AND SCORED— IN THE FIFTH VIRGINIA WINE LOVER MAGAZINE

WINE CLASSIC

By Patrick Evans-Hylton

For five years, we’ve been popping our cork over the incredible offerings of Virginia vino at the Wine Classic; this year we had more wineries enter than in years past, and we’ve had more winners in each category, as well. Our panel of wine experts spent the day at Riverstone Chop House in Suffolk—noted for its remarkable wine list, and the extensive wine list at its sister eatery, Vintage Tavern, also in Suffolk—examining the offerings from dozens of wineries. The judges sipped, swirled and spat some 140-plus of the best wines produced across the commonwealth, and evaluated each based on its own individual merit. Evaluation was done double-blind in flights, each recording their findings on sheets printed with a grid of the UC Davis (University of California at Davis) 20 Point System. The Davis system assigns a certain number of points to each of its 10 categories ranging from bouquet to color to taste to aftertaste. Our magazine team totaled and tallied each sheet to obtain an overall rating for each vintage, and we compiled the averages into four levels—Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. We present our findings to you here.

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The Criteria

The UC Davis 20 Point System evaluates wine on its own merits, looking at the following criteria and assigning a points value: Clarity – 2 points Color – 2 points Bouquet – 4 points Total Acidity – 1 point Sweetness – 1 point Body/Texture – 2 points Flavor/Taste – 2 points Bitterness – 1 point Finish – 1 point Quality – 4 points   We tallied each judge’s evaluation sheet and came up with an average and placed each in one of four categories:   Platinum 90 percent or higher   Gold 70 – 89 percent   Silver 50 – 69 percent   Bronze 49 percent or lower 

PLATINUM LEVEL WINNERS Chatham Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2009/2010 blend Fox Meadow Winery Cabernet Franc Reserve 2009 Naked Mountain Winery Chardonnay 2009 Barrel Fermented Pearmund Cellars Malbec 2010 Mt. Juliet Vineyard Rosemont Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2009 Vint Hill Craft Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Crown Orchard

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A special thank you to owners Brian and Teresa Mullins and their staff at River Stone Chophouse in northern Suffolk for their hospitality in hosting the fourth annual Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic judging. Their stunningly beautiful arts-and-crafts style restaurant was the perfect venue for the judging. We encourage you to stop by and sample the award-winning cuisine and outstanding wine list. River Stone Chophouse 8032 Harbour View Blvd., Suffolk 757-638-7990 www.riverstonechophouse.com

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GOLD LEVEL Winners Cedar Creek Winery Chardonnay 2010 Chateau Morrisette Chardonnay 2010 Chateau Morrisette Cabernet Franc 2010 Chateau Morrisette Frosty Dog 2010 (blend; dessert wine) Chatham Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 Oaked Chatham Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 Unoaked Chatham Vineyards Vintners Blend 2010 (Bordeaux-style blend) Chestnut Oak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Chestnut Oak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Cooper Vineyards Coopertage 2009 (Bordeaux-style blend) Cooper Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 Stainless Steel Cooper Vineyards Norton 2010 Reserve CrossKeys Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010 CrossKeys Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 CrossKeys Vineyards Vidal Blanc 2011 Joy White Democracy Vineyards Alabaster 2010 (Petit Manseng; dessert wine) Flying Fox Vineyards Petit Verdot 2009

Fox Meadow Winery Chardonnay 2010 Barrel Fermented Fox Meadow Winery Riesling 2011 Gray Ghost Vineyards Adieu 2011 (Late Harvest Vidal Blanc; dessert wine) Gray Ghost Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011 Gray Ghost Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 Reserve Gray Ghost Vineyards Gewurtztraminer 2011 Gray Ghost Vineyards Ranger Reserve 2010 (Bordeaux-style blend) Ingleside Vineyards Petit Verdot 2007 Ingleside Vineyards Sangiovese 2009 Ingleside Vineyards Petit Verdot 2007 Reserve

Stinson Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010 Stinson Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Sunset Hills Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Sunset Hills Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2009 Sunset Hills Vineyard Viognier 2011 Vint Hill Craft Winery Petit Verdot 2008 Colucci Vineyards Vint Hill Craft Winery Chardonnay 2011 Black Fly – Meriweather Vineyard Old Vines Winery at Bull Run Cabernet Franc 2009 Colucci Vineyards Winery at LaGrange Delaney 2010 (cuvee blanc)

Naked Mountain Winery Old Vine 2011 (Riesling; dessert wine) Narmada Winery Cabernet Franc 2009 Reserve Narmada Winery Primita 2010 (Chambourcin; dessert wine) Narmada Winery Tannat 2010 Narmada Winery Traminette 2011 Pearmund Cellars Cabernet Franc 2010 Pan D’Or Vineyard Pearmund Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Crown Orchard

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SILVER LEVEL Winners Pearmund Cellars Chardonnay 2010 Meriweather Vineyard Old Vine

Bright Meadow Farms Chambourcin 2009 Burley Red

Paradise Springs Winery Nana’s Rose 2011 rosé

Casanel Vineyards Dulce 2009 Late Harvest Viognier (dessert wine)

Paradise Springs Winery Petit Manseng 2011

Casanel Vineyards Merlot 2009 Mas Que Nada

Paradise Springs Winery Sommet Blanc 2011 (Vidal Blanc/Traminette/ Riesling blend)

Casanel Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Mas Que Nada Cedar Creek Winery Cabernet Franc 2010

Flying Fox Vineyards Fox White 2011 (white blend)

Chateau Morrisette Petit Verdot 2008

Flying Fox Vineyards Merlot 2009

Chatham Vineyards Merlot 2009/2010 blended

Flying Fox Vineyards Trio 2008 (Bordeauxstyle blend)

Chestnut Oak Vineyards Petit Manseng 2010 Cooper Vineyards Coopertage 2011 (Chardonnay/Viognier blend) Cooper Vineyards Viognier 2011 CrossKeys Vineyards Merlot 2010 CrossKeys Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 Democracy Vineyards Declaration 2011 (Chardonnay/Viognier/Petit Manseng blend) Democracy Vineyards Emancipation 2010 Merlot Democracy Vineyards Petit Manseng 2011 Democracy Vineyards Viognier 2011 Fincastle Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2009 Fincastle Vineyard Knight’s Tour 2008 (Bordeaux-style blend)

Fox Meadow Winery Le Renard Gris 2011 (white blend) Fox Meadow Winery Meritage 2009 Le Renard Rouge

Hickory Hill Vineyards Smith Mountain Lake Sunset (Chardonnay/ Vidal Blanc blend) Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Merlot (Bordeaux-style blend) Ingleside Vineyards Virginia Gold 2007 (Bordeaux-style blend) MountainRose Vineyard Pocohontas Red 2010 (blend; dessert wine)

Gray Ghost Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay

Naked Mountain Winery Make Me Blush 2011 (rosé: Cabernet Franc/ Mourvedre blend)

Gray Ghost Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Unfiltered

Naked Mountain Winery Raptor Red 2008 (Bordeaux-style blend)

Gray Ghost Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Reserve

Narmada Winery Chambourcin 2010

Gray Ghost Vineyards Seyval Blanc 2011

Narmada Winery Melange 2010 (Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend)

Gray Ghost Vineyards Vidal Blanc 2011

Narmada Winery Vigonier 2011

Hickory Hill Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2009

Narmada Winery Yash-Vir 2010 (Bordeauxstyle blend)

Hickory Hill Vineyards Smith Mountain Lake Redbud (rosé) Hickory Hill Vineyards Smith Mountain Lake Mist (Vidal Blanc/ Chardonnay blend)

MountainRose Vineyard Blair White 2010 (Vidal/ Seyval Blanc blend) MountainRose Vineyard Jawbone 2010 (Chancellor/ Cabernet Franc blend)

Rosemont Vineyards Rosé 2011 Stinson Vineyards Meritage 2010 Stinson Vineyards Vidal Blanc 2011 Sugar Hollow Sunset Hills Vineyard Merlot 2010 Sunset Hills Vineyard Rosé 2011 Twin Oaks Tavern Chardonnay 2011 Vint Hill Craft Winery Chambourcin 2009 Colucci Vineyards Vint Hill Craft Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Crown Orchard Winery at Bull Run Chardonnay 2010 Meriweather Vineyard Old Vine Winery at Bull Run Meritage 2010 Winery at LaGrange Cabernet Franc 2010 Reserve Amrhein Winery at LaGrange Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Crown Orchard Winery at LaGrange General’s Battlefield Red 2010 (Meritage/ Tannat blend)

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The Critics

  Nikolay Dimitrov – sommelier, manager of Salacia restaurant, Virginia Beach

Bobby Huber – executive chef, restaurateur; responsible for food and wine purchases Marisa Marsey – food and wine writer; Johnson & Wales University representative Gina McVeigh – sommelier; wine educator Frank Morgan wine blogger at www.drinkwhatyoulike. wordpress.com and Virginia Wine Lover magazine contributing editor Charlie Rizzo – sommelier, River Stone Chophouse, Suffolk Marc Sauter – sommelier, co-owner Zoes Steak & Seafood Restaurant, Virginia Beach Annette Schiller – wine writer and owner of ombiasy Public Relations, a firm focusing on, among other subject, organic food and wine Dr. Christian Schiller – wine blogger at http:// schiller-wine.blogspot. de/ and member of the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers Adam Steely – sommelier; co-owner Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg Patrick Evans-Hylton – Virginia Wine Lover magazine executive editor; food and wine educator

BRONZE LEVEL Winners Bright Meadow Farms BAG 2010 (blackberry, apple, and Concord grape blend) Bright Meadow Farms Chambourcin 2009 Dan River Noir Bright Meadow Farms Norton 2009 Rebellion Red Bright Meadow Farms Vidal Blanc 2009 Bright Leaf Casanel Vineyards Chardonnay 2010

Pearmund Cellars Petit Manseng 2011 Rosemont Vineyards Merlot 2009 Rosemont Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2011 Rosemont Vineyards Traminette 2012 Winery at Bull Run Delaney 2011 (cuvee blanc) VWL

Casanel Vineyards Viognier 2010 Chateau Morrisette Chambourcin 2010 Chestnut Oak Vineyard Petit Manseng 2009 Democracy Vineyards Chambourcin Suffrage 2010 Democracy Vineyards Viognier 2011 Fincastle Vineyard Hybrid Vigor 2011 (Traminette/ Vidal Blanc/Chardonnel blend) Fincastle Vineyard Rosé 2011 (Chambourcin/ Vidal Blanc blend) Flying Fox Vineyards Viognier 2011 Ridge Run Hickory Hill Vineyards Merlot 2009 MountainRose Vineyard Chambourcin 2010 Dorchester MountainRose Vineyard Sweet Mountain Rose 2011 (Niagara grape) Naked Mountain Winery Viognier 2011 Paradise Springs Winery Viognier 2011

For winery contact information, including city, region, phone number and web address, visit the Grapevine section in this issue of Virginia Wine Lover magazine.

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There is a specific sense of place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

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Crossing over the mountains on Interstate 64 from the rolling Piedmont to the east, the Shenandoah Valley opens up, and the town of Waynesboro is on display. Nearby is Barren Ridge Vineyards, where I met Allison Dugan, director of sales and marketing at Shenandoah Caverns and a tireless cheerleader of the region. Located on the family’s former apple orchard, a restored barn offers a charming place to sit and enjoy wine while looking out at the vast landscape. After speaking with the winery owners, John and Shelby 32 SUMMER/FALL 2012 n Virginia Wine Lover

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Although this stretch of land between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains runs the entire length of the western part of the state, the same sort of feeling is woven throughout. Warm. Inviting. Hospitable. It is a place that is comfortable with itself, comfortable for what it is: relaxed and unpretentious. It’s had time to get that way, for this is an old part of the world. History tells us that after tectonic plates smashed land masses together, the earth’s rocky crust was thrust skyward, with peaks as tall—or taller—than today’s Rocky Mountains. But millennia after millennia, Mother Nature caressed the mountains and smoothed out the edges, giving us the gentle, rolling giants we see today. Gentle is a good word to describe the Shenandoah Valley. Roads and rivers twist and turn, accommodating the mountains and their foothills, slowing the pace. Vast stretches of land stand silent witness to the seasons, told not through calendars but through the crops planted and harvested. Tiny hamlets are tucked in riverbends and mountain hollows, their people welcoming. Even if you are not from the Shenandoah Valley, soon you will feel like you are. Like long, mothering arms, the mountains on each side hug the Valley, and from within, the Valley hugs you. I spent six days exploring the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley, but it is six days that will remain with me always.

Higgs, we settled down for a tasting. A half-dozen reds and a half-dozen whites are offered, along with a rose and dessert wine. Several labels feature charming illustrations from local artist P. Buckley Moss; proceeds from sales from those that do benefit her Children’s Education Foundation. Of the reds, I particularly enjoyed the Cabernet Franc—the inky purple juice offering fruity notes and a smooth, full-bodied quaff with a nice peppery finish. The white blend, Harmony, was semi-sweet, lush and enjoyable on the warm day. The rest of the day was spent exploring, with a stop at

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White Oak Lavender Farm, a wonderful, storybook place with fields of lilachued plants waving in the wind, their romantic fragrance perfuming the air. A walk around the landscaped farm offered quiet areas to sit, and a shop provided opportunities to purchase lavender products, including culinary lavender. I checked into Massanutten Resort, an impressive community on the side of Massanutten Mountain featuring a hotel and rental condominiums. The accommodations were beautiful; two large bedrooms, two baths (one with a spa tub), an expansive living room and gourmet kitchen provided wonderful lodging. The resort offers many amenities, including snow sports and a waterpark in season, spa, golf and more. A great dining option is Massanutten’s Fareways Restaurant. I enjoyed a beautifully executed and paired wine dinner featuring vintages from nearby CrossKeys Vineyards, with winemaker Stephan Heyns leading the discussion.

My second day in the Valley started with breakfast at Skyline Café & Art, near Massanutten. The café is a charming mix of restaurant, art gallery and wine shop, and a ham and cheese omelet was enjoyed followed by browsing for local art. It was then a short drive to Harrisonburg, where, following a walk through the historic Hardesty-Higgins House, I set off with Kirsten Parmer from Rocktown Bites! for a culinary tour of downtown. The variety and quality of restaurants in Harrisonburg was impressive; we popped into a half-dozen eateries, each with unique menus and style and many with rooftop dining. At the end, I visited All Things Virginia, a remarkable shop from Vicki Ruckman and her son Mike Seal, featuring an 34 SUMMER/FALL 2012 ■ Virginia Wine Lover

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The tasting room, overlooking the operations floor, also affords views of the rolling hills outside lined with row after row of vines. Of the wines sampled, we loved the 2010 Merlot, a beautiful, medium-bodied wine with flavors and aromas of black cherry, plum and a bit of chocolate. The Crooked and Weedy, named for a local train line, was a fun, sweet expression of Chambourcin. The final stop for the day was not only where I would enjoy dinner, but also where I would lodge overnight. The Joshua Wilton House is a stunning Victorian structure downtown with beautiful architectural features, including an impressive turret with spire reaching skyward. A large porch with rocking chairs welcomes guests, and inside warm, glowing wood and soft lighting set the elegant mood. I was joined for dinner by Zenaida Hall, director of the Shenandoah Valley Travel Association, who shared many wonderful stories of the richness of the Valley during the meal. We were seated in a small, intimate room with views of an outdoor courtyard and ordered from a menu beautifully exhibiting a commitment to local farms by executive chef Mark Newsome, who is also an owner of the property. The house salad was a wonderful start—a crisp, piquant mix of blue cheese, artichoke bottoms, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, bacon and raspberry vinaigrette over mixed greens. The Baugher Farms Rabbit was one of the best rabbit dishes I’ve ever had—a braised leg and grilled loin were tender, moist and flavorful and beautiful over cauliflower grain and squash fritter; a bourbon reduction sauce pulled it together nicely. Dessert of crème brulee made with Polyface Farms eggs was beyond decadent. My room was wonderful and accommodating; a large canopy bed provided the sleep needed for a wonderful breakfast downstairs and a full day ahead. 36 SUMMER/FALL 2012 n Virginia Wine Lover

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Following an early morning outing at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market—an impressive, producers-only market with many vendors—we made our way north to Mount Jackson and to the Route 11 Potato Chips factory. These specialty chips have long been a favorite of mine. Crafted in small batches with wonderful seasonings, the factory—open to the public—gives folks a chance to see how they are made and sample products. We also stopped by Shenandoah Caverns nearby and marveled at the wide assortment of things to do on the property in addition to exploring the namesake caverns, including American Celebration on Parade and Main Street of Yesteryear. The Yellow Barn is also a must-stop to see historical displays and a collection of restored carriages and farm vehicles from owner Earl Hargrove. Included inside is a Virginia wine shop and tasting room. A drive over the Meems Bottom covered bridge led us to the Widow Kip’s Country Inn, a charming bed and breakfast run by

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Betty and Bob Luse. This 1830 Victorian home feels just like that—a period home that where you are a guest. My Morning Glory room featured a hand-carved Victorian queen bed and was decorated in Williamsburg blue and dotted with antiques. Common areas allowed for visiting with the Luses and other guests and playing a game of checkers. Breakfast the next morning of Betty’s French toast with homemade apple syrup would prove delicious. For dinner, we backtracked a bit to Harrisonburg to Local Chop & Grill House, another of the city’s incredible restaurants that has a firm commitment to the farm-to-fork movement. Located in the old City Produce Exchange, the build out is impressive, with exposed old bricks and wooden beams. From executive chef Ryan Zale’s kitchen, we enjoyed several amuses, including a beautiful beef tartare with local meat topped with a Polyface Farms duck egg yolk tempura fried, perhaps one of the most remarkable starters I’ve had. Steak is a signature item, and my 12-ounce New York strip was done to perfection. Prepared with a garden rub atop of local herbs, the steak was seared beautifully on the outside and warm and pink inside, allowing the prime flavor to shine through. Creamed spinach with Turner country ham was a wonderful, rich side. Ice cream made with local honey and lavender sealed the deal for a remarkable, memorable meal. 38 SUMMER/FALL 2012 n Virginia Wine Lover

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A slow start in the morning allowed for a drive along country roads and exploring some of the small communities in the area. It was easy to get lost in time, with the bucolic beauty of the purple/ blue mountains surrounding the lush green fields, and stretches of road where only a tiny house was passed. In New Market, we met at Valley Wine Cellar to sample vintages from North Mountain Vineyards, which is located in nearby Maurertown and also open for tours. We enjoyed the wines tasted, remarking on the 2009 Chambourcin, a medium-bodied red with cherry notes and a bit of smokiness. We journeyed a short distance to Cave Ridge Vineyard, where we met with owner Randy Phillips for a barrel tasting. Later, we sat outside on the expansive patio under shading umbrellas and enjoyed the rolling countryside around us. Winemaker Randy Phillips of Cave Artisan cheeses were Ridge Vineyard offering a barrel tasting plated, and we tried several vintages. It was a leisurely afternoon, and we enjoyed every wine sampled. An outstanding white was the 2010 Barrel Aged Viognier. A fan of the grape, I also noted the 2011 Traminette. And while each red was also wonderful, two were standouts for us: the Red Silk, a Cabernet Franc, lived up to its name. This is one of the best Cab Francs I have had, its deep red color pulling you into flavors and mouthfeels best described as silky, sultry and velvety. The Fandango, a port>>Continued on page 40 www.VirginiaWineLover.com n SUMMER/FALL 2012

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style wine, was also a winner with deep, complex flavors and aromas. A light rain began to fall, and we hopped on the interstate to travel north to Winchester, known for apples and Patsy Cline. Also famous is the George Washington Hotel, a stunning historic property built in 1924 that serves as a classic example of what fine Southern hotels once were. The five-story brick structure, operated by Wyndham Historic Hotels, greets with a gracious awning and gorgeous lobby with glistening marble and brass and warm wood accents about. My room was perfectly modern, with a crisp, business suite appearance and full amenities.

Suzi Smith, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, joined me for a rich Virginia breakfast the next morning, and we talked about the property’s history before I headed out to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, just west of town. This remarkable facility should not be missed as part of a trip to the Valley. There are several components, including the museum, the gardens and the historic Glen Burnie house. The museum’s Julie Armel took me through the gardens, a 40 SUMMER/FALL 2012 n Virginia Wine Lover

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six-acre area that includes a courtyard, boxwood parterre, as well as herb, knot, perennial, rose and vegetable gardens. We wandered through the lush greenness and stopped by an area perfect for picnics. In season, there are also concerts here. Later we made our way to the museum, an impressive structure designed by Michael Graves & Associates. Inside were several gallery spaces, showcasing a changing exhibit, fine art and antiques, miniatures and the Shenandoah Valley Gallery, which gives a wonderful overview of the Valley and its people. Lunch at Village Square Restaurant was enjoyed with friends from the National Restaurant Association. The eatery has a bistro feel—located along the historic pedestrian mall, outdoor seating greats guests, and muted lighting, exposed brick and warm colors create an inviting feeling. From chef Daniel Kalber’s kitchen I enjoyed a salad of arugula and local apples,

as well as a house-smoked barbecue beef brisket served on focaccia. The brisket was wonderfully flavored, tender, and a great way to wrap up this leg of my trip. I took some smaller roads south from Front Royal to Luray to my next destination: Skylands Resort, located within the Shenandoah National Park. This is one of the most beautiful drives I can imagine—climbing up the side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by soaring trees, you arrive at the top, literally, and drive along the curving roads hugging charcoal-gray rock cliffs that suddenly open up to spectacular views thousands of feet below. Along the way is the resort, located at 3,680 feet. Cool breezes greet you as you open the door and walk around the facilities, first created as a summer retreat in 1888. Here comfortable lodging and cabin rentals offer a night’s rest, while the Pollock Dining Room offers meals with incredible views. I spoke with Chef Peter Bizon about his culinary vision, and, mirroring so many >>Continued on page 42

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chefs in the region, the emphasis is on fresh and local. At dinner, I enjoyed a beautifully prepared fresh rainbow trout, pan seared, and topped with melting butter atop ethereal spoonbread. A slice of blackberry ice cream pie with mile high meringue was a sweet ending. From the dining room, I sat and lingered and watched deer walk by; another table thought they spotted a black bear. My cabin was quaint and warm, and, as the sunset, the tapestry of lights from the town of Luray so far below twinkled like the stars in the night sky above. I slept with the screen door open and enjoyed the fresh air and gentle sounds of the wind in the trees.

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The final day of my Shenandoah Valley adventure ended with a leisurely drive down the mountain and a stop at Shadow Mountain Escape. There I sat down with Karen Riddle over freshly baked brownies and coffee to talk about her getaway cabins. Around the rustically landscaped property, literally at the foot of the Blue Ridge, she offers several freestanding, timberframe, romantic getaway retreats, including Butterfly Loft, Dragon Fly Cabin, Bumble Bee Cabin and Lady Bug Cabin. Riddle was also instrumental in setting up the Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop, which circles the northern part of the Shenandoah National Park

TOP: Overlooking the Valley from Skyline Drive RIGHT: Peaceful retreats abound at Shadow Mountain Escape

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Massanutten Resort www.MassResort.com

Places mentioned in this article, in alphabetical order: All Things Virginia www.AllThingsVA.com Barren Ridge Vineyards www.BarrenRidgeVineyardsVA.com

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley www.ShenandoahMuseum.org North Mountain Vineyard & Winery Valley Wine Cellar www.NorthMountainVineyard.com Rocktown Bites! Find Rocktown Bites! on Facebook Route 11 Chips www.Rt11.com

Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop www.DiscoverShenandoah.com

and makes stops at various wineries as well as Copper Fox Whiskey Distillery and links them with lodging and dining options in the region; it’s a great journey within the Valley and on my list for another trip. (Note, Many wineries are also on the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, an excellent group of must-visit vineyards.

Shadow Mountain Escapes www.ShadowMountainEscape.com

Bluestone Vineyard www.BluestoneVineyard.com

Shenandoah Caverns www.ShenandoahCaverns.com

Cave Ridge Vineyard www.CaveRidge.com

Shenandoah Valley Travel Association www.VisitShenandoah.org

CrossKeys Vineyards www.CrossKeysVineyards.com

Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail www.ShenandoahValleyWineTrail.com

The George Washington Hotel www.Wyndham.com

Skylands Resort Shenandoah National Park www.NPS.gov/Shen

Joshua Wilton House www.JoshuaWIlton.com Hardesty-Higgins House Visitors Center www.HarrisonburgTourism.com Harrisonburg Farmers Market www.HarrisonburgFarmersMarket.com Local Chop & Grill House www.LocalChops.com

White Oak Lavender Farm www.WhiteOakLavender.com Widow Kip’s Country Inn www.WidowKips.com Wine on Water www.WineOnWater.com Village Square Restaurant www.VillageSquareRestaurant.com

WineTrail

After six days in the Shenandoah, I felt I had a better understanding of this special place, but I also had an understanding that even after almost a week here, I had barely touched the surface of all there is to see and do, as well as write about. In fact, every place I visited had more to tell than just the story I had room for here. Each person—warm, open and inviting—made me feel like I was a part of this special area. The Shenandoah Valley has a sense of place, and part of that is now with me. VWL

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Cedar Creek Winery Star Tannery • 540-436-8394

Cross Keys Vineyards Mt. Crawford • 540-234-0505

North Mountain Vineyard & Winery Maurertown • 540-436-9463

Bluestone Vineyard Bridgewater • 540-798-7642

Shenandoah Vineyards Edinburg • 540-984-8699 Wolf Gap Vineyard Edinburg • 540-984-3306 Cave Ridge Vineyard Mt. Jackson • 540-477-2585 Wisteria Farm & Vineyard Stanley • 540-742-1489

Ox-Eye Vineyards Staunton • 540-849-7926 Barren Ridge Vineyards Fishersville • 540-248-3300 Rockbridge Vineyard Raphine • 540-377-6204 Lexington Valley Vineyard Rockbridge Baths • 540-462-2974

Blue Ridge Vineyard Eagle Rock • 540-798-7642

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TO DO In addition to touring Mount Vernon and the estate, consider these activities: Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington is an exhibit offered through Aug. 11, 2013 that gives behind-the-scene looks at how foods were prepared and presented at Mount Vernon in the 18th century. Featured are recipes and cookbooks important to Martha Washington, as well as the kitchen equipment and utensils like pots and pans, and the fine tablewares that served guests. Visitors receive a recipe card for one of George Washington’s favorite dishes—hoecakes. www.MountVernon.org   Gentleman Distiller: Dinner and Whiskey Tasting (offered Aug. 3) begins with a tour of George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill and progresses to a Virginia whiskey tasting with specialty cheese pairings and seated dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn. This is an inaugural event, and reservations are available now for the fete. www.MountVernon.org Wine Festival & Sunset Tour is offered twice a year—in the spring and in the fall—and features scores of Virginia wineries offering tastings against the backdrop of live blues music and the Mount Vernon mansion and estate. Also offered is an evening tour, including the rarely-opened basement where Washington stored his wine. This year’s fall event is Sept. 30–Oct. 4. www.MountVernon.org For a list of Mount Vernon-specific sites, activities and events can be found at the Mount Vernon website. www.MountVernon.org A full listing of local sites, activities and events can be found at the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association. www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com

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TO STAY A full listing of local lodging can be found at the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association. www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com TO SUP Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant serves colonialinspired lunch daily and candlelit dinners Monday through Saturday in one of six dining rooms decorated in period pieces and served by costumed waitstaff. www.MountVernon.org or 703-780-0011 A full listing of local dining options can be found at the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association. www.VisitAlexandriaVA.com   TO SIP Wineries in the region include: Potomac Point Winery Wines include: Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, Traminette, Viognier, white blends, roses, Cabernet Franc, Meritage, Merlot, Norton, Petit Verdot, red blends and a port-style wine. www.PotomacPointWinery.com  Photos by david uhrin

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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: patrick@virginiawinelover.com.

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SH-1 AmRhein Wine Christiansburg– 24073 Cellars 4771 Childress Road Bent Mountain – 540-382-7619 540-929-4632 www.attimowinery.com April-June Fri.-Sun. SH-2 Barren Ridge 2pm-6pm Vineyards Summer Wed.-Sun. Fishersville – 11am-6pm 540-248-3300

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Vineyard & Winery Abingdon – 276-623-1255

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Eagle Rock – 540-798-7642

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Vineyards Rockbridge Baths – 540-462-2974

Stuart 276-694-7074

W-14 Villa Appalaccia Winery Floyd – 540–593–3100

W-15 Vincent’s Vineyard Lebanon – 276-889-2505

★SH-12 Little Washington Winery Washington – 540-987-8265 ★SH-13 Mountain View Vineyard Stratsburg – 540-635-5369

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Vineyard & Winery Max Meadows – 276-699-2020

SH-14 Misty Mountain Meadworks Winchester – 540-888-4420

SH-15 North Mountain Mauertown – 540-436-9463

SH-16 Ox Eye Vineyards Staunton 540-849-7926

N-31 Hume Vineyards

N-50 Pearmund Cellars

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Wine Barn Hamilton 703-926-4183

N-13 Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint Markham – 540-364-6441

SH-20 Valhalla Vineyards Roanoke – 540–725–9463

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Spotsylvania – 540-0895-5085 Front Royal – 22630 4615 Remount Rd N-34 Linden Vineyards 540-636-8086 Linden – www.chestergap 540-364-1997 cellars.com Fri-Sat, 11am-6pm. N-35 Lost Creek Winery Sun, 11am-5pm. Leesburg – Also open Monday 703-443-9836 Holidays, or anytime by appointment N-36 Loudoun Valley Vineyards Chrysalis Vineyards Waterford – Middleburg – 540–882–3375 540-687-8222 N-37 Marterella Wineries Cobbler Mountain Warrenton – Cellars 540-347-1119 Delaplane 540-364-2802 N-38 Mattaponi Winery Spotsylvania – Corcoran Vineyards 540-582-2897 Waterford – 540-882-9073 N-39 Mediterranean Cellars Crushed Cellars Warrenton – Purcellville 540–428–1984 571-374-WINE (9463) N-40 Miracle Valley Delaplane Cellars Vineyards Delaplane – Delaplane – 540-592-7210 540-364-0228

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SH-21 Veramar Winery Berryville – 540–955–5510

SH-22 Vino Curioso Winchester – 703-447-0648

Virginia Mountain Vineyards Fincastle – 540–473–2979 Wisteria Farm & Vineyard Stanley – 22851 1126 Marksville Road 540-742-1489 wisteriavineyard.com Thurs-Mon 12-6pm Wolf Gap Edinburgh – 540-984-3306

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N-4 Barrel Oak Winery Delaplane – 703-798-8308

N-5 Berry Hill Vineyard Flint Hill 540-675-2205

N-6 Bluemont Vineyard Bluemont – 540-554-8439

N-7 Boxwood Winery Middleburg – 540-687-9770

N-8 Breaux Vineyards Hillsboro – 540-668-6299

N-9 Capitol Vineyards Delplane 845-598-2662

N-10 Casanel Vineyards Leesburg – 540-751-1776

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Hume – 540-364-2587

Winery Purcellville 540-668-7707

Tavern Winery Bluemont – 202-255-509

N-30 Hillsborough Vineyards Purcellville – 540-668-6216

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SH-4 Bluestone Vineyard Beliveau Estate Bridgewater- 22812 Winery 4828 Spring Creek Rd, Blacksburg – 540-828-0099 SH-23 276-623-1255 www.bluestone vineyard.com Blacksnake Meadery Hours: Nov-Mar; ThursDugspur – Mon Noon-6pm; 540-834-6172 April-Oct; Mon-Thurs SH-24 11-6pm, Fri-Sat Brooks Mill Winery 11-7pm Sun 1-6pm Wirtz – 540-721-5215 SH-5 Cave Ridge Vineyard Mt. Jackson Chateau Morrisette 540-477-2585 Winery Floyd – ★SH-6 Cedar Creek Winery SH-25 540-593-9218 Star Tannery – 540-436-8394 Coltsfoot Winery Abingdon SH-7 Cross Keys 888-685-8750 Vineyards Mt. Crawford – Davis Valley Winery 540-234-0505 and Vineyard Rural Retreat – SH-8 Fincastle Vineyard 276-686-8855 & Winery Fincastle – Foggy Ridge Cider 540-591-9000 Dugspur – 276-398-2337 SH-9 Fox Meadow Winery N-1 Linden Mountain Rose 540-636-6677 Vineyards Wise – SH-10 Glen Manor Vineyard 276–328–2013 Front Royal – 22630 N-2 2244 Browntown Road Mt. Vale Vineyards 540-635-6324 Galax – www.glenmanor 276-238-9946 vineyards.com ★N-3 Apr-Nov: Wed-Sat, Rural Retreat Winery 11am-5pm. Sun, & Dye’s Vineyards 12pm-5pm. Dec-Mar: Rural Retreat Fri & Sat, 11am-5pm. 276-686-8300 Sun, 12pm-5pm.

W-13 Stanburn Winery

Vineyards and Winery Locust Dale – 540-229-2498

Raphine – 540-377-6204

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N-20 Desert Rose Ranch

N-41 Molon Lave

& Winery Hume – 540-635-3200

Vineyards Warrenton – 540-439-5460

N-21 Doukenie Winery

★N-42 Morais Vineyards

N-22 Dry Mill Vineyards

N-43 Naked Mountain

N-23 Fabbioli Cellars

N-44 Narmada Winery

Purcellville – 540–668–6464

Bealeton – 703-369-2241

Winery Leesburg – 571-271-6799

Vineyard Markham – 540–364–1609

Leesburg – 703-771-1197

N-24 Gadino Cellars

Washington – 22747 92 Schoolhouse Road 540-987-9292 www.gadinocellars.com Fri-Mon 11:30am- 5pm; Saturdays until 6pm.

N-25 Granite Heights

Orchard and Winery Warrenton 540-349-5185

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Vineyards Amissville – 540-937-4869

N-27 Hartwood Winery

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N-28 Hidden Brook

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Fredericksburg – 540–752–4893 Winery Leesburg – 703–737–3935

N-29 Hiddencroft

Vineyards Lovettsville – 540-535-5367

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Winery Clifton – 703-830-9463 Broad Run – 540-347-3475

Winery Hume - 22639 4366 Stillhouse Road 540-964-1203 www.pcwinery.com Open daily, year-round. Between December and March call to confirm.

N-52 Piedmont Vineyards & Winery The Plains – 540-687-5528

N-53 Potomac Point

Vineyard & Winery Stafford – 540-446-2266

N-54 Quattro Gombas Winery Aldie – 703-327-6542

N-55 Rappahannock

Cellars Huntly – 22640 14437 Hume Road 540-635-9398 http://rcellars.com Sun - Fri, 11:30am-5pm. Sat, 11:30am-6pm.

N-56 Rogers Ford

Farm Winery Sumerduck – 540-439-3707

N-57 Sharp Rock Vineyards

Sperryville – 22740 5 Sharp Rock Road 540–987–9700 www.sharprock vineyards.com Mid Feb - Dec, Fri - Sun, 11am- 5pm.

N-58 Sunset Hills

Vineyard Purcellville – 20132 38295 Fremont Overlook Lane 540-882-4560 www.sunsethills vineyard.com Mon-Thur 12-5pm Fri-Sun 12-6pm

Amissville –20106 43 Narmada Lane 540-937-8215 www.narmada winery.com Jan & Feb N-59 Swedenburg Fri – Sun 12pm – 5pm Estate Vineyard Mar – Dec Middleburg – Thur – Mon 12pm -6pm 540–687–5219 Tues & Wed closed N-60 Tarara Winery Leesburg – North Gate 703-771-7100 Vineyard Purcelleville – 20132 16031 Hillsboro Rd N-61 Three Fox Vineyards 540-668-6248 Delaplane – 20144 www.northgate 10100 Three Fox Lane vineyard.com 540-364-6073 Open Friday www.threefox 11am-8pm vinyards.com Mon., Thurs.-Sat. 11am-5pm Notaviva Vineyards Sunday 12pm-5pm Purcellville – 540-668-6756 N-62 Unicorn Winery Amissville – Old House 540–349–5885 Vineyards Culpeper – 540–423–1032 N-63 Village Winery Waterford – 540–882–3780 Otium Cellars Purcellville – 540–338-2027

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N-66 Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Leesburg – 703-777-8161

Winery Williamsburg – 757-229-0999

La Grange Haymarket – 703-753-9360

C-18 DuCard Vineyards

C-38 Peaks of

Vineyard Irvington – 804-438-5559

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SOUTHERN

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Vineyards Madison – 540-948-6570

Etlan – 22719 40 Gibson Hollow Lane 540-923-4206 www.ducard vineyards.com ★C-39 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays, 11-6. And by appointment. SeptNov: Open daily, 11-6. C-40

C-19 Early Mountain

Vineyard Madison – C-41 540-948-9005 Vineyards Afton – 22920 234 Vineyard Lane C-20 First Colony Winery Charlottesville – 540-456-8667 Athena Vineyards 434–979–7105 www.aftonmountain & Winery C-42 vineyards.com Heathsville – Wed.-Mon. 10am-6pm C-21 Flying Fox 804-580-7327 Vineyard Afton – Belle Mount C-2 Albemarle ★C-43 434-361-1692 Ciderworks Vineyards North Garden Warsaw – 434-297-2326 804-333-4700 C-22 Glass House Winery Free Union 434-975-0094 Bloxom Vineyard ★C-3 Ankida Ridge C-44 Vineyards Bloxom – Grayhaven Winery Amhearst 757-665-5670 C-23 Gum Springs – 434-922-7678 804-556-3917 Chatham Vineyards C-45 Machipongo – C-4 Autumn Hill Vineyards Eastern Region C-24 Hickory Hill Winery Moneta – Standardsville – 757-678-5588 540–296–1393 424-985-6100 The Dog and Oyster C-46 Vineyard C-5 Barboursville C-25 Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Vineyards Irvington Nellysford – Barboursville – 804-438-WINE(9643) 434-361-1266 540-832-3824 C-47 General’s Ridge Horton Cellars Blenheim Vineyards Vineyard C-6 C-26 Winery Charlottesville – Hague Gordonsville – 434-293-5366 804-472-3172 540-832-7440 C-48 Good Luck Cellars C-7 Bodie Vineyards Powhatan Kilmarnock C-27 James River Cellars Glen Allen – 804-598-2625 757-472-6973 804–550–7516 C-49 The Hague Winery C-8 Brightwood Vineyard & Farm Hague – C-28 Jefferson Vineyards Charlottesville – Brightwood 804-472-5283 434-977-3042 540-948-6845 ★C-50 Holly Grove Keswick Vineyards Burnley Vineyards Vineyards C-9 C-29 Keswick & Daniel Cellars Franktown – 434-244-3341 Barboursville – 757-442-2844 C-51 540-832-2828 Hummel Vineyards C-30 Kilaurwen Winery Stanardsville Montross – C-10 Byrd Cellars 434-985-2535 Goochland – Eastern Region C-52 804-475-8536 804-493-1554 C-31 King Family Vineyards Ingleside Vineyards C-11 Cardinal Point Crozet – Vineyard & Winery Oak Grove – C-53 434-823-7800 Afton – 804–224–8687 540-456-8400 New Kent Winery C-32 Lazy Days Winery Amherst New Kent County – C-12 Castle Hill Cider 434-381-6088 Keswick 804-932-8240 C-54 434-971-8887 Oak Crest Winery C-33 Leo Grande Winery Goode – King George – ★C-13 Chestnut Oak 540-586-4066 Vineyard 540–663–2813 C-55 Barboursville 434-242-6697 Pungo Ridge Winery C-34 Lovingston Winery Lovingston – Virginia Beach – 434–263–4533 757-426-1665 C-14 Cooper Vineyards C-56 Louisa – 540-894-5253

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Crozet – 434-823-7605

E-18 White Fences

Vineyards Concord 434-993-0722

C-1 Afton Mountain

★C-57 Windy RIver Winery

C-36 Mountfair Vineyards C-37 Neala Estate

Vineyard Leesburg – 703-431-2016

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Vineyard Lovingston – 434-964-6124

C-17 Devault Family

N-68 Zephaniah Farm

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E-17 Vault Field

Vineyards Kinsale – 804-472-4430

N-67 The Winery at

Vineyard & Wine Garden Lovingston – 434–263–5392

and Winery Faber – 434-263-6100

E-16 The Williamsburg

Vineyard Rectortown – 540-364-3371

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C-15 DelFosse Vineyard C-35 Mountain Cove

Vineyards Williamsburg– 804-843-7100

Vint Hill – 703-991-0191

Otter Winery Bedford – 540–586–3707 Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards North Garden 434-202-8063 Pollak Vineyards Greenwood – 540-456-8844 Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery Leon – 540-547-3707 Rebec Vineyards Amherst – 434–946–5168

Beaverdam 804-449-6996

C-58 Wintergreen Winery Nellysford – 434-361-2519

C-59 Woodland Vineyard Farm Winery Midlothian – 804-739-2774

Vineyards Vernon Hill – 434-579-2836

S-5 The Homeplace Vineyard Chatham 434-432-9463

S-6 Hunting Creek Vineyards Clover – 434-454-9219

NORTHERN SHENANDOAH

S-7 Molliver Vineyards

EASTERN

Nathalie – 434-349-1000

CENTRAL WESTERN

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SOUTHERN

SOUTHERN REGION

S-8 Preston Ridge

S-1 Alta Vista Vineyards

Winery Martinsville 276-957-2100

Hurt 434-324-4160

S-9 Rosemont Vineyards

S-2 Annefield Vineyards Saxe – 434-454-7559

S-10 Sans Soucy Vineyards

S-3 Bright Meadows

Farm Vineyard & Winery Nathalie – 434-349-5349

& Winery LaCrosse – 434-636-9463

Brookneal – 434-376 –9463

S-11 Tomahawk Mill Winery Chatham – 434–432–1063

Reynard Florence Vineyard Barboursville – 540-832-3895 Savoy-Lee Winery Huddleston – 540-297-9275 Spring Creek Wine Cellar Pamplin – 434-248-6981 Stinson Vineyards Crozet 434-823-7300 Stone Mountain Vineyards Dyke – 434–990–9463 Sugarleaf Vineyards North Garden – 434-984-4272

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WESTERN BLACK DOG WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Aug. 11. A day of music with Carbon Leaf, food and craft vendors, sangria, winery tours, and tastings at this annual festival. $. 11 a.m. Château Morrisette.

ART DOWN THE PARKWAY

Aug. 18-19. Visit seven wineries for tastings and enjoy the work of local artisans and musicians at each trail location. $. mountainroadwineexperience.com

GRAYSON COUNTY WINE FESTIVAL

Aug. 25. Enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, and sample wines from area wineries at the historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. $. www.historic1908courthouse.org

FLOYD YOGA JAM

Aug. 31-Sept. 2. A 3-day festival of yoga and music featuring locally sourced organic food, and regional beer and wine. Held at Burnette Farm in Willis. $. 12 p.m. www.floydyogajam.com

GRILLIN AT THE GATE

Sept. 8. A new event featuring a

variety of live music, BBQ vendors and competitions, and a beer garden featuring Virginia brews. $. 10 a.m. www.explorescottcountyva.com

LAMBS & CLAMS

Sept. 15. Sample a Portuguese inspired

stew with a glass of cider; hosted by Travis Croxton of Rappahannock River Oysters and Craig Rogers of Border Springs Farm. $. 12 p.m. Foggy Ridge Cider.

OKTOBERFEST

Oct. 6. The festivities this year will include barrel rolling, barrel riding competitions, live music, tastings, and more. $. AmRhein’s Wine Cellars.

WINE & SWINE

Oct. 6. An evening of live music and

wine; food available for purchase. $. 4 p.m. West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery.

HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE

CARIBBEAN NIGHT

Aug. 18. Enjoy dinner and music

from The Fabulous Pan Masters in the Courtyard. $ Cave Ridge Vineyard.

SUMMER CELEBRATION

Oct. 27. Sample cider and mead paired

Aug. 18. Celebrate summer with an evening

BLACK FRIDAY RECOVERY

Aug. 24. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy

with Halloween snacks at both Foggy Ridge Cider and Blacksnake Meadery. $. 11 a.m. Blacksnake Meadery and Foggy Ridge Cider.

Nov. 24. Enjoy a bowl of turkey soup

paired with cider at Foggy Ridge, and honey glazed pork and sweet potatoes with mead at Blacksnake Meadery. $. 11 a.m. Blacksnake Meadery and Foggy Ridge Cider.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Dec., 1-2, 8-9. Enjoy complimentary

wine tastings, tours, hors d’oeuvres, and live music at the festively decorated winery. 12 p.m. Château Morrisette.

HOLLY DAYS

Dec. 8-9. Wine tastings, mulled wine,

winery tours, and a special harvest tasting will be among the offerings. 11 a.m. AmRhein’s Wine Cellars.

of wine and live music from Runaway Jones; food available for purchase. $. 5:30 p.m. Virginia Mountain Vineyards.

TOAST THE WEEKEND

live music from Standing Room Only at the vineyard; the tasting room will be open late. $. Bluestone Vineyard.

CONCERT SERIES

Sept. 1. Bring folding chairs or a blanket

to enjoy an evening of music from Solrevolt; food will be available for purchase or bring a picnic basket. $. 6 p.m. Fincastle Vineyard and Winery.

SHENANDOAH VINEYARDS HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sept. 8. An annual event featuring wine tasting, seminars, arts and crafts, live music, children’s entertainment, and grape stomping. $. 11 a.m. Shenandoah Vineyards.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Dec. 15. Try a glass of mulled mead and

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Note: contact information for Virginia wineries can be found in the Virginia Winery Listing in this issue of VWL

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Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12. Celebrate

Fridays with Virginia wines; bring your dog and a picnic lunch, or purchase snack baskets. Lexington Valley Vineyard.

WINE DINNER

Aug. 17. A gourmet 5-course, wine-

paired dinner. Reservations required. $. Cross Keys Vineyards & Estate.

ROSELAND POLO Sundays, Memorial Day through mid-October. Enjoy polo matches at King Family Vineyards with the Blue Ridge as the backdrop; matches start at 1:30 p.m. Wine for purchase. King Family Vineyards.

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Sept. 29. Enjoy an afternoon of festival

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HARVEST FESTIVAL

Oct. 6. Celebrate the harvest with live

music and wine at this 20th annual festival. 12 p.m. Rockbridge Wines.

SHENANDOAH VALLEY WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Oct. 12-14. This 16th annual family celebration features live music, regional wine, activities for kids, kite flying, and pumpkin chunking. Held at Long Branch, Millwood. www.historiclongbranch.com

Wine, Moon, & Stars

Oct. 19. Enjoy live music, a brief

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Aug. 18. Celebrate Sugarleaf’s 6th anni-

versary with wine, cheese, live music, and the release of an inaugural, award-winning vintage. $. Sugarleaf Vineyards.

WINERY SHAKESPEARE TOUR

Aug. 18-19. The Hamner Theater will

perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the winery. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery.

VIRGINIA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

VIRGINIA WINE & GARLIC FESTIVAL Oct. 13-14. Seven area wineries will participate, offering wine tasting and sales; garlicky foods, live entertainment, contests, and vendors will also be featured. $. Rebec Vineyards.

SUNSETS AT THE VINEYARD

Oct. 19. An evening of wine, live music,

and food. $. 7 p.m. Barren Ridge Vineyards.

HOW SWEET IT IS

Nov. 10. Learn tips on how to pair wine

and chocolates; includes instruction, plus wine and artisan chocolate tasting. $. 7 p.m. Reservations required. Veramar Vineyard.

MILITARY, FIREFIGHTER AND POLICE APPRECIATION DAY

Nov. 10. Service men and women will receive a free glass of wine and 10% discount on all bottle purchases. Veramar Vineyard.

SHENANDOAH UNCORKED

Nov. 10. A family-friendly event featur-

ing live music, food and craft vendors, children’s activities and wines from nine Shenandoah Valley wineries. $. 10 a.m. At The Yellow Barn, Shenandoah Caverns. www.shenandoahuncorked.com

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Dec. 1-2. Shop early for holiday gifts and enjoy snacks and wine tastings. Shenandoah Vineyards.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Dec. 21-23. Celebrate the first day of winter with light refreshments and a glass of wine by the fire. Wisteria Farm & Vineyard.

NEW YEARS EVE CHARITY BALL

Dec. 31. A holiday celebration with dancing, food, and wine. Proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. $. 7 p.m. Cross Keys Vineyards & Estate.

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ROSELAND POLO

Sundays, Memorial Day through mid-October. Enjoy polo matches at

King Family Vineyards with the Blue Ridge as the backdrop; matches start at 1:30 p.m. Wine for purchase. King Family Vineyards.

TOMAHAWK MILL SUMMER FESTIVAL

July 28. Enjoy wines from five guest win-

Aug. 25. Sample beer from Virginia craft breweries and enjoy music, food and more at the Devils Backbone Brewing Company concert grounds. $. 11 a.m. www.dbbbrewingcompany.com

CONCERT AT THE VINEYARDS

Aug. 31. An evening of wine, sangria

and live music from Wysteria Band. 7 p.m. DeVault Family Vineyards.

BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY FESTIVAL

Sept. 1. This 4th annual festival will include events in a new tasting room and winery building as well as the traditional blessing of the harvest. Democracy Vineyards.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sept. 1-2. A yearly celebration featuring grape stomping, live music, traditional German food, wine tastings, and cellar tours. $. 12 p.m. First Colony Winery.

HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL

Sept. 1. This 7th annual event features

eries, food vendors, crafters, clowns, grape stomping, hay rides, and live music. $. 1 p.m. Tomahawk Mill Vineyard & Winery.

three guest wineries, live music, tours, and food and craft vendors. Picnics welcome. $. 11 a.m. James River Cellar Winery.

ANNUAL HOP HARVEST

ROMP, STOMP AND CHOMP HARVEST CELEBRATION

Aug. 1. Participate in the harvest of

hops; enjoy lunch, live music from Tara Mills, and locally-brewed beer. $. 12 p.m. At Blue Mountain Brewery. www.bluemountainbrewery.com

Sept. 1-2. Events include grape

BLACKBERRY HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sept. 2. Spend the day enjoying live

Aug. 4. This annual event includes wine

and mead tasting paired with food, live

stomping, wine, music, and riverside picnics. 10 a.m. Wintergreen Winery.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND PARTY

music and wine with a mountain view; picnics and dogs welcome. 11 a.m. DuCard Vineyards.

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Sept. 8. The Hackensaw Boys will provide

the live entertainment, plus wine, and dinner. $. 7 p.m. Veritas Vineyards & Winery.

SHRIMP & WINE FESTIVAL

Sept. 8. Enjoy local shrimp, live music,

and wines from seven wineries at this 3rd annual festival. $. 12 p.m. Sans Soucy Vineyards.

SOUTH AFRICAN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

Sept. 8-9. An annual festival featuring

live music/dance performances, arts and crafts, South African dishes and wines as well as Virginia-made wines. $. 11 a.m. Grayhaven Winery.

VIRGINIA WINE & GARLIC FESTIVAL

Oct. 13-14. Seven area wineries will participate, offering wine tasting and sales; garlicky foods, live entertainment, contests, and vendors will also be featured. $. Rebec Vineyards.

Oct. 24. Adults will be entertained with

CIGAR & WINE PAIRING SEMINAR

Oct. 26. This 7th annual event benefits the

Oct. 14. Larry Lucas of Tobacco Road

shares his insights on pairing cigars with wines; wine tasting and a glass of wine included with the seminar. $. 12 p.m. Prince Michel Winery.

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY

Oct. 19. Second annual party for the

FLIP FLOP FRIDAY

grownups at the vineyards. DeVault Family Vineyards.

from Laura Adcock. 6 p.m. The Homeplace Vineyard.

FALL HARVEST AND LEAF PEEP FESTIVAL

Sept. 14. Enjoy wine and live music

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readings from Edgar Allan Poe, wine, and heavy appetizers. Reservations required. $. 7 p.m. Tomahawk Mill Winery & Vineyard.

OPPORTUNITY BALL

Nelson County Community Fund; enjoy a five-course wine-paired meal and dancing. Reservations required. $. 6 p.m. Veritas Vineyards & Winery.

AUTUMN BARREL TASTING

Oct. 27-28. An enhanced tasting

focusing on valuable older vintages plus a sampling of 2011 reds from the barrel; artisan cheeses from Caromont Farms will also be featured. $. 11 a.m. Barboursville Vineyards.

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Oct. 29-30. Enjoy small, private tours of

Sept. 22. An evening of wine and live

barbeque, and entertainment will be featured, including live music from Beleza Brasil. DuCard Vineyards.

the wine cave and sample directly from the barrel; picnics welcome. $. Stone Mountain Vineyards.

LAKE ANNA WINE FESTIVAL

POWHATAN’S FESTIVAL OF THE GRAPE

Nov. 3. This annual festival celebrates

music from Dallas Wesley and Band. 6 p.m. Afton Mountain Vineyards.

Sept. 22. New this year, the festival will

celebrate local wineries with refreshments and activities for the entire family. $. 11 a.m. Held at the Cutalong Development. www.lakeannawinefestival.com

SOUTH HILL WINE FESTIVAL

Oct. 20. 10th annual festival featuring family fun, Virginia wines, food and craft vendors, and live entertainment. $. 11 a.m. Held at the Powhatan Courthouse. www.powhatanwinefestival.com

APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL

the heritage of apple-growing with crafts, hayrides and cider pressing; tours through the Cidery and events in the Tasting Room will also be featured. 10 a.m. Albemarle CiderWorks. CONTINUED ON PAGE 54>>> PHOTOS COURTESY OF BILL MOOSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sept. 22. Sample wines from area winer-

ies; enjoy the work of local artists, music, and food. $. 12 p.m. Held at Centennial Park, South Hill. www.southhillrotaryclub.org

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE WINE FESTIVAL

Sept. 29-30. This 2-day festival features 27 wineries and 85 juried craft and abundant food vendors. $. 11 a.m. Held at LakeWatch Plantation, Smith Mountain Lake. http://smlwinefestival.com

HARVEST BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Sept. 29-30. A popular annual festival featuring live music, workshops, food vendors, wine, and children’s activities. $. 11 a.m. Grayhaven Winery.

FALL FOLIAGE OPEN HOUSE

Oct. 6-7. Enjoy seasonal food samples paired with wine. 11 a.m. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery.

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KEY WEST FESTIVAL

July 14. Seventh annual festival featuring island-inspired food, wine, wine-a-ritas, activities for children, vineyard tours, live reggae, and music from the Key West Band. $. 11:00 a.m. Breaux Vineyards.

MID-SUMMER WINE FESTIVAL

July 14. Sample wines from Hartwood

and guest wineries; with live music, winery tours, light hors d’oeuvres, and walks in the vineyard. $. 11 a.m. Hartwood Winery.

CARIBBEAN BEACH PARTY

Aug. 4. An evening of wine from four lo-

TOWN POINT VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL Oct. 20-21. This 25th annual festival will showcase more than 200 of Virginia’s wine varieties; live music, gourmet food venders, and crafts will also be featured. $. 11 a.m. Held at Town Point Park, Norfolk. www.festevents.org

include oysters from Rappahannock River Oyster Co., live music, and wine. $. 12 p.m. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery.

Trail: Cooper, Grayhaven, James River Cellars and Lake Anna and get a souvenir wine glass and tastings. Food and craft vendors at various stops. www.HOVAwinetrail.com

THOMAS JEFFERSON WINE FESTIVAL

Dec. 8. Toast the holiday season with

Nov. 17. Enjoy tastings from 12 Virginia

wineries, food and craft vendors, live entertainment. $. 11 a.m. Held at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Forest. www.poplarforest.org

THANKSGIVING OPEN HOUSE

Nov. 23-24. Tour the vineyard and enjoy wine tasting paired with hot soup and Horton Norton Chili. $. Horton Vineyards.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Nov. 23-24. Celebrate the holidays with wines by the fireplace and samplings from Palladio Restaurant. 12 p.m. Barboursville Vineyards.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY/ CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Dec. 1-2. Enjoy tasting new releases and hot mulled wine with hors d’oeuvres. 11 a.m. Burnley Vineyards.

JINGLE BELL WINE TRAIL

Dec. 1-2. Tour several Central Virginia

wineries, part of the Heart of Virginia Wine

SUMMER SUNSETS

Aug. 18. Bring a blanket or lawn chair

and enjoy wine and cheese with live music from Dave Goodrich. 6 p.m. Old House Vineyards.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Sept. 1. Visit the tasting room to enjoy live music, bocce, and wine. $. 2 p.m. Gadino Cellars.

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OYSTER ROAST

Nov. 10-11. This 9th annual event will

cal wineries, food, and beach music. $. 5 p.m. Lake Anna Winery.

wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres, mulled wine, hot cider, and cookies. $. 12 p.m. Woodland Vineyard.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY

Dec. 9. Enjoy live music, wine tasting, and special gifts throughout the day. DuCard Vineyards.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Dec. 15-16. Shop for wines and enjoy a tasting fee-free weekend. 11 a.m. Cooper Vineyards.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Dec. 22-23. Celebrate the holidays with seasonal wines available to taste and purchase, and shop for gifts from craft vendors. 11 a.m. James River Cellars Winery.

NEW YEAR’S EVE MASKED BALL

Dec. 31. A festive, black tie optional, fivecourse winemaker’s dinner with dancing and champagne toast at midnight. Reservations required. $. 7 p.m. Veritas Winery.

CARIBBEAN BEACH PARTY Aug. 4. An evening of wine from four local wineries, food, and beach music. $. 5 p.m. Lake Anna Winery.

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benefit Habitat for Humanity. Reservations required. $. 4 p.m. Lake Anna Winery.

required. $. 10:30 a.m. Rogers Ford Farm Winery.

wine tasting and a winery tour, and live music at the vineyards; catered meals available for purchase. Reservations required. 10:30 a.m. Tarara Winery.

FREDERICKSBURG AREA WINE FESTIVAL

Nov. 10. Enjoy wine and live music

Sept. 8. A day of canoeing/kayaking,

GREAT GRAPES WINE FESTIVAL

Sept. 8-9. Enjoy a wide variety of wines

from more than 20 area wineries; food and craft vendors and children’s activities will also be featured. $. 11 a.m. Held at Reston Town Center. www.uncorkthefun.com

BBQ DATES AT DESERT ROSE

Sept. 15. Enjoy wine and barbeque

provided by Setter Mountain. $. 1 p.m. Desert Rose Ranch & Winery.

VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL

Sept. 15-16. The longest-running wine

festival on the East Coast with more than 50 Virginia wineries pouring some 350plus vintages. $. At Great Meadows in The Plains, Va. www.virginiawinefest.com

TASTE OF ITALY

Sept. 22. An annual event offering

authentic Italian food, music, dancing, grape stomping, wine tasting, activities for the kids, and more. $. 12 p.m. Doukénie Winery.

WINEMAKER’S DINNER

Sept. 22. Enjoy an evening of food and

wine with Chef Eric Stamer. Reservations required. $. Naked Mountain Winery & Vineyards.

Oct. 6-7. Sample wines from eight

Virginia wineries and enjoy live music, products from local artisans and crafters, and activities for kids. $. Held at Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg. www.fredericksburgwine.com

NORTON WINE & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Oct. 6-7. Enjoy live bluegrass from

Jackass Flats and others, regional food and crafts, hay rides, vineyard tours and extensive tasting. $. Chrysalis Vineyards.

TASTE OF CULPEPER

Oct. 7. A family festival featuring Virginia wines and microbreweries, local cuisine, live entertainment, and vending from local artisan and crafters. $. 12 p.m. Held at The Depot, Culpeper. www.culpeperdowntown.com

FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Oct. 13. This 2nd annual festival at the winery features a variety of artists and crafters as well as wines. The Winery at La Grange.

KAYAK WINE RUN

Oct. 28. Enjoy a six-mile paddle on the

Rappahannock followed by lunch and wine tasting at the vineyard. Reservations

MUSIC AT THE VINEYARDS

from Pat Egan and Friends. 4 p.m. Notaviva Vineyards.

GALA RELEASE PARTY

Nov. 10. Features live music, open wine bar, buffet dinner, and the release of the 2009 vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Reservations required. $. 7:30 p.m. Gray Ghost Vineyards.

APPETIZER COOKING CLASS

Dec. 1. Learn new recipes and techniques from Chef Maria, and enjoy appetizers paired with Doukénie wines. $. 6:30 p.m. Doukénie Winery.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Dec. 1-2. This holiday event features

wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and cork decorations. $. 11 a.m. Gray Ghost Vineyards.

HEART OF VIRGINIA JINGLE BELL TRAIL

Dec. 1-2. A passport ticket lets you sample wines and snacks from four Heart of Virginia wineries. $. www.hovawinetrail.com

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Dec. 1. Enjoy live Christmas music with Durty Harry and wine tasting. 1:30 p.m. Miracle Valley Vineyards.

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HARVEST FEST

Sept. 29. Celebrate the harvest with

wine tasting and seasonal activities at this popular annual event. Potomac Point Winery.

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sept. 29. This annual fall vineyard

festival will include live music and wine. Sharp Rock Vineyards.

FALL WINE FESTIVAL & SUNSET TOUR AT MOUNT VERNON ESTATE & GARDENS

Oct. 5-7. Enjoy live blues while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries at this annual festival. $. 6 p.m. Held at Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, Mount Vernon. www.mountvernon.org

OCTOBERFEST

Oct. 6. An evening of wine, authentic

JINGLE BELL WINE TRAIL Dec. 1-2. Tour several Central Virginia wineries, part of the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail: Cooper, Grayhaven, James River Cellars and Lake Anna and get a souvenir wine glass and tastings. Food and craft vendors at various stops. www.HOVAwinetrail.com

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JAZZ IN THE COURTYARD

Sept. 8. Enjoy a relaxing evening of wine and live jazz music in the courtyard; dinner available for purchase or bring your own picnic. $. 6 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards.

STRATFORD HALL WINE FESTIVAL

Sept. 22-23. Sixth-annual festival highlighting the wines and wineries of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail; arts and crafts, specialty foods, live music, wine tasting tips, wine stomp, Great House tours, and a petting zoo will also be featured. $. 11 a.m. Held at Stratford hall, Stratford. www.stratfordhall.org

FESTIVAL OF GRAPES AND HOPS

Sept. 29. A sampling of vintages from

numerous Virginia wineries and beer from breweries across the commonwealth. $. 11 a.m. Historic Old Towne Petersburg. www.festivalofgrapesandhops.com

YORKTOWN WINE FESTIVAL - THE BEST OF VIRGINIA IN YORKTOWN

Oct. 6. Sample wines from wineries

TOWN POINT BREWFEST

Oct. 12. Now in its 4th year, this event

features brews from local, regional, national, and international breweries. $. 5 p.m. Held at Town Point Park, Norfolk. www.festevents.org

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throughout the Commonwealth; art and food vendors and live entertainment are also scheduled. $. 12 p.m. Held at Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown. www.villageevents.org

FESTIVAL OF GRAPES AND HOPS Sept. 29. A sampling of vintages from numerous Virginia wineries and beer from breweries across the commonwealth. $. 11 a.m. Historic Old Towne Petersburg. www.festivalofgrapesandhops.com

HARVEST CELEBRATION

Oct. 20. Celebrate the 33rd harvest with

winemaking demonstrations, vineyard and winery tours, artwork & crafts, food, live music, and wine. $. 11 a.m. Ingleside Vineyards.

TOWN POINT VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL

Oct. 20-21. This 25th annual festival will showcase over 200 of Virginia’s wine varieties; live music, gourmet food venders, and crafts will also be featured. $. 11 a.m. Held at Town Point Park, Norfolk. www.festevents.org

CALEDON ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

STRATFORD HALL WINE FESTIVAL Sept. 22-23. Sixth annual festival highlighting the wines and wineries of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail; arts and crafts, specialty foods, live music, wine tasting tips, wine stomp, Great House tours, and a petting zoo will also be featured. $. 11 a.m. Held at Stratford hall, Stratford. www.stratfordhall.org

Nov. 3. A fall day featuring wine tasting from local wineries and work from area artisans. $. 10 a.m. Held at Caledon Natural Area, King George. caledonnaturalareafriends.com

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WINE TASTING FESTIVAL

Nov. 17. Wine tasting festival sponsored by the Hopewell Kiwanis Club to raise money for a number of community youth projects. $. Noon. Beacon Theater, Hopewell. www.hopewellwinetasting.com

JINGLE BELL WINE TRAIL

Dec. 1-2. Tour several Central Virginia

wineries, part of the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail: Cooper, Grayhaven, James River Cellars and Lake Anna and get a souvenir wine glass and tastings. Food and craft vendors at various stops. www.HOVAwinetrail.com

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Dec. 8-9, 15-16. Sample wines and

enjoy holiday refreshments while shopping for gifts at special holiday prices. 12:00 p.m. Ingleside Vineyards. Because of space limitations, check with your favorite winery for other possible events. Virginia Wine Lover is not responsible for erroneous information. To submit calendar listings, email: patrick@VirginiaWineLover.com VWL

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Although many wine enthusiasts typically reserve their consumption of sparkling wine for special occasions and celebrations like New Years, bubbly can be enjoyed year round. Virginia is better known for Viognier, Cabernet Franc and red blends, but many excellent sparkling wines are produced here, too. Of the 200-plus farm wineries in Virginia, 14 produce a sparkling wine; there are a total of 16 offerings. Two excellent examples of Virginia sparkling wines to add to your wine racks are the Veritas Vineyards Scintilla and the Trump Winery (formerly Kluge) Blanc de Blanc. Veritas Scintilla, NV - A blend of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Light gold in the glass with a frothy mousse and lively stream of bubbles, this wine smells of fresh lemon, green apple, brioche and hints of almonds. In the mouth, crisp acidity with flavors of tart green apple, fresh dough, and mineral lead to clean finish of green apple. Trump Blanc de Blanc, 2008 - Blanc de blanc is a French term that means ‘white of whites’ used to designate a sparkling wine made entirely from Chardonnay. This elegant Chardonnay sparkling wine displays lively bubbles and fresh pear, apple, grapefruit, and biscuit aromas and flavors. Both of these Virginia sparkling wines would pair nicely with cheeses like brie or Brillat-Savarin, pizza margherita, raw oysters from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, or simply enjoyed as an aperitif.

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I first had the Barboursville Octagon at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville in July 2011. I was lucky enough to taste it three times, in both the 2002 and the 2006 vintages. In a recent shipment was the 2007 vintage of Octagon, and I am happy to say it is already drinking exceptionally. As soon as I caught the aromas I was reminded of my first tastes. After sampling several Meritageand Bordeaux-style blends while in Virginia I was left with the impression that these wines are the gems red wine lovers should come to the state looking for. Barboursville Octagon 2007 - Ruby red in color, with aromas of plum, currant, black pepper and grape leaves, this wine is very complex with berries wrapped in dark chocolate and coffee in the mouth. The wine presents itself dry, but not bone dry, with a good combination of fruit and earth along the finish. The tannins are smooth, providing good structure without being obtrusive. I’m going to suggest what may at first seem like an odd pairing: beef and black bean chili with cornbread. The chili shouldn’t be unnecessarily hot, but the wine accepts some spice and works very well with the richness of the beans & the meat. The sweet cornbread helps bring it all together. VWL

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world, people Facebook, Tweet and otherwise blog about everything going on in their lives; fortunately many of them are imbibing at the same time. What are some of Virginia’s top bloggers enjoying at the moment? Two of them—VWL contributing editor Frank Morgan, who blogs at Drink What You Like, and Warren Richard of the blog Virginia Wine Time—share their current Virginia wine finds with us.

—Jason Phelps blogs at www.AncientFireWineBlog.blogspot.com

—Frank Morgan blogs at www.DrinkWhatYouLike.wordpress.com

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