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Vol. V, Issue No. 1
January 2010
Dear Friend of Virginia Wine:

As we close the book on 2009, we thank you for your interest throughout the past year.  It is a pleasure to bring you news about Virginia's wines, as well as the people who make them . . . and the people who consume them.  The industry continues to grow and flourish, evidenced by the number of new wineries that opened in the past 12 months and, by the number of new subscribers to Virginia Wine Lover.

We wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for a peaceful and prosperous 2010!
Keep those cards and letters coming . . . we love to get your comments and suggestions for future features.

Frank Britt
Frank C. Britt
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Sparkling Wine

The Frenchman's Cellar Recommendations

At The Frenchman's Cellar in Culpeper, where they are always thinking about wine and the cheeses and dishes that will pair with them, they have created a menu of their recommended Virginia wines and a Sparkling to meet all of your entertaining needs during the Holidays.

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(Photo Courtesy of The Frenchman's Cellar)

Whole Foods Recommendations

For your New Year's dinner, Whole Foods has created their list of recommendations of Virginia wines.

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(Photo to the left: Daniel Yacher, Sommelier, Whole Foods. Photo courtesy of Kelly Nourse.)

Available space prevents listing all wine-related events in Virginia.  We strongly suggest that for events listed you check websites and/or call for details. Be sure to print a copy of our festival list and post it on your refrigerator. 

If you would like to have an event included in an upcoming newsletter, e-mail information to no later than 10th of the month.

Credit Britt Marketing and Public Relations
January 2:  Chili Saturdays
Cave Ridge Vineyard (Mt. Jackson)
Enjoy a bowl of great chili along with a glass of Cave Ridge Wine.
Every Saturday in January.
(540) 477-2585

January 2:  Paws for the Cause
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
Annual New Year's Party:  A Paws for the Cause Benefit for Marshall Volunteer Fire Department.  Snacks and a silent auction.  Dance the evening away to the sounds of FarmDoubt Band.  Dogs 'n kids are welcome.
(540) 364-6402

January 8:  Chili and Wine Night
Winery at LaGrange (Haymarket)
Enjoy steaming bowls of chili with all the fixings and a glass of wine in front of one of
the Manor House's seven fireplaces.  Also January 21 and 22.
(703) 753-9360

January 9:  Wine Tasting 101 at Veramar
Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)
Learn the art of wine tasting basics.  Limit 20 guests per session.
(540) 955-5510

January 9:  Cabernet Vertical Tasting
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
Six vintages of Breaux Cabernet starting with a barrel sample and ending with a reserve vintage.  Includes 90-minute educational, fun and interactive lecture by winemaker Dave Collins.  Three course gourmet chef's pairing will accompany the wines.  Surprise finale.
(540) 668-6299

January 9:  Wine Tasting 101
Philip Carter Winery of Virginia (Hume)
The first of three sessions offering insight into the science and art of winemaking.  Hosted by the winemaker.
(540) 364-1203

January 9:  Champagne Decadence
Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)
Learn the secrets of Champagne making while flirting with diverse delicacies from the great Champagne regions of the world.  A romantic evening with candlelight, caviar and more.
(804) 224-8537

January 9-10:  Scrabble Tournament
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Cozy patios and tasting room host January Scrabble tournament! Bring your boards and dictionaries and get ready to Scrabble!
(540) 364-6073

January 16:  Open Mic Day!
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
They provide a keyboard, an audience and a mic. You bring your voice and do some entertaining!
(540) 364-6073

January 16:  Master Class in Wine Blending
Jefferson Vineyards (Charlottesville)
Seminar with winemaker Andy Reagan on the art and science of blending distinct lots of Chardonnay and Viognier.  Toolkit provided.  Wines drawn from barrel.
(434) 977-3042

January 16:  An Afternoon with the Winemakers
Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)
Learn the tricks of the trade from winemakers Bill and Maria Swain, all about wine and the food that it pairs with.  Have a one-on-one with the experts.
(804) 224-8687

January 16:  Cabernet Franc Vertical Tasting
Gadino Cellars (Washington)
Featuring samples from 2004 to 2007 vintages.  Light appetizers included.  Day concludes with a barrel room sample of 2009 Cabernet Franc in its barrel aging infancy.
(571) 2217681

January 16:  Winemaking Seminar 102
Philip Carter Winery of Virginia (Hume)
Second installment of wine classes delves even deeper into wine knowledge.  The winemaker offers insight into the science and art of winemaking.
(540) 364-1203
January 16:  Fond of You Fondue
Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)
Great idea for a cold winter day.  Cheese fondue plate paired with glass of wine.
(540) 955-5510

January 16:  Wine & Cheese Pairing
Wintergreen Winery (Nellysford)
Guided presentation of cheeses of the world paired with Wintergreen wines.  A popular after hours event in beautiful Nelson County.
(434) 361-2519

January 16-17:  Chili Days of January
Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)
Famous chili and wine weekend.  Warm up with a glass of wine of your choice served with chili and bread.
(540) 636-6777

January 16-17:  Merlot Vertical Tasting
James River Cellars (Glen Allen)
Tasting and comparing wines from 2003 through 2008 vintages.
(804) 550-7516

January 16-17:  Chili Days at Fox Meadow
Famous chili prepared by the Apple House caterers.  A bowl of chili with lots of fixings, bread and a glass of wine.
(540) 636-6777

January 16-18:  Grand Opening Celebration
Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)
The closest Virginia winery to Washington, DC, Paradise Springs opens its doors to the public for the first time.  Celebration includes wine tastings, entertainment and fun things to do throughout the three days.
(703) 830-9463

January 19:  Launch of Matthew Meyer's 2007 Adagio
Patsy's Restaurant (New York City)
Williamsburg Winery's master winemaker Matthew Meyer joins with Chef Sal Scognomillo, grandson of Patsy's founder, as they expand on their beliefs in the marriage of extraordinary food and wines.  A wine-paired 3-course dinner will feature the culinary stylings of Chef Sal mated to Meyer's 2007 Vintage Reserve Chardonnay, 2006 Trianon and 2007 Adagio wines.
(757) 229-6073

January 23:  Food and Wine Pairings
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Seasonal food pairings with handcrafted wines. Come learn how to bring out the best flavors in food and wine by making the right pairings!
(540) 364-6073

January 23:  Sangria Saturday
Sans Soucy Vineyards (Brookneal)
A lovely evening with live music, beautiful sunsets and fantastic Blackberry Ginger Sangria.  Light buffet available.
(434) 376-9463

January 30:  Venison Chili Saturday
Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)
Back by popular demand.  Hearty venison chili with crackers and a glass of wine.
(540) 937-4869

January 30:  Chili Cook-Off
Prince Michel Winery (Leon)
If you believe you have an award-winning chili, bring it on.  "Tasters" will sample all the entries, and prizes will be awarded for the very tastiest.
(800) 800-9463

January 30:  Winemaking Class 103
Philip Carter Winery of Virginia (Hume)
This class takes the student even further into the wine making process.  Discover the difference between California style winemaking and Virginia's.  Hosted by the winemaker.
(540) 364-1203

January 30-31:  Winter Wine Trail
James River Cellars Winery (Glen Allen)
Tastings at the four Heart of Virginia Wineries with passport ticket.  Graze on munchies at each winery, visit with craft vendors, check our special promotions and squeeze in a barrel tasting or two.  Wineries include Cooper, Grayhaven, James River and Lake Anna.
(804) 550-7516
By Betsy Dunkerton, Wintergreen Resort

Located in historic Nelson County, Wintergreen Resort is the ideal spot to enjoy a weekend of fine wine, dining and exhilarating activities.  The resort touts the finest Mid-Atlantic winter sports with 26 slopes and trails for skiing/snowboarding and Virginia's largest tubing park with fun for the entire family.  But it is also home to 45 holes of championship golf, award-winning tennis programs, miles of hiking and a full service spa.  Cozy and spacious lodging is available in condominiums and homes ranging in size from studios to 9-bedrooms.  A nice mix of dining options include Devils Grill, a fine dining restaurant at the Devils Knob Golf Clubhouse and The Copper Mine Bistro, newly renovated and serving tempting Mediterranean dishes.  These two restaurants have been recognized by the Wine Spectator with Awards of Excellence for their wine lists in 2008 and 2009.  This winter, the resort will feature wine tastings in The Gristmill on Fridays from 6-7 pm.
We recommend that you spend some time off the mountain and explore the local area's 10 wineries.  You can visit for information on all the wineries or you can take advantage of the resort's Grape Escape package with a full-day or half-day tour.  This highly personalized package includes a customized agenda, wine expert guide, and transportation and dinner at your choice of Wintergreen restaurants (full day also includes lunch). 
Wintergreen Resort
Route 664
Wintergreen, VA  22958
By Janette Evans, Owner, Mattaponi Winery, and T. Hicks Photography

Mattaponi Winery is a Native American Indian Winery known for Award-Winning Wines.  The name comes from the four rivers that surround our log cabin called, "Mat, Ta, Po and Ni" in historic Spotsylvania County.  The Virginia Algonquin language is used to name our palatable dessert wines.  The language was almost lost in the late 18th century as English became the new language.  

Our Winemaker, Michael Evans, has a passion for making exquisite hand-crafted quality wines for over 20 years.  In 2008, a tasting room was opened to the public when we started winning Awards for our 2007 Merlot, 2008 Merlot, and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon at the Virginia Town Point Wine Competition.  In addition, our Cabernet Sauvignon and our unique Strawberry Wine, bursting with flavor called, "Odeimin," won the People's Choice Awards at The Virginia Showcase at the Dulles Expo in 2009.  Our wines have been served at various public events and exclusive dinners including the Pentagon.

Mattaponi Winery is a family-owned small farm gem four miles West of Interstate 95, Exit 118/Thornburg.  We invite you to take a taste in time with our New World of wines and enjoy the richness of the land.

Mattaponi Winery
7530 Morris Road
Spotsylvania, VA  22551
(540) 582-2897

By Dan Ingraham

Wine and Bed & Breakfast Inns go together like Love and Marriage or Horse and Carriage.   The Dragon Run Inn is a relaxing mix of yesterday's atmosphere and today's conveniences.  Guests love to tour the Northern Neck wineries and then enjoy a bottle of new wine they discovered as they relax on the wrap-around-porch or by the fire in their room.

The Dragon Run Inn is a large farm house built in 1913.  Farm animals were used as the theme for decorating the rooms.  You can spend the night with cows, horses, pigs, or sheep, all having a private bath with a whirlpool or champagne tub.  Each room is equipped with a gas log stove that gives the ambience of a wood-burning Franklin stove.  Upon arrival your innkeepers will offer home-made goodies and beverages to hold you over until dinner time, or to save as a mid-night snack.

In the morning a hearty farmhouse breakfast awaits.  We add Chardonnay to the eggs to make a great omelet stuffed with your favorite ingredients.  Another treat for breakfast is sliced strawberries in champagne glasses marinated in Oak Crest Winery's Summer Medley, topped off with fresh mint.  The guests will often ask if they can drain the glass and my reply is always "it was served in a glass". 

Come and visit the Northern Neck of Virginia.   Enjoy the experience of being pampered by Bed & Breakfast innkeepers, Sue and Ivan.

Ivan and Sue Hertzler
Dragon Run Inn
35 Wares Bridge Road
Church View, Virginia 23032
(804) 758-5719

For more information on other Virginia Bed & Breakfasts, visit
By Patrick Evans-Hylton

Patrick Evans-Hylton is executive editor for Virginia Wine Lover magazine. More of his recipes can be found at: Read his food adventures at:


December 12, 2009
Farm Bureau Center, Ashland, VA

Top Row (L-R):  Cheers!  Food Show chefs
2nd Row (L-R):  Peaks of Otter serves attendees Jeff Stone of Wintergreen Winery
3rd Row (L-R):  Mountain Rose Vineyards serving wine Jean, Sara and Dean Gruenburg of Castle Gruen
Bottom Row (L-R): Farm Bureau's Wine Festival Guru, Keith Langley Farm Bureau Information Center
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