Vol. VII, Issue No. 6
June 2012

Dear Virginia Wine Lover,

June is bursting out all over, with wine festivals and winery events spread across the state.  East, west, north and south, whichever way you travel, Virginia wines are waiting.  So, get out the Virginia Winery Guide and plan your weekends.


The annual Vintage Virginia Festival kicks off the month on June 2-3 at Bull Run Park in Manassas, and the new Bull Run Winery opens to the public.  Travelling south, don't miss a visit to our Winery of the Month, Early Mountain Vineyards, then continue on to the Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival in Amherst.  An evening at the Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival at Sweet Briar College is sure to be entertaining, and the STEPS WineFest in Farmville is also nearby. Even further south is the Rosemont Wine & Art Festival in the Lake Gaston Area.


To the east, Grayhaven Winery hosts the Heart of Virginia Summer Solstice, and Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News is the setting for the Summer Celebration Wine Festival. Don't miss the Civil War reenactment at New Kent Winery.  Not far is the Kilmarnock Wine Festival hosting wineries from the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail.  Finally, travel west and you'll find the Southwest Virginia Wine Festival in Abingdon.


You'll find details about these festivals and many more in our Festivals of the Week and Events Calendar. As always, thank you for subscribing and recommending us to your friends. Cheers!  


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Frank C. Britt 




PS:  Don't forget to sign up for a chance to win FREE TICKETS to the Rosemont and STEPS festivals.


* Winery of the Month is Early Mountain Vineyards
* Civil War Reenactment at New Kent Winery
* Virginia's Green Wineries
* Festivals! Festivals! Festivals!
* June Wine Events
* We Were There
* Wine Industry Affiliates

Bon appétit and Cheers!
Virginia Wine Pairing Dinners
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June 23-24, 2012  CLICK HERE for
 TV Spot

 June 23, 2012

Fun in Farmville   


June 23, 2012
Cool Fest on the Northern Neck  
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Wine Festival & Winery Consulting, Winery Marketing, Vendor Finder, Ad Design... and More!


Madison, Virginia



Their passion for fine wine and food had taken them from Burgundy to South Africa, learning from iconic winemakers in some of the world's top wine-growing regions. But when Jean and Steve Case-the forward-looking entrepreneurs behind some of the world's fastest-growing Internet companies-began looking to purchase a winery, most expected they would throw their hat in the ring with other high-profile ventures in California or France.  


What they didn't know was the famous couple had fallen in love with the potential of the wine being made right in their backyard-in Virginia.  So when Jean and Steve Case purchased a historic 300-acre estate in Madison, it got everyone's attention.


Wine critic Dave McIntyre at The Washington Post managed the early scoop on the Cases' new winery, Early Mountain Vineyards. And the Post's reporting of their ambitious plans to promote Virginia's top producers and expand the market for Virginia wines really got people talking.  Could the couple that revolutionized the Internet do the same for the Virginia wine industry?


"Over the past few years, we've seen Virginia wine undergo a significant transformation and have been truly impressed by what some of the incredibly talented winemakers were doing right in our backyard," Jean Case told us. "We discovered local wines that were as distinctive and delicious as any in the world.  But we found that even in Virginia, some people have no idea that they can find world-class wines right here.  We want to do our part to help change that." 


A visit to the winery reveals that the Cases' plans, like their vines, are already coming to fruition...(Read More)



Avocado & Grapefruit Salad


June 16


Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederate General "Jeb" Stuart's history-making ride around General George McClellan's Union army, this historic event on June 16 is especially significant for New Kent Winery since the original cavalry maneuver took place in part on the New Kent Winery grounds.


The day at New Kent on June 16 will also include a wine festival featuring the wineries of the new Colonial Wine Trail:  Williamsburg, Saude Creek, James River Cellars and New Kent.  The re-enactment is free to the public.  Admission to the wine festival for tasting is $15.  Tickets go on sale June 1.  For reservations, call New Kent Winery at 804-932-8240 or email  Additional details as they become available will be posted at More)


By Tom Griffin, Virginia Green Program Coordinator



 Sunset Hills Vineyard Combined Solar Panel Installation


Recycling in all customer areas. Harvesting sun power. Composting process wastes and food wastes from festivals and events. Geothermal heating and cooling. High-efficiency lighting. Processing improvements that save energy and water. Reductions in pesticide and chemical use. And LEED certified tasting rooms.  These are among the many practices at 16 Virginia Green Wineries recognized for their commitment to reducing the impact on the environment. 


And the wineries green customers love it!  By and large, wine enthusiasts are lovers of the good things in life - beautiful landscapes, wonderful wines, and the clean soil, air and water that are needed to make good wines! We recycle at home - and we appreciate the commitments made by our wineries to protect the environment. 


Wineries, too, are generally businesses that are committed to the environment and have taken on many green practices. Virginia Green is helping wineries share these practices with their customers - and helping them to learn additional green practices. The wineries have "self-certified" that they have taken on green practices, and the winery and their commitments have been posted on the Virginia Green website for the public to view...(Read More)






Phone: 804.986.9119



June 2 & 3, 2012

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville

Taking place at the historic Bull Run Regional Park Special Events Center, just 20 minutes from Washington DC, Vintage Virginia offers a one-stop-shopping environment, where you can taste before you buy!  Take advantage of the opportunity to meet your local winemaker ...or better still, reserve a spot in the Top 5 Tasting Tent.  There you will have the next-step-up experience, sitting at a table while taking a personalized guided tasting tour of Virginia's finest wineries. 


Stroll the grounds and shop from over one hundred artisans and crafters, indulge in cuisine ranging from Maryland crab cakes to Italian bruschetta while you soak up the funky sounds of the Pimps of Joytime, Soul Rebels and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Vintage VA is a family friendly event with great activities for the kids.


Visit for more information and to buy tickets. With your admission ticket you'll receive a free wine glass and unlimited sampling of excellent Virginia wines. Tickets are available at the gate.


Bull Run Regional Park 

7700 Bull Run Drive - Centreville, Virginia 20121


June 9, 2012

Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News


The late spring splendor of Lee Hall Mansion's beautiful grounds provides the setting for the 10th Annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival. The finest vintages from Virginia's best wineries combine with live music, exquisite food and unique craft vendors to make this one of the Peninsula's most popular events.


Built between 1851 and 1859, Lee Hall Mansion was home to affluent planter Richard Decauter Lee. One of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula, Lee Hall offers visitors a step back to the mid-Victorian period.  During April and May of 1862, the home was used as a headquarters by Confederate generals Joseph E. Johnston and John B. Magruder.


Tasting tickets for the festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Non-tasting tickets are $10. The first 500 visitors will receive a FREE Wine Bottle Tote!  


Lee Hall Mansion

163 Yorktown Road - Newport News, VA



READ MORE for list of ticket locations and participating wineries.


June 16, 2012

Rosemont Vineyards & Winery, LaCrosse

Rosemont Winery, known for their fine wines and art gallery, is hosting the 4th annual Wine and Art Festival on Saturday, June 16, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The winery is located in LaCrosse near the North Carolina border in the Lake Gaston area.


Bring the family and enjoy the day tasting wine, browsing art and listening to live music from local bands.  There will be food available from local restaurants and Rosemont's  own Chef David Rose.  The festival is held on the lawn where the work of over 30 artists from around the Lake Country area will be on display, including paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry and more!  Participating artists include Bill Moseley,Gail 

O'Neil, Karolyn Hawthorne, Linda Kidd, Gail Smith, Anne Stephens and Dee Holland, among others.


Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.  For those wishing to partake in wine tasting, there is a $5 fee, which includes a festival souvenir wine glass!     


Rosemont Vineyards & Winery

1050 Blackridge Road - LaCrosse, VA 23950

(434) 636-WINE (9463)



June 23-24, 2012

Lazy Days Winery, Amherst


"Come Taste Summer!" is the theme for this year's Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival.   Now in its fourth year, the event is held on the grounds of Lazy Days Winery in picturesque Amherst County with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as the backdrop.  Hours on Saturday, June 23 are 11 am to 7 pm and on Sunday, June 24, 11 am to 5 pm


Tickets are available for purchase online at Wine Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the Gate.  General Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the Gate.  Children 12 and under are FREE.  


The Festival is a fun filled event featuring eight regional wineries pouring tastings of their award winning wines, a variety of foods from popular vendors, as well as locally grown products.  Activities are continuous throughout the weekend, with live music by area musicians, arts and crafts demonstrations and exhibits, vendors with a variety of wares and unique gifts to purchase.  Antique cars will be on display and there are lots of kids' events, including the always popular petting zoo.  

The baby monkeys are a unique and very special attraction, sure to delight young and old. 




For a complete list of wineries, vendors and entertainment, visit the festival website at  Rain or shine / covered open-air pavilion.  Lazy Days Winery is centrally located in Amherst on Route 29 between Charlottesville and Lynchburg.  It's an easy drive for visitors from Washington or Richmond.  


Lazy Days Winery

1361 N. Amherst Hwy--Amherst, VA 24521



June 1:  Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival

Sweet Briar College (Amherst)

Endstation Theatre Company opens its summer festival with Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (followed by Big River and Macbeth through July 22).  It's sure to have you rolling in the grass with laughter as you enjoy a picnic and wine from area wineries on the beautiful grounds of Sweet Briar.

June 1:  June Music Series

Glass House Winery (Free Union)

Beginning with David Tewksbury and continuing on Fridays through June, the winery presents a variety of musical artists (check the website).  Tewksbury is a "brilliant and soulful acoustic talent" who sings originals and favorites.


June 2:  Gray Ghost Vertical Tasting

Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)

Featuring past vintages of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons, this candlelit black-tie optional

evening is held in the foyer of the barrel room and wine library.  Gourmet hors d'oeuvres and discussion.  Reservations.


June 2:  Hear Ye!  Winery at Bull Run opens to the public!
The Winery at Bull Run (Centreville)

Ready to welcome you, Northern Virginia's newest winery adjoins 5,000 countryside acres of the historic Manassas National Battlefield Park.  Spend the afternoon in the brand-new farmhouse-style building that will transport you back to the 1800's.

June 2-3:  Annual Vintage Virginia Wine Festival 

Bull Run Regional Park (Centreville)

Now in its 35th year and featuring over 60 of Virginia's finest wineries.  Stroll the grounds and shop from over 100 artisans and crafters, indulge in cuisine ranging from Maryland crab cakes to Italian bruschetta and soak up the funky sounds of the Pimps of Joytime.

June 8:  Boxwood Winery Opens to the Public

Boxwood Winery (Middleburg)

Public opening of architecturally renowned winery building.  Wine-touring and tasting visitors are welcome Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

June 9:  Summer Celebration Wine Festival

Lee Hall Mansion (Newport News)

The 11th annual festival on the grounds of historic Lee Hall Mansion, featuring fine vintages from 14 of Virginia's award-winning wineries. Live music, food and craft vendors, and a free wine bottle bag to the first 500 visitors.

June 9-10:  2011 Pinot Grigio Release 

Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)

Official release of both 2011 Pinot Grigio wines.  "An old friend" will be back to pair with one of them.  Can you guess who it is?



June 10:  Vermentino Reserve Release

Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)

Mid-day Feast to celebrate the release of only the 2nd vintage of this beautiful new Barboursville wine which just received the Critics Challenge at the San Diego International Competition.  Reservations.


June 10:  Crossroads Art Show

DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)

Annual event is presented by the Firnew Farm Artists Circle. Live music, local artisans, the beauty of the mountains, along with some fine wine.

June 16:  Annual Rosemont Wine & Art Festival 

Rosemont Vineyards & Winery (LaCrosse)

A day of tasting wine, browsing art and listening to live music.  Over 30 artists from Virginia and North Carolina will have their work on display.  Free and open to the public.  Fee for wine tasting.

June 16:  Music, Mead & Cider

Foggy Ridge Cider House (Dugspur)

Sip Cider at Foggy Ridge overlooking heirloom apple orchards.  Enjoy mead on Blacksnake Meadery's Sippin' Porch.  Music at both locations.


June 16:  Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)

This annual Cajun festival is in its 15th year.  There are wine tastings, live Cajun and Zydeco music, Cajun food, hayrides, craft vendors and kids' activities.




June 16:  Remote Control Planes Day

Doukenie Winery (Purcellville)

Come on out, bring a picnic lunch and sit on the grounds with the family as you watch RC Planes fly through the air.  Gourmet foods and wine available for purchase.

June 16:  Southwest Virginia Wine Festival

Heartwood (Abingdon Exit 14 off I-81)

The setting is Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway in Abingdon.  Wine, mead and cider from Virginia wineries, along with music from The Crooked Road, Round the Mountain artisan demonstrations; food demos and tastings by local restaurants.  Tickets online.

June 16-17:  Bocce-Fest

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane) 

Bring your friends and come play Bocce with the winemaker and the vinter.

Free lessons.

TRUMP WINERY: "Gotta have my CRU"
April 14, 2012

Area's finest bartenders and mixologists competed for the best recipe using Trump's CRU, with yours truly as one of the judges.  Winner was Nick Crutchfield of  the Commonwealth Skybar in Charlottesville.

April 21, 2012

Downtown Charlottesville's Main Street Pavilion was the festival setting with members of the wine trail pouring their finest and  attendees anxious to sample.  A great venue with cover from the sun and cool breezes sweeping.

May 19, 2012

A relaxing afternoon in a beautiful setting with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside just outside Charlottesville.  There were good wines, excellent crepes and enjoyable music.  We recommend a summer visit to Ash Lawn.

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