October 2013
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October 1, 2013

Vol. XIII, Issue No. 10


 Dear Friend, 


It's Virginia Wine Month!  All month long, it's time to celebrate the harvest and promote the wines of the Commonwealth.  Over 230 wineries and 500-plus retailers will join in, marking the 25th anniversary of this annual wine event.


We are pleased to feature Loudoun County's Doukénie Winery as our Winery of the Month for October.  Situated in Virginia's famed "wine country," Doukénie is an outstanding farm winery that boasts a spectacular setting and offers unique opportunities to learn about wine and wine making. 


We encourage you to plan your October weekends around the "local crush" at winery events and festivals across the state.  Featured Festivals of the Week for October are the Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival on October 12...Salem's Wine & Wind Festival on October 19...and the Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival on October 26. 


These are just a few of the many festivals listed in October Events which you'll find jam packed with activities underway all over during Virginia Wine Month.


Cheers to Virginia Wine.....and to Virginia Wine Lovers!



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Frank C. Britt 
Official Virginia Wine Lover

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Wine Paradise in the Blue Ridge


Located near historic Leesburg, Virginia, in the

town of Purcellville, Doukénie Winery encompasses 415 acres in Loudoun County.  Just 50 miles from Washington DC, in Virginia's famed "wine country," this wine farm provides visitors and locals an escape from reality while increasing their knowledge of wine and wine




Founded in1985 by the Bazaco family, Doukénie Winery harvested its first vintage in 1995 and within the last several years has received numerous prestigious awards. The winery produces 4,000 to 5,000 cases per year that include five white wines, two fruit wines and nine red wines. Wine can be purchased at the tasting room and through the winery's Heritage Club.


Visitors to Doukénie Winery learn as they taste from the selection.  The knowledgeable staff in the tasting room is trained by Sebastien Marquet, winemaker and general manager. During each training session Sebastien explains vine management, distinct differences in each varietal and what to look for when tasting. 




"Blending with the Winemaker-March 2014"

  • Win Four Tickets for 3-hour Class (value $40/participant).
  • Learn the secrets of an excellent blend from Doukenie Winemaker, Sebastien Marquet, as he guides and instructs the class. 




Serve with Doukénie Winery 2012 Viognier or 2012 Pinot Grigio

  • 1 (2-2 lb) Butternut Squash, peeled and seeded
  • 2 Tb Unsalted Butter
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 6 cups Chicken Stock
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

Cut squash in 1 inch chunks.  In large pot melt butter.  Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes.  Add squash and stock.  Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree.  Return blended squash to pot.  Stir and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper.



Chesapeake City Park


Wine, music, food and fun will be the order of the day when the Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival returns to Chesapeake City Park on Greenbrier Parkway on October 12, Noon to 6:00 pm.  Now in its fifth year, the festival is a celebration of the charm and character of Chesapeake.


Sixteen of Virginia's premier wineries will offer tastings and wines for sale.  An International Village will feature wines from nine countries with experts talking about the wines being poured.   Entertainment will be provided by Lewis and Kaycee McGehee plus Jesse Chong.  And along the way, festival-goers will taste the many foods from the regions finest restaurants and caterers.  Not to be missed are exceptional works by invited artists and crafts people.


A project of the Chesapeake Rotary Club and presented by Towne Bank, the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chesapeake as well as community charities of the Rotary Club. 


Tickets:  Purchase online at

$30 in advance; $35 at the gate (if available)

This is a rain or shine event


Chesapeake City Park

900 Greenbrier Pkwy-Chesapeake, VA 23320



Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 12 Noon to 5:00 PM


On the Lawn at Salem Civic Center


Relax, savor, swirl and embrace autumn in the Blue Ridge at the Wine & Unwind Festival in Salem on Sunday, October 20.  Seasoned wine aficionados and new tasters alike will settle in on the lawn of the Salem Civic Center on a Sunday afternoon.


The fifth annual festival provides an opportunity to experience new wineries and renew the palate for favorite wines from southwestern Virginia and beyond. An afternoon set to the melodies of the Stone Canyon Band and against the backdrop of the scenic Blue Ridge will entertain and refresh your spirit.


Wine and Unwind welcomes the 21 and older group, so it is the perfect event for that special day trip with friends or a special long weekend getaway. Over 14 Virginia Wineries will serve samples to tantalize your taste buds, and full bottles for sale - a great opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping, or just treat yourself!  There will be specialty vendors and a diverse array of food purveyors.


Tickets are $15 in advance, on line @ www.s-rcchamber.org.  At the gate $20. This is a rain or shine event, with a rain location on site.  No one under 21 will be admitted.  No pets, outside food or beverages.  Festival proceeds support the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce Foundation.




Saturday, October 26, 2013


Brent and Becky's Bulbs-7900 Daffodil Lane-Gloucester, Virginia 11:00 am to 5:00 pm  

Sponsored by the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, the 4th annual Festival features 10 award-winning wineries and a salute to the growing wine industry in Virginia. The event features wine tastings, wine educational seminars, live musical entertainment, an assortment of vendors and fine food, all of which showcase what Gloucester has to offer.  


Musical entertainment will be provided by The Deloreans, Something Different and Stones Throw.  Wineries this year include Good Luck Cellars of Kilmarnock, Saude Creek Vineyards of Lanexa, James River Cellars of Glen Allen, Vault Field Vineyards of Kinsale, Notaviva Vineyards of Loudoun County, Athena Vineyards of Heathsville, Trump Winery of Charlottesville, Mattaponi Winery of Spotsylvania, Chateau Morrisette of Floyd County and DeVault Family Vineyards of Concord.


Jessica's On Main, VA Blue Crab, AGORA (The Greek Market), Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Juan's Mexican Café and Riverwalk / Water Street Grille will be on site throughout the festival offering a range of cuisine.


Tickets are $20 in advance, available online and from area retailers.  Tickets at the gate are $25.





LOVE VIRGINIA WINE...                                     


October is Virginia Wine Month, a time to visit and Discover Your Local Crush at more than 230 wineries statewide and to recognize those who grow the grapes and the vintners who make the wines.  The annual promotion also highlights restaurants and retail stores that sell and promote Virginia wines. 


This year marks the 25th annual celebration.  Since 1988, the Virginia wine industry has grown tremendously. Today, Virginia wine is exported overseas as far as China.  It lures tourists to the Commonwealth, employs 4,700 Virginians and pumps about $750 million into the state's economy.  In 2013, Virginia wine is a robust industry with strong growth potential.





Three Virginia wineries, Barboursville Vineyards, Trump Winery and Narmada Winery took home a total of six gold medals in this year's competition.  In all, Virginia wines earned 43 medals, including the six gold, 14 silver and 23 bronze.


Barboursville:  2010 Premium Boudeaux Blend, 2011 Cabernet Franc

Trump:  2012 Viognier, 2008 Blanc de Blanc Brut

Narmada:  2011 Viognier, 2010 Chambourcin Reflection


The San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest and most respected in the US.  Organizer and wine critic Anthony Dias Blue said he "is extremely impressed with the huge advances in the quality of Virginia wines.  In my own tastings and at the Competition, wines from Virginia have been consistently among the best."




Wine experts and industry leaders from around the country will gather in Richmond at The Jefferson Hotel to discuss the exciting state of Virginia's wine and culinary offerings.  The day-long event will feature Oz Clarke, British wine authority, who will be joined by some of the nation's foremost wine professionals for seminars, tastings and discussions.  The second annual Summit is sponsored by the Virginia Board of Tourism and hosted by The Office of Governor McDonnell.  


Registration and information is available at the website:





According to Desert Rose Winery owner, Bob Claymier, he is the first grower east of Kansas to plant the Crimson Cabernet and has produced only the second vintage of it in the world.  The grape is a true cross between the native Virginia grape Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is patented by Davis Viniculture Research which touts it to be a plant with the best root stock in the world.  The wine itself is big, bold and resembling neither Norton or Cav Sav, but a unique experience all of its own.  Claymier auctioned off his first bottle of Crimson Cabernet for $600.  Wow!




The new Inn at Vineyards Crossing in Hume is certain to be popular with wine lovers.  In close proximity to many of the region's award wining wineries and just a mile from Philip Carter Winery, the Inn features five unique en suite rooms, an English Garden, pool and historic Tavern built in l787.





October 2:  Gabriele Rausse Wine Dinner

Emilio's Italian Restaurant (Staunton)

In honor of Virginia Wine Month, Gabriele Rausse will serve as sommelier, pairing his wines with a wonderful 5-course dinner.  Reservations.  Space Limited.


October 4-6:  Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

Mount Vernon (Fairfax)

Celebrate the history of wine with evening candlelit tours and meet George and Martha Washington.  Sample wines from 16 wineries.  A causal relaxed evening, so bring lawn chair or blanket.


October 5:  Yorktown Wine Festival

Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown)

Sample wines from premiere wineries throughout the Commonwealth.  Art and food vendors and entertainment.  Rain or shine.


October 5:  Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)

Hayride through the vineyard.  Enter the grape stop contest and get your picture in a wine barrel.  See how wine is made and enjoy a glass.  Lots of activities.


October 5:  Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival

Virginia Horse Center (Lexington)

A day of wine tasting, beer, food and great music at this picturesque venue.  Live entertainment and food vendors throughout the day.  Held indoors in event of inclement weather.


October 5: Rock the Grapes Festival

Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)

All day harvest celebration with wine tastings, live music, food vendor, adult games and children's activities.


October 5:  Rockbridge Annual Harvest Festival

Rockbridge Vineyard (Raphine in Rockbridge County)

A 21st anniversary celebration with wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music.  Bring the kids and lawn chairs.



October 5:  A Celebration of the Vine

Annefield Vineyards (Saxe in Charlotte County)

Gather in the barn for VIP tastings of fall releases paired with expertly prepared seasonal, locally-grown foods.  Reservations.


October 5:  Oktoberfest

AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain in Roanoke County)

Barrel rolling and barrel riding competitions as well as wine tastings and dancing to festive music.  Food available.  Bring chairs, blankets and jackets...it's cool in the mountains.


October 5:  Tastings at Patrick Henry's Red Hill

Patrick Henry National Memorial (Brookneal)

Come and enjoy the Red Hill Wine Collection.  Includes Chardonnay, Traminette, Cab Franc Reserve (a 2013 Governor's Cup winner).  Complimentary admission with Tasting fee.


October 5-6:  Norton Wine & Bluegrass Festival

Chrysalis Vineyards (Middleburg)

The world's largest grower of Norton, the Real American Grape.  Event includes food vendors, artisan crafts, outdoor tastings, hayrides and tours and music.


October 6:  French Crepe Day

DelFosse Vineyards & Winery (Faber in Nelson County)

Savory and Sweet crępes available along with wine by the glass and bottle.  Let them know you plan to join in this lovely Sunday afternoon tradition at the winery.


October 6:  6th Annual Alpaca Lunch

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

All the fixin's are provided to "pac-a" lunch.  You can pet the Alpacas that will be visiting the vineyard for the day.  Calls for a glass of wine!


October 6:  En Plein Air Weekend:  The Arts of Winescapes

Philip Carter Winery of Virginia (Hume)

All artists are invited to share in the vineyard grounds, setting up their easels and painting the experience with the landscape.  Complimentary glass of wine and discounts for artists.


October 6:  Carytown Food & Wine Festival

Cary Court Carytown (Richmond)

Home to 300+ boutiques, restaurants and specialty retails.  "A Taste of Carytown" includes tastings by renowned Virginia wineries and great food from local purveyors. 


October 11:  Wine, Moon & Stars

Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)

View the October sky through telescopes in the vineyard.  Then move under the tent to enjoy a bowl of chili, a bottle of your favorite wine and listen to the music.


October 12:  Louisa Wine Festival

Walton Park (Mineral)

An annual tradition in the heart of Central Virginia.  Tastings by new and long-established wineries.  Live music on two stages.  Crafts and gift items.  Fine food and fabulous family fun.


October 12:  400-Year Anniversary

Spirited Wine Tasting

Shirley Plantation (Charles City in Hampton Roads)

Enjoy a great afternoon on the banks of the James River with wine tastings, ghost tours, light appetizers, live music and yard games.  Reservations.


October 12:  Vinyasa & The Vineyard

Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville in Orange County)

Grab your friends and your yoga mat for the Ultimate Self-Care Day Retreat to Nurture Mind-Body-Spirit.  Followed by dessert, sparkling wine and plenty of time to relax.


October 12:  Fall Crush Festival

Winery at Bull Run (Centreville)

A great day that includes live cover bands, corn-hole, food trucks and Civil War Re-enactors.  Proceeds benefit 2 Live Foundation and FACETS. 


October 12:  Blackstone Wine Festival

Robert Thomas Carriage Museum (Blackstone in Nottaway County)

Brand new festival to enjoy some wonderful wine and the beauty of fall.  Six wineries, food vendors, music by Southbound and local artists displaying their work. 


October 12:  Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival

Chesapeake City Park (Chesapeake)

Thousands will gather to enjoy wines from Virginia and around the world.  Culinary selections from regional restaurants and music by Lewis McGehee and Jesse Chong.


October 12:  Harvest Celebration

Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)

A great day at the winery with all-day wine tastings, tours, Monk's BBQ, live music by Steele & Oglevee, corn hold, crafters and more.  No admission fee.


October 12-13:  Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival

Old Mill Park (Fredericksburg)

On the Rappahannock River adjacent to Olde Towne.  Sample and purchase over 100 varieties of wine by 10 wineries.  Food concessions, entertainment and live music.


October 12-13:  Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival

Rebec Vineyards (Amherst)

There's nothing quite like the Wine & Garlic Festival!  It's the most odiferous wine event of the year with food, wine, live entertainment, arts, crafts and GARLIC.  Join in for a reeking good time.


October 13:  Clifton Day Festival

13219 Yates Ford Road (Clifton in Fairfax County)

Paradise Springs Winery joins the town's annual festival.  Visit them in the Wine Garden where you'll enjoy wine tastings and grape stomping.


October 13:  Taste of Culpeper

The Depot (Downtown Culpeper)

A wine, food and arts festival sponsored by Culpeper Renaissance.  Featuring the very best in Virginia wines, microbreweries and cuisine by favorite local chefs. 



About Events: 

As our information comes from many sources, we recommend you verify dates and times, as well as costs and reservations that may be required.  (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.) 


If you would like to submit an event, send details (what, where and when, as well as contact information) to info@vawinelover.com no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.



August 31, 2013

It was a perfect afternoon in late August sipping and sitting under the trees with the vineyard and the Blue Ridge in the background.  The festival has become a popular annual event on the grounds of the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival, coming up on October 12-13.

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