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Vol. VII, Issue No. 9
September 2012


Dear Frank, 


The grapes are ripening on the vine and the harvest will soon be underway. It's the perfect time to visit Virginia's vineyards and wineries. Also, September is the month of wine festivals, harvest events and wine trail treks, all the way from the Chesapeake Bay to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  


Our Winery of the Month is Democracy Vineyards in scenic Nelson County, easily accessible off Route 29 just north of the village of Lovingston. Be sure to visit Democracy on September 1 when they will officially open the new tasting room and pour the winery's full complement of wines.


Among the popular events this month is the Labor Day Wine and Music Fest at Rebec Vineyards in Amherst on September 1. We also recommend a visit to Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane for their Labor Day Weekend celebration. The Great Grapes Wine Festival in Reston is the place to be in Northern Virginia to uncork the fun on September 8 and 9. Two events on September 22 and 23 are the Stratford Hall Wine Festival in Montross (Westmoreland County) and a brand new festival Good Times, Tastes and Traditions in Staunton at the Frontier Culture Museum.


For details about these and other activities, check out September Events where we look forward to seeing you. Cheers!



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 Good Times, Tastes and Traditions

September 22 & 23, 2012



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585 Mountain Cove Road - Lovingston, Virginia

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For Susan Prokop and Jim Turpin, two liberal arts majors contemplating "encore careers" six years ago, starting a small farm winery seemed an intriguing notion.  With help from Virginia Tech's viticulture program and the Nelson County community, they found a 45 acre apple orchard nestled in the gentle mountain coves just north of the village of Lovingston.  An interesting part of the property's history is that it once belonged to a relative of Jim's and has now come back into the family.


In 2009, they planted an acre each of Merlot, Chambourcin, Petit Verdot, Viognier and Petit Manseng.  Working with winemaker Michael Shaps, they have produced four red wines, three white wines, and a dessert wine, as well as an apple wine made from Ginger Gold apples that sprang from their property after Hurricane Camille.  An acre of Pinotage was planted this past April.  Democracy wines have won a total of 125 awards in state, regional and national competitions...(Read More)




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Saturday, September 1, 2012 - Noon to 6 pm

Rebec Vineyards, Amherst VA

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franks signature blue  Great Wine. Great Music. Great Food.

Rebec Vineyards, home of the famous Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival, plays host to their newest event on Labor Day weekend.


Music will be continuous throughout the day, featuring Mercutio with Michael and Geoffrey Osborne, followed by the popular Vokal Fuzion. The setting is in a woodsy shady site, breezy and out of the hot sun, so bring your chairs and blankets and plan to spend the afternoon.


Wineries in addition to Rebec include Horton, Tomahawk Mill, Well Hung Vineyard and DeVault Family Vineyards. There will be fabulous specialty Rebec Photo food vendors and truly unique crafts available for purchase.


Tickets are $10 in advance ( and $15 at the gate. (Tickets to the October Garlic Festival will be available at the Labor Day Wine & Music Fest at half off the regular price. Look for the Garlic Festival ticket booth.)


Rebec Vineyards

2229 North Amherst Hwy - Amherst, VA



September 22, 2012 - 10am to 8pm * September 23, 2012 - 11am to 5pm

Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton VA


Sponsored by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, this is a weekend of Good Times celebrating arts and cultural entertainment. Giving our attendees an opportunity to Taste delicious ethnic cuisine, international beers and local Virginia wines. The festival is designed to raise awareness and bring to life the Traditions of the five featured countries at the Frontier Culture Museum: America, England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa.


The festival is designed to raise awareness and bring to life the traditions of the five featured countries at the Frontier Culture Museum: America, England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa. Attendees will be able to dabble in each country's culture by choosing to sample a little of their unique entertainment, arts, crafts, foods and beverages. The Chamber's goal is to promote the Museum's Educational Foundation and to support programs for local school children taking fieldtrips to the Museum.


Activities include wine and beer tastings, food vendors and ethnic foods, arts and crafts booths, live music, period artists, interactive seminars and creative workshops as well as a children's activity tent. A fun event for the whole family. Click on festival logo for list of wineries and vendors.


Avoid the lines and buy tickets online at Event Website. Non-Drinking Tickets: $10 / Senior Tasting Tickets (at the gate) $17 / Kids (6 - 12) $6 / Military, Police, Fire, Rescue Tasting Ticket $12 / Children under 5 FREE / Parking FREE / Trolleys from downtown Staunton FREE 


Event Website:


Commercial link: YouTube

Click below to see our TV commercial: Event YouTube Channel


Frontier Culture Museum  

1290 Richmond Avenue, Staunton VA

September 1:  Labor Day Fest

Rebec Vineyards (Amherst)

An enjoyable day in the vineyard sampling wines from Horton, Well Hung, DeVault and Rebec Vineyards, and Tomahawk Mill Winery.  Fabulous specialty food vendors and unique gifts.  Music by Mercutio and Vokal Fuzion Band.

 September 1: Birth of Democracy Festival

Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)  

New Tasting Room opening and release of 2011 reds, including the new sweet Chambourcin. Turtle Zwadlo and Yankee Dixee will share their special blend of mountain folk music. Burgers and hot dogs, fine foods and crafts from around the region. Noon to five. Blessing of the harvest following the festival.

September 1: Screen on the Green                                                                           

Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)                                                                                     

Inaugural After Hours Movie (8 pm start) on a large projector screen out on the lawn. Bring a blanket, picnic, and enjoy your favorite wine while watching one of the best wine movies ever made, "Bottle Shock". Adults only please.


September 1:  Pick 'em and Stomp 'em

Wisteria Farm and Vineyards (Stanley)

Join in Wisteria's first harvest, beginning with a Blessing of the Vines and following by helping to pick the grapes.  There will be some foot stomping, lunch and a vertical tasting of Seyval.


September 1 & 2:  "Romp, Stomp & Chomp"

Wintergreen Winery (Nellysford)

Send off summer and welcome the Harvest.  This is your chance to stomp grapes just like Lucy.  Also wine tastings, live music, riverside picnics and fun for all.  Family friendly in a scenic setting.






September 1, 2 & 3:  Anniversary Extravaganza

The Winery at La Grange ( Haymarket)

A great way to spend the holiday.  Join in the biggest and best birthday party ever to celebrate the winery's sixth anniversary of making some of Virginia's favorite wines.  Spectacular food, live music and lots of prizes and surprises!  A big thank you to those who have supported us from the beginning and to those finding us for the very first time,

September 1, 2 & 3:  Loafing for Labor Day Weekend

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

Bring a picnic, family and friends and have a ball playing bocce, horseshoes or corn-hole.  Picnic in the meadow, relax in a hammock or stroll the woodland trails on the banks of Crooked Run.  And, enjoy some fine wine!

September 2:  Shrimp & Wine Festival

Sans Soucy Vineyards (Brookneal)

Third annual, featuring five wineries, arts & crafts, exquisite food and live music.  Shrimp prepared by local food vendors and bison for your culinary pleasure.  Family friendly and well-behaved leashed dogs welcome.


September 2:  Taste of Italy

Doukenie Winery (Hillsboro)

A day of fun, laughter, entertainment and authentic Italian food.  Grape stomping and wine tastings.  Something for everyone.  Rain or shine.


September 2:  Evening Concert in the Mountains

Blue Ridge Vineyard (Eagle Rock)

What more can you ask for than wine, music and a view?  Series continues with an afternoon concert featuring Erin and the Boys, Purple Foot Competition. Food available for purchase.  Check website for additional concerts.


September 2:  Labor Day Hike Potluck Dinner

AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)

Group hike of Bottom Creek Gorge followed by dinner.  AmRhein's provide a main item on the grill; guests bring a side dish to share.  Wine tastings and games on the lawn.  A free, family friendly event.

September 3:  Herndon Labor Day Jazz & Wine Festival       

Town Green (Downtown Herndon)

From noon to 6:00 on the Town Green. Come enjoy eclectic music, food and drink, and the waning days of summer with neighbors and friends.  Tastings by a dozen Virginia wineries and eight microbrews; arts and crafts; cookology demonstrations and samplings.

September 8:  Town of Dumfries Annual Fall Festival

Garrison Park (Downtown Dumfries)

Eleventh annual featuring wine tastings, food vendors, artists and crafters and live entertainment.  Highlighted by "Drumfries has Talent" competition.  A family friendly event.


September 8:  Squealing Black Dog Wine & Swine Festival

Chateau Morrisette Winery (Floyd)

Spend a smoky day with guest pit masters offering barbeque for sale, sauce competitions, live entertainment, wine tastings, vendors and lots more.  Music by Uncle Lucas and Key West Band.


September 8:  Jazz in the Courtyard

Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)

Swing bay for a relaxing evening in the European-style courtyard while sipping sine and enjoying the cool sounds of live jazz.  Dinner is optional or bring your own picnic.


September 8-9: Annual South African Food & Wine Festival                              

Grayhaven Winery (Gum Spring)                                                                                  

Unique festival featuring everything South African. Food, music, 20 SA wines, plus Grayhaven wines and themed sangria.                                              

September 8 & 9:  Great Grapes Wine Festival

Reston Town Center (Reston)

Take a day to uncork yourself and uncork the fun at Northern Virginia's premier causal wine tasting.  It's over two big days with hundreds of Virginia wines from 20 Virginia wineries.  Great music, wonderful food and crafts.  Hands-on demonstrations in the Gourmet Live! tent with wine and food pairings.  Save on advance tickets online:

September 9:  "The Season Reveal"

Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)

An intimate concert that includes pieces from all four of the Opera's upcoming season productions along with the first public presentation of 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve.  Followed by a wonderful dinner by Chef Melissa Close of Palladio Restaurant.  Reservations.

September 8:  Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival

Lime Kiln Theater (Lexington)

Beer and wine tastings, food and great music by Southpaw noon to five.

Thirteen of Virginia's finest wineries and three breweries, as well as several 

top notch food vendors.  Great setting.

September 14:  Wine & Beer Classic

Maymont Park (Richmond)

Dooley Noted Society hosts their annual classic on the Children's Farm lawn.  Enjoy live music while sampling some of Virginia's finest beverages.


September 14:  Toast the Weekend Concert Series

Bluestone Vineyard (Bridgewater)

Live music by William Walter.  Picnics welcome.  Also available, Mama's Caboose, local gourmet food truck.


September 15:  Botetourt County Wine Trail Concert Series

Daleville Town Center (Daleville)

Season finale featuring Scott Miller and the Commonwealth with special guest My Radio and Groova Scope.  Wine trail wineries will be on site.  Bring your own chairs and blankets.  Tickets available on line:


September 15:  Winemaker's Dinner

DuCard Vineyards (Etlan in Madison County)

A gourmet dinner paired with fabulous wines in a majestic mountain setting.  Live music and opportunities to meet chefs and winemakers.  Limited seating.  Reservations.


September 15:  Annual Feast of San Gennaro

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

In the tradition of New York's Little Italy, this is a feast in celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples.  Sausage and pepper hoagies, wine tastings, live music, arts and crafts.  All in a spectacular setting.




September 15:  Lamb World Tour Visit

Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)

Chef Craig Rogers brings his renowned grass fed lamb and will cook up lamb hot dogs, BBQ lamb ribs and sliders.  Tasty treats from Boarder Springs, fall orchard views and, of course, cider.


September 15:  Moonlight Stomp

AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)

Have your picture taken stomping grapes.  Enjoy music by Ministers of Soul and roast marshmallows over a huge bonfire.  Food available or pack a picnic.  Bundle up and bring chairs.


September 15:  SPCA Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Keswick Vineyards (Keswick)

Fourth annual to support Fluvanna SPCA.  Wine tasting, refreshments bar, silent auction.

Tickets available at:

September 15 & 16:  Virginia Wine Festival       

Great Meadows (The Plains)

Virginia's largest wine festival features wine tastings from 60 Virginia wineries, gourmet food samples, seminars, concerts, arts and crafts and more.  Entertainment includes the music of boogie woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer, the "boundary smashing" Rupa and the April Fishes as well as the Sean Keane Band.







September 16:  Classics on the Green Wine Festival & Antique Car Show 

New Kent Winery (New Kent)       

Over 250 classic European automobiles including Rolls Royce, Bentley, MGB and vintage race cars.  Tastings from four Virginia wineries, plus food and shopping vendors.   Tickets available:

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Malvaxia Passito 2007 won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition and Best in Show in the entire field of dessert wines from all over the world.



In their first ever competition, awarded seven medals in the Indy International. Gold and Double Gold for 2010 100% Cab Franc (out of only four doubles awarded for Cab Franc).



Best Petit Verdot Double Gold in the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Also, Gold Medal to 2007 Reserve Petit Verdot and Silver Medal for Virginia Gold red blend.



Double Gold Award for 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition.



Bronze Medals for 2010 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Meritage and 2010 Chardonnay in the 2012 Atlantic Seaboard Competition.



Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for Stafford County businesses.



2012 Decanter World Wine Competition in London awarded Bronze for 2009 Adagio and 2007 Gabriel Archer Reserve. Commended for 2007 Virginia Trianon and 2010 Vintage Reserve Chardonnay.


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August 12, 2012

THREE FOX VINEYARDS (Delaplane, Virginia)


We lunched on the patio, tasted the wines and toured the vineyard on a lovely Sunday afternoon. It was Dog Days weekend at the Vineyards, so Maggie went along (she's the one with the Three Fox bandana). The Three Fox setting is spectacular with rolling hills, a picnic meadow and walking trails. Holli and John Todhunter, along with friends Susan Rogers and Posh, the wine dog (with bowtie), were most welcoming and very gracious hosts.


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