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Vol. V, Issue No. 4
April 2010
Dear Friend of Virginia Wine:

After one of the coldest (and snowy) winters ever, spring can't come soon enough!  How welcome are daffodils in bloom and fruit trees in flourish.  They bring promise of warmer and welcome days ahead, bringing new life to the vineyards and to the wineries as well.  Grapevines are beginning to bud, last year's harvest is ready to bottle and the tasting rooms are preparing for visitors.  Yes, it's definitely beginning to feel like spring!
April festivals and winery events are enticements for weekend excursions all across Virginia.  Among the many opportunities are the Festival of the Grape in Powhatan and the Wine and Arts Festival in Warrenton.  The Bloomin' Wine Fest in Old Town Winchester in the midst of the Apple Blossom Festival is not to be missed, and the Blacksburg Fork and Cork Festival ushers in May events.  There are special winery events and barrel tastings too numerous to list.
We hope you are enjoying the new Virginia Wine Lover e-Newsletter format and the monthly features such as Wine Trail of the Month and Featured Festivals of the Month, etc.  We always like hearing from our readers, and we welcome constructive criticism. 
Frank Britt
Happy Spring!  And Cheers from Virginia Wine Lover!

Frank C. Britt
(Founder, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine) 

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Known as the front porch to DC's Wine Country (Loudoun County), Lansdowne Resort is a popular setting for sampling local vintages. The resort's signature restaurant, On The Potomac, recently revamped its wine list to offer more Virginia wines by the glass and bottle than ever before.




Bedford County and its Wine Trail is one of Virginia's best-kept secrets. What was once known for its agriculture is now becoming known for its Vineyards and Wineries. One of the five Bedford wineries, and the newest, is LeoGrande Vineyard and Winery. LeoGrande is known for the beautiful mountain views and the Italian varietals such as Barbera, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo.

By Nancy Craun, Encore Event Partners, LLC

On Sunday, April 25, The Winery at La Grange will showcase wedding venues, artisans, wedding professionals, and Great Get A Ways in the Blue Ridge.  Enjoy a wine tasting, attend a conversation with Chris Pearmund on "selecting Virginia wines for your event". The Winery at La Grange is located 4970 Antioch Road, Haymarket, VA  20169. Admission to public is FREE. Brides are encouraged to register to win prizes including a Get A Way to the Blue Ridge.



By Margot Dillard 

Wine and Sweet Words offers a more than 300 quotes from literature, proverbs, aphorisms, idioms, and toasts that are great with or without a glass of wine.  From the plentiful writing of Anonymous to Virginia Wolfe, as well as other figures from today's wine world, the quips and quotes are plentiful.

Along with a little encouragement from my favorite Virginia crushed grapes, the book includes introductions to each chapter that provide an overview to the history and thoughts on each area, as well as my own poems.  Chapters range from the Essence of Wine, Prescription for Health, Toasts, Maturing is for Wine and many other chapters to offer insights and humor into our everyday life. 


April 3-4:  Festival of Fools Weekend
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
BOW celebrates April Fools Day.  Wear a silly outfit and get your full tasting on the house.  Benefit for The Middleburg Humane Society.
April 9:  Illuminated Manuscript Class
Doukenie Winery ( Purcellville)
Join resident artist Isabell Truchon to learn calligraphy and gilding while enjoying our award-winning wines.

Historic Downtown Clarksville
15 Virginia Wines, live music, complimentary embossed wine glass, select artisans, delicious foods, raffles--all in Historic Downtown Clarksville.  One-of-a-kind shops and speciality restaurants within short walking distance. 
12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.

Bright Meadows Vineyard & Winery (Nathalie)
Chateau Morrisette (Meadows of Dan)
Coltsfoot Winery  (Abingdon)
Fincastle Vineyard & Winery (Fincastle)
First Colony Winery (Charlottesville)
Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery (Moneta)
LeoGrande Vineyard & Winery (Goode)
Mattaponi Winery, Inc. (Spotsylvania)
Peaks of Otter Winery (Bedford)
Piedmont Vineyards (Middleburg)
Rosemont of Virginia Winery (La Crosse)
Sans Soucy Vineyards & Winery (Brookneal)
Spring Creek Wine Cellar (Pamplin City)
Tomahawk Mill Winery (Chatham)
West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery (Max Meadows)
Cost is $20 per person, $25 at gate.  21 and over only.
Tickets available at the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce, Cooper's Landing Inn & Traveler's Tavern, Galleria On the Lake and Century 21 On the Lake.  For tickets to be held at the gate, send check or money order to COC, POB 1017, Clarksville, VA 23927.  

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April 10:  Guest Chef Patrick O'Connell
Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)
Chef at The Inn at Little Washington will prepare a four course feast paired with Barboursville wines.  Portion of proceeds to benefit James Beard Foundation.
April 10:  April Fools Wine Festival
James River Cellars (Glen Allen)
Join Cooper, Grayhaven and Lake Anna Wineries at James River Cellars to taste wines, listen to live music, enjoy craft and food vendors.  Picnics welcome.
April 10:  Northern Neck Artist Showcase
Belle Mount Vineyards (Warsaw)
A great time to visit the Northern Neck and enjoy fine art in a fun and casual setting as you sip Virginia wines.  Original artworks with a variety of artistic expression from the Chesapeake Bay region.
April 10:  Vertical Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting
Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)
Candlelit, black-tie-optional evening featuring past vintages of Gray Ghost's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignons.  Gourmet hors d'oeuvres.
April 10:  Gourmet Spud Stop
Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)
Gourmet spud bar with great potatoes and ingenious toppings.  Enjoy with a glass of wine.
April 10:  Chocolate & Wine "CUPled"
Prince Michel Vineyard (Leon)
The latest chocolate and wine pairing sensation.  You select the wine and taste it from a chocolate cup of imported Swiss Laederach chocolate.
April 10-11:  Blackberry & Peach Wine Release Party
Prince Michel (Leon)
Celebrate release of two new Rapidan River wines.  Special new release pricing all weekend.
April 10-11:  Sping Barrel Tasting
Horton Vineyards (Gordonsville)
Taste the new '09 wines and tour the cellars of our stone winery.  Discussions on viticulture and winemaking.
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April 10-11:  15th Annual Spring Cabernet Tasting
Burnley Vineyards (Barboursville)
Vertical tasting of the last seven vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, including recently bottled 2008.
April 11:  Maestro Yuval Waldman and Friends at BOW Benefit
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
Conductor and violinist, Yuval Waldman and three members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform series of 20-minute pieces.  Benefits the Beethoven Found Fund that provides deserving students with free musical instruments.

April 17:  Kite Flying Contest
Philip Carter Winery (Hume)
Contest for highest flying and most creative kites...colorful, imaginative and fanciful designs.  Bring your creations to fly, have a picnic and relax in the fresh open air.  For all ages.
April 17:  Meritage Vertical Tasting
Jefferson Vineyards (Charlottesville)
Join in celebrating our namesake's birthday with five vintages of award-winning Meritage poured and discussed by winemaker Andy Reagan.
April 17:  Northern Neck Wine Festival
Ye Old Courthouse Tavern Grounds (Heathsville)
Enjoy wines of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail and the Farmers Market.  Great food and crafts, displays and special 18th century exhibits.
April 17:  Wildflowers and Wine Tour
Tarara Winery (Leesburg)
Wildflower and wine tour hike through the vineyards and along the Potomac guided by John DeMary, naturalist and wildflower expert.  Afterwards enjoy Tarara's award winning wines in the outdoor pavilion.
April 17:  Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)
Craving wine and chocolate?  Why not have both!  Learn how to pair these complex, decadent treats.
April 17:  Wine Tasting Class 103
Philip Carter Winery (Hume)
Philip Carter wines vs. California wines:  a comparative tasting of similar varieties and contrasting styles.
April 17:  Three Fox Bird Walk / Food and Wine Pairings
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Help welcome our fine feathered friends with a walk around our picturesque vineyard and conclude with a few tidbits from the winemaker and a wine tasting.
Also seasonal food pairing with our handcrafted wines.  Learn how to bring out the best flavors with the right pairings.
April 17:  Spring Barrel Tasting
Barboursville Vineyards (Bourboursville)
Enjoy samples of the 2009 vintage and a chance to buy and taste rare vintages from our cellar.  Light fare from Palladio Restaurant available.
April 17:  Ladies Night at Veramar
Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)
Perfect girlfriend's getaway.  Join in this fun, relaxing and pampering evening with tasting of wide range of wines, delicious gourmet treats and exclusive beauty products.
April 17-18:  Discover Virginia Festival
Route 33W-1.5  miles from US 29 (Stanardsville)
Featuring the rich diversity of the Old Dominion's products with 12 wineries and over 25 crafters and artisans.  Musical entertainment and activities for the kids.  Previously known as the Monticello Area Wine Festival.
April 17-18:  17th Annual Spring Barrel Tasting
Autumn Hill Vineyards Blueridge Winery (Stanardsville)
Taste and enjoy full range of wines with assortment of international cheeses.  Plus
vertical tasting of our Cabernet Franc wines.
April 18:  Meritage Blending Class
King Family Vineyards (Crozet)
You are the winemaker.  Taste all the wines and learn about the techniques of blending and make your own signature blend.  Winemaker Matthieu Finot will pick the best.
April 18:  Sundays in the Shade
James River Cellars (Glen Allen)
Third Sunday of every month through September.  Live acoustical music on the patio as you sample some wine.
April 23-24:  Bloomin' Wine Fest
Loudoun Street Walking Mall (Loudoun)
Two day wine festival during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. Two wine gardens with 18 Virginia wineries and 30+ artisans and vendors.  Foods by local-independently owned restaurants and live musical entertainment on two stages.
April 22:  Winemaker's Dinner
Potomac Point Winery (Stafford)
Wonderful dinner by our winemaker, Simoné, featuring Spanish cuisine.

APRIL 23-24: 
Loudoun Street Mall
Old Town Winchester, VA
Join us for good music, good food, good wine, and good friends....all in the heart of the oldest city west of the Blue Ridge Mountains - Winchester, Virginia. 
Thousands of wine and music lovers come to The Bloomin' Wine Fest which features 18 of Virginia's best wineries pouring, live musical talents entertaining, and regional artisans bedazzling, all mixed amongst quaint specialty shops and restaurants in Winchester's historic downtown - on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall.
Plan to stay longer as Winchester's charms endure -  we recommend dining al fresco at one of our many local favorite restaurants and staying overnight at the historic George Washington Hotel.  For a truly easy getaway weekend, you can park the car once and be within a block of everything.
Bloomin' Wine Fest event hours are:  Friday April 23rd: 3pm-10pm (wine tasting will end at 9:30pm) Saturday April 24th: 11am-6pm (wine tasting will end at 5:30pm).  Restaurants are open much later.
For event information:
To plan your visit:
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April 23:  Charcoal Drawing Class

Doukenie Winery (Purcellville)
Resident artists Isabelle Truchon will offer instruction on how to create an evocative charcoal drawing of the horse.
April 24:  Spring Planting
Wisteria Farm & Vineyard (Stanley)
Join in our Spring Planting Day and see how the whole wine making process starts.  The holes will already be dug, so you get to do the fun part and put the vines in the ground.
April 24:  Festival of the Grape
Powhatan Courthouse (Powhatan)
Annual festival in historic courthouse square.  Tastings of 25 Virginia wineries, delicious food, arts and crafts, as well as continuous live music and entertainment featuring Steve Basset and Casper.
April 24:  Earth Day Celebration
Gadino Cellars (Washington)
Visit the vineyards where buds are emerging and baby vines are being planted. Join the festivities listening to music and sipping the nectar of the vines.
April 24-25:  19th Annual James River Wine Festival
Innsbrook Pavilion (Glen Allen)
Includes 23 well-known wineries, live music by Piedmont Soup Prize, great food, arts and crafts and free parking.
St. John the Evangelist School, 111 King Street (Warrenton)
Spend a day in historic Old Town Warrenton enjoying Virginia's best wineries (20 in number), artists, vendors and shopping for special treasures.
Reston Town Center (Reston)
Taste over 100 unique, diverse and flavorful wines.  Wine seminars, gourmet cooking demonstrations, 60 artists and craf
ters and live music.

April 25:  Drink Local Wine Conference
Lansdowne Resort (Leesburg)
Second annual conference presented by the Virginia Wine Board.  Features lunch, three seminars about Virginia wine and a Twitter Taste-off featuring 50 Virginia wines.
April 25:  Blessing of Barrel Oak Winery's Vineyard
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
Former pastor Kim Ciftci will present an oenologically informative and spiritually relevant message, comparing the growth and development of the vineyard throughout one growing season to man's spiritual growth and development throughout a lifetime.  Learn about the ancient Latin phrase, "In Vino Veritas".
The Winery at La Grange (Haymarket)
Showcasing wedding venues, artisans, wedding professionals and Great Get A Ways in the Blue Ridge.  Enjoy a wine tasting, attend a conversation with Chris Pearmund on "selecting Virginia wines for your event."
First and Main Street (Blacksburg)
Featuring wines from 19 regional Virginia wineries, culinary delights from local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, regional art and high energy, live entertainment for a rockin' good time.
On Saturday, May 1st, the 2nd Annual Blacksburg Fork & Cork returns as the premier food, wine and art festival in the New River Valley.  Eighteen regional wineries, six restaurants and some of the best artists in the region will come together at the First & Main shopping district. Lively music and a full day of cooking demonstrations and wine pairings will add to the enjoyment of sipping wine and relaxing in the beautiful setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains
The daylong event will feature musical performances by Bruiser, Roanoke's Monkey Fuzz and the New River Valley's Three Minute Lovin'.  Acclaimed Executive Chef Josef Schlech from the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center returns along with several other culinary masters to offer cooking demonstrations in the Kroger Bistro Cooking Tent.  In addition, there will be wine pairings and seminars featuring wines from the attending Virginia wineries. 
Rebec Vineyards
Fincastle Vineyard
Sans Soucy Vineyards
Spring Creek Wine Cellar
Virginia Mountain Vineyards
Peaks of Otter Winery
Horton Vineyards
Bright Meadows Farm
Rosemont of Virginia Winery
Brooks Mill Winery
Mountain Rose Vineyards
Vincents Vineyard
Chateau Morrisette
AmRhein Winery
Mattaponi Winery
Kluge Estate Winery
White Rock Vineyards
Blue Ridge Vineyard
Davis Valley Winery

Just outside of the wine garden will be Artists Alley and Restaurant Row, all free and open to the public.  Tickets to the wine garden are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  This is a rain or shine event.
For more information and ticket sales visit
Blacksburg Fork & Cork is presented by WSLS 10, with platinum media sponsor WROV 96.3.  Proceeds of the event will benefit The Blacksburg Partnership, a 501c3 economic development organization serving the Town of Blacksburg.
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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,
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Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards 
Rural Retreat, Virginia 
Saturday, March 6, 2010

A wine tasting treat just 5 minutes off I-81 in Southwestern Virginia, Rural Retreat Winery and Vineyards is in down town Rural Retreat, formerly Dye's Vineyards.  Co-managers and owners, Scott and Linda Mecimore welcome you to this unique tasting room, gift shop and deli. They produce a wide range of varietals such as Vidal Blanc, Muscats, Traminette and Chardonnay. Rural Retreat is known by many as the legendary home of Dr. Pepper cola and the original pharmacy where it was developed is just down the street. For a relaxing afternoon in Southwest Virginia, drop by for a tasting of their wines and be sure and stay for lunch in the Deli.

Located at 201 N.Church Street, Rural Retreat 1.5 Miles from Interstate 81 Exit 60
Phone: (276) 686-8300

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