Virginia Wine Lover,
again, it's wine time in Virginia. Grapevines are
beginning to bud, last year's harvest is ready to bottle
and the winery tasting rooms are preparing for visitors.
April brings some popular annual festivals and favorite
Our Festivals of the Week this
April include the Clarksville Lake Country Wine
Festival on April 13 (be sure to enter below for
free tickets) and Blacksburg Fork and Cork on April
27. The weekend of April 26-28 is a busy one with
the Bloomin' Wine Fest on Friday and Saturday
kicking off the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
and the Great Grapes Wine Festival at Reston
Town Center on Saturday and Sunday. The April Events
calendar includes listings of barrel tastings and other
Our April Winery of the Month
is Granite Heights in Fauquier County. A fine
example of Virginia farm wineries, Granite Heights
specializes in small batch wine production, honey from
the farm's own beehives and exceptional jams from its
orchard. Beginning this month, the winery is open on
weekends from noon to five.
Cheers and Happy Spring! Hope to
see you along the wine trail.
Frank C. Britt
PS: Make plans to join us at the
inaugural James River Wine & Music Festival
on May 11 in
downtown Lynchburg. Buy your tickets online and
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A True Labor of Love
on a 225 acre farm in Fauquier County, Granite Heights
Winery specializes in small batch wine production,
honey from the farm's own beehives and exceptional jams
from its orchard. Owners Luke and Toni Kilyk believe
that their homegrown products and handcrafted wines
reflect the personal care and devotion they have put
into the winery every step of the way.
Kilyks, each of whom has a full time profession, are not
only the owners, they are also the winemakers and do
most of the vineyard and farm work themselves. According
to Toni, "You would be amazed at what two people can
accomplish when they are in love with what they
With the help of renowned viticulturist Lucie
Morton and the philosophy that great wine is grown in
the vineyard, the Kilyks have developed a vineyard
tailored to the production of high quality wines. The
winery has 10 acres of high density plantings with 2000
vines per acre, including Chardonnay, Barbera, Petit
Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and
Vermentino. What distinguishes Granite Heights is the
effort the owners put into choosing the type of vines
(French clones) to plant, the planting system to use and
the high end grape/wine processing equipment they
chose. The determination to put quality ahead of
everything else has allowed them to make the exceptional
es they have been
producing since 2008. (Read More)
ANNUAL CLARKSVILLE LAKE COUNTRY WINE
on the Lake
great opportunity to see friends and meet new ones.
Relax on historic lawns in downtown and taste some 100
varieties of fine Virginia wines. This year's Lake
Country Wine Festival features 17 Virginia wineries,
artisan vendors, wine accessories and great pairings of
cigars, chocolates and gourmet Virginia peanuts. Food
will be provided by Cooper's Landing Inn/Traveler's
Tavern & Lamplighter Restaurant.
are available online, at the Chamber of Commerce,
Cooper's Landing Inn & Traveler's Tavern, Century 21
on the Lake and Galleria on the Lake. Tasting tickets in
advance are $20; $25 at the gate, and include souvenir
wine glass. Non-taster/DD tickets in advance are $10;
$15 at the gate. The festival is for those 21 years of
age and over only, and it is a rain/shine event.
Festival proceeds will benefit the Town's Chamber of
Commerce to go towards future projects.
list of participating wineries and additional
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FORK AND CORK
& Main Shopping District, Blacksburg
Cork is the award-winning food, wine and art festival in
the New River Valley, showcasing a variety of Virginia
wineries, local restaurants, and talented regional
artists. Lively entertainment, along with a full day of
culinary demonstrations and wine pairings will add to
the excitement on a beautiful spring day in the Blue
addition to enjoying "The Cork"- sampling and learning
about wine from fantastic Virginia vineyards, festival
attendees will tap into their inner foodie in "The Fork"
areas of the festival. Mouth-watering cuisine will be
abundant, and attendees will have the opportunity to
view local celebrity chefs showcasing their talents at
Chef 2 Chef, Chef Showcase, and
Everyday Gourmet demonstration tents.
this year is Can Do!, a canned food sculpture
competition and food drive. Local teams will
create awe-inspiring structures using canned food and
their imagination. Leading up to the festival is a new
week-long tasting event called "Taste the Town" with
wineries, specialty grocery stores, the Blacksburg
Farmers Market, and offering succulent surprises for
foodies of all ages from Saturday, April 20 to Friday,
Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at gate.
$5. Free for 12 and under.
MIKE & LIBBY BARKSDALE!
The Barksdales had
the winning entry in the 2013 Great Wine Lover Chili
submitted their entry, Libby said, "My husband and I
love cooking chili and drinking wine. After many years
of experimenting and tasting, we came up with our
favorite chili recipe."
Barksdales will "love drinking wine" at the James River
Wine & Music Festival to which they won four
tickets. The inaugural festival will be held in
Lynchburg on May 11.
CLICK HERE for
Barksdale Chili Recipe
Virginia Wine Lover
Weekend at the
response from wine lovers to the Boar's Head Inn
Sweepstakes in February was overwhelming. The lucky
entry was Yolanda Mejia of Richmond.
and a companion will spend a special weekend at the
Boar's Head in Charlottesville. Among the amenities
included in this fabulous package are two nights'
accommodations, a three-course dinner for two in The Old
Mill Room, daily breakfast for two and full access to
the Sports Club.
magazine recognized Virginia as one of the 10 Best Wine
Travel Destinations of 2012?
Virginia Wine Council
FROM AND ABOUT VIRGINIA
to Len Thompson
of the Year
Thompson was honored by the Virginia Vineyards
Association as Grower of the Year for 2012. The
award was presented by Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary
of Agriculture, at the Association's recent annual
meeting. Thompson's vineyard on the Amherst County side
of Piney River, is one of the 400 in Virginia that
produces grapes for the state's 230 wineries.
and his wife Kay are well known throughout the Virginia
wine industry. Len serves as vice president of the
Virginia Winery Association and was a former vice
president of the Virginia Vineyards Association. To
quote J. Rock Stephens, chair of the Virginia Wine
Board, "Len Thompson is one of the unheralded heroes
behind the success of the Virginia Vineyards
Association. He helps other growers and aspiring growers
while producing grapes that have been utilized in wines
that have won awards in international
from the Vine
7 - Barrel Oak Winery
14 - Breaux Vineyards
21 - Philip Carter Winery
in April on Sunday mornings at 11 am, itinerant
vineyard preacher Kim J. Ciftci delivers a scriptural,
spiritual message at one of several Virginia wineries.
The vineyard sermons derive from the many Biblical
references to wine, grapes, the vineyard, or the
processes involved in winemaking.
Octagon Named Top Virginia Wine for
in case you missed the article about the Governor's Cup
winners in the March newsletter, we are repeating the
list here. In addition to Barboursville's
2009 12th Edition Octagon, the other 11 wines
forming the Governor's Cup Case include:
Vineyards - 2010 Petite Verdot Reserve
Family Vineyards - 2010 Meritage
Winery - 2009 Josie's Knoll Estate Reserve
Carter Winery - 2010 Cleve (Petite Verdot,
Vineyards - 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Point Vineyard and Winery - 2010 Richland Reserve
Heritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Tannat, Petite Verdot)
Cellars - 2010 Meritage
Vineyards - 2010 Rendevous (Meritage)
Vineyards - 2010 Lost Mountain (Meritage)
Hills Vineyard - 2010 Mosaic (Merlot, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot)
Winery - 2008 Sparkling Rose (Chardonnay, Pinot
information for Vino Info to email@example.com by
10th of the month prior to month of
6: How to Throw a Wine Tasting PartyGray Ghost
Amy Payette teaches the fine nuances of
throwing a wine tasting party...logistics, themes and
execution. Fun and educational, with lunch and glass of
April 6-7: Spring Vertical Tasting
Barboursville Vineyards (
A rare opportunity to focus on valuable
older vintages, along with traditional sampling of new
Octagon from barrel. Artisan cheeses and fresh breads to
refresh the palate.
April Fools Wine Festival
River Cellars (Glen Allen)
day festival with six wineries including Cooper,
Grayhaven, Lake Anna, Mattaponi, and Weston Farm along
with James River. Live music, craft and food
7: Wings Over Wine Country
big winged birds with sharp beaks (raptors) from VA
Wildlife Center and presentation on efforts to
rehabilitate Virginia's injured wildlife. Donations
matched by DuCard.
7: Sunday Brunch
Michel Vineyards (Leon)
favorites combined with Italian specialties prepared by
About You Catering. Pair with fruity Merlot or crisp dry
13: White Wine Release Park
Vineyards and Winery (Faber)
course dinner paired with newly released white wines. A
festive evening with live music and dancing.
13: Fly the Skies Weekend
Carter Winery (Hume)
the Kite Club at PCW. Demonstration and exhibition
flights, history and safety instructions. And, a kite
contest. Bring a kite and receive 3-bottle
Clarksville Lake Country Wine Festival
Virginia Avenue, Clarksville
annual festival in historic downtown Clarksville on the
Lake. Featuring 17 Virginia wineries, live music and
some fine food. Enjoy a great spring day by the
13: 5K Race
of Otter Winery (Bedford)
course over the hills and through the blossoms. You can
run, jog, walk or crawl, all to support the Oncology
Cancer program at the Bedford YMCA.
13: Oyster-BBQ-Wine-Whiskey-Art Fest
Washington Winery (Washington, VA)
and food pairing with Shindig White, best oyster pairing
wine on the East Coast. And Grand Slam award winning BBQ
with Shindig Red. Just pay for what you
13: Nebbiolo Vertical
and discuss various vintages of Nebbiolo and enjoy three
course gourmet meal with each selection. Pourings of
eight wines. Reservations.
13: Oyster Crawl
General's Ridge Vineyard
Chesapeake B Wine Trail Oyster
and Wine Event. Each of the 12 wineries along the trial
will have a different Oyster dish to pair with their
Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest
Castle Park (Smithfield)
Favorite Virginia wineries and
brews. Organic Village with sustainably or organically
produced county wines. Culinary delights, upscale retail
vendors and live entertainment.
Beaverdam Wine Festival
Lewis Thompson Learning Center & Pop's Country
Wine tastings, hot air balloon
rides, live music, food vendors, jewelry crafters. Free
admission to Pop's Country Store Museum and
13-14: Masters Golf Chip-Off
Springs Winery (Clifton)
In honor of the Masters golf
tournament, a makeshift golf hole will be set up for the
chipping contest at 4:00 each day. Closest to the hole
14: First Annual Celebrate Budbreak
Ridge Vineyards (Amherst)
Brilliant purples of Redbuds and
Dogwoods in white profusion, along with budding vines
surround the winery. Music, tours and hayrides. Bring a
19-20: A Celebration of the Vine
County Government Complex
A large festival with 18
Virginia wineries and music by Casper. Space has been
expanded with room to sit and listen or dance to the
19-20: Mountain Adventure Weekend
Hike Buffalo Mountain or Rock
Castle Gorge, skeet and trap shooting, fishing,
horseback, exhibits, game dinners and wine receptions.
20: Spring Planting of the Grapes
Farm & Vineyards (Stanley)
The holes will be dug and
waiting to be planted. See how the whole wine making
process starts and enjoy a day in the country.
Volunteers get discount on purchases.
20: Rubber Duck Race
Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Pick a favorite duck and watch
him race down the rapids of Crooked Run. Lots of fun and
prizes and good wine.
20: Oysters and Bubbles
Sample the newest release
Sparkling Cuvee 1814 Brut and Rose with fresh
Rappahannock River oysters. Ticket includes six oysters
and clam chowder.
20: Murder Mystery Wine Dinner
Springs Winery (Clifton)
Food, wine and mystery all in
one entertaining evening. Join in the one of a kind
interactive murder mystery wine dinner.
20: Farmville Virginia Wine Festival
Enjoy a fabulous day in scenic,
historic downtown Farmville sponsored by Meals on
Wheels. Premier Virginia wineries, fabulous food, arts
20: Spring Barrel Tasting
Vineyards (Oak Grove)
Experience the future of
Ingleside straight from the barrel. Tour, tasting, wine
glass, live music and light fare.
20-21: A Taste of Shenandoah Wine
Expo Center (Fishersville)
What a way to break out of
winter. Enjoy tastings by 10 Virginia wineries, 30+
artisans and crafters, food vendors, music by Jeremy
Staubus and the Dam Town Boys.
20-21: Princess Anne Wine Classic
Bay Farms Princess Anne Rd. (Virginia Beach)
Sample the best Virginia wines
as horses roam in adjacent fields. Music, food, local
craft beer and local artists. Bring a picnic basket,
chair and blanket and enjoy the countryside.
20-21: 20th Annual Spring Barrel Tasting
Hill Vineyards (Stanardsville)
Taste full range of wines with
assortment of special international cheeses. Vertical
tasting of Cabernet Franc wines. Bring a picnic lunch to
enjoy on the deck.
20-21: Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine
Cast a line and sip some wine.
Largest fly angling event in Virginia with attendees
coming from all over to learn where, when and how to fly
Winemaker's Sunday Brunch
An elegant outing with exquisite
four course brunch by Chef Mark Gresge of
Charlottesville's L'Etoile Restaurant and harp music by
Vicky Lee. Reservations.
21: Table Topping Techniques
Michel Vineyards (Leon)
Experts Brad and Jamie
demonstrate the basics of flower arranging, creating an
attractive buffet and setting a modern tablescape.
21: Meritage Vertical Tasting
Family Vineyards (Crozet)
Tasting of Meritage from the
years 2006 through 2011 accompanied with cheese and
charcuterie. Seating limited. Reservations.
Bloomin' Wine Fest
Old Town Winchester
Kicks off 86th Shenandoah Apple
Blossom Festival. A great wine festival with two wine
gardens showcasing 20 Virginia wineries, two stages with
continuous live music, food vendors, and much
27: Oyster Festival
Premium steamed and raw oysters
and crab cakes by Rappahannock River Oyster to enjoy
with a nice bottle of DuCard Viognier. Add Jazz by Trius
and breathtaking views for a day made in
Blacksburg Fork and Cork Festival
& Main Shopping District (Blacksburg)
A great day in Blacksburg! Local
restaurants, premier Virginia wineries, regional artists
and multiple music groups. Can Do! Returns for the
popular canned food sculpture contest.
27: HOVA "Go Green" Festival
Going Green for Arbor Day with
Heart of Virginia Trail's four wineries in Cooper
Vineyards' new "green" Tasting room. Food available for
purchase from Smokin' Eddies.
April 27-28: Great
Town Center (Reston)
Uncork the Fun with Rich Flavors
& Simple Pleasures. New location on Market Street
with over 200 Virginia wines, wine and food pairings,
hands-on demos in the gourmet tent, live music, crafts
and kids' activity area.
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
If you would like to submit
an event, send details (what, where and when, as well as
contact information) to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than
the 10th of the month prior to the event.
19-24 - Richmond
lovers converged on Richmond for the week-long
celebration of Virginia wine, with opportunities to
learn about, taste and buy Virginia wine, to meet the
winemakers and to mingle with friends. Of course,
the centerpiece of the Expo was the Walk-Around
Grand Tasting with 60 top Virginia wineries
participating. Next year's Expo will be held on February
12-14 - Richmond
of the largest and longest running wine industry events
in the United States returned to Richmond for the second
year, with hundreds of companies exhibiting goods,
services, and the latest innovations. Eric Trump of
Trump Winery was the featured speaker for the Wine &
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