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Vol. III, Issue No. 8
August 2008 
Dear Friend of Virginia Wine:        
The Blessing of the Grapes will take place at vineyards and wineries throughout the Commonwealth during the month of August, signifying the end of the summer and beginning of harvest.  The custom can be traced back to the seventh century when grapes were honored as the "first fruits" of harvest.  In today's world, the blessing is a time to honor the grapes, the vineyards, as well as the people who make the annual harvest a reality.

August festivals range from a Beach Party Luau at Lake Anna at the beginning of the month to Harvest Festivals at Wintergreen, First Colony and Oakencroft over the Labor Day Weekend.  And there's lots in between, including Virginia's "coolest" event, the Virginia Wine Showcase, indoors at the air-conditioned Dulles Expo Center on August 22-24.

August is a great month to celebrate the good life in Virginia, so get out and enjoy her  beauty and bounty . . . sampling her fine wines along the way  

Frank C. Britt
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By Mark Parsons, General Manager
CrossKeys Vineyard

Stunning views of Massanutten and the Blue Ridge mountains provide the perfect backdrop for one of Virginia's newest vineyards.  With a rich history and culture as part of the Cross Keys community CrossKeys Vineyards offers guests the best in wine hospitality.  The facility, opened in May of 2008, houses a state-of-the-art winery, beautiful courtyard and terraces, spacious function rooms and a Tasting Room with views to the vineyards and mountains.
Owners Bob & Nikoo Bakhtiar have realized their dream of making a contribution to the community and to the VA Wine Industry through the production of fine wines and promoting a gracious way of living.  Mark Parsons, General Manager brings a wealth of experience form his work in hospitality and wine education with Robert Mondavi in Napa Valley and the historic Spier Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Future plans include a comprehensive wine, food and arts program beginning this September with the Art of Food and Wine Education Series to provide participants with hands-on learning and the joy of wine culture.  August will feature the Heartland Dinner on the 1st and The Blessing of the Grapes on the 17th.  A unique "Great Grape Experience" for children is planned on Sept. 27th.  A festive Harvest Festival on Oct. 4th will feature music, harvest tours, plein air artists, entertainers, and culminate with a dinner featuring foods from famous wine regions of the world.
CrossKeys Wine
The winery is open daily at 11:00 a.m.  Tours & Tastings are scheduled throughout the day.
CrossKeys Vineyards
6011 East Timber Ridge Rd.
Mt. Crawford, VA  22841
(540) 234-0505

By Gay Rutland Argyros, Proprietor, WineStyles, Harrisonburg, VA

Wine should be a simple pleasure.  Now, shopping for it is simple, too. 

Walking into WineStyles for the first time, you'll feel like you've stepped into a lovely Old World wine cellar.  Banked in stone-like alcoves, each wine is accompanied by tasting notes outlining its characteristics, flavors and suggested food pairings, simplifying the shopping experience.   Rather than organizing wines by country or varietal, our wines are organized by "style" so it's easy to find the perfect wine for your taste. 

Our wine experts carefully select unique labels, many available only at WineStyles, and we specialize in hard-to-find wines from small and large vineyards. We bring these recognizable and boutique wines to you at affordable prices, $10 to $25. 

The concept is to be a neighborhood version of wine country.  At WineStyles, you get the look, feel and comfort of the wine country experience.  With complimentary weekly wine tastings, customers get to try new varietals, blends and have conversations with winemakers who participate in our WineMaker Series events.

Special Virginia wine tastings are crowd pleasers, especially when the winemakers visit.  Veritas is one of our favorites and will be featured in August.  Rob Gardner, Owner of Crow Mountain Vineyards, has poured his 2006 Monticello High Maintenance Cabernet Sauvignon, a simply stunning wine.  Michael Shaps is another Virginia winemaker featured in our WineMaker series, and we have planned many more of these events for 2008.  Some of our favorite Virginia wines include Willowcroft Chardonnay, Naked Mountain Chardonnay, Blenheim Viognier, Jefferson Meritage, Hillsbourough Rappahannock Cab Franc, Blue Crab Blanc, and Pearmund Cellars.

Suggested food pairings include:
Crow Mountain High Maintenance Cabernet Sauvignon
Steak au Poivre, roast lamb, grilled squab, chocolate

Rappahannock Cab Franc
Poultry dishes, grilled duck, and pork
Blenheim Viognier

Asian and poultry dishes and local artisan cheeses

Michael Shaps Chardonnay
Salmon with lemon sauce, oysters
In addition to wine, WineStyles offers wine-related accessories, gift baskets, event planning, food pairing consultation, wine cellar consultation, wine education classes and winemaker events.  Come visit us at WineStyles, where every day is an occasion!
Gay Rutland ArgyrosPictured: Gay Rutland Argyros, Proprietor

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WineStyles Fairfax, 12717 Shoppes Lane, Fair Lakes Shopping Center, Fairfax , VA 22033
WineStyles Harrisonburg, 4745 Spotswood Trail, Crossroads Plaza, Penn Laird, VA 22846
WineStyles Montclair, 4394 Kevin Walker Drive, Montclair, VA 22025
WineStyles South Riding, 25031 Riding Plaza, Suite 110, Chantilly, VA 20152
By Jack North, President, B&B Association of Virginia
 Ivy Creek Farm, Lynchburg, VA

Ivy Creek Farm B&B, in the heart of Central Virginia in historic Lynchburg, Virginia, invites you to come relax in the indoor swimming pool with 50-ft lap lane and Jacuzzi, next to the two-tier deck, ideal for sunning and relaxing.
Or immerse yourself in the extensive library, complete with Web connection and daily copies of the New York Times, Barron's, The Week AND some Virginia Wine.
Or hike on the property, or walk, run, or bike on the nearby 6.7-mile Blackwater Creek Nature Trails. Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail are nearby. Lynchburg was cited by National Geographic as one of the best fifty hiking regions in the United States.
Ivy Crek Veranda

Enjoy afternoon samplings of fine Virginia Wines and hors d'oeuvres and a three-course gourmet breakfast on the veranda, featuring local produce. Sample Lynchburg's fine restaurants, including several with outdoor dining. It's an easy drive to the Bedford Wine and Monticello Wine Trails, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Appomattox, and the D-Day Memorial. Come join us, and enjoy Virginia hospitality at its finest! 

Lynn and Marilyn Brooks, Owners
Ivy Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast
2812 Link Road
Lynchburg, Virginia 24503
(434) 384-3802 or 1-800-689-7404

For more information on other Virginia Bed and Breakfasts, visit www.innvirginia.com.
Glass of Wine
Our information comes from many sources, so we strongly suggest that you check websites or call wineries for costs and details.  Space limitation prevents listing all the winery and vineyard events that take place this month; for additional information, please refer to www.virginiawines.org/events/august08.html.

August 1:  Heartland Dinner...The Tastes of Summer
CrossKeys Vineyards (Mt. Crawford)
Hors d'oeuvres & Wine at 6:30 p.m. with three-course dinner at 7:15 pm
$80 per person plus tax and gratuity
Reserve your table by calling (540) 234-0505
August 2:  Beach Party Luau Wine Festival
Lake Anna Winery (Spotsylvania)
Five wineries. Dress for the occasion and enjoy Caribbean foods and island music. 
(540) 895-5085

August 2:  Blackberry Harvest Festival
Hill Top Berry Faram & Winery (Nellysford)
True to the Fruit wines and meads tastings.  Bluegrass music.  Old fashioned pig pickin' and yummy blackberry desserts. Pick your own berries.
(434) 361-1266

August 2-3: Tarara's Annual Blackberry Days Wine Festival
Tarara Winery (Leesburg)
"Hottest" event of the year with live music, kite flying, canoes/kuyaks/paddleboats on the lake, u-pick berries and much more.
(703) 771-7100

August 9:  Black Dog Wine & Jazz Festival
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)
Live jazz along with crafters, artisans, vendors, wine tastings....and giveaways.
(540) 593-2865

August 9:  Country/Bluegrass Jamboree
Lake Anna Winery (Spotsylvania)
Pig roast and comfort food; foot stomping, knee slapping entertainment.

August 9:  50's Sock Hop
Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)
Put your dancing shoes on and cruise on up to the vineyard for the first ever sock hop at the winery.
(540) 473-2979

August 16:  First Anniversary Soiree
Sugarleaf Vineyards (North Garden)
Celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of the release of the first vintage and opening of the tasting room.
(434) 984-4272

August 17:  Blessing of the Grapes
CrossKeys Vineyards (Mt. Crawford)
Traditional celebration to bless the grape and onset of the harvest.
Virginia Wine Showcase
August 22-24:  Virginia Wine Showcase
Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA
Visit Virginia's Coolest Wine Festival.  Indoor, air-conditioned tasting of over 300 of Virginia's hard-to-find artisan wines.  Wine seminars, fine art and gourmet offerings.
(703) 823-1868
Mini Cooper Rally
August 23:  Fifth Annual Mini Cooper Rally
Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)
(540) 894-5253

Join Cooper Vineyards and James River Cellars for one of the most unique wine events in Virginia - Cooper Vineyards 5th Annual Mini-Cooper Rally from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. For both Mini-Lovers and Wine Lovers alike!!

Drive your mini if you have one and join Richmond's RiverCityMinis for a "drive" out to the vineyard the morning of the event.  More information about participating in the Mini Cooper caravan at www.rivercityminis.org.  Sponsored by Crown Automotive / Crown Mini of Richmond.  There will be a display of new mini-Coopers on site.

A portion of ticket sales will also benefit Animal Connections, a local animal rescue organization. The event is held at Cooper Vineyards in Louisa County - just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Lake Anna or Charlottesville.  Tickets are $10 in advance at www.coopervineyards.com or $15 day of event.  Ticket price includes: mini-wine glass, food, live music and mini-goodie bag. Picnics and lawn chairs are welcome.
August 29 - Sept. 1:  Endless Summer Party
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
Wear your bathing suit and win a prize at Virginia's newest and greenest winery.
Child and pet friendly.
(540) 364-6402
Discover Virginia Wine Festival
August 30:  Discover Virginia Music & Festival
Route 33 between Ruckersville and Stanardsville
Showcasing award-winning regional wineries. Fabulous food, artisans and fantastic musical entertainment.
(434) 985-6663

August 30:  Labor Day Bash
Veramar (Berryville)
End the summer at Veramar with wine tasting, music and gourmet picnic fare.
(540) 955-5510

August 30:  The Irvington Stomp
White Fences Vineyards (Irvington)
Stomp grapes in giant barrels and put your footprints on tee shirts.  Fun for the whole family.
(804) 438-5559

August 30-31:  Romp, Stomp & Chomp Harvest Celebration
Wintergreen Winery (Nellysford)
Grape stomping, live music, picnic fare (riverside picnic sites).
(434) 361-2519

August 30-31:  Harvest Festival
First Colony Winery (Charlottesville)
"Weingarten" with brats, kraut and other traditional German food.
(434) 979-7105

August 31-September 1:  Oakencroft Harvest Music Festival
Oakencroft Vineyard and Winery (Charlottesville)
Music by Jimmy O and The Ryalls Brothers.  Bring a picnic and relax by the lake.
(434) 296-4188
July 5-6, 2008
Floyd, VA
Wine Down The Music Trail offered a unique musical experience along with wine tasting from both Virginia and North Carolina wineries, as well as local meads and ciders.
Wine Down The Music Trail Collage
  Black Faded Line
July 12, 2008
Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards, Bedford, VA
There was fun for everyone at the Horse & Hound Wine Festival held at Johnson's Orchard Farms in Bedford, County, VA.  Great wine, dog and horse demonstrations, muskrat races, lure coursing, and a Mounted Search & Rescue demonstration made for a full day of entertainment!
Horse & Hound Wine Festival 

Black Faded Line
July 19-20, 2008
Andre Viette Farm & Nursery, Fishersville, VA

The daylilys were a perfect backdrop to the many activities during the Daylily and Wine Festival.  Along with artists and crafters booths, wine tastings, food booths, activities in the Children's Tent, horticulture and culinary seminars, attendees walked the beautiful flower gardens, then relaxed to live music.
 Day Lily & Wine Festival Collage
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