Bottling Truck at Narmada Winery
August 2013  
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July 30, 2013

Vol. XIII, Issue No. 8

Dear Virginia Wine Lover,


Typically, the dog days of summer are a slower time. Not so at Virginia wineries where activities are going strong, so be sure to check out "Events" in our August issue.


The month kicks off with the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail's annual Caribbean Food and Wine Festival at Lake Anna Winery on August 3. Then there are numerous festivals, concerts and other doings before summer begins to wind down with Rebec Vineyards' Labor Day Wine & Music Fest on September 2.


Our August Event of the Month is Epicurience, a not-to-be missed experience that takes place at venues throughout Loudoun County over a four day period, August 30 through September 2. It's jam packed with wine, food, music, theater, even star gazing! Also this month, we bring you Wine and Winery News along with an interesting article that reveals how wine gets into the bottle.


As always, thanks for your continuing interest, and we welcome your suggestions for future issues of the Official Virginia Wine Lover. Cheers and I hope to see you along the wine trail!




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- August Events
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By Mary Ann Dancisin
General Manager, Narmada Winery


My sister in Tennessee bottles spring water. She laughs when we get excited about running our few hundred cases of wine twice a year. Her facility bottles 40,000 cases every day. Obviously, they have an automated bottling line. But what if you're a Virginia vintner, like Narmada Winery, where I work? It's hard to justify the cost of a piece of equipment that runs three or four days a year!


Enter "the bottling truck"! Yes, that 18-wheeler next to the crush pad has an entire automated bottling line within. At Narmada, the company we use, Landwirt Mobile Bottling, makes the trip from Harrisonburg to Amissville based on when our winemaker/owner Sudha Patil decides the wine is ready. The photos are of us in June, as we bottled Cabernet Franc Reserve, Merlot and Petit Verdot.



August 30 through September 2, 2013

Loudoun County / DC Wine Country


Picture a wine festival so unique that no existing name quite fits. This is a food and wine experience so epic, in fact, that it's called something completely new: Epicurience.


Four-days of activities are planned at venues throughout Loudoun County, the East Coast's premier wine region and often referred to as DC's Wine Country. It's where insiders come to savor award-winning wines and seek out noteworthy farm-to-table cuisine. Epicurience participants will taste the finest in Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers, and sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country.


Not to be missed is the signature Epicurience Virginia Grand Tasting on Saturday, August 31. Held on the grounds of the two-and-a-quarter century old Morven Park, it is bound to be a culinary highlight of the year with wine and food tastings, chef demos, live music and so much more.


Don't miss this four-day weekend full of great wine and dine events. It's an Epicurience . . . an epicurean event you'll want to experience for yourself! For the full schedule and to order Tickets, visit EpicVirginia.com!

Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania
Saturday, August 3, 2013


You'll love dancing under the stars at this festive Caribbean beach party. It's an annual event of the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail and all six member wineries will be pouring their award-winning wines. Joining Lake Anna are Cooper Vineyards, Grayhaven, James River Cellars, Weston Farms Winery and Mattponi Winery.


Dress for the occasion and kick back with a glass of your favorite wine, enjoy Caribbean food from the vendor and live music of the islands. Then, it's time to dance the night away!


Tickets are $15 in advance and available online at HOVAWineTrail.com

On the day of the event, $20 and available online at LAWinery.com or by calling



Lake Anna Winery

5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551


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Just say the SECRET WORD when you check in at the Caribbean Wine Festival.




"In the Woods" at Rebec Vineyards, Amherst
Saturday, August 31, 2013


Great Wine. Great Music "in the Woods" at the winery...a cool spot to spend the day, so bring your chairs and blankets and spread out under the trees.


The popular 4-member band Mercutio returns bigger and better than ever, having just completed an East Coast tour. They'll perform on stage from 12:45 to 3:15 followed by Apple Butter Soul, playing electrifying jazz, funk and R&B. Apple Butter will surely have you out of your seats and on your feet.


Rebec will join in offering tastings along with several favorite Virginia wineries, and delicious Greek and Italian food will be available from The Grapevine of Richmond, a favorite food vendor of Garlic Festival participants. There will be lots of arts vendors for shopping and browsing.


Tasting Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. For information and tickets, visit www.rebecwinery.com (Tickets for the October Garlic Festival will be available at the Garlic Festival booth.)


Rebec Vineyards

2229 North Amherst Hwy - Amherst, VA 24521


Remembering Claude Delfosse


We were saddened to learn of Claude Delfosse's recent passing on July 11 after a brief illness. The president and owner of Delfosse Vineyards and Winery in Nelson County, he is survived by his wife Genevieve and three children, daughter Oriane and sons Laurent and Olivier.


We shared Claude's love of all things French. Loved his wines and the winery...and the wonderful crepes prepared by Genevieve on weekends. Delfosse is a favorite of wine lovers who frequent the winery, not only for the wine, but for the beautiful setting that is nestled in a quiet valley at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with terraced vineyards hugged between the hills.


Claude grew up in Paris, and he had a passion for making high quality French-style wines that combine so well with their Virginia terroir. Among his many accomplishments was selection of the 2007 Meritage for the 2012 Governor's Cup Case which includes the top 12 wines from the Governor's competition and is used to promote Virginia wines in this country and abroad.

A celebration of Claude's life will be held at Delfosse Vineyards and Wine on

September 14.


August 2:  Sip N' Paint

Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)

Kentucky Artist Arlonia Boggs guides you in painting your Merlot as a Monet, Riesling as a Rembrandt. Supplies, light snacks and glass of wine included.


August 3:  Caribbean Beach Party

Lake Anna Winery (Spotsylvania)

Dance under the stars to Caribbean music and enjoy Caribbean food. Award winning wines from the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail wineries. Rain or shine event.


August 3:  Stonewall Jackson's March on DuCard

DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)

Civil War buffs and wine lovers commemorate the sesquicentennial with release of 2nd Corps wine. See the re-enactors march through the vineyards and demand their wine!


August 3:  Afternoon Pizza Pairings

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

Treat your tastebuds to a variety of terrific pizzas from Divine Wood Fired Pizza in the vineyard. Specialties and traditional favorites pair beautifully with Three Fox wines.


August 3:  Blackberry Harvest and Music Festival

Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery (Nellysford)

Pick your own blackberries as you enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. An all day event with music performers and tons of fun for everyone.


August 3:  Annual Winemaker's CrabFest

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Celebrate the eastern Virginia shore tradition of steamed Chesapeake Blue Crabs and fresh corn on the cob with chilled PC wines to complement the meal. Reservations.


August 3:  Wine in the Garden

Gardens at Brent & Becky's Bulbs (Gloucester)

Wine educator and sommelier Charles Birr delights the audience with a one-hour program of wine, wit and wisdom. Reservations.


August 4:  Sermons from the Vine

Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)

Sunday morning at 11, itinerant vineyard preacher Kim J. Ciftci delivers a scriptural, spiritual message derived from many Biblical references to wine and grapes. Also August 11 at Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville), August 18 at Philip Carter Winery (Hume) and August 25 at Cana Vineyards (Middleburg).


August 9:  Friday Night under the Stars

AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)

Enjoy a special 3-course dinner paired with special wines. Rain or shine under shelter of covered veranda and tented lawn. An event for ages 21+. Reservations.


August 10:  Music, Mead & Cider

Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)

Sip cider as you overlook heirloom apple orchards at Foggy Ridge and listen to music by Jeff Owens (aka Sweet Velvet). Just two miles away, enjoy a tasting of mead on Blacksnake Meander's "Sipping" Porch. Ticket covers both locations.


August 10:  Black Dog Blues Festival

Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)

Spread out on a blanket for an afternoon in the mountains, featuring great blues music by J. J. Gray and Mofro. Opening act is Roscoe Bandana. Food vendors and artisans.


August 10:  Starry, Starry Nights

Veritas Vineyards & Winery (Afton)

Live music, wine and the big outdoors. Bring your family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs and dancing shoes for unforgettable night under the stars.


August 10:  Jazz Festival

DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)

Cool jazz on a hot summer day beside mountain streams, on shaded patios with chilled wines to cool you down. Full line up of local jazz music and New Orleans cuisine.


August 10:  Botetourt County Wine Trail Concert

Blue Ridge Vineyard (Eagle Rock)

Savor good wine and sweet sounds at this fun, family-friendly outdoor concert featuring The Fat Daddy Band in a spectacular setting. Bring your own picnic or purchase.


August 10-11:  Dog Days of August

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

The dogs are always welcome at Three Fox, so bring along your favorite companion and enjoy your favorite wine. Prizes for the best dressed dog.


August 16:  Movie Night at Veramar

Veramar Vineyards (Berryville)

Brought to you by Magic Lantern Theater. Bring blankets and lawn chairs; movie begins at dusk. Purchase a bottle of wine to complement your picnic.


August 17:  Chesapeake Crab and Wine Feast

Lost Creek Vineyard and Winery (Leesburg)

Crack, sip and savor. Gourmet menu plus live music by Josh Burgess and release of the highly anticipated Reserve Chardonnay. Limited availability; reservations.


August 17:  VMV Summer Celebration

Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)

Bring your chairs and celebrate under the tent with an evening of happy music by "Runaway Jones" and a bottle of your favorite wine.


August 18:  Petit Verdot Reserve Celebration

Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)

Executive Chef Diego Gottardo of Casa Vinicola Zonin, Gambellara, Italy, joins Chef Melissa Close Hart

in a 4-course feast in celebration of releasing the 2010 Petit Verdot Reserve. Reservations.


August 18:  The Blessing of the Grapes

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Dress in white and join the procession for Scottish bagpiper and interfaith blessing in the vineyard. Seated communal meal and tasting follow in Cleve Hall; reservations.



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.  



Horse and Hound Festival Horse and Hound Wine Festival

July 13, 2013

Peaks of Otter Winery (Bedford)

Maggie had a great time mixing with the hounds and horses at this annual event in Johnson's Orchard where Johnny Apple Seed greets guests as they arrive. A large crowd enjoyed wine tastings, music, a variety of foods, lots of games and competitions for two leg and four leg visitors.


Kegs and Corks Beer & Wine Festival

July 20, 2013

Apocalyse Ale Works and Pints of Plenty (Forest)


It was a hot, hot day but with lots of cool wine and craft beer. This was a successful first event for the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.


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