Magnolia (Maggie) (right) and Posh (left) at Three Fox Vineyards 6-8-13
July 2013  
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July 2, 2013

Vol. XII, Issue No. 7

Dear Virginia Wine Lover,


July begins with Red, White and Blue celebrations marking America's 237th Birthday. It continues throughout the month with celebrations of Virginia wine in all parts of the commonwealth and in all kinds of imaginative ways.


We have some celebrating to do ourselves this

month. We launched the Official Virginia Wine Lover in June 2006, basically as an online primer about the wine industry. Seven years and some 84 issues later, our online newsletter is more popular than ever, with entertaining and informative articles about Virginia wine, the people who make them and the people who enjoy them. The number of Wine Lovers who receive the newsletter has grown from a few hundred to over 50,000!


We'd love to hear from you with suggestions for future issues of the newsletter. In the meantime, be sure to check out the list of July Events at wineries across Virginia and make plans to attend the Black Dog Rhythm and Wine Festival at Chateau Morrisette on July 6.





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Frank C. Britt 
- Black Dog Rhythm & Wine Festival
- Recipes for the Month
- Events this Month
- We Were There
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Chateau Morrisette, Floyd
July 6, 2013
Folks from near and far get together each year at Chateau Morrisette for the Black Dog Rhythm and Wine Festival.  The gathering place for music lovers and wine lovers alike is the Nancy Morrisette Field where you can spread out with chairs and blankets and listen to two amazing new bands performing.  Ten popular wineries will be pouring lots of vino, and there will be a variety of vendors for shopping, fun foods, and sassy sangria.  It's a huge party, so get set for some barefoot dancing and frivolity.
The Greencards
Music headliners are The Greencards, a four piece band spearheaded by Australian Carol Young and Kym Young, who play "laid-back tunes that land in a sweet spot halfway between Americana and bluegrass."  The group has toured with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and headlined concerts around the world.  DangerMuffin is the opener for the festival. From Folly Beach, South Carolina, the group's sound encompasses ska, calypso, and even southern rock.
Admission includes music, winery tour, tastings and souvenir wine glass.  Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.  Advance tickets are available until midnight on July 5.  No picnic baskets, or outside food and beverage.
Chateau Morrisette
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 171.5
287 Winery Road SW - Floyd, Va 24091


Preparation: 10 minutes

Serves 10 as Appetizer


3 large ripe tomatoes (preferably fresh from the garden)

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

10 fresh basil leaves, chopped

1 loaf Italian or crusty French bread

1/2 cup virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


Peel and chop tomatoes, sprinkle with a little salt and drain over a sieve. Combine garlic and basil with drained tomatoes. Set aside. Preheat oven to 40 degrees. Slice bread into 3/4-inch slices. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to olive oil and brush each side of bread with mixture. Place bread on baking sheet and bake until it is crisp and lightly browned. Place spoonful of tomato, basil and garlic mixture on toasted bread. Arrange on a large platter garnished with basil sprigs, and serve immediately. Alternative: serve tomato, basil and garlic mixture as a sauce over cold, cooked pasta on a hot summer day.


Credit: "Celebration of Virginia Wine & Garlic" Cookbook by Meg and Bill Hibbert



(Greek Cucumber and Yogurt Dip)

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Makes: 2 cups


2 cups plain yogurt

2 cucumbers

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1 tablespoon vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Peel and chop cucumbers very finely and drain well. Add garlic, vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Add yogurt and blend. Serve with toast points or crackers.


Recipe by Beth Christopulos, Charlottesville.

From "Days of Wine & Garlic" cookbook by Meg and Bill Hibbert.

Wineries across the state will be celebrating Independence Day with special events, too numerous to list here. You'll find more information at the following websites: www.virginiawine.org/events and www.virginia.org/directory/events/winebeer

July 5:  All American Wine Pairing Dinner

CrossKeys Vineyards (Mt. Crawford)

A night of grilling and classic comfort food favorites. Four courses, each paired with delicious wines. Reservations required.


July 5 & 7:  Fire Cracker Food Pairings

Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)

In honor of Independence Day, this event is a pairing of Fox Meadow Wines with Fire Cracker Foods, consisting of surprise SPICY selections. Included with standard tasting.


wine and grapes July 6:  Rhythm and Vine Festival

Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)

Artists, artisans, food vendors and nine Virginia wineries make for a fun filled day in the highlands. Great music by the Greencards who are "half way between Americana and Bluegrass" and Dangermuffin, the Foley Beach trio currently touring the US.


July 6:  The Vintage Virginia Tasting

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Taste history with an in-depth look at wine through the centuries. The Tasting features wines from key vineyards across the state and tells the story of culture, purpose and promise spanning 400 years of Virginia wine. Reservations.


July 6-7:  Watermelon Wine Festival

DeVault Vineyards (Concord)

Six popular wineries join DeVault for two days of wine tastings; music by Dragonfly and Rareform; food and craft vendors and lots of kids' activities.


July 7:  Sermons from the Vine

Marterella Winery (Warrenton)

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 July 14 at Pearmund Cellars (Broad Run) and July 21 at Unicorn Winery (Amissville).


July 10:  Cymbeline

Endstation Theatre Company (Sweet Briar)

Romantic Shakespeare fairy tale continues with outdoor performance on the Sweet Briar campus. A night of incredible theatrical magic with wine available from Lazy Days Winery. Check website for dates and locations of additional performances.


July 12-13:  Sedalia Blues Festival

Sedalia Center (Sedalia)

Fast becoming the most popular Blues festival in Virginia. Headliner performances. Wine garden with Virginia wineries, food and beer. Rain or shine in covered pavilion.


July 13:  Summer Breeze Wine Festival

Rockbridge Vineyard (Raphine)

Bring the kids and lawn chairs. Live music by James Leva, tastings and festival fun. Lunch available for purchase.


July 13:  Winestock

Little Washington Winery (Washington, VA)

A day for serious wine, music and art lovers to enjoy an afternoon in the best picnic spot in Virginia wine country. Art, food, wine and live music all day.


Horse and Hound Festival

July 13:  Horse and Hound Wine Festival

Peaks of Otter Winery (Bedford)

Virginia's most unique festival with horse and dog events throughout the day. A great family event with eight Virginia wineries, good music, arts, crafts, and food vendors.


July 13:  Beach Bash

AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)

An annual event with wine tasting, dancing to great music and a beautiful sunset. Bring chairs, blankets, jackets and ID (it gets cool in the evening on the mountain).


July 13:  Palio!

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

Taste the wines as you learn about this time honored Italian tradition from Siena. The horse race with bareback riders circling the Piazza del Campo in about 90 seconds with thousands watching. Be part of the Three Fox race.


July 13:  Winemaker's Dinner

Naked Mountain Winery (Markham)

Perfect night out or make it a special event. Award winning wines paired with dinner prepared by popular Chef Eric Stamer. Reservations.


July 13:  Key West Festival

Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)

Eighth annual. Island inspired food, wine tastings, craft vendors, kid's activities, vineyard hayrides. Live reggae music by The Archives and dancing to the Key West Band.


July 14:  Bastille Day Celebration

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)

Celebrate French Independence Day with the DelFosses. Live music, fine wine and French Crepes from 1:00 to 5:00. Let them know you're coming.


July 14:  Bastille Day Brunch

Cave Ridge Vineyard (Mt. Jackson)

Vive la France with a morning of wonderful French food, live music and jazz music by The Harmolodics. Reservations.


July 15-16:  Wine Tasting Weekend

Michie Tavern (Charlottesville)

Get acquainted with Virginia wines and hard cider with free tastings available each Sat. & Sun. 1-4. Variety varies from week to week. At the Michie Tavern General Store.


July 18:  Ladies Trivia Night

Quattro Goomba's Winery (Aldie)

Back by popular demand is our Ladies night Trivia (gaming starts at 7:15pm).  Questions are all female-related (Books, TV, Movies, etc.) prizes awarded to winning teams (teams of 4 highly recommended).  As always, ladies enjoy a special discounted tasting as well as merchandise discounts.


July 19:  Movie Night at Veramar

Veramar Vineyard (Berryville) 

"Magic Lantern Theater" presents entertainment under the stars. Bring blankets and chairs for a fun filled night beginning at dusk. Picnic or purchase food.


July 20:  Veraison in the Vineyard!

Ankida Ridge Vineyards (Amherst)

Veraison, when the grapes turn from green to purple, is a sight to behold. Live music and hayrides up the mountain to the vineyard. Enjoy the wines, views, music and friendship.


July 20:  Mid-Summer Festival

Hartwood Winery (Fredericksburg) 

Annual mid-Summer Festival with Cooper Vineyards as guest winery. Wine tastings, live music, tours and moonbounce for the kids. Pet friendly.


July 27:  A Peachy Open House

Peaks of Otter Winery (Bedford)

Sample peaches, nectarines and apples that are made into wine. Bring a picnic and purchase a bottle of wine and walk through the orchards and vineyards.


July 27:  Winemaker's CrabFest

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Enjoy an Eastern Shore tradition: Chesapeake Blue Crabs, fresh corn on the cob, cucumber salad and cornbread. Chilled PC wines complement the meal. Reservations.


July 28:   French Crepe Day

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)

Savory and Sweet Crepe selections available for purchase. Pair with wine by the glass or bottle. Let them know you're coming.


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.  



Vino Dog Celebration

June 13, 2013

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)


It was a great day for the dogs, particularly for Posh and Magnolia, the wine-loving and lovable terriers who are the mascots for Three Fox and Wine Lover, respectively. The fun event included wine tastings, contests and prizes, donations for the Middleburg Humane Foundation and on-site canine portraits by Carole Pivarnik.


Carole captured both Posh and Maggie in watercolor. For dog portraits by commission, contact the artist either by email or telephone. She also does equestrian and nature themes.







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