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Vol. V, Issue No. 6
June 2010
Dear Friend of Virginia Wine:

June is bursting out all over Virginia's wineries and wine trails . . . not to mention the numerous wine festivals.  It's going to be a busy month for Virginia wine lovers!
 
In this issue, we bring you news of Vintage Virginia, one of the state's premier wine festivals coming right up this weekend at Bull Run Park in Manassas.  We hope you'll enjoy reading about the Three Fox Vineyards, our Featured Winery of the Month and the new Tuskie's Wine Trail, the first in Virginia to include restaurants..
 
The Lemaire Restaurant in Richmond's Jefferson Hotel was recently named one of the Top Best New Restaurants by Esquire magazine, and we thank Chef Walter Bundy for sharing his recipe for Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops which he pairs with Virginia wine, of course.
 
As always, we thank you for subscribing and recommending the Virginia Wine Lover eNewsletter to others . . . and be sure to visit our sponsors. 

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Cheers to a great summer!
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WINE TRAIL OF THE MONTH:  TUSKIE'S WINE TRAIL
 
TUSKIE'S PUT GREAT FOOD AND WINE ON THE MAP
By Mouncey Ferguson
Tuskie's Wine Trail 
Kevin Malone, Co-Proprietor of the Tuskie's Dining Group today announced the kick-off of the Tuskie's Wine Trail, a cooperative marketing program with Loudoun County's wineries, B&B's, hotels and limo companies that is designed to encourage winery tourism in DC's Wine Country® by making it easier, less expensive and a whole lot tastier.  It is the first wine trail in Virginia to include restaurants in its offerings.  "We feel that great wine begs for great food, and food is a very important and enjoyable part of our wine trail," said Malone.  "We have been touting local wineries and farms for as long as we've been in business.  It is an integral part of our philosophy," he continued. "It seemed natural that we develop our own trail and map.
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Tuskie Wine Trail MapLoudoun County now has more farm wineries than any other county in Virginia, with 24 wineries open and another four scheduled to open this summer and fall. This promotion is a continuation of the Tuskie's Dining Group's ongoing efforts to promote local agriculture and viniculture in Loudoun County and the surrounding area.  Tuskie's has been a leader in the farm-to-table local food movement since it opened in 1987.  The restaurant was recently honored by the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association, also known as Visit Loudoun for its success in attracting out-of-towners as one of Loudoun  County's nine Destination Restaurants, along with its sister restaurant, Magnolias at the Mill, in Purcellville.
 
The Tuskie's Dining Group consists of Tuscarora Mill, the flagship of the group, which is in Historic Leesburg's Market Station, Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville, Fire Works Pizza and South Street Under, both in Market Station, Leesburg, and Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar, opening July 5 on Clarendon Boulevard and North Adams in Courthouse, Arlington.
 
Your free Tuskie's Wine Trail Maps and Vineyard Values Books will be available at any of the Tuskie's Dining Group restaurants, as well as at many wineries, B&B's, hotels and from selected limo and tour companies after June 15.  Let your taste buds lead the way on The Tuskie's Wine Trail -- the trail of good taste.  You'll discover the best food and wine in Loudoun County on the Tuskie's Wine Trail.
 www.tuskies.com 
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WINERY OF THE MONTH:  THREE FOX VINEYARDS
ESCAPING TO TUSCANY IN VIRGINIA'S HORSE COUNTRY
By John Todhunter
3 fox vineyardRolling hills, peaceful vistas, and great wines - are you in Tuscany? In spirit, yes, but geographically you're in Virginia horse country an hour west of the Nation's capital. The place: Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane, where Crooked Run meets Goose Creek.  Here you'll experience the essence of "La Dolce Vita", a place to lay down your cares. You'll taste the fruits of a passion for crafting hand-made wines in the old world, Italian tradition.  This starts in the vineyard. Everything grown here is either a native Italian grape or is grown and used for winemaking in Italy. You'll find Northern Virginia's first plantings of Sangiovese, the main red wine grape of Tuscany. Three Fox is also among the very few vineyards in Virginia growing and making wine from Nebbiolo, a key red wine grape of the Italian Piemonte.  Other estate varietals include Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Viognier. One can also enjoy Chardonnay, Vidal and Chambourcin grown locally and vinified at Three Fox. Usually one can taste 10 - 12 different wines in the tasting room or outdoor tasting bar.  Everything at Three Fox evokes the small, warm, friendly European tradition of wine making, wine tasting, and living. 
 
On top of all that, Three Fox Vineyards is helping bring Virginia's wine industry to National and International recognition. Four of their reds recently received high ratings in the Wine Enthusiast, with the Alouette Cabernet Franc being one of the highest rated reds ever from Virginia. Three Fox wines have repeatedly medaled in national and international competitions.  
 
Three Fox is simply a peaceful world away from it all yet it's just 40 minutes from the Beltway on I-66 at Exit 23. Visit the web site www.threefoxvineyards.com for more information!
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LEMAIRE RESTAURANT MAKES TOP 20 LIST
By Ben Eubanks 
Jefferson HotelLemaire, the New American restaurant and bar in Richmond's Jefferson Hotel was recognized as one of the "Top 20 Best New Restaurants" in the November 2009 issue of Esquire magazine. The menu features extraordinary Virginia grown ingredients and the Southern influences of Richmond native, Chef Walter Bundy. The unique structure of the menu will allow you to customize your experience each time you visit, whether gathering with friends in the exciting new lounge for appetizers and cocktails or enjoying an evening out in the dining room.
The innovative cocktail list features interesting libations with a modern twist, many featuring a savory element and the same farm-to-table influences seen in the menu. The wine list of over 200 offerings, including a robust selection of bottles under $30 and wines that can be ordered by the glass, half-bottle or quartino, which will inspire you to
experiment with taste. Lemaire also serves many fine Virginia wines by the glass.
 
www.jeffersonhotel.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lamb with CassouletLemaire Chef Walter Bundy's Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops
with White Bean "Cassoulet"
 
(serves 4)
8 ea. 5 oz. Colorado Lamb Chops
1 pkg White Beans, soaked overnight in Lamb Stock, drained
4 oz. Onion, diced
2 oz. Carrot, diced
2 oz. Celery, diced
2 oz. Garlic, minced
1/2 Gallon Lamb Stock
4 oz. Smoked Surry Sausage, diced
16 ea. Pearl Onions, peeled and blanched
4 oz. Haricot Verts, blanched and cut in quarters
2 oz. Tomato Concassé
1 cup Michael Shaps Petit Verdot
1 cup Dandelion Greens, blanched
½ cup Rosemary
Sweat onion, carrot, celery, sausage and garlic in butter until soft, 5 minutes.
Add wine and reduce until nearly dry.
Add beans, rosemary and lamb stock and simmer until beans are tender and have absorbed the stock, 45 minutes.
Grill lamb chops to desired temperature; allow meat to rest 5 minutes before serving.
While lamb is resting, add pearl onions, tomato concassé, haricot verts and dandelion greens to warm through.
Divide cassoulet among four bowls and place lamb chops on top.
Serve immediately and enjoy with glass of Michael Shaps Petit Verdot 2007!
JUNE WINERY EVENTS & FESTIVALS 
Our information comes from many sources and space limitation prevents listing all Virginia wine related events. We strongly suggest that you check websites and/or call for costs and additional details for the events listed.  If you would like an event included in upcoming e-Newsletter, e-mail information to info@brittmarketing.com no later than 10th of the month. 
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VINTAGE VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL
By Svetlana Nikic
 
Vintage Virginia 
 
Join us for the 29th annual Vintage Virginia Wine Festival at the beautiful Bull Run Park Special Events Center in Centreville, just 20 miles from DC! This is  one of the state's oldest and longest-running wine festivals, featuring over 50 of the most prominent Virginia wineries, pouring over 350 of their finest selections. Vintage Virginia also features some of the best entertainment you'll find at a wine festival, presenting music from some of the nation's most talented performers, fabulous shopping from over 100 artisans and crafters, plus children's activities. A great outing for the entire family!
 
 
 
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18TH ANNUAL ROANOKE VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL
By Mike Conner
 
Roanoke Valley Wine Festival
 
Good wine, food, music, crafts, art, all rolled into a beautiful day. Hmmm, sounds like fun, yes? The 18th Annual Roanoke Valley Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, June 12h from 11 AM to 5 PM. We're moving this year to a larger location at 3415 Williamson Road (located in front of Holy Trinity Church) at the intersection of Huntington Boulevard.
 
Fourteen Virginia vintners will be offering tasting of their various products, and this year we'll also have some folks whose roots run to Greece, so a bit of international flavor with Greek wines will also be part of the event. In addition to some unique food vendors, the fantastic cooks at Holy Trinity will be whipping up some Greek specialties like kabobs and baklava. Hard to beat a good Cabernet Franc and a wedge of baklava!
 
 
 
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SUMMER SOLSTICE WINE FESTIVAL
By Mitzi Batterson
 
 Summer Solstice 

James River Cellars will host the 9th Annual Summer Solstice Wine Festival on June 19 along with Cooper Vineyards and two additional guest wineries.  James River Cellars is located in Glen Allen, just north of Richmond off Route 1 (11008 Washington Highway).  Hours are noon to 5 pm.  Event is rain or shine.
 
A great way to welcome summer as you taste wines from four wineries, listen to live music by the Wildfire Band, visit with craft vendors and check out our food vendor.  Picnics are always welcome.  This is a fun event for the whole family including your furry friends.  The Richmond SPCA Pet Adoption Tail Wag'n will be present.              
For additional information: 
 
 
 
June 4-6:  Sneak a Peek at a New Winery
Ducard VineyardDuCard Vineyards (Etlan in Madison County)
DuCard has been growing grapes for over a decade, and now they're opening a gorgeous new tasting room to the public. Still under construction with sawdust on the floor, but who cares!  Located at the edge of the Shenandoah National Park.
540-923-4206
www.ducardvineyards.com
 
June 5:  Irish Festival
Chateau O'Brien at Northpoint
Live band and bag pipes. Wine tasting, Irish cheeses, Irish stew and Lily O'Brien chocolates.  Enjoy the new covered deck
540-364-6441
www.chateauobrien.com
 
June 5:  Summer Concert with Stone Canyon Band
Fincastle Vineyard and Winery (Fincastle)
Lively outdoor evening of light rock music by Stone Canyon.  Food available or bring your picnic basket.
540-591-9000
www.fincastlewine.com
 
June 5-6:  Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
(see Featured Festival of the Week)
June 5-6:  Virginia Renaissance Faire
Lake Anna Winery (Spotsylvania)
Unique brand of educational interactive family entertainment.  Join in the revelry as 16th century Staffordshire celebrates the arrival of Elizabeth, Queen of England, and her court.
540-895-5085
www.lawinery.com
 
June 6:  Local 647 at BOW
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
Derek and Amanda of Local 647 catering delicious and healthy-farm direct meals. Enjoy a local meal with some local wine.
540-364-6402
www.barreloak.com
 
June 6:  Taste of Italy
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards (Leesburg)
Special tasting of Italian wines and light food fares.
703-777-8161
www.willowcroftwine.com
 
June 12:  Roanoke Valley Wine Festival

(See Featured Festival of the Week)
 
June 12:  Wine & Arts Festival
Locust Grove Farm (Walkerton in King and Queen County)
Join Virginia Farm Wineries and Artists for a day of music at this historic farm on the bluffs of the Mattaponi River.
804-769-8201
www.locustgrove1665.com
 
June 12:  Summer Celebration Wine Festival
Lee Hall Mansion (Newport News)
One of the Peninsula's most popular events on the beautiful mansion grounds with Virginia's best wineries, live music, exquisite food and craft vendors.
757-888-3371
www.leehall.org
 
June 12:  Mountain Road Wine Experience
Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)
Four wineries and Blacksnake Meadery join for self-guided tour of food pairings with fine wine, mead or cider. Tickets at each location.
276-398-2337
www.foggyridgecider.com
 
June 12:  Porch, Port and a Cigar
Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)
Join in a relaxing afternoon on the porch overlooking the vineyard.  An event for aficionados of fine wine and cigars. 
540-955-5510
www.veramar.com
 
June 12:  VinOlympics!
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Put on your running shoes for a vineyard themed Olympics.  Games begin at 2 pm.
540-364-6073
www.threefoxvineyards.com
 
June 12:  Just Say Viognier!
Tarara Winery (Leesburg)
Enjoy an elegant afternoon on the shores of Shadow Lake with a selection of Virginia's finest Viogniers paired with an exquisite menu.
703-771-7100
www.tarara.com
 
June 12-13:  Progressive Pairing
Chateau Morrisette, Villa Appalachia, Shooting Creek Brewery, Blacksnake Meadery, AmRhein Wine Cellars and Foggy Ridge Cider collaborate to present a food and drink progressive pairing.  Travel with handy map and purchase tickets at any of participating locations.
540-593-2865
www.thedogs.com
 
June 12-13:  Virginia Renaissance Faire
Lake Anna Winery (Spotsylvania)
Unique brand of educational interactive family entertainment.  Join in the revelry as 16th century Staffordshire celebrates the arrival of Elizabeth, Queen of England, and her court.
540-895-5085
www.lawinery.com 
 
June 13:  In Vino Veritas
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
Join in the blessing of Barrel Oak's vineyard beginning in the vines and finishing in the barrel room.  Discover the spiritual truths found in many Biblical references to wine and the vineyard.
540-364-6402
www.barreloak.com 
 
June 13:  Winemaker for a Day

Sunset Hills Vineyard (Purcellville)
Create your own ultimate blend with winemaker Nate Walsh.  A hugely popular event that fills up fast.
540-88-4560
www.sunsethillsvineyard.com
 
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June 13:  Maryland Westie Rescue Fundraiser
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
Make a donation at the door and receive tasting ticket.  Also BBQ and silent auction with proceeds to benefit the Westies.
540-364-6402
www.barreloak.com
 
June 18:  Movies in the Vineyard

Kluge Estate (Charlottesville)
Next to the vineyard and under the stars, a romantic, wine-themed film to enjoy with Kluge wines and Wild Rose Mountain BBQ. 
434-220-5919
www.klugeestate.com
 
June 18:  Movie Night at Veramar
Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)
Great entertainment under the stars.  Bring blankets or lawn chairs and picnics.  Movie starts at dusk.
540-955-5510
www.veramar.com
 
June 19:  Summer Solstice Wine Festival
(see Featured Festival  of the Week)
 
June 19:  Botetourt Wine Trail Summer Evening Concert
Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)
Enjoy a festive evening of live music by Damn Straight surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.  Bring a blanket or chair and your friends.
540-473-2979
www.vmvines.com
 
June 19:  Pig Roast
First Colony Winery (Charlottesville)
Traditional pig roast with all the fixin's.  Buffet featuring whole roast pig and BBQ chicken.  Live music, hayrides, wine tastings and cellar tours.
434-979-7105
www.firstcolonywinery.com
 
June 19:  Food and Wine Pairings
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Learn how to bring out the best flavors in food and wine by making the right pairings.  Seasonal food with handcrafted wines.
540-364-6073
www.threefoxvineyards.com
 
June 19:  Central Virginia Wine Festival
Innsbrook Pavilion (Richmond)
Sponsored by Richmond Virginia Tech Alumni to fund scholarships.  Fourteen Virginia wineries, live music, food and beverage concessions.  Dogs on leashes.
www.Richmondhokies.org/events/wine-festival
 
June 19:  Rock N Roll Oldies
Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)
Cool cats gather round for a rockin' good time.  Twist and shout to the sounds of King Edward and the B.D.'s Band.  Dinner or music only and bring your own picnic.
804-224-8687
 
June 19:  Summer Solstice Rhythm and Blues
Lake Anna Winery (Spotsylvania)
Dance into the night with music by Jerry McClam and Destiny from DC.  Enjoy fine wine and food from local vendor.
540-895-5085
www.lawinery.com
 
June 19-20:  Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival
Lazy Days Winery / Amherst Estate Vineyards (Amherst)
Celebrate local wines, foods, crafts and live music.  High noon Summer Solstice ritual performed by the Oak Grove of the Seven Hills.
www.summersolsticefestival.com
 
June 19-20:  All Things Olive
Villa Appalaccia (Floyd)
Extensive tasting of Italian estate, cold pressed virgin olive oils, olives and balsamic vinegars.  Olive pasta and olive bread to enjoy with a glass of wine.
540-358-0357
www.villaappalaccia.com
 
June 20:  Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival
Loy E. Harris Pavilion (Manassas)
Sixth annual festival in the heart of Old Town Manassas.  Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of tasting Virginia wines and listening to headline jazz artists.
703-361-6599
www.visitmanassas.org
 
June 25:  Movies in the Vineyard
Kluge Estate (Charlottesville)
Next to the vineyard and under the stars, a romantic, wine-themed film to enjoy with Kluge wines and Wild Rose Mountain BBQ. 
434-220-5919
www.klugeestate.com 
 
June 25:  Ladies Night to Wine, Dine & Shop
Sunset Hills Vineyard (Purcellville)
Grab your girlfriends and join in a night out including dinner, wine tastings, shopping and spa services.
540-882-4560
www.sunsethillsvineyard.com
 
June 26:  Kilmarnock Wine Festival
247 North Main (Kilmarnock)
Wine festival and farmer's market in this quaint Northern Neck town.  Wineries of the Chesapeake Wine Trial, local cuisine and live entertainment.
804-435-2182
www.northernneckwinefestival.com
 
June 26:  Mead, Music & Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)
Enjoy music and mead at Blacksnake Meadery then head over to Foggy Ridge Cider for sounds and cider.  Or start at Foggy Ridge and meander to Blacksnake.
www.foggyridgecider.com
 
June 26:  Summer Celebration

Blue Ridge Vineyard (Eagle Rock)
Where Rock 'n Roll come together.  Spectacular setting to enjoy classic rock, blues and a little country.
540-798-7642
www.blueridgevineyard.com
 
June 26:  With Love Dessert and Wine Pairing
Bogati Bodega & Vineyard (Round Hill)
Learn from the experts as you taste a wide range of wines while enjoying some delicious gourmet desserts. 
540-338-1144
www.bogatibodega.com
 
June 26:  Five-course Feast
Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)
Palladio Chef Melissa Close joins Guest Chef Frank Stitt of Bottega Restaurant in Birmingham, AL the planning and preparation of an exquisite 5-course dinner paired with some of Barbousville's finest wines.
540-832-7848
www.barboursvillewine.com 

WE WERE THERE! (Were you?)

 
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Great Grapes Collage 
GREAT GRAPES FESTIVAL (Reston)
Interesting venue right in the middle of the Reston Town Center.  Great time had by all, including the dogs, large and small.  Rain threatened, but never happened.
Saturday, April 24,  2010
 
 
 
BLOOMIN' WINE FEST (Winchester)
Festival is held in Winchester's historic downtown, the oldest city west of the Blue Ridge.  Although we arrived a bit late on Saturday, there were glowing reports about the wines, the food and the entertainment. Photos courtesy of Erik Zimmerman.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
 
 
Rockbridge Vineyard 
ROCKBRIGE VINEYARD (Raphine just off US 81)
Enjoyed great burgers from the grill with a glass of favorite Chardonnay.  Had the pleasure of meeting Rockbridge owner, Jane Millott-Rouse. 
Sunday, April 25, 2010
 
 
 
WILLIAMSBURG WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL (Colonial Heritage, Williamsburg)
A tremendously successful first event at a great venue.  Included 32 wineries, food and craft vendors, Kevin Zraly wine seminar and Christopher Cross concert on Saturday night.  Rain on Sunday failed to dampen enthusiasm of wine lovers.
May 22-23, 2010
 
 
A Taste of New Kent 
A TASTE OF NEW KENT (New Kent Winery)
Second annual event attracted large crowds to sample wines from 14 Virginia wineries.
It was a beautiful day on the grounds of the spectacular New Kent Winery.  Don't wait for the next festival to visit.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
 
 
Wine into Summer at Wintergreen 
WINE INTO SUMMER AT WINTERGREEN WINERY (Roseland)
A picturesque setting with a mountain backdrop and a babbling brook that entices visitors to sit on the bank or cool their heels on the rocks as they sip their favorite wine.  This was a Memorial Day weekend event hosted by owners Tam and Jeff Stone.  Enjoyed seeing the attractive new event center just opened.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
 
 
Wintergreen Wine Festival 
WINTERGREEN FESTIVAL OF WINES (Wintergreen Resort)
Just up the road at the Wintergreen Evans Center, we enjoyed sipping Virginia wine and listening to jazz.  Four-legged friends were out in force.  Proceeds benefited Wintergreen Performing Arts.
Sunday, May 30, 2010  
 
 

BARREL OAK WINERY (Delaplane)
The good folks at BOW celebrated their second anniversary in spectacular style over the Memorial Day Weekend.  Music, giveaways and great fun in a spectacular setting in NOVA wine country.
May 29-31, 2010
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