Chateau Morrisette, Floyd, Virginia
June 2013  
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May 28, 2013

Vol. XI, Issue No. 6

Dear Virginia Wine Lover,


With each issue of the newsletter, we find the Virginia wine industry ever expanding and individual wineries continuing to win accolades nationally and internationally. Recently, Chateau Morrisette signed an agreement to export wine to China, an initiative that grows the wineries' presence in the global marketplace. It's an exciting time for Virginia wine!


Back home in Virginia, June is a busy time for winery events and wine festivals. The festivals kick off with the granddaddy of them all, Vintage Virginia at Bull Run Park on June 1-2. On June 8, there's the festival at Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News, followed by the mid-month Cajun Festival at Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville on June 15. The Heart of Virginia Wine Trail Summer Solstice celebration at Grayhaven Winery is scheduled for June 22, with the Shenandoah Valley Festival closing out the month on June 29. So, whether you're travelling around the state or around the world, relax with a glass of Virginia wine!


As always, we thank you for subscribing and recommending the Virginia Wine Lover eNewsletter to others. Cheers to a great summer! 



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Frank C. Britt 
P.S. Come join us on June 8 at Three Fox Vineyards for the Vino Dog Celebration.

We'll be there along with Maggie.

- Cheers to China!
- Keswick Sweepstakes Winner
- Lee Hall Wine Festival
- HOVA Summer Solstice
- Events this Month
- We Were There





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Chateau Morrisette has reached a five-year agreement to export their wines to China with an inaugural sale of more than 1,150 cases.  The winery partnered with the Tianjin Commodity Exchange Company Limited (TJComex) to bring about new export sale opportunities.  The partners will work to establish and promote the Chateau Morrisette brand in Mainland China and Hong Kong.





According to George Weldon, General Manager of Chateau

Morrisette, "The Tianjin partnership is an integral step toward implementing our long-range strategy of increasing distribution both domestically and internationally. This five-year contract firmly positions Chateau Morrisette on the global stage as Virginia's premier winery and it serves as a testament to the quality wines produced by our winery."




Congratulations to the Winner!


Lou Realmuto of Culpeper is the winner of the May newsletter sweepstakes and will enjoy an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast at Keswick, a unique country estate experience


Nestled in the heart of Virginia's wine country, Keswick Hall at Monticello is the perfect summer retreat. The accommodations in the 48-room inn are luxurious. The service is gracious.....and the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are spectacular. Congratulations, Lou!


Keswick Hall

701 Club Drive - Keswick, VA 22947



Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News
June 8, 2013

The late spring splendor of Lee Hall Mansion's beautiful grounds, provide the setting for this annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival from 11 am to 6 pm. The finest vintages from Virginia's best wineries will be available for tasting and purchase. The live music of the Rhythm Kings and Carbon Jam combine with exquisite food and unique artwork and crafts to make this one of the Peninsula's most popular events. This is a rain or shine event.


Wineries include Byrd Cellars, Cooper Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, James River Cellars, Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Montdomaine, Naked Mountain Winery, Sans Soucy Vineyards, Saude Creek Vineyards, Tomahawk Mills, Trump Winery and Unicorn Winery.  


A beautiful venue for the Festival, Lee Hall was built between 1851 and 1859 and is one of the last remaining antebellum homes on the Virginia Peninsula, offering visitors a step back to the mid-Victorian period. Special events and evening programs are held year-round at the Mansion.


Tasting tickets are $20 in advance at ticket outlets, and $25 at the gate; non-tasting tickets are $10. The first 500 visitors will receive a free gift.


Lee Hall Mansion - 163 Yorktown Road - Newport News, VA

Phone 757-888-3371

Website: www.leehall.org



Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring

June 22, 2013



Join the six members of the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail for a festive celebration of the Summer Solstice at their annual wine festival. Grayhaven Winery is host for the festival which runs from 12 noon to 6 pm.  


Experience the magic of Grayhaven as the winery hosts a playful day of wine, food, music and fun along with Cooper Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery, James River Cellars, Mattaponi Winery and Weston Farm Vineyard and Winery.  Live music will be provided by the very popular Former Champions! There will be good eats provided by Gregory's Grill and DeRochonnet Delights. This is a kid friendly event, with lots of activities for young and old.


Tickets are $15 online at www.hovawinetrail.com Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring, is located about 30 minutes west of Richmond and 30 minutes East of Charlottesville.


Grayhaven Winery

4675 East Grey Fox Circle - Gum Spring, VA 23065

Phone: 804-556-3917

Tickets: www.hovawinetrail.com




June 1:  Strings & Spirits Festival

2818 Grassy Hill Road (Rocky Mount)

AmRhein Wine Cellars, Blue Ridge Vineyard, Brooks Mill Winery join with acoustic, newgrass and folk musicians for one day festival. Local artists and food trucks.


June 1:  Annual Shrub Rose Festival

Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)

In keeping with the name of the vineyard, visitors can stroll 10 acres with over 120 varieties of rose. Discounts for hikers and trailbrazers.


June 1:  Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon

Doukenie Winery (Hillsboro)

Race begins and ends at Winery with a course set on scenic historic byways. Post-race festival with food, entertainment, wine tastings and awards ceremony.



June 1:  Winemaker's Dinner

Naked Mountain Winery & Vineyards (Markham)

Perfect for a night away or special occasion, dinner catered by Chef Eric Stamer, formerly with the Inn at Little Washington and Beau Rock Inn. Reservations.



June 1-2:  Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival

Bull Run Regional Park (Centreville)

The 32nd annual festival features a weekend of Virginia wine, food and music. Promises to be the best in decades with emphasis on Virginian cuisine with chefs from across the country and DC area's favorite food trucks.



June 2:  Sermons from the Vine

Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)

At 11 am on Sunday morning, itinerant vineyard preacher Kim J. Ciftci delivers a scriptural, spiritual message derived from the many Biblical references to wine, grapes, the vineyard, or the processes involved in winemaking. Also June 9 at Breaux Vineyard (Purcellville), June 16 at Philip Carter Winery (Hume) and June 23 at Cana Vineyards (Middleburg).



June 7:  Sip n' Paint

Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)

Create your very own masterpiece. Sip Merlot and create your own Monet, or if you prefer a Riesling create your own Rembrandt. A fun idea led by artist Arlona Boggs.



June 7-9:  MS 150 Tour de Vine

Pollack Vineyards (Greenwood)

Some 600 cyclists will explore the heart of Virginia wine country while bicycling through the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Route and mileage options. Entertainment for cyclists and volunteers. Proceeds go to cure for multiple sclerosis.


June 8:  Summer Celebration Wine Festival

Lee Hall Mansion (Newport News)

Some 600 cyclists will explore the heart of Virginia wine country while bicycling through the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Route and mileage options. Entertainment for cyclists and volunteers. Proceeds go to cure for multiple sclerosis.



June 8:  Ellen Crosby Book Signing

Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)

The author of the mystery series set in Virginia wine country, Ellen Crosby will be on hand to sign books. Barrel Oak winemaker, Rick Tagg is technical director for Ellen's mysteries.


June 8:  Sangria Saturday

Sans Soucy Vineyards (Brookneal)

Enjoy live music amid beautiful views as you taste Blackberry Ginger Sangria made from blackberry wine. New is Ginger Peach Sangria! Cheese plates available.


June 8:  Red Wine Blending Class

Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)

Learn about the arts of blending from winemaker Rob Cox. At the end of the class, participants bottle up their specific blend to take home. Reservations.


June 8:  Vino Dog Celebration

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

It's a great day for the dogs at Three Fox, particularly Posh and Magnolia, who are hosting the event and accepting donations for the Middleburg Humane Foundation. Come join these wine-loving and lovable Westies. Treats, contest prizes, gifts and wine discounts. (Magnolia, at back, is the Official Virginia Wine Lover mascot.)


June 8:  Wounded Warriors Festival

Great Meadow Event Center (The Plains)

Complimentary wine and beer tastings. Music stage with 6 bands, orchestra and chorus, air show, classic cars, children's area. Fun day for the whole family.


June 9:  Celebrate the Return of Vermentino

Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)

Release of third vintage of the wonderful "new" varietal Vermentino Reserve. Visiting Chef Roberto Donna of D.C. will host celebration luncheon. Reservations.



June 14:  Friday Night under the Stars

AmRhein's Wine Cellar (Bent Mountain)

A special dinner, bottle of wine per couple and entertainment under the stars. Wine is selected to complement the 3-course dinner menu. Reservations.


June 14:  Wine & Wags

Lexington Valley Vineyard (Rockbridge Baths)

Celebrate Friday with unique Virginia wines and your furry friend by your side. Bring a picnic or purchase snack baskets.


June 14:  Toast the Weekend

Bluestone Vineyard (Bridgewater)

Fun and music by Standing Room Only at the winery. Bring a picnic or enjoy local gourmet food from Mama's Caboose. Either way, enjoy the wine.


June 15:  Gourmet Cuban Lechung Pig Roast

Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton) 

Popular event is back for the fifth year, featuring live jazz by the Take Four plus One Jazz Band. Includes food, glass of wine, and guaranteed seating on the pack patio.


June 15:  Backyard Tasting & Music Festival

Flint Hill Public House (Flint Hill)

Put on your dancing shoes and spend the day tasting the best of Virginia wines and beers. Great music, popular wineries and variety of foods.


June 15:  Annual Cajun Festival & Crawfish Boil

Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville) 

Boogie the day away with live Zydeco and Cajun music. Cajun cuisine available includes crawfish, jambalaya, muffalettas and much more. Children's activities.


June 15:  Botetourt Concert Series

Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)

Gather up your friends, pack your chairs and pop the cork on the wine for an evening concert with the sounds of country rock, pop and soft rock by "Stone Canyon."


June 15:  Show off Your Harley Day

Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)

Show off your Harley, or just come out and admire the bikes and the view. Lots of fun, music and BQ sandwich platters. Awards for people's choice favorite bikes.


June 15:  Annual Wine & Art Festival

Rosemont of Virginia Winery (La Crosse)

Browse displays of 30+ artist paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry and more. A full day of wine tasting, delicious food and live music. Bring the family.


June 16:  Pink Ribbon Polo Classic

King Family Vineyards (Crozet)

The 9th Annual classic benefits Breast Cancer Foundation and Every Woman's Life. It's fun for a good cause. For full details and tickets visit website.


June 16:  Manassas Wine and Jazz Festival

Manassas Museum (Manassas City)

Now in its 9th year and featuring headline jazz artists. An intimate and relaxing afternoon of tasting and purchasing award winning wines.


June 16:  HOT HOT HOT Wine Pairing Dinner

CrossKeys Vineyards  (Mt. Crawford)

A night of Asian Fusion beginning with cocktails and four-course dinner each paired with CrossKeys delicious wines. Reservations.


June 22:  HOVA Summer Solstice Wine Festival

Grayhaven Winery (Gum Spring)

Heart of Virginia Wine Trail members celebrate the Solstice with live music, craft and food vendors. Picnics welcome.


June 22:  Alexandria Food and Wine Festival

John Carlyle Square in Carlyle District (Alexandria)

A free event, but tickets are required to sample food and tasting samples in the wine garden. Portion of proceeds to benefit Alive! Inc.


June 22:  Vertical Tasting

DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)

Taste all the vintages of Popham Run Red from 2005 through the new 2012 vintage still in the barrel. Limited seating and advance reservations required.


wine and grapes June 22:  Summer Beach Bash

Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)

Splish, splash, come to the bash and kick off summer with tours and tastings, live beach music and dinner (optional). Reservations required for dinner.


June 22-23:  Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival

Lazy Days Winery (Amherst)

Relax, enjoy and celebrate summer with the fun Solstice ritual. Local wines, live music, festival foods, local growers, arts and crafts. Children's activities.


June 22:  British/English Antique Car Show

AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)

See the show and bring your own antique British/English cars to display. Enjoy AmRhein wines. Cheese and fruit platters available by request, or pack a picnic.


June 22:  Mid-Summer Festival

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Enjoy the longest day of the year at a festive gathering evoking the spirit of Virginia.Traditional foods, tastings and vineyard tours. Event concludes with evening bonfire.


June 22:  Annual Pig Roast

First Colony Winery (Charlottesville)

Traditional whole pig roast with all the accompaniments. Admission includes lunch, live music, wine tasting, tractor rides and souvenir. Variety of lawn games.


June 28:  Toast the Weekend

Bluestone Vineyard (Bridgewater)

Fun and music at the winery by Fireworks and Mike Davis. Bring a picnic or purchase from Mama's Caboose, local gourmet food truck.


June 28-29:  Covington Cork and Pork Festival

Main Street (Downtown Covington)

This is a Kansas City BQ Society sanctioned competition with amateur and professional cooks. You get to vote on the tastiest. Also featuring wine tastings and live.


June 29:  Shenandoah Valley Wine & Jazz Festival

Frontier Culture Museum (Staunton)

Spend an afternoon sampling the wines of the Shenandoah Valley. Live jazz and a gorgeous setting on the grounds of this one of a kind special museum.


June 29:  Secrecy in a Democracy

Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)

Dr. Gerald Haines of UVA and formerly of the CIA on the conflict between an open society and need for secrecy. And how secrecy has affected the interpretation of history.


June 29:  A Colonial Feast

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

A truly unique Virginia-centric experience. This elegant evening wine dinner is a culinary excursion through five centuries of Virginia wine from five different wineries.


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.  



James River Wine and Music Festival

May 11, 2013

Lynchburg, Virginia


The inaugural event was held in the scenic Riverfront Park in Lynchburg's new downtown Arts & Cultural District with some 2,500 festival goers enjoying the wines

of 12 popular Virginia wineries. A mid-afternoon downpour failed to dampen spirits and the fun continued with good music, good eats and as interesting assortment of vendors.





Sandy Barbour

of Forest, Virginia


Winner of

Fresh Market Basket


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