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February 26, 2013

Vol. VIII, Issue No. 3

Dear Virginia Wine Lover,  


March is the month when the wineries come back to life. Tasting Rooms are opening for the new season and weekend events are getting into high gear.  St. Patrick's Day and Easter celebrations are numerous, as are vertical tastings and winemaker's dinners.  March is also Wine & Dine Month when more than 500 participating restaurants and wine shops across the Commonwealth showcase Virginia wines.  When dining out, be sure to ask for a glass of Virginia wine.


In this issue we spotlight the 2013 Governor's Cup winners that were recently announced, with Barboursville Vineyards' 2009 Octagon taking top honors.  Also featured is Wineries Unlimited, one of the country's largest wine industry events, returning to Richmond for a second year.  And, topping the list of Events is the inaugural 757 Wine Expo in Chesapeake March 16.


There are more wineries and wines in Virginia than ever before, as testified by the fact that the state is now fifth in number of wineries, as well as fifth in grape production. Virginia is a wine lover's dream, so get out and enjoy.




Frank C. Britt 
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Barboursville Vineyards Awarded 2013 Governor's Cup

2009 "Octagon 12th Edition" Named Top Virginia Wine


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Governor Bob McDonnell, who championed major changes to the Virginia Governor's Cup competition in 2011 that made it one of the most stringent and comprehensive wine competitions in the United States, awarded the 2013 Virginia Wineries Association's Governor's Cup to Barboursville Vineyards' 2009 Octagon 12th Edition. 


The announcement came at the Governor's Cup Gala on February 21.  Accepting for Barboursville Vineyards was Luca Pacschina, General Manager and Winemaker.

In addition to Barboursville's 2009 Octagon, the other 11 wines (along with varietal descriptions as appropriate) forming the Governor's Cup Case include:

  • Cooper Vineyards - 2010 Petite Verdot Reserve
  • King Family Vineyards - 2010 Meritage
  • Lovingston Winery - 2009 Josie's Knoll Estate Reserve (Meritage)
  • Philip Carter Winery - 2010 Cleve (Petite Verdot, Tannat)
  • Pollak Vineyards - 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve
  • Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery - 2010 Richland Reserve Heritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petite Verdot)
  • Rappahannock Cellars - 2010 Meritage
  • RdV Vineyards - 2010 Rendevous (Meritage)
  • RdV Vineyards - 2010 Lost Mountain (Meritage)
  • Sunset Hills Vineyard - 2010 Mosaic (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot)
  • Trump Winery - 2008 Sparkling Rose (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir)



757 Wine Expo

March 16, 2013

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Premier wines from Virginia wineries will be available for tasting at the 1st Annual 757 Wine Expo on Saturday, March 16, noon to 6 pm at the Chesapeake Conference Center on Greenbrier Parkway.

This is an INDOOR event.


The Expo is a celebration of the charm and character of Hampton Roads.  Tastings will be available from 19 premier Virginia wineries, and music will be provided by the popular Lewis & Kaycee McGehee....PLUS Friends!  The region's finest restaurants and caterers will be offering a variety of distinctive foods.  And, not to be missed are exceptional works by invited artists and crafts people.  In addition, there are wine seminars by Total Wine & More.


A project of the Chesapeake Rotary Club and presented by Old Point Bank, the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Virginia and Paint Your Heart Out Chesapeake.


Tickets:  Purchase online at

$35in advance; $40 at the gate (if available) 


For list of participating wineries CLICK HERE


Chesapeake City Park

900 Greenbrier Circle - Chesapeake, VA 23320






Congratulations to the Lucky Winners in February's Spice Rack Chocolates Sweepstakes!





  • Steve Shaw, Midlothian
  • Lisa Kaminsky, Reston
  • Paula Carter, Forest
  • Laura Nelson, Louisa
  • Lydia Nieto, Arlington


Be sure to visit Spice Rack Chocolates

at the Spotsylvania Mall in Fredericksburg.


East Coast's Longest Running Wine Industry Event Returns to Richmond




Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the 37th Annual Wineries Unlimited Conference and Trade Show, one of the largest and longest running wine industry events in the United States, will take place on March 12-14 in Richmond. 


Conference sessions focus on topics for today's wine industry, including enology, viticulture, management, and marketing with key industry players serving as moderators. New this year, "10-for-1 Private Group Consulting":  ten people with one consultant for 60 minutes on a specialized topic (15 sessions available).


The Trade Show showcases hundreds of companies exhibiting goods, services, and the latest innovations, and representatives from France will again join the ranks of exhibitors. New this year, microbreweries will be invited and will provide their product for tasting at the trade show. Networking and social opportunities include the Tour de Vin Welcome Reception with Regional Wine Tasting on March 12 and the Wine & Dine Gala on March 13.  




Bottle Your Knowledge



wine and grapes

Wine produced by Virginia Farm Wineries must contain at least 51% of grapes grown in the Commonwealth.



Source: Virginia Wine Council


Love by the Glass

March 1-31:  Love by the Glass

At Restaurants across Virginia

Virginia Wine and Dine Month highlights Virginia wines and great

culinary dishes together at participating restaurants and wine shops across the state.  Special events throughout the month along with Love by the Glass travel packages.

Ducard Recipe

March 2:  Wine & Cheese Pairing

Wintergreen Winery (Nellysford)

Guided presentation of artisanal cheeses paired with generous tastings of six wines.  A popular event; reservations required.



March 2:  Wine & Food Pairing

River District Arts (Sperryville)

A work of art in every glass.  Early Mountain Vineyards will be pouring wines from select vintners and pairing with scrumptious morsels.



March 2 & March 23:  A Taste of Science

Doukenie Winery (Loudoun)

Learn scientific and technical details of winemaking and vineyard management from Doukenie geologist Leanne.  Join for wine tasting and discussion afterwards.  Reservations required.



March 2-3: Annual Futures Tasting

Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)

A fun and educational experience tasting developing wines and the only opportunity to reserve futures of 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.



March 3: 1st Sunday Brunch   

Prince Michael Vineyards (Leon)

Enjoy a buffet of Irish favorites, prepared by About You Catering.  Paired with semi dry Riesling or a Mimosa.



Shrimp and Grits Recipe

March 3-4: Wine & Food Pairing

DelFosse Vineyards & Winery (Faber)

Four elegantly prepared dishes paired with four generous samplings of award-winning wines.  Reservations required.



March 6-9:  Wine & Dine Winter Getaway

The Inn at Meander Plantation (Locust Dale) 

& Mayhurst Inn (Orange)

Two night stay at either Inn includes complimentary bottle of Virginia wine, plantation breakfast each morning, five-course dinner at Meander with Virginia wine pairings available (but not included), certificates for tastings at local wineries.  A sweetheart offer.


March 9: Starting a Vineyard

Monticello (Charlottesville) 

Gabriele Rausse, "Father of Virginia Wine" will lead workshop in the Monticello Vineyards, discussing basic principles of grape growing and providing beginning grape growers a foundation in serious viticulture.



March 9: Chili Day

Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)

Hot, spicy and freshly prepared.  Select red or white chili and pair with your favorite red or white wine.



March 9: Cooking Class 

First Colony Winery (Charlottesville)

Learn to cook with professional chef Terre Sisson of Wine & Culinary.  Prepare and enjoy three-course meal paired with First Colony Wine.  Reservations required.



Mayhurst March 9: Norton Vertical Tasting

Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)

Gourmet food and wine pairing of all vintages of Cooper Norton.  Reserve early as events sells out quickly.




March 9-10: Cider Release Party

Albemarle CiderWorks (North Garden)

Debuting two new ciders, Red Hill and the sweeter Pomme Mary.  Tastings, music and food offerings.



March 9-10: Oysters & Chard (unsoaked)

Chatham Vineyards (Machipongo)

Heirloom oysters on the half shell with a glass of your favorite wine.  Cold steel Chardonnay, crafted especially for oysters is recommended.


March 13-16:  Wine & Dine Winter Getaway

The Inn at Meander Plantation (Locust Dale) 

& Mayhurst Inn (Orange)

Two night stay at either Inn includes complimentary bottle of Virginia wine, plantation breakfast each morning, five-course dinner at Meander with Virginia wine pairings available (but not included), certificates for tastings at local wineries.  A sweetheart offer.

March 15-17: SlŠinte (Cheers) to St. Patrick's Day!

Trump Winery (Charlottesville)

A weeklong celebration featuring traditional Irish meal of cheddar soup and soda bread.  Wear green for special savings.




March 16: 757 Wine Expo

Chesapeake Conference Center (Chesapeake) 

Wine from 19 of Virginia's finest wineries, high quality artisans and vendors with a wide selection of products.  Wine Seminars and great music by Lewis & Kaycee McGehee.  Tickets available online.




March 16: St. Paddy's Day Celebration

Hartwood Winery (Fredericksburg)

Old House Vineyards joins Hartwood with wine tastings, live music, tours, King Cake and light hors d'oeuvres.



barboursvilleMarch 16: Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc Celebration

Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)

Introducing the 2012 vintage of these two most versatile white wines.  Enjoy charcuterie, local and imported cheeses and homemade breads with the new vintage releases. 



March 16: Celebrate the Green

Bogati Bodega (Round Hill)

Toast the luck of the Irish with a new twist:  a glass of Virginia wine (no green beer).  Irish music and potato soup.



March 16: St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)

Celebrate with the music and tales of Scotsman Jack Beck and a wonderful Irish inspired dinner.



March 16: St. Patrick's Day   

Peaks of Otter Winery (Bedford)

For the luck of the Irish, wear green for special discounts.  Bring your own glass, purchase a souvenir glass of taste out of a free plastic cup!



March 16-17: Cellar Tastings

Wisteria Farm & Vineyard (Stanley)

Join the winemaker for barrel tastings of the 2012 vintages to preview their progress.  Price includes Grand Tasting.

March 16-17:  St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Nothing like a bowl of Irish Stew to warm the cockles of your heart.  Add some  crusty bread, a glass of wine and pull up to the fireplace.


March 17: French CrÍpe Day

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)

Six selections of freshly prepared savory and sweet crÍpes paired with wine by the glass or bottle purchase.  Reservations suggested.




March 20-23:  Wine & Dine Winter Getaway

The Inn at Meander Plantation (Locust Dale) 

& Mayhurst Inn (Orange)

Two night stay at either Inn includes complimentary bottle of Virginia wine, plantation breakfast each morning, five-course dinner at Meander with Virginia wine pairings available (but not included), certificates for tastings at local wineries.  A sweetheart offer.

March 23: Release of 2012 V2 Viognier-Verdejo

Keswick Vineyards (Keswick)

Celebrating the Easter season and Semana Santa (Holy Week in Spain) with the release of 2012 V2.  Keswick is one of very few US producers of Verdejo, which is produced mainly in Spain.  Spanish theme finger foods to pair with the crisp, dry white wine.



March 23: Vertical Ranger Reserve and Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting

Gray Ghost Vineyards & Winery (Amissville)

Candlelit, black-tie optional evening features past vintages of Ranger Reserve and Cabernet Sauvignons.  Gourmet hors d'oeuvres and discussion.  Reservations required.



March 23: Merlot Vertical

Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)

Discuss Merlot vintages with the winemaker as you enjoy 3-course gourmet meal paired with each selection.  Total of eight wines.  Exclusive reservation only event.



March 23: Blending with Sebastien Marquet

Doukenie Winery (Purcellville)

Learn the secrets of making an excellent blend guided and instructed by a master.  Help create the next Vintner's reserve.  Reservations required.



March 23: Spring Break Getaway   

CrossKeys Vineyards (Mt. Crawford)

Jamaican style dinner will chase away your winter blues.  Cocktails followed by four courses paired with wine.  Reservations required.




March 23: Annual Kite Flight

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

Fifth annual.  Bring your kite and join in fun in the skies above the vineyards where great breezes are perfect for flying.  Lots of prizes. 


March 23: Loudon County Wine Dinner

Magnolias at the Mill (Purcellville)

Featuring local wines paired with Chef Mark's culinary talents utilizing Virginia farmers' products.  Fabulous four-course menu.  Reservations required.



March 23: Salad and Wine Pairing

Prince Michel Vineyards (Leon)

Brad Nicholson and About You Catering's Chef Gil discuss wine inspired salads.  Sample their creations and the demonstration.



March 23-24: Soup & Sip

AmRhein's Wine Cellar (Bent Mountain)

Selection of five gourmet soups paired with AmRhein wines.  Pick your favorite and relax with a bowl and a glass and listen to the music of Ron Swann.




March 27-30:  Wine & Dine Winter Getaway

The Inn at Meander Plantation (Locust Dale) 

& Mayhurst Inn (Orange)

Two night stay at either Inn includes complimentary bottle of Virginia wine, plantation breakfast each morning, five-course dinner at Meander with Virginia wine pairings available (but not included), certificates for tastings at local wineries.  A sweetheart offer.

wine and chocolate March 30: Jazz & Chocolate

Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)

Chocolate vendors and live jazz by the Rhythmasters.  What could be better than wine and chocolate and jazz!  Tickets available in advance. 



March 30: Easter Egg Roll

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

In honor of Easter and Dolly Madison who originated the White House Egg Roll, Three Fox's traditional egg roll.  Prizes for winners of each round.  Pre-registration accepted.



March 30: Comedy Night

Bogati Bodega (Round Hill)

Sip wine, laugh and experience a night to remember.  Special comedian will be performing.  Reservations required. 



March 30:  Easter Wine Tasting Traditions

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Experience an elegant white linen tasting in the vineyard with beautifully presented small plate samples of locally grown meats, cheeses, chutneys and breads.  Reservations required. 



March 31: Winemaker's Easter Brunch

Veritas Winery (Afton)

Four-course, wine-paired brunch.  Meal, wine and gratuity inclusive.  Reservations required. 



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 no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.  


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