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Vol. V, Issue No. 5
May 2010
Dear Friend of Virginia Wine:

Virginia is in full bloom...with redbuds, dogwoods and wildflowers in profusion along the highways and byways. It's the perfect spring for travelling to wine festivals and winery events thatare spread across the state from Norfolk to Luray.

In theEventsSection, notice that venues for the Montpelier, the Ash Lawn-Highland and the Mount Vernon Springwinefestivals are historic homes of U.S. Presidents from Virginia,andall are open for tours. At the Philip Carter Winery you can listen to a discussion between Thomas Jefferson and Charles Carter on the subject of Virginia wines over two hundred years ago.And, adding tohistoric locations,the new Williamsburg Wine and Food Festival on May 22-23 will include a Christopher Cross Concert.

There are Mother's Day events and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, as well as an opportunity to sip as you paddle the Potomac or to put on a hard hat and help break ground at the new Paradise Springs facility. There's an announcement of Virginia's newest winery, DuCard Vineyards in Madison County at the edge of Shenandoah National Park. The Grand Opening of DuCard puts the number of Virginia wineries over 160!

We hope you'll enjoy this issue of the Official Virginia Wine Lover eNewsletter and that you will take time to visit our sponsors. As always, a big thank you to our readers for your continuing interest and support. Keep your comments and suggestions coming!

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Frank C. Britt
(Founder, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine)
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Breaux Vineyards Virginia's Favorite Winery 2 years in a row!

Breaux Vineyards is one of the most decorated wineries in the history of Virginia wine; if you're not a fan yet, than you probably haven't tried their wines. Breaux Vineyards was named Virginia's favorite winery the past 2 years in a row, and they're hoping to bring home the title again for a 3rd consecutive year.

The world renowned wines are 100% estate grown and bottled, and can be found on shelves as far away from Virginia as the United Kingdom. Thankfully for us all, we don't have to go that far to enjoy them!

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Charlie Adler's book I Drink on the Job: A Refreshing Perspective on Wine is part story, part education and full of anecdotes from his twelve years teaching over 16,000 people the basics of wine. I Drink on the Job is based on Charlie's highly rated wine class Wine Basics 101...Rather than write a book that covers every detail of wine, he focuses on the real questions from people attending TasteDC's class who are hoping for easy answers.
A Meal without wine is breakfast"
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Christopher Mize has just been trademarked as "Virginia's Wine Artist"! Self taught, Christopher has been painting since childhood, primarily in oils. He was born and raised in Virginia and lives with his family in beautiful Goochland County where he works out of his 1500 square foot state-of-the-art studio.

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 following events. If you would like an event included in upcoming listings, e-mail information to info@vawinelover.comno later than 10th of the month.

May 1-2: Montpelier Wine Festival

Grounds at Montpelier (Montpelier Station)

An annual event at the lifelong home of President James Madison, "Father of the Constitution." Exceptional Virginia wines, distinctive arts and crafts, specialty food vendors, live music. Event for the whole family.


May 1: Winemaker's Dinner

Blenheim Vineyards (Charlottesville)

Join Chef Mike Perry for a delicious evening of spectacular food and wine.


May 1: Ranger Reserve Blending Class

Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)

Join winemaker Al Kellert as he leads a class on the fine nuances of blended wines. Take each component in the Ranger Reserve blend.


May 1: Master Class in Wine Blending-Meritage

Jefferson Vineyards (Charlottesville)

Winemaker Andy Reagan gives insight into the art and science of blending red varietals into your own Meritage. Wines drawn from barrel. Includes buffet lunch.


May 1: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)

Put on your sombrero and serape and join in the fiesta filled with music, food and fun.


May 1: Blacksburg Fork and Cork

First & Main Shopping District South Main Street (Blacksburg)

Food, wine and art festival featuring regional wineries, culinary delights from local restaurants, cooking demonstrational, art and live entertainment.


May 2: Wine & Food Pairing

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)

Elegantly prepared wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Genevieve and paired with generous samplings of award-winning wines.



Join Luray in celebrating the seasons with the Festival of Spring! Stroll Historic Downtown's Main Street lined with fine crafters, delicious food and live entertainment. Enjoy Virginia wineries and local brewery showcasing their vintages in a relaxed atmosphere. See a duck race along Hawksbill Creek where winners are rewarded a cash prizes! Several activities for the children are located just a short walk to Inn Lawn Park. Visit the Train Depot and see a wonderful model train demonstration.

Festival of Spring is a community and fundraising event coordinated by Luray DowntownInitiative.

Purchase tickets at Wine Garden: $10 entry fee for tasting, $10 for acommemorative wine glass. ID Required.

Wineries Participating:

  • Kluge Estate Vineyard & Winery
  • Fox Meadow Winery
  • Wisteria Farm and Vineyard
  • Mattaponi Winery, Cooper Vineyards
  • Horton Vineyards
  • Bright Meadows Farm
  • Peaks of Otter Winery
  • Spring Creek Wine Cellar
  • Fincastle Winery

Duck Race: Sales Tent on West Main Street at the Bridge.

$5 per Duck - $12 for a Family of 3 - $24 for a Flock of 6

Race to begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. - Ducks will be launched on the South side of the Main Street Bridge and the finish will be located just before the Main Street Bridge.

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May 8: Blending with Bill

Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)

One in a series of hands-on workshops designed for the winemaker in you. Learn the art of blending with winemaker Bill Swain. Develop your own trial blends and learn how different combinations affect the intensity, structure, complexity and longevity of a fine red wine.


May 8: Cinco de Mayo

Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)

Celebrate the holiday with something more sophisticated than margarita and tequila Wine-a-Ritas. Enjoy wines that pair with a diversity of flavors for spicy south of the border flair.


May 8: Breaking Ground Party

Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)

Shovels, hardhats and great wine will be the order of the day at the groundbreaking for the first and only modern winery in Fairfax County.


May 8: Town Point Wine Festival

Town Point Park (Norfolk)

Featuring music, gourmet foods, specialty wares and samplings of newly released vintages and past favorites from Virginia's premier winemakers.


May 8: Spring Wine and Music Festival

Wolf Gap Vineyard (Edinburg)

Annual bluegrass festival with pulled pork BBQ and award winning wines. "Five of a Kind" is the featured band.


May8: Master Class in Wine Blending-Meritage

Jefferson Vineyards (Charlottesville)

Winemaker Andy Reagan gives insight into the art and science of blending red varietals into your own Meritage. Wines drawn from barrel. Includes buffet lunch.


May 8: Festival of Spring

Old Town Luray

Fine crafters, delicious foods and live entertainment in downtown Luray. Wine Garden with 10 Virginia wineries.


May 14-16: Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy (Mount Vernon)

An enchanting evening of wine and entertainment with live jazz music and stunning Potomac River views. Candlelit Mansion tours include rarely-seen Mansion cellar and appearances by George Washington.


May 15: Virginia Wine and Craft Festival

Historic Downtown Front Royal

Enjoy Virginia wines, as well as fine handmade jewelry, hand painted glasses, hand crafted musical instruments, pottery and ceramics, and much more, including Corvettes. Festival food and children's activities.


May 15: The Vinton Wine & Food Festival

Front Lawn of Vinton War Memorial (Vinton)

Tasty sensations from local chefs and the sounds of regional musicians as you enjoy wine tastings.


May 15: Annual Taste of Greece Festival

Doukenie Winery (Purcellville)

Authentic Greek food, music, dance and family tradition. Outdoor wine tastings and vineyard tours.


May 15: Annual Croquet Classic

Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)

Back by popular demand. Play two games of croquet with the six high scorers advancing to the Championship Round. Enjoy award-winning wines.


May 21-23: Wine Camp at Veramar

Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)

If you love good wine, wonderful food and learning about wines, don miss this 3-day/2-night escape in the beautiful Virginia wine country. Includes lodging, meals, tastings and an exclusive winery experience.


May 22: A Taste of New Kent Wine Festival

New Kent Winery (New Kent)

Enjoy a day full of fun in a spectacular setting. Fourteen wineries, live music, free carriage rides, food and craft vendors.


May 21: The Central Virginia Wine Classic

Academy of Fine Arts (Lynchburg)

Wine buffs and foodies will recognize this event as the premier wine event only comes along every few years. Tastingof wines from around the world with Barboursville Winery as the featured Virginia producer. Great food with great wines, silent and live auctions featuring travel packages and dining selections like a grand cru wine dinner.

May 22: Barrels, Band & Barbeque
Cave Ridge Vineyard (Mt. Jackson)
An afternoon of great wine, good food and a Battle of the Bands to benefit the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. Live performances by a number of regional groups.

Colonial Heritage, 6500 Arthur Hills Drive

The event will showcase some of the finest wineries and restaurants in Virginia and feature five-time Grammy Award winning recording artist, Christopher Cross in concert on May 22. Windows On The World Wine School founder, Kevin Zraly, will conduct a wine appreciation seminar, and food and wine demonstrations will be presented throughout the two-day epicurean extravaganza. Attendees will have a chance to view and purchase fine art and boutique items from clothing to custom jewelry. Also available will be the Festival poster designed by world-renowned artist Romero Britto.

For information or to purchase tickets: or 757-645-4100.
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May 22-23: Ash Lawn-Highland's 16th Annual WineFest

Ash Lawn-Highland (Charlottesville)

At the home of President James Monroe, wines from some of Virginia's notable wineries, live music, artisans and food vendors. Rain or shine.


May 22-23: Spring Wine Festival at the Plains

Great Meadow (The Plains)

Virginia's farm wineries are celebrating spring with a grand tasting of Virginia's hard-to-find artisan wines at Great Meadow. Fancy food, fine art, regional music and opening night Twilight Polo.


May 22-23: 8th Annual Hottest Cool Jazz Festival

Chrysalis Vineyards (Middleburg)

Not just a festival, an experience! Be cool cats on the lawn, slide your jibe, down some wine, some bread and cheese. Incredible jazz from area's hottest bands, BBQ, cheese and chocolates, fine art and more.


May 23: Paddle & Wine Tasting Tour

Tarara Vineyard (Leesburg)

Private paddle and wine tour along 7-miles of the scenic Potomac River. Finish back at Tarara for wine tastings.


May 27-31: Grand Opening of Virginia's Newest Winery

Ducard Vineyards (Etlan in Madison County)

Opening to the public with gorgeous new tasting room at the edge of Shenandoah National Park. Wines previously available only through festivals. Mountain view and streamside patios and featuring local foods.


May 29: Sip and Shag

Eagle Rock, VA

Bring a blanket or chair and listen to beach music by the Key West Bank. Food available or bring a picnic.


May 29: Anniversary of American Wine Festival

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Join Thomas Jefferson and Charles Carter as they speak of their personal connection to wine in young America. Learn why the Carter family is recognized as the first family of American wine. Release of PC's flagship wine "Cleve".


May 29: Shenandoah Valley Beer & Wine Festival

Massanutten Resort (McGaheysville)

Sampling from Virginia wineries and a variety of craft, micro, domestic and imported beers. Live music, quality crafters and specialty vendors.


May 29: Clifton Wine Festival

Childrens Park (Clifton)

Wine, food, music, arts and crafts among the shady oaks and quaint building of Clifton. A unique event that brings Virginia wineries to this historic town.


May 29-30: Lucy's Weekend

Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)
Annual benefit for the Richmond SPCA in honor of Lucy, the famous Cooper mascot. Live music, guest winery James River Cellars, and adoptable pets. Leashed 4-legged friends and picnics welcome

May 30: Wintergreen Festival of Wines

Evans Center (Wintergreen)

An enjoyable afternoon of wine, jazz, light fare and cool mountain air. Benefits Wintergreen Performing Arts.


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A Wine Weekend in Northern Virginia


The Wine Education Class 101 with winemaker, Rob Cox, was both educational and a "taste sensation" as we sipped some of the winery's fine wines out of the barrel.

This is a beautiful setting not to be missed by wine lovers.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


Our visit to Gray Ghost was unannounced but we were lucky that owner Al Kellert happened to be in the tasting room. He was good enough to give us a tour of the winery (including a very impressive barrel room) and an interesting history of the "Gray Ghost."

Saturday, March 27, 2010

NAMADA WINERY (Amissville)

During our weekend travel, we also visited the new Namada Winery, just down the road from Gray Ghost. It's a picturesque setting with an Indian theme that is carried throughout in the surroundings, as well as the wines, food and music. Shown is Nora Sisk, Tasting Room manager.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


When we stopped at Barrel Oak, there was such a crowd we thought there must be a special event going on. "Just your typical Saturday," owner Brian Roeder told us. It was a beautiful day and an extraordinary setting, and we could understand why so many people gravitated to BOW. Brian gave us a tour of this wonderful state-of-the-art and very green facility.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


An enlightening forum (and delicious lunch) that puts together the chefs of the Tuskie Restaurant Group with local farmers, food producers and vintners to discuss which farm products will be grown this year, what crops, cheeses and meats will be available. We were fortunate to be there along with the 35 farmers and vintners in attendance.

Monday, March 29, 2010


We ran into Jim Corcoran at lunch and he invited us to the vineyard. We ended up at the satellite tasting room where Geri Nolan opened the doors and treated us to samplings of Corcoran wines. What an attractive Irish lady who is well versed and knowledgeable about Virginia wines.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Travelling south on Route 29 near Warrenton, we stopped at Vint Hill and visited with Ray Summerel who explained the winery's operations and showed us around the facility. At Vint Hill, you are the winemaker crafting your own wine along with their winemakers.

Monday, March 29, 2010

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