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November 2013
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October 29, 2013
Vol. XIII, Issue No. 11
Dear Virginia Wine Lover, 
November is the time to pause and give thanks for our many blessings.  The winemakers are thankful for this year's harvest and for new wines in the making.  We are thankful that you share our passion for Virginia wines and that you continue to support the Official Virginia Wine Lover.  Our goal is to bring you interesting features on people, places, events and trends as they relate to wine and culinary opportunities. 
There are numerous events at the wineries this month, including barrel tastings and winemaker dinners. Among the autumn festivals are Shenandoah Uncorked on November 9 at Shenandoah Caverns, Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival on November 16 at Poplar Forest, and Taste by the Bay at Tides Inn in Irvington on November 23.  Many activities will be held around the state in celebration of Cider Week in Virginia, November 15-24. You will find these and many other listings in November Events. 
Autumn weekends are a wonderful time to visit the commonwealth's 230+ wineries.  And, as we approach the holidays, we encourage you to enjoy and to give all things  Virginia....in particular, Virginia wines. 
Cheers, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Frank C. Britt 
Official Virginia Wine Lover

- Cider Week in Virginia
- Recipes of the Month
- Shenandoah Uncorked Festival
- Thomas Jefferson Festival
- Taste by the Bay Festival
- November Events
- We Were There
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Shenandoah Uncorked
November 9
Save the Date
Virginia Cider Week
November 15-24
Save the Date
Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival
November 16
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"Got Milk?"..... No, Got Cider!
by Diane Flynt
Owner, Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur, Virginia)
 November 15 through 24 is Cider Week in Virginia . . . a perfect time to learn about this delicious beverage.
Cider is having its moment, and nowhere is the cider revival more evident than in Virginia wine country. It is the fastest growing segment of the alcohol biz with over 60% category growth in 2012.  Rich pockets of artisan cider can be found wherever apples are grown...which leads to Virginia's rolling valleys and steep mountain orchards.
Like wine, cider is fermented juice. And like any well-made wine, good cider demands good ingredients, which means cider apples. And just as one can make wine from any grape variety (but you wouldn't want to), well made cider is best crafted from apples that provide a mix of tannin, acid, sugar and complex flavors that create a balanced, nuanced beverage.

Grouper with Apples, Roasted Shallots and Peas

From "In Praise of Apples" by Mark Rosenstein  
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Mary Margaret Shelton's Apple Cake
From "Vintage Virginia Apples" | www.vintagevirginiaapples.com


The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns | Quicksburg, VA
At Shenandoah Uncorked, they're not just pouring great wine, they're offering some conversation with the folks who make it.  The festival features 10 popular Virginia wineries along with Old Hill Cidery, which pair with gourmet foods, live entertainment and family activities for a full day of fun!
Now in its fifth year, the festival starts at 10:00 am and goes until 4:30 pm.  In addition to wine tastings, there will be musical entertainment inside and outside throughout the day, as well as specialty food vendors, high quality crafters, apple butter in the making and antique tractors.
Shenandoah Uncorked is a family friendly event with lots of children's activities, pedal races and barrel train rides, even a magician.  Kid's Packs will be given with each adult admission and include "Animals on the Farm" coloring book and crayons, two free barrel train ride tickets and small bag of sunflower seeds for feeding the goats.
Tickets are $15 for adults with ID.  Purchase at the door or online at www.shenandoahuncorked.com
Directions:  Take Exit 269 off I-81.  Yellow Barn is just two minutes from Shenandoah Caverns Exit.  Five miles North of New Market.
The Yellow Barn
261 Caverns Road-Quicksburg, VA 22847

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest | Forest, VA
 Thomas Jefferson called wine "...a necessary of life with me." This month, thousands of like-minded wine enthusiasts will gather at his secluded plantation in Bedford County to toast the "Father of Virginia Wine" at the fifth annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival.
The popular event returns to Poplar Forest on Saturday, November 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This beloved retreat of the third president of the United States is located near Lynchburg, just 30 minutes off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is an easy drive from Richmond and Washington, DC.
This year's festival will feature 15 Virginia wineries, along with artisans, local food purveyors and musical entertainment. Mr. Jefferson, as portrayed by Bill Barker, will engage in a lively discussion of wine with Gabriele Rausse-the renowned vintner who revived Jefferson's grapes at Monticello and is credited with revolutionizing the wine industry in Virginia.  
The Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival is held inside large, heated tents, rain or shine. Tasting tickets include a complimentary wine glass. Because this is an adult event, there are no children's activities available. We ask that attendees refrain from bringing outside food or drink. With the exception of service dogs, pets are prohibited.
Purchase tickets online at:  
$20 in advance / $25 at the door
$10 non-tasting tickets (ages 12+). Ages 11 and under are free. 
Tickets also available at: Bedford Welcome Center (Bedford & Forest), Lynchburg Welcome Center, Poplar Forest Museum Shop, Aylors, The Basket Case (Lynchburg)
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551

Tides Inn | Irvington, VA

Toast the holiday season with the perfect weekend getaway at the Tides Inn, one of Virginia's signature resorts.  On November 23, the Tides Inn will host "Taste by the Bay," a festival of local wines, Rappahannock Oysters, food, arts & ale.
Presented by the Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce, the festival  features tastings from 10 wineries on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, as well as craft breweries and local restaurants. Shop arts and crafts, and enjoy live and local music from James Justin and Company, known for their sweeping harmonies and acoustic songs backed by banjo. Vintage oyster boats will be docked at the Tides marina during the event and guests are invited on board to tour the boats and hear stories of the Chesapeake's oyster industry from the captains.
Taste by the Bay Tickets are $30 in advance and available on line at www.tastebythebay ($35 at the gate).
 The Tides Inn, an Enchantment Group property, is set on its own waterfront peninsula in the charming town of Irvington.  The resort includes a full-service spa, 18-hole championship Golden Eagle golf course, 60-slip marina, conference services and four restaurants serving signature Chesapeake Bay cuisine. There are bicycles for pedaling into town, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes, tennis, croquet and volleyball.  A special two-night Taste by the Bay package (from $295 per night, based on double occupancy) includes:
  • Waterview accommodations November 22 and 23
  • Virginia Wine Tasting on Friday, 5-6 pm
  • Festival tickets for Saturday.
Taste by the Bay at The Tides Inn
480 King Carter Drive-Irvington, VA 22480

NOVEMBER 15-24, 2013
November 1 & 6:  Sip n'Paint
Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)
Your Merlot can inspire a Monet or Riesling, a Rembrandt.  Artist Arlona Boggs guides your brush in two hour class.  Light snacks and glass of wine included.  Reservations.
November 1:  Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
CrossKeys Vineyards (Mt. Crawford)
Clever By Half Productions presents "Once Upon a Time", complemented by a gourmet meal that tempts the taste buds and pairs with award winning wines.  Reservations.
 November 1:  Annual Costume Bash
Glass House Winery (Free Union)
Third annual costume event with theme this year:  "Dia de los Muertos" (Spanish style Day of the Dead).  Music by Toma Que Toma providing flamenco fusion and Brazilian soul for listening and dancing.  Prizes for costumes in multiple categories.
 November 1-2:  Bluegrass, BBQ and Brew Festival
Patrick Henry's Red Hill (Brookneal)
The flavors and sounds of southern Virginia at the home of the passionate patriot. Three bands; beer, wine and cider; artisans and holiday shopping.
November 1-2:  Annual Haunted Taste and Treats
Potomac Point Winery (Stafford)
One of a kind pairing of award winning wines with treats including oak roast sirloin, cranberry almond truffle, maple crème Brule and Swiss chocolate.  Reservations.
 November 2:  Murder Mystery
Attimo Winery (Christiansburg)
For a MONSTROUSLY good time join in solving the mystery.  Everyone gets a character to play for the evening, with food and wine included.  Reservations.
 November 2:  Virginia Wine & Oyster Classic
Dog and Oyster Vineyard (Irvington)
Savor local oysters prepared by 10 Virginia chefs and relish Governor's Cup Gold Medal winning wines from 15 wine makers in an authentic Chesapeake Bay vineyard setting. 
November 2:  Harvest Wine Dinner 
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)
Elegantly prepared six course dinner paired with six generous samplings of DelFosse wines.  Reservations.
November 2:  Harvest Roast & Toast
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Join in an annual toast to the completion of the harvest by roasting marshmallows over a toasty fire.  Hot dogs, and of course, wine available for purchase.
November 2:  Vintage Virginia Apples
Harvest Festival
Albemarle CiderWorks (North Garden)
Features the diverse bounty of the apple crop and heritage of apple growing.  Displays of crafts and skills of yesteryear, apples for tasting and purchase, old-fashioned apple butter cooking, cider pressing.  Sure to be a great day!
November 2:  Chili Cook-Off
868 Estate Vineyards (Purcellville)
Chili Champ of 868 will be announced.  Join in a spicy afternoon with chili tastings, wine tastings, live music and cornhole contests.
November 2:  Fudge-apalooza
Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)
Treat yourself to six decadent fudges paired with six fabulous wines, both red and white.
Reservations recommended.
 November 2-3:  Harvest Wine Trail
James River Cellars (Glen Allen)
Purchase trail ticket at any HOVA winery for tastings at James River Cellars, Cooper Vineyard, Grayhaven, Lake Anna, Mattaponi and Weston Farms wineries.  Includes souvenir wine glass.
November 3:  Hot Air Affair
Trump Winery (Charlottesville)
Take in the fall foliage with a 30 minute tethered hot air balloon ride over the vineyards.  Live music, wine tastings and gourmet picnics available at the Trump Winery Pavilion.
November 5:  A Night Out with Peter Mondavi
The Williamsburg Inn (Williamsburg)
Incredibly flavorful evening with winemaker Peter Mondavi showcasing his award winning Charles Krug wines.  Unique food selections pair perfectly with the wine.
 November 9:  Shenandoah Uncorked
The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns (Quicksburg)
Fifth annual and family friendly.  Tastings from 11 wineries with mellow music in the background.  Gourmet food trucks and vendors, fine crafts and local agricultural displays.
November 9:  How Sweet It Is
Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)
A "sweet" evening filled with tips on how to make a perfect match.  Taste a variety of artisan chocolates, each paired with a different wine.  Reservations.
November 9:  Barrel Tasting at Breaux
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
For a sneak peak of future releases, enjoy flight of six premier wines straight out of the barrel.  Tasting paired with delectable three-course gourmet meal.  Reservations.
November 9:  Winemaker's Dinner
Naked Mountain Winery (Markham)
Perfect for a night away or that special event.  Enjoy award winning wines paired with amazing food prepared by Chef Eric Stamer.  Reservations.
 November 9-10:  Truffle Feast
Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)
Enjoy a five course truffle feast prepared by Chef Melissa Close-Hart with Dr. Jeff P. Long, expert in wild mushrooms and truffles.  Reservations.
November 9-10:  Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point
Cardinal Point Winery (Afton)
Plenty of oysters from Rappahannock River Oyster Co. and live music from Cashmere Jungle Lords (Sat) and The Atkinsons (Sun). Includes wine glass and wine tasting.
November 10:  Salute to Veterans
Democracy Vineyards (Lovington)
The Richmond band, Six Decades, plays everything from the blues to folk to R&B.  Discounts for purchases to those with military or VA IDs.
November 15-25:  Virginia Cider Week
At Locations throughout the State
Look for cider tastings, food pairings, special dinners, how-tos and much more.  Fine up-to-date information at website:
November 15:  Drink This with That
Early Mountain Vineyard (Madison)
Cider Week Kick-Off with guided tour of cider and food pairings.  Cider from around the world and food from Early Mountain kitchen. 
 November 16:  Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival
Poplar Forest (Forest)
Join "Mr. Jefferson" at his retreat, tasting Virginia wines, savoring foods, perusing work by local crafters and artisans, and enjoying live music.  An adult event with all activities in heated spaces.  Rain or shine.
 November 16:  From Sicily to Stratford
Stratford Hall (Stratford in Westmoreland Co.)
Join world-renowned Chef Fabrizia Lanza for a special presentation with wine and hors d'oeuvres, luncheon and book signing.  Lanza is owner of Casa Vecchi, Sicily's famous cooking school.
Reservations required.
November 16:  Fall Barrel Tasting
Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)
Taste premium wines direct from the barrel and see how they are maturing.  Live music,  light fare and souvenir wine glass.  Reservations recommended.
 November 16:  Cabernet and Cabaret
868 Estate Vineyards (Purcellville)
An incomparable evening with pianist David Battis playing cabaret favorites, four-course meal by Chef Author paired with wines from Winemaker Carl DiManno debuting 868 Cabernet Franc Reserve and 868 Rose of Cab Franc.  Reservations.
 November 16:  Awww Shucks Oyster Roast
Virginia Living Museum (Newport News)
What a feast!  All you can eat oysters, seafood, clam chowder, Brunswick stew and dessert.  Beer, wine and hard cider.  Music by Colonial DJs, plus contests and raffles.
 November 16-17:  Chili and Wine Weekend
James River Cellars (Glen Allen)
Warm up with a bowl of chili, enjoy wine tastings, tours and special promotions.  Start your holiday shopping.
November 16-17:  Harvest Soup & Wine Pairing
AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)
Selection of five gourmet soups paired with five AmRhein's wines.  Pick your favorites and listen to great music by Ron Swann.
November 20:  Soup, Songs and Sips!
Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)
Mid-week treat with delicious homemade soups and live music by Rich and Poor Frankie.  Great tunes, prizes and menu of soups, side sandwiches, salads and glass of wine.  Reservations.
November 22:  Holiday Kick-Off
Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery (Amissville)
Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and browse an incredible selection of holiday gifts and gold medal winning wines.  See the world's largest cork Christmas display.
 November 22:  East/West Cider Smackdown
Albemarle Ciderworks (North Garden)
Cider Week in Virginia continues with blind tasting between six Virginia ciders and six ciders from the West Coast. 
 November 23:  Taste by the Bay
The Tides Inn (Irvington)
Samplings from 10 Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail wineries, plus craft breweries, tastings from local restaurants, music by James Justin & Co. and variety of artisans.  Tour vintage oyster "buy boats" docked at the Inn and hear the captains talk about times past.  Make it a weekend with overnight reservations at this spectacular waterfront setting.
November 23:  Hopewell Kiwanis Wine-Tasting Festival
Beacon Theatre 401 Main Street (Hopewell)
Wine-tasting fund-raising event in support of Kiwanis programs for community youth.  Food available for sale.
November 24:  Wine and Food Pairing
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)
Four elegantly prepared dishes paired with four generous samplings of DelFosse award winning wines.  Reservations.
 November 28:  Thanksgiving Celebration
Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)
Five course holiday feast at Palladio Restaurant.  Prepared by noted Chef Melissa Close Hart and paired with Barboursville wines.  Reservations.
November 30:  Black Friday Recovery 
Blacksnake Meadery (Dugspur)
Take a relaxing drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop at two unique award-winning wineries.  Enjoy Foggy Ridge cider and Blacksnake mead paired with light fare.
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.

September 30, 2013
Library of Virginia (Richmond)
The statewide "Discover Your Local Crush" kicked off on September 30 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond with 25 award winning wineries pouring tastings of red and white wines, including library wines of much earlier vintages.  Former Governors Gerald Baliles and George Allen joined Governor Bob McDonnell in launching the silver anniversary of Virginia Wine Month.  Governor Baliles started the first celebration in 1988.

October 12-13, 2013
Rebec Vineyards & Winery (Amherst)
As usual, everyone had a reekin' good time at the 23rd annual festival.  The odiferous event attracted thousands of wine lovers for wine tastings, foods and crafts, entertainment on five stages, and GARLIC.  There's nothing quite like the Wine & Garlic Festival!

October 20, 2013
Salem Civic Center (Salem)
This unique 21+ event is held in a unique venue, on the grounds of the civic center.  It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, perfect for tastings from a select group of Virginia wineries.  Area arts and crafts vendors displayed their wares, and food was available for purchase.  Wine lovers set up their chairs and listened to the music as they sipped a glass of wine.

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