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Vol. IV, Issue No. 9
|Dear Friend of Virginia Wine:
October is Virginia Wine Month, and because wine is so big in the commonwealth, Virginia Tourism is dedicating the entire month to viniferous passions! With almost 150 wineries, 14 wine trails and wine festivals too numerous to count, you're sure to 'Find the One You Love."
It's the perfect time to celebrate the wine harvest and admire Virginia's 15 million acres of autumn leaves, both of which are at their peak in October. We invite you to discover, to taste and to enjoy Virginia's fabulous wines.
Frank C. Britt
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OCTOBER WINE EVENTS & WINE FESTIVALS
(Pictured above: Pick of the Piedmont Fall Wine Festival 2008)
Featured October Wine Festival:
Pick of the Piedmont Fall Wine Festival
As fall approaches thoughts turn to shorter days, dazzling leaf displays and WINE for the holidays! On October 24 and 25, Pick of the Piedmont is the place to be for tastings from 16 regional wineries, relaxing and getting the jump on those holiday lists, all while taking in the 360 degree view of fall foliage.
The Festival is open rain or shine from 11 am to 5 pm each day. Listen to great jazz or blues from our live stage or browse through our selection of artisans and crafters. Learn new techniques of cooking with wine with Chef Randy Cooper of Sparks at Elmwood and take the recipe home to try out for yourself. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy one of the specialty food vendors. To make the day perfect, you can even reserve a private table or tent for your own personal party.
Kids can enjoy the barrel train, face painting or the playground area. Throughout the day the renowned Skydive Orange will "jump" into the Festival grounds delighting all.
Orange County is centrally located just north of Charlottesville, east of Culpeper and west of Fredericksburg. We are just over an hour from Richmond and about 90 minutes from Northern Virginia and the Capitol Beltway. Come spend the day in our neck of the woods.
or call (540) 672-5216.
Available space prevents listing all wine-related events in Virginia. We strongly suggest that for events listed you check websites and/or call for details. If you would like to have an event included in an upcoming newsletter, e-mail information to email@example.com no later than 10th of the month.
OCTOBER 2-3: GERMAN DINNER IN THE VINEYARD
North Mountain Vineyard & Winery (Mauertown)
Celebrate the season with Wein Fest festivities that include authentic German food and Shenandoah wines. Learn about the German heritage of the Shenandoah Valley; local artisans with crafts and foods.
OCTOBER 2-3-4: MT VERNON FALL WINE FESTIVAL SUNSET TOUR
Enchanting evenings of wine from 16 award winning Virginia wineries; entertainment with live jazz and stunning Potomac River views. Candlelit Mansion tours and appearances by George Washington.
OCTOBER 3-4: FREDERICKSBURG AREA WINE FESTIVAL
Old Mill Park (Fredericksburg)
Award winning Virginia wines, great entertainment, arts and crafts, food and more!
OCTOBER 3: ANNUAL AUTUMN EXPLOSION & BARREL TASTING
Barboursville Vineyards (Barboursville)
Sample the 2009 vintage and purchase rare vintages from the cellar. Live music and light fare from Palladio Restaurant.
OCTOBER 3: OPEN HOUSE AND DOGTOWN PIZZA
Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)
Sample apples with nationally known apple expert Tom Burford. Enjoy famous artisan pizzas and fall mountain views.
OCTOBER 3: ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Rockbridge Vineyard (Raphine)
Join in the tradition of harvest with a fun filled day in a picturesque setting. Live music, delicious food and wine tasting.
OCTOBER 3: KLUGE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Kluge Estate Winery Vineyard (Charlottesville)
Live music, food, face painting and loads of fall fun for the whole family.
OCTOBER 3: A MOVEABLE FEAST
CrossKeys Vineyards (Mt. Crawford)
Harvest Dinner is a unique culinary journey along with tastes from the famous wine regions of the world. Live music.
OCTOBER 3-4: NORTON WINE AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Chrysalis Vineyards (Middleburg)
Hottest festival of the year with bluegrass pickings of Jackass Flats, Hickory Ridge and others; craft and foods vendors, hayrides, vineyard tours and special 9-wine tasting.
OCTOBER 3-4: ART, WINE & ALL THAT JAZZ
Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton)
Award winning wines, spectacular art, all day jazz by nationally recognized performers, eclectic food village and children's activities.
OCTOBER 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25: MAKE MINE WINTERGREEN WINE
Wintergreen Winery (Nellysford)
"Pull a Cork" and win special discounts and gifts. Picnic by the picturesque Rockfish River and take in autumn's splendor with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop.
Tastings and light picnic fare.
OCTOBER 4-6: THE VIRGINIA WINE ACADEMY
The Inn at Meander Plantation (Locust Dale)
For the novice who wants to know more, as well as connoisseurs looking for a full wine-centered experience. Virginia wine industry experts share their knowledge from grapes to glass.
OCTOBER 6: WINE TASTING CRUISE
Riverwalk Landing Pier (Yorktown)
Sample several Williamsburg Winery Reserve wines as you enjoy a beautiful sunset on the York River aboard the Schooner Alliance.
OCTOBER 9: DAVE PEPPER SINGS THE BEATLES
Dry Mill Vineyards Winery (Leesburg)
Enjoy the music from Beatles days along with great wine. Pepper is a popular local artists originally from Coventry, England.
OCTOBER 9: TUSCAN COOKING CLASS
Doukenie Winery (Purcelville)
An evening of fun, wine pairing and cooking instructions from resident chef Maria Canora. Five course meal.
OCTOBER 9: FARM TO FORK DINNERS
Williamsburg Winery (Williamsburg)
Enjoy three courses of fresh local meats and produce prepared with the creative touch of New Chef Tim Westby-Gibson. Paired with wines to accompany each course.
OCTOBER 10: SECOND ANNUAL ALPACA LUNCH
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
A fun way to celebrate Columbus Day weekend. Fixings to "pac-a-lunch"....and the real deal alpacas visit for the day.
OCTOBER 10: FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Sharp Rock Vineyards (Sperryville)
12TH Annual. Live music from bluegrass picker Jason Ring. BBQ and fixins and full tasting of award winning wines.
OCTOBER 10: 2ND ANNUAL RIVER CITY WINE FESTIVAL
Downtown Waynesboro, Virginia
Relax along the banks of the South River to sample the wines of several wineries; enjoy live jazz and delectable gourmet foods. All under the stars.
OCTOBER 10: BLACK DOG WINE AND BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)
Part Time Party Time Band and Craig Woolard Band with the best of the beach to shag
the afternoon away.
OCTOBER 10: MASSANUTTEN FALL FESTIVAL
Massanutten Resort (Massanutten)
On the ski slopes and ski lodge. Ride the chairlift to top of the peak to enjoy the fall foliage. Virginia wineries tastings, arts and crafts, live music.
OCTOBER 10: COLORS OF FALL AT GADINO CELLARS
Gadino Cellars (Washington)
Enjoy pumpkin soup paired with the fruit and spice flavors of Viognier. The perfect combo for fall weather while taking in the beautiful views of the Blue Ridge.
OCTOBER 10-11: END OF HARVEST CELEBRATION WEEKEND
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards (Leesburg)
A celebration to say goodbye to the harvest season and welcome in new vintages. Wine tastings and assorted food plates.
OCTOBER 10-11: VIRGINIA WINE AND GARLIC FESTIVAL
Rebec Vineyards (Amherst)
Drink wine and enjoy delicious garlicky foods. Dance to a variety of live music. Shop for unique arts and crafts and irresistible specialty foods.
OCTOBER 10-11: OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA FOOD WINE
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Swirl, Sip and Sizzle as the acclaimed chefs of Alexandria and award winning wine makers of Virginia transform Old Town into the ultimate epicurean destination.
OCTOBER 11: A TASTE OF TUSCANY
Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)
Mangia, Mangia....good eats. Explore Italian food paired with Veramar wines.
OCTOBER 16, 17, 18: HOT AIR BALLOON AND WINE FESTIVAL
Historic Long Branch (Millwood)
With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a back drop, enjoy a sampling of wines from one of many Virginia wineries along with festival food while watching the hot air balloons.
OCTOBER 17: HARVEST CELEBRATION FESTIVAL
Ingleside Vineyard (Oak Grove)
Celebrating Ingleside's 29th Harvest. Stomp grapes, tour the winery, enjoy artwork and crafts and music.
OCTOBER 17: HISTORY OF VIRGINIA WINE DINNER
Philip Carter Winery (Hume)
In celebration of Virginia Wine Month, an elegant evening in which guests are transported through the history of Virginia wine. Four course dinner includes traditional Virginia dishes, paired perfectly with Virginia produced wines. Author Walker Elliot Rowe will speak about his new book, A History of Virginia Wine: From Grapes to Glass.
OCTOBER 17: CHILI COOK-OFF
Old House Vineyards (Culpeper)
Join in the wine tasting, chili and live music for a great fall day.
OCTOBER 17-18: NINTH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL
Unicorn Winery (Amissville)
Wine tasting, food, vendors, live music and guest winery. Lots of fun.
OCTOBER 17-18: TOWN POINT VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL
Town Point Park (Norfolk)
Along the Downtown Norfolk waterfront, one of the largest outdoor wine festivals, featuring more than 30 Virginia wineries. Live music, gourmet foods, specialty crafts and wine accessories.
OCTOBER 17-18: ANNUAL ART IN THE VINEYARD FESTIVAL
White Hall Vineyards (Crozet)
See what local artisans have on display while tasting our award winning wines. Art work will be displayed throughout the grounds. Bring a picnic.
OCTOBER 17-18, 24-25: 23RD ANNUAL BARREL TASTING
Autumn Hill Vineyards Blueridge Winery (Stanardsville)
Cellar tours, barrel tasting of 2009 wines, and vertical Cabernet Sauvignon tasting. Homemade soup and snack food. Picnics welcome.
OCTOBER 23: WINE MOON STARS
Virginia Mountain Vineyards (Fincastle)
View the October sky through telescopes set up in the vineyard along with a tasting of fine wines. Brief discussion by astronomer John Goss.
OCTOBER 24-25: PICK OF THE PIEDMONT WINE FESTIVAL
Booster Park (Orange)
New Orange County event with 16 regional wineries participating, along with dozens of high quality crafters. Great jazz and blues from the live stage, skydivers, specialty foods.
OCTOBER 25: TASTE OF THE HARVEST
Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)
Takes place in the wine cellar where guests will taste our wine-in-process for the current harvest. Taste white wines recently fermented and young reds in barrels or bins.
OCTOBER 30: LAST FRIDAY'S AT 951
Bluemont Vineyard (Bluemont)
Put the last Friday first on your list to visit. A unique way to spend a Friday evening with friends. Live music, great wine and food.
OCTOBER 30: MONSTER MASH FRIDAY
James River Cellars (Glen Allen)
A Howling Good Night for the 3rd annual Fridays on the Patio Costume Party. DJ with dance music, light food, costume contest, ghostly tours and special wine tasting. Bring a picnic.
OCTOBER 30-31: HALLOWEEN FUN
The Winery at La Grange (Haymarket)
The 18th century manor house is full of ghosts coming out for Halloween. Tricks and treats await you.
OCTOBER 31: HARVEST FESTIVAL
Hartwood Winery (Fredericksburg)
The ideal place to celebrate the fall holidays. Sample harvest fruits of the vine and usher in the winter air. Hayrides, scarecrow-making, live music and much more.
OCTOBER 31: HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
Three Fox Vineyard (Delaplane)
Discounts for everyone in Costume. Haunted Trail will be open.
Be sure and print a copy of our festivals and events and post on your refrigerator!
If we have missed listing an event in this newsletter, we can still add it to our newsletter posted on the www.vawinelover.com website.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EMPTY HOTELS - NEW INCENTIVES & UNIQUE TRAVEL OPTIONS
(Pictured above...Historic Williamsburg, Virginia)
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What do Wyndham, Hilton & Disney have in common? They are world class hospitality brands that provide a superior experience. They also offer incredible bargains through their network of hotels & resorts if you agree to preview their vacation ownership program. Their logic is simple. The boom times are over. Most people won't be purchasing that second home on "the lake" or splurging on extravagant vacations. They have set a gold standard that all must follow. The winner is the consumer. Enjoy the incentives without commitments. It's that simple.
Following this trend, Rooms101.com
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HOT TO POP - JALAPENO POPPERS
A UNIQUE TREAT WITH SOME HEAT
By Patrick Evans-Hylton
Ah, the wild fruit that is the jalapeno. Fiery little thing, with burning heat radiating from its seeds and membrane deep within the green pod. If you've been afraid of jalapenos, know that you can beat the heat; remove those seeds and membranes and what is left is a slightly spicy, richly flavored fruit perfect for embellishment.
We like to make our version of jalapeno poppers - in this case, Jalapeno Poppers, if you will, because the pepper cavity is filled with an intriguing mix of popcorn crumbled into bits, bacon, onion and blend of cheeses. The whole thing is baked in the oven, releasing roasting the pepper and melting the cheesy concoction until it becomes an awesome snack for get-togethers like fall tailgating.
Recommended Virginia wine pairing: Riesling or Gewürztraminer.
JALAPENO POPPERSFrom Patrick Evans-Hylton's book, "Popcorn" from Sasquatch Books, 2008
1/4 cup coarsely chopped popped corn crumbs
4 slices of bacon, finely chopped
1/4 cup diced onions
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded jack cheese
12 to 18 fresh jalapeno peppers
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with foil or a silicone baking sheet and set aside.
Put the popcorn crumbs in a large bowl. In a medium-size skillet, fry the bacon and onions until the bacon is crisp and the onions are translucent. Remove from the heat, drain and pour over popcorn crumbs, stirring to combine.
In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the cheeses to combine. Fold the cheeses into the popcorn mixture.
Place as many toothpicks as you have jalapenos in a small bowl filled with enough water to cover them; let them soak for about 1 hour. Cut the caps off the jalapenos and reserve. Scrape out and discard the seeds and membranes. Stuff the jalapenos with the popcorn mixture, replace the jalapeno caps, and hold in place with the damp toothpicks. Place the jalapenos on the baking sheet, and bake until the peppers are tender and heated through, 25 to 35 minutes. Yields 6.
VALHALLA VINEYARDS - ESTATE WINERY IN THE NORTH FORK OF ROANOKE APPELLATION
By Debra Vascik, Winemaker
I am often asked what the term "estate" means and how this impacts my wine. First and foremost, it means providing our wine lovers with the best wine we can make. An estate winery grows all its own fruit and does not purchase grapes from other growers. This allows us to manage the growing season to our specifications and adjust to the weather challenges of each year.
It is more important to produce the best fruit than a specific quantity of fruit. Control of the vineyard and its farming practices is the most important aspect in quality wine production. The old adage that wine is made in the vineyard is quite true. We harvest when the fruit is fully ripened with mature seed and skin tannins that will translate into bold wines that are velvet on the palate.
Secondly, you can be sure that an estate wine is vinified onsite, aged to perfection and bottled on estate property. It represents the best local wine that can be produced from vine to bottle. On the downside of being an estate vineyard, I cannot always promise to have vintages every year. Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate and provide the conditions to produce quality fruit, so there are years when certain varietals are not available for production into wine. My promise: Enjoy our wines each release and expect the next release to be even better.
6500 Mount Chestnut Road
Roanoke, VA 24018
ROSEMARY MEDALLIONS OF BEEF TENDERLOIN & LOBSTER MASHED POTATOES
Courtesy of Valhalla Vineyards & Jason Pollard, a la Carte Executive Chef Service
|BED & BREAKFAST OF THE MONTH
HERRING HALL, NATURAL BRIDGE, VA
By Dan Ingraham
45 YEARS! Come celebrate our history! What better way to celebrate Virginia Wine Month! Herring Hall, circa 1812, was a famous Inn and Restaurant from 1926 - 1970. It offered distinctively prepared meals and lodging to a steady clientele. Newly reopened as a Bed and Breakfast, third generation innkeeper Anne Herring is excited to offer grand lodging in antebellum elegance once again at Herring Hall Bed & Breakfast.
Experience the distinctive character of our three large guestrooms, the Keydet, the General and the Bright Bovine, each tastefully decorated with period furnishings and accessories. Gather in one of our two parlors or rock the evening away on the large front porch.
Visiting Herring Hall offers an opportunity to live in the past, to appreciate the quality craftsmanship and architectural detail of another era, and most importantly, to enjoy Southern hospitality at its finest! You will find us near the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, tucked between the Blue Ridge and the Allegheny Mountains. We are just 10 miles south of historic Lexington, Virginia. Natural Bridge, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, is just 3 miles away. The breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway and the George Washington National Forest is a 15 mile drive.
Come celebrate with our Wine Lovers Package. Enjoy a picnic lunch and wine tasting at several nearby wineries. Our friends to the South at the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Rock, Virginia, will provide a tour and a sample of their version of winemaking 101! You don't want to miss their spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. If your timing is just right, you might even get to attend one of their many musical events they host throughout the year. To the North, our friends at the Lexington Valley Vineyard and the Rockbridge Vineyard provide great vino experiences too! Make it a grand celebration and visit all three!
Once you visit Herring Hall and our beautiful area, you'll want to return. You'll find our doorway always open to you in cordial welcome. Come celebrate with us!
Herring Hall Bed & Breakfast
154 Herring Hall Road
Natural Bridge, Virginia 24578www.herringhall.com
For more information on other Virginia Bed and Breakfasts, visit www.innvirginia.com.
|WE WERE THERE!
International Wine & Food Festival
September 5, 2009
Evans Center, Wintergreen Resort
ROMP, STOMP & CHOMP HARVEST CELEBRATION
September 5-6, 2009
Wintergreen Winery, Wintergeen, VA
(Pictured in upper left hand corner are Jeff & Tamara Stone, owners of Wintergreen Winery proudly displaying one of their award-winning wines at the celebration.)
VIRGINIA WINE & POLO FESTIVAL AT THE PLAINS
September 11-12, 2009
Great Meadow in The Plains, VA
On September 13th we headed out to Great Meadow, the 250 acre field event center, to enjoy polo matches and Virginia wine at The Wine Festival at The Plains. Great Meadow is a picture perfect place for such an event, offering rolling green grounds and vista views. Over twenty Virginia wineries, pouring some of their top wines, a wide variety of delicious foods, art & craft vendors, and polo matches, all came together to make the event fun-filled and entertaining. Be sure to look for this event next year!
ROCKBRIDGE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
September 12, 2009
Lime Kiln, Lexington
TASTE OF ITALY FESTIVAL
September 19, 2009
Doukénie Winery, Loudon Co., VA
On September 19th we attended the Taste of Italy festival at Doukénie Winery in Loudoun County. The weather was picture perfect and the family-oriented event offered a number of activities to partake in, including vineyard rides, Italian foods, games, cellar tours, grape stomping with Lucy, live music, barrel tasting, and more. We sipped a glass of Cabernet Franc 2007, which paired nicely with the Italian sausage lunch making for a happy marriage of food and wine. If you missed this event this year, we would suggest you pencil it in for next year and cross your fingers for a similar weather day. See you there!
VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVAL
September 19-20, 2009
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA
On September 20th we attended the 34th Annual Virginia Wine at Bull Run Regional Park. The Virginia Wine Festival is the oldest running wine festival in Virginia, and if my facts are correct, the entire East Coast. Every year, new wine drinkers enter the Virginia Wine Festival and leave Virginia Wine Lovers. The festival featured unlimited wine tastings from over fifty award-winning Virginia wineries, local food vendors (Yummy!), educational seminars, art and craft artisans, and some toe-tapping & finger-snapping live entertainment, including the graceful and beautiful Vine Women! If you missed it, be sure to catch the fun next year!
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