The Berkeley Hotel-Richmond, Virginia  
January 2014
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January 14, 2014

Vol. IX, Issue No. 1

Dear, Virginia Wine Lover 


Cheers to the New Year and all good wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2014!  We look forward to continuing to bring you news about Virginia wines...the people who make them and the ever-growing number of people who consume them.  


Our readers love recipes, and the "Recipe of the Month" is one of the most well read features in the newsletter. This month we are repeating a recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon which was an overwhelming favorite from last January.  Because of the popularity of chili weekends at many wineries, we are including our favorite chili recipe and ask that you send us yours by entering the Great Virginia Wine Lover Chili Contest.


Winter is a great time to get away on the weekend and visit your favorite Virginia wineries, where the tasting room may welcome you with a glass of wine by a warm fire.  Be sure to check out January Events for tours and tastings and other special activities through February 2.


Hope to see you along the trail... the wine trail, that is.



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Frank C. Britt
Official Virginia Wine Lover


- The Berkeley Hotel for a Winter Get-Away
- Visitor's Choice Winners
- Vino News
- Recipe of the Month
- Chili Contest
- January Events

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After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, a get-away weekend has lots of appeal.  We recently spent a couple of leisurely days in Richmond, staying at the beautiful Berkeley Hotel.  It's conveniently situated downtown in the Shockoe Slip neighborhood where restored tobacco warehouses are now home to a great selection of restaurants and boutique shops.


The Berkeley has an interesting history.  It opened in 1988, but the attention to detail and to era leads most  visitors to believe that it is much older.  Since the site is in a historic district of Richmond, the hotel was designed to be architecturally similar to the buildings surrounding it.  The original idea of a European-style hotel became the focus for deciding upon a name which came about in recognition of the Berkeley Castle in England and the Berkeley Plantation in Virginia.


Malcolm Jamison, owner of the Berkeley Plantation, was The Berkeley Hotel's very first guest at the grand opening.  Within just months, the hotel achieved the AAA four-diamond rating, an honor it has held every year since. 



Visitor's Choice Awards


Virginia's Favorite Winery Tasting Rooms! 




Vino News



Governor Terry McAuliffe's reappointment of Todd Haymore as Secretary of Agriculture has received high praise from the state's wine industry.  Haymore has been a champion of Virginia wines and he has worked to promote their growth both domestically and overseas. 


A recent editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch stated "He (Haymore) is a person of absolute competence and integrity.  By appointing Haymore and similar individuals, governors of both parties have expressed a determination to put the state's interest ahead of partisan advantage.  We toast Haymore-and McAuliffe and McDonnell-with a glass of Viognier."



Vineyard and Winery Management has named Luca Paschina among the 20 leading individuals in North American wine.  Paschina is the Winemaker and General Manager of Bourboursville Vineyards.  The magazine is recognized as one of the leading professional publications in the wine industry.

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Recipe of the Month

Boeuf Bourguignon

A favorite recipe of Wine Lovers. Boeuf Bourguignon from DelFosse Winery & Vineyards.  





Chili Recipe

It seems everyone has a favorite chili recipe, and chili weekends are popular at wineries across the state.  So once again, we are putting out a call for the favorite recipes of our readers.  The winning chili recipe will be selected by a "noted chef" and announced in the March newsletter. Plus, the winner will receive four tickets to the James River Wine and Music Festival on May 31. 

Official Virginia Wine Lover Favorite Chile Recipe




To enter the Great Wine Lover Chili Contest, email your recipe to 
by January 20, and include "Chili Contest" on the subject line and your contact info (Tel. # and email address)
Events this Month

January 16:  Music Series

Trump Winery (Charlottesville)

Good music and great wine on the patio beside toasting fire pits.  Free live music with tastings, glass pours and bottles available for purchase.

January 17-19:  Weekend Long Anniversary Celebration

Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)

Join in three-day, 4-Year Anniversary celebration.  Live music each night and special tastings and events all weekend long.  Check website for full details.

January 18:  Winter Wonder Barrel Tasting

Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)

Walk into a winter wonderland of wine and experience the intense flavors of barrel-aged reds. Tour, tasting, music and light fare. Reservations by January 16..

January 18:  Cabernet Vertical

Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)

Sample and discuss various vintages with the winemaker.  Three course lunch paired with each selection.  Educational, interactive and fun!  Exclusive reservation-only event.

January 18:  Make 'n Take Terrarium

868 Estate Vineyards (Purcellville)

Make your own tiny green world in a magical glass garden.  Supplies, instruction and wine to inspire your design.  An afternoon of laughter and learning.

January 19:  Barrel Tasting

Sunset Hills Vineyard

Taste wines before they've been blended and bottled when you can taste the influence the barrel has on each lot of wine.  Sampling of 2012 and 2013 vintages.

January 23:  Women's Wine Event

868 Estate Vineyards (Purcellville)

Start the New Year with a quick journey to the volcanic region of Italy for a night of food tastings paired with the wines from Mt. Etna as you network with other women. Reservations.

January 25:  Oyster Pairing Festival

Little Washington Winery (Washington, VA)

Sample the wines declared best oyster pairing wines on the East Coast and enjoy Chesapeake Bay oysters on the half shell and steamed.  Just pay for what you consume.

January 25:  Vertical Tasting

Gadino Cellars (Washington, VA)

Hold the date!  Tastings of six Cabernet Francs dating back to 2006 plus one from another winery.  And, sample 2013 Cab Franc in its barrel aging infancy.  All paired with light appetizers.  Reservations.

January 25:  Snap, Crackle, and POP

Veramar Vineyards (Berryville)

A prize filled day and an afternoon of live music and lots of popping fun.  With each purchase, you receive a balloon to pop for prizes and discounts.

January 25:  Barrel Tasting in the Cellar

Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)

Barrel tasting of 2012 Owner's Select Meritage and 2012 LeRenard Rouge.  Tastings on the hours and reservations highly recommended.

February 1:  Wine & Chili

Veramar Vineyard

A great way to warm up from the inside out.  Relax in front of the fire with a hot, freshly prepared bowl of chili, bread and a glass of wine.  Reservations suggested.

February 1:  Vineyard Tour & Tasting

Doukenie Winery (Purcellville)

 Learn scientific and technical details of winemaking and vineyard management during indoor/outdoor tour with Leanne, Doukenie's geologist.  Wine tasting and discussion in the barrel room follows.  Reservations suggested.

February 1:  Super Bowl of Wine Blind Tasting

Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)

Fourth annual. Blind tasting of five Paradise Springs wines against five global counterparts. Interactive tasting with audience participation, discussion and sampling of 10 wines. Lite fare. Reservations required.

February 2:  French Crepe Day

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)

Featuring six to eight sweet and savory crepes available from 1-5 pm or until gone. Enjoy with a glass of wine.   A very popular event, so arrive early at the winery.

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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