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February 2014
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February 11, 2014

Vol. IX, Issue No. 2

Virginia Wine Lover

February is a month chocfull (as in chocolate) of Valentine's Day activities at the wineries. Among the many "Sweet" events are wine and chocolate pairings, winemaker dinners, wine and dine escapes... even a chance to win a diamond for your Valentine at Veramar Vineyard. Be sure to check out the full list of February Events.


Of course, the Commonwealth's hottest winter wine event is the week-long Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond on February 18-23. A celebration of Virginia wines and the region's culinary, historic and cultural excellence, Expo provides the best opportunity ever to learn about, taste and purchase Virginia wines.


We also recommend you and your Valentine visit the wonderful Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg for an overnight stay. You could be the lucky winner of a romantic winter getaway for two that includes one night accommodations and breakfast. Be sure to register below.


Happy Valentine's Day and Cheers to Virginia Wine Lovers!  



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Frank C. Britt
Official Virginia Wine Lover

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- Event of the Month: Virginia Wine Expo
- Vino News
- February Events

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Wine Glass Article



By Elise Fay, ACS National Sales Director

Wine glasses have long been a topic of controversy. Some people will argue that the shape and design of the glass matters a great deal and reflects in the taste of the wine. Others will argue the shape and design of the glass has no deciding factor in the taste. The truth is the glass does matter. People have been drinking wine since 425 B.C. and through the years the wine glass has evolved so that it lends itself to the wine.


If each of us kept a different glass for every wine our cabinets would be overflowing. It is best to determine which wines you enjoy most and pair your stemware accordingly.


White wine glasses trend toward a taller bowl than red wine glasses. The tall shape of the white wine glass reduces the surface area exposed to outside air temps allowing the wine to stay chilled longer. White wine glasses come in many different ounce capacities, shapes and sizes but a common characteristic is the tall bowl. The tall bowl with the narrow opening places the wine to the back of the mouth where the mature bolder flavors of the wine can best be tasted. 


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Salamander article



Opened in August 2013 and acclaimed as one of the finest new resorts in the world, Salamander Resort & Spa is located in historic Middleburg on 340 picturesque acres, deep in the heart of Northern Virginia's horse and wine country. Over a decade in development and the vision of owner Sheila C. Johnson, Salamander was designed to respect the architectural traditions of Virginia's countryside and features 168 spacious rooms and suites that blend into their natural environment. 


For wine lovers, there are numerous wineries surrounding Salamander. The resort's own Gold Cup Wine Bar resembles a winery tasting room. The property also features an exquisite 23,000-square-foot spa with one-of-a-kind features like outdoor treatment terraces and a spa courtyard, a Virginia Piedmont-inspired restaurant, a media-ready Cooking Studio, a two-acre Culinary Garden, and a full-service equestrian center with an array of programming. For more information, visit or call 866-938-7370.


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February 18-23, 2013
Greater Richmond Convention Center & Nearby Venues


The Virginia Wine Expo is the hottest winter wine event in the Commonwealth and now firmly established as the premier event in the Mid-Atlantic region. Wine lovers from across the state and around the country will converge on Richmond for the week-long celebration. The Expo provides a great opportunity to learn about, taste and purchase Virginia wine, to meet the winemakers and mingle with friends.


This year's schedule includes 35+ wine and food events, including the Opening Night Burger Blast, the legendary Walk-Around Grand Tasting, the new Lov Rox Half Marathon & 10K, along with a host of amazing dinners, brunches, lunches, comparative tastings, tours and excursions.


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Vino News



Jeff White, owner and winemaker of Glen Manor Vineyards in Front Royal, pictured here with his wife Kelly, is the recipient of the Virginia Vineyards Association's Grape Grower of the Year Award for 2014. Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore congratulated White for "producing world-class wines and for his work to make Virginia one of the world's emerging wine production and tourism regions." In 2011, the Governor's Cup went to Glen Manor's 2009 Hodder Hill, a Bordeaux-style red wine.


The recipient of the Grape Grower Award must be an active member of the Virginia Vineyards Association with at least seven years of experience managing or operating a commercial vineyard of at least five acres. He/she must also be an active participant in the Virginia viticulture community with a history of service to the industry and must be well respected by his or her peers. For information on Glen Manor Vineyards, visit



The 2014 Winery Guide is hot off the press and available from the Virginia Wine board Marketing Office. This year's cover image features Trump Winery and was photographed by Steven Morris. The new updated guide features 250 wineries, cideries and meaderies and includes locations, hours, directions and contact information. The free guide can be ordered at



Rebec Winery and Vineyards has been selected as "Best Central Virginia Winery" by readers of Lynchburg Living, the area's premier lifestyle magazine. Rebec is home to the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival which each October attracts thousands of wine lovers. The winery will be the site of the James River Wine & Music Festival on May 31.




That Virginia's wine industry is a major magnet for visitors to the Commonwealth, attracting over a million and a half tourists annually (Virginia Wine Council)


Events this Month

February 7-17:  Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)

Entire flight of Paradise Springs wine paired with unique chocolates from around the world.  Nine wines, including a sparkling and port style. Reservations for groups of 8+.

February 8:  Chili in February

First Colony Winery (Charlottesville)

Enjoy a piping hot bowl of chili or vegetarian soup with all the fixin's rolls and cookies.   Check out the renovations and taste the new wines.

February 8:  Artist Reception

868 Estate Vineyards (Purcellville)

Opening reception to meet the newest artist at 868, Marsha Staiger, well-known DC artist of abstract paintings and dynamic classes, and a resident artist at The Torpedo Factory.

February 8:  Cheeseology

Little Washington Winery (Washington, VA)

Educational and lively seminar on the basics of pairing cheese and wine.  Learn how to choose, serve, distinguish and taste artisanal cheeses from Stoneyman Gourmet Farmer.

February 8:  A Taste of Wine and Chocolate

Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)

Discover the flavors of wine and chocolate pairing as you indulge in the finest Ingleside wines paired with elegant chocolates.

February 8:  Love Notes-A Valentine's Cabaret

Notaviva Vineyards (Purcellville)

An evening of the best love songs from your favorite musicals.  Catered buffet by the Roaming Rotisserie and dessert bar.  Reservations.

February 8-9:  Ravishing Red Days of Winter

Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)

A blending session trying several possible blends of the 2013 Le Renard Rouge Meritage considered for the final. Tastings on the hour.  Reservations recommended.

February 9:  Winter Soup Weekend

Willowcroft Farm Vineyards (Leesburg)

Delicious warm soups, bread and wine tasting...perfect for cold winter days.  Groups of 5+ call for reservations.

February 14:  Wine Lover's Dinner

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Long stem roses for the ladies, hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine are just the beginning. Evening includes sumptuous four-course dinner accompanied by award winning wines introduced by the winemaker.  Reservations required.

February 14:  Puppy Love Dining

Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)

Spend the most romantic day of the year enjoying a sensual selection of wine, soft music, magical ambience and Chef's own Puppy Love mutli-course menu.  Reservations.

February 14:  Valentine Chocolate and Wine

Wisteria Farm & Vineyard (Stanley)

A delectable tasting of chocolate and wine.  Cozy up to the fireplace with a plate of goodies for dipping in the fondue and a glass of wine.

February 14:  Valentine Dinner, Music & Wine

Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards (Rural Retreat)

Join in a relaxing, romantic Valentine evening with music by Ron Ireland and a wonderful five-course dinner with a choice of entrees.  Reservations required.

February 14:  4th Annual Valentine's Day Event

Glass House Winery (Free Union)

Wine and Dine evening with elegant buffet dinner by Chef Tony Catering and bottle of wine per couple and chocolate covered strawberries for the finale.  Reservations.

February 14:  Choco-Vino

Little Washington Winery (Washington, VA)

The best small-batch artisan wines and the best artisan chocolates form an amazing duo and featured in the Wine Loves Chocolate Tasting Room.  Learn the secrets of pairing.

February 14:  Champagne and Pizza

Bogati Bodega (Round Hill)

Break the traditional barriers and rock your taste buds with the newest rage in food and wine.  Enjoy gourmet pizza with a glass of champagne and a mouth watering truffle. Reservations.

February 14:  Winemaker's Dinner

Bluestone Vineyard (Bridgewater)

Four course dinner with four wines accompanied by live music at the Manor House on top of the hill.  Menu crafted by Scrumptious Suppers.  Reservations.

February 14:  Valentine's at 868 Estate

868 Estate Vineyards (Purcellville)

Intimate winery setting featuring beautiful meal from Grandale with perfectly paired win for your and your sweetheart.  Reservations required.



February 14:  Valentine Evening

Barren Ridge Vineyards (Fishersville)

Bring dinner and someone special with you to share wine and a cozy romantic evening by the fire.  Live music.


February 14:  Snuggle up with Your Sweetie

Doukenie Winery (Hillsboro)

Four-course dinner prepared and served by The Chef's Table.  As you dine, listen to the sound of The Brian Litz Duo.  Limited seating; RSVP by February 10.


February 14-15:  Aphrodisiac Wine Dinner

Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)

Romantic gourmet dinner of seven courses prepared by Chef Author of Grandale Farms restaurant and paired with Breaux wines.  Reservations only.


February 14-15:  My Funny Valentine Comedy Night

Notaviva Vineyards (Purcellville)

Jason Weems of NBC's Last Comic Standing fame headlines.  This is a night of fun and laughter including catered meal and dessert bar.  Reservations.


February 14-15:  Candlelight Dinner

Mark Addy Inn (Nellysford)

Candlelight wine pairing 5-course dinner and live music by Jan Smith.  Reservations required.


February 14-16:  Wine & Chocolate

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards (Middleburg)

Pairings of wine and chocolates from Simply Nut Free, makers of handcrafted nut-free/gluten free chocolates.  Featuring the Passion & Philosophy wine collection.


February 14-16:  Chocolate & Cabernet Tasting

Breaux Vineyards (Pucellville)

Enjoy hand-rolled truffles and imported chocolates paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. Pairings on the hour. Guaranteed space by reservation only.


February 14-17:  Romancing the Fox

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

Warm your heart and soul in this cozy and romantic tasting room as you share a bottle of wine with the one you love.  Piano music by Giovani on Saturday.



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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Official Virginia Wine Lover™ is not affiliated with or published by Virginia Wine Lover Magazine 

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