Labor Day Wine Fest - Rebec Vineyards, Amherst VA

August 2014
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August 26, 2014

Vol. IX, Issue No. 8

Virginia Wine Lover
  

We take the "dog days of summer" literally, as Maggie our West Highland Terrier, goes along with us on the wine trail. Of course, she only goes to pet friendly wineries, which are not difficult to find, as some 120 of Virginia's 250+ wineries welcome canine visitors. 


If your pet travels with you, be sure to call
ahead to confirm that the winery is
"pet friendly" (go to Virginia Wine website www.virginiawine.org/wineries). It's way
too 
hot to leave Fido in the car! 


During your August travels, you'll find winery tasting rooms are among the "coolest" places to visit. There are still lots of summer festivals and special events to enjoy. You can wind down over Labor Day weekend with Rebec Vineyards Wine & Music Fest on August 30 and Herndon's Wine Festival on September 1.


Hope you enjoy the article on Salamander Resort & Spa where we visited in late June along with a number of Loudoun County wineries. You can read about them in We Were There. You'll want to include them all on your "winery bucket list."
 


Let us hear about your August wine travels. Cheers!

 

 

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Frank C. Britt
Publisher
Official Virginia Wine Lover

 

IN THIS ISSUE
FESTIVAL OF THE WEEK: AUGUST 30 Rebec Labor Day
Wine & Music Festival
GETAWAY OF THE MONTH
Salamander Resort & Spa
VINO NEWS
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Summer Tomato Pissaladiére
EVENTS THIS MONTH
WE WERE THERE
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AUGUST 30, 2014

LABOR DAY WINE & MUSIC FEST

Rebec Vineyards, Amherst VA


 

 

The 4th Annual Labor Day Wine & Music Fest will be held on Saturday, August 30, from noon to 6pm at Rebec Vineyards, home of the famous Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival. Rebec is conveniently located on Route 29 between Charlottesville and Lynchburg.

An afternoon of live entertainment includes soloist Pete Turpin who will open the festivities followed by the premier jazzy group, the Deanie Blues Band. Then get ready for a roller coaster ride with Virginia's hardest working country band, Rare Form. They'll have you out of your seats and on your feet.

  

Rebec Vineyards

2229 North Amherst Hwy - Amherst, VA 24521

www.rebecwinery.com

Salamander Article

   A Unique Experience
 SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA

 

 Sheila Johnson, Owner
We recently spent a weekend at the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, and what a unique
and enjoyable experience it was. Salamander exudes hospitality, and from the time you walk through the front door, you feel welcome! The
resort is impressive in itself, but the staff is over the top, taking their cue from Salamander owner Sheila Johnson, whom we were surprised and delighted to meet shortly upon our arrival.


At the registration desk, we were offered a glass of wine from one of the area wineries. A perfect beginning! We had arrived at a time when a number of other guests were checking in, so Gemma Brown, Rooms Director, suggested we move to the adjoining "living room" to relax and enjoy our wine. There we struck up a conversation with Ms. Johnson, the dynamo businesswoman who is "hands on" at the resort and, like the staff, anxious that you enjoy your experience. A lovely lady, she is obviously committed to Salamander's success.

  

Salamander Resort & Spa

500 N. Pendleton Street, Middleburg, VA 20117
540-687-3600

www.salamanderresort.com

Vino News

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE IS THIS SIGN?

 

In the June Newsletter, we asked readers to let us know if they knew the location of this sign. Turns out, there are lots of Winery Roads in Virginia, but this particular one is on the way to Barboursville Vineyards. 

BOGATY FAMILY WINES SHINE INTERNATIONALLY

 

At the Decanter World Wine Awards in London this past May, the Bogaty Family won distinctions and medals for Bogati Bodega Petit Verdot and Veramar Vineyard Cabernet Franc. This is the sixth year in a row they have received awards.

 

The Decanter World Wine Awards is one of the largest and most prestigious wine competitions in the industry. The 2014 event included 15,007 wines judged by 224 international wine experts, including 66 Masters of Wine and 18 Master Sommeliers. Just 33 international trophies were awarded.

 

The northern Virginia wineries of the Bogaty Family are Veramar Vineyard in Berryville and Bogati Bodega & Winery in Round Hill. The winemaker is Justin Bogaty. 

 
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Alicia Johnson of Chesapeake, Virginia, is the Lucky Winner of the June Sweepstakes. Alicia and five friends will be treated to a Premier Tasting and Winery Tour by the Winemaker at Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery in Stafford.

VIRGINIA WINE FACTS: CORKAGE

 

Restaurant customers may take their own wine to restaurants, as the practice of "corkage" was legalized in Virginia last July. However, while it is lawful to take your own wine, restaurants are not required to accept it. You should call ahead and inquire about the restaurant's policy and the corkage fee. As a courtesy to the restaurant, take only wines they do not offer. It's considered good etiquette to purchase something, even a glass of wine from the restaurant list. If there is a sommelier, offer a taste of your special wine. (Virginia Wine Council)

Recipe

 
Summer Tomato Pissaladiére

CLICK HERE for the recipe.

 

 

Events this Month
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AUGUST 2014
WINERY EVENTS AND WINE FESTIVALS

 

For events in addition to those included here, we recommend that you visit individual winery websites. You will find a complete list of Virginia wineries and contact information at www.virginiawine.org/events/ or www.virginia.org/directory/events/winebeer/
At these websites, you will also find listings of recurring activities.

August 28: Movie Night at Early Mountain 
Early Mountain Vineyards (Madison)

Outdoor movie series featuring "Back to the Future". Pick your favorite spot on the lawn and enjoy wine and movie snacks. The Pie Guy food truck will be on site.  www.earlymountain.com

August 29-September 1: Epicurience 

Morven Park (Leesburg) & Other Venues in Loudoun County
An epicurean experience that is a culinary adventure like no other. Savor Virginia's finest wine and cuisine, attend wine seminars and watch notable chefs cook up culinary creations.

www.epicvirginia.com 

August 29-31: The Taste Tradition 

Williamsburg Lodge (Williamsburg)

A full weekend of contemporary cuisine creatively prepared by talented chefs, wine seminars, culinary time travels, special dinners, garden to guest experiences and tastings.
www.colonialwilliamsburg.com 

August 30: Labor Day Wine & Music Fest

Rebec Vineyards (Amherst)

Entertainment by soloist Pete Turpin, cover band Rare Form and Deanie Blues Band. Nine wineries offering tastings, unique festival eateries, artists, crafters and specialty 
vendors. Advance tickets online.
www.rebecwinery.com

August 30: Birth of Democracy Festival
Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)

Annual celebration of wines and vines with lots of live music, wine pairing picnic, and craft vendors. Annual blessing of the harvest at 6:15pm. Reservations.
www.democracyvineyards.com 

August 30-31: Labor Day Celebration
Trump Winery (Charlottesville)

Celebrate the last days of summer with free live music from 1:00 to 4:00 on the terrace, as well as menu and wine specials.
www.trumpwinery.com

August 30-31: The Vintage Virginia Tasting

Philip Carter Winery (Hume)

Tasting of wines from key vineyards across the state tells the story of culture, purpose and promise of 400 years of Virginia wine.  Reservations.

www.pcwinery.com

August 30-31: Harvest Festival

First Colony Winery (Charlottesville)

Hearty lunch from the Bavarian Chef, live music, tastings, grape stomping and tractor rides.  Reservations recommended.

www.firstcolonywinery.com

August 31: Summer Concert Series
Blue Ridge Vineyard (Eagle Rock)

Sponsored by Wine Trail of Botetourt and featuring Steve Canyon Band. Food to indulge and wines to savor. Bring chairs, blankets and picnics.
www.botetourtwinetrail.com

September 1: Herndon Labor Day Festival

Downtown Herndon

Outdoor street festival with 12 Virginia wineries, local microbreweries, live music, arts and crafts, culinary demos and variety of food vendors. Proceeds to go scholarship programs.
www.herndon-va.gov 

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.) 
 

To submit an event, send to info@vawinelover.com no later than the 10th of the month prior to and no earlier than 90 days in advance of the event. Include name and date of event, sponsored by, where event will be held (address), specific details about the event and website for contact.


We Were There

JUNE 25, 2014

EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

www.earlymountainvineyards.com

 

Late June found us headed back to Northern Virginia for a long weekend, this time to the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg . . . a fabulous "getaway place" just down the road from some of Virginia's finest wineries. 
 

Our first stop on the journey north was at Early Mountain Vineyards located off Route 29 in Madison. The winery has a beautiful setting with majestic views and impressive facilities. Tastings include wines from across the state in addition to Early Mountain and a lovely sample menu of "eat local" offerings from area farms. Early Mountain profits go toward strengthening Virginia communities and encouraging continuing growth of Virginia's wine industry.
 






JULY 25, 2014

BOXWOOD WINERY

www.boxwoodwinery.com

 

Boxwood Estate Winery, located just at the edge of the Town of Middleburg, has a beautiful approach leading up to a very impressive contemporary facility. Open the front door and you're right in the middle of the Tasting Room where you can observe the winery's state-of-the art operations. Boxwood produces red wine from five varieties of grapes, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Our wine tasting was divine!
 






JULY 26, 2014

CORCORAN VINEYARDS

www.corcoranvineyards.com

 

Continuing our winery excursions in Loudoun County, we drove to Corcoran Vineyards, a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the drive. Corcoran has always been a small family run winery only open on the weekends. Owner and winemaker and dynamo, Lori Corcoran, is always on hand to talk to visitors, just as she was the afternoon we were there.

 

Corcoran was the first Winery/Brewery in Virginia and now they have added a Cidery. We tasted the cider which is crisp and refreshing, "somewhere between a glass of wine and a cold beer." The brewery grew too large for the farm and relocated to Purcellville, while the cidery moved into the former brewery, offering both cider and wines.


 

www.corcoranvineyards.com
www.corcoranbrewing.com
www.corcorancider.com
 


 


 

JULY 26, 2014

GREENHILL WINERY & VINEYARDS

www.GreenhillVineyards.com

 

Upon checking in at Salamander, we were offered a glass of Greenhill Vidal Blanc, a lovely start to the weekend. (Salamander supports everything local.) The next day, we drove out to nearby Greenhill Vineyards, formerly Swedenburg Vineyards and one of Virginia's oldest wineries. We were pleased to see that the 145 year old former tobacco packing barn still retained its original charm, but had been transformed into a modern facility with an inviting tasting room. We sat on the deck and enjoyed the beautiful view along with a lovely glass of Greenhill Riesling.
 


 


JULY 19, 2014

KEGS & CORKS WINE FESTIVAL 

Forest Virginia 

 

A light rain in the afternoon cooled things off a bit but didn't dampen the spirits of those attending. The second annual festival, sponsored by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, attracted a good turnout with area wineries and microbreweries offering tastings, continuous entertainment from popular groups, food and retail vendors.

 















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