September 2014 
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September 23, 2014

Vol. IX, Issue No. 9

Dear Virginia Wine Lover,


Wine festivals and winery events from the mountains of the Blue Ridge to the beaches of Tidewater.  Check out our Events Calendar and plan an excursion to experience Virginia's wines.

Be sure to enter this month's Beliveau Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes. The lucky winner will spent a weekend at the luxurious Beliveau Estate Winery Bed & Breakfast in Blacksburg.

As always, thanks for your interest in the Official Virginia Wine Lover...and in Virginia Wines. We hope to see you along the wine trail this September. Cheers!

Frank C. Britt 
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P.S. Enter below to win two tickets to the Taste of Freedom Festival on September 20 at Montpelier, the spectacular estate of President James Madison in Orange County.

Register to Win 

2 Tickets

Taste of Freedom 

Wine Festival


September 20, 2014






Blacksburg, Virginia


Spend a weekend at Beliveau and you'll want to return again, and again.  Situated on 165 spectacular acres with an award-winning winery and a premium bed and breakfast, this country  estate is just 12 miles from downtown Blacksburg. 


Begin your morning with a delectable multi-course gourmet breakfast then spend the day exploring the property with its spectacular mountain views.  Hike or bike the on-site trails, canoe or fish the stocked ponds, climb to the hilltop pavilion, then relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the outdoor patio.


Beliveau Estate Winery is the perfect place to wine, dine, stay and play.  Enjoy!


Beliveau Estate Winery
5415 Gallion Ridge Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060



Weekend Getaway

Beliveau Estate Winery Inn 

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The winners of  USA TODAY's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards for Best Wine Region in the World to visit were announced recently.  Nominees were chosen by a panel of experts and then voted on by the public. 


1. Alentejo, Portugal 
2. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
3. Maipo, Chili 
4. Marlborough, New Zealand 
5. Croatia 

6. Napa Valley, California
7. Tuscany, Italy
8. Oregon
9. Hunter Valley, Australia


Luca Paschina, Winemaker and General Manager of Barboursville Vineyards, has been  inducted into the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic with the rank of Commendatore.  The honor is Italy's recognition of the highest distinction in occupations that reflect honor upon the nation and the Italian people.  The Order of Merit represents "the embrace of a different region, so distant from its ancient Italian cradle, for excellence which brings luster to the Italian patrimony of wine, itself.  In addition, it is an expression of gratitude for bringing distinction to a pursuit Italy embraces with intense filial pride."



Pete Murray Johns Pete Murray Johns, vice-president and managing partner of New Kent Wineries, died August 20 at age 69.  A former Houston Oiler defensive back, Johns not only loved football, he loved wine.  According to an article in the Tidewater Review, it was his love of wine that pushed Johns to develop the Farms of New Kent and New Kent Winery.  New Kent's 2009 Reserve Chardonnay was awarded the 2011 Virginia Governor's Cup.  He was active in Virginia's wine industry and a current board member of the Virginia Wineries Association.


Much to Johns' credit, New Kent County was voted one of the top 100 fastest growing counties in the country in 2006.  New Kent County Administrator Rodney Hathaway said, "Because of his vision and enthusiasm, Pete, perhaps more than anyone else, has taken New Kent from an economy based primarily on agriculture to one that also includes commercial and light industry. We're fortunate to be able to appreciate for years to come, the great things Pete did for New Kent County."


Roy L. Williams, Old Dominion University professor who was widely known as a wine educator, died July 28 at the age of 77.  He was the Virginia Wine Industry Person of the Year in 2001.  Among Dr. Williams many accomplishments was the establishment of the Enological Research Facility at ODU in 1991, and he presented ERF research throughout the United States, in France, Portugal and Germany.  Under the auspices of ERF, he taught a wine appreciation class at ODU for 15 years.  He was the founder and director of Norfolk's Town Point Virginia Wine Competition and led the annual ODU Alumni Association Wine Dinner.  Retired from the university, he had rekindled a passion for art by painting in the Japanese Sumi-e tradition and maintained a studio in Smithfield.





The third annual Virginia Wine Summit will bring wine experts and industry leaders from around the country to Richmond on October 21st to discuss, taste and celebrate the state of Virginia's wine and food culture.  Keynote speaker is Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine magazine.  The Summit is open to the public.  For additional information and to register, visit


APOLOGIES ARE IN ORDER                                                                                                              

The top 12 scoring wines in Virginia's wine competition that make up the Governor's Cup Case were incorrectly listed in the July 2014 Newsletter.  Here is the corrected list:    


Octagon Barboursville Vineyard - 2010

Malvaxia Passito Barboursville Vineyard - 2008

Nebbiolo Reserve  Barboursville Vineyard - 2010                                                     Meritage Barren Ridge Vineyard - 2009

Tannat Fabbioli Cellars - 201

Tannat Horton Vineyards - 2010

Meritage King Family Vineyards - 2011

Meritage North Gate Vineyard - 2011

Meritage Rockbridge Vineyards - 2008

Mosaic Sunset Hills Vineyard - 2010

Chardonnay Two Twisted Post Winery - 2012

Adagio Williamsburg Winery - 2010 (winner of the 2014 Governor's Cup)



In May 2011, the Virginia Wine Board designated Viognier as Virginia's official Signature Grape.  (Virginia Wine Council)

Low Country Oysters

(Simple to prepare but SO delicious!)

Enjoy with a glass of Virginia Viognier.







September 25:  Thirsty Thursdays 

RSO Designer House (Midlothian)

A fund raiser for the Richmond Symphony featuring Virginia Wineries for wine and music soirees.  James River Cellars featured on Sept. 25.

September 20:  8th Annual Lucy Stomp

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

The original NOVA wine country "Stomp Like Lucy" event. Lucy/Ricky/Fred/Ethel costume contest. Live music by the Exaggerations and fresh Tuscan pizzas.

September 20:  Harvest Jubilee and Wine Festival

Avoca Museum (Altavista)

Seven Virginia wineries, live music by the "Steve Freeman Band" and the "Deanie Blues Band", local craft and merchandise vendors, food vendors and children's activities.

September 21:  Constitution Day Celebration

Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)

Celebrate the birthday of the Constitution with music in the Tasting Room by "The Accidentals", a local swing band.

September 21:  Cider and Food Dance Together

Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)

Roanoke's Lucky Restaurant takes a trip to the mountains with their French & Southern inspired gastropub food to pair with Foggy Ridge Cider. Eat, drink, enjoy!

September 27:  Fall Wine Music Concert

Doukenie Winery (Purcellville)

Let's do music! Bring chairs and blankets to relax by the pond and listen to the headliner
"Billy Thompson Band" playing blues rock, funk and New Orleans R&B.


September 27:  Annual Harvest Fest

Potomac Point Vineyard (Stafford)

Full day with great games, festive food, grape stomping and live music by "David Andrew Smith". Guest wineries James River and DelFosse will offer comp wine tastings.

September 27:  Festival of Grapes and Hops

Farmer's Market (Petersburg)

Walk in history in beautiful Old Towne as you enjoy tastings by wineries and craft breweries. Foods, live entertainment, crafters and artisans.

September 27:  South Hill Wine Festival

Centennial Park (South Hill)

Come for the wine. Stay for the weekend. Sponsored by the Rotary Club and featuring area-wide wineries, artists, music, food and more.


September 27:  Oyster Festival 

DuCard Vineyards (Madison)

This is a day made in heaven. Steamed and raw oysters plus delicious crab cakes from the Rappahannock Company paired with Viognier and Gibson Hollow White. Great music.

September 27:  Bark, Wag & Wine

Chrysalis Vineyards (Middleburg)

To benefit Operation Paws for Homes. Meet OPH families and dogs. Enjoy wine, live music and an incredible silent auction.

September 27:  Fluvanna Country Wine Festival

Pleasant grove Park (Palmyra)

Eight wineries, arts and crafts, specialty food vendors, children's entertainment and live entertainment from four bands. Sponsored by Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce.

September 27:  Charity Wine Life Festival

2910 District Avenue (Fairfax)

Sponsored by Swirl & Sip, taste over 150 premium and value-driven wines. Proceeds benefit Jr. League of Northern Va.

September 27-28:  Smith Mountain Lake Festival

Lakewatch Plantation (Moneta)

A real lake tradition for 26 years! Imagine 27 Virginia Wineries and 85 quality craft and food vendors. Music by "Tim Martin", "Fuzzy Logic Band" and "The Harwell-Grice Band".

September 28:  Flowers with Foxie

Afton Mountain Vineyards (Afton)

Join Foxie Morgan from Pharsalia Estate for a flower arranging class. Bring small container. Includes flowers, instruction, glass of wine and a lot of fun.

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.  


AUGUST 30, 2014


Rebec Vineyards, Amherst VA



With sunshine and warm temperatures, it was a perfect day to enjoy tastings by nine area wineries.  Attendees brought chairs and blankets to spread out under the shade trees, listening to the music and sampling the fare.  It was a lazy afternoon at Rebec in anticipation of the much larger Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival that is scheduled for October 11 and 12.











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