November 2014 
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November 4, 2014

Vol. IX, Issue No. 11

Dear Virginia Wine Lover,

Leaf peeping and wine tasting are "musts" this November. It's definitely a time for weekend outings to admire the beauty along the byways and celebrate the grape harvest at Virginia's growing number of wineries.


We hope your travels will take you to our featured Festivals of the Week and other events that span Virginia from the Shenandoah Valley to the Chesapeake Bay. Shenandoah Uncorked will take place at Shenandoah Cavern's Yellow Barn on November 8 and Taste by the Bay is scheduled for November 22 at the Tides Inn in Irvington.

If you love Virginia wine, it's a good bet you also love Virginia oysters, in which case your November travels must include a trip to the Eastern Shore for Virginia Wine & Brine Month. Among the numerous events are traditional Shore oyster roasts, wine & oyster festivals, wine dinners and raw bar tastings.

November is the month when we pause to give thanks for our many blessings. We thank you for sharing our passion about Virginia wines and for your continuing interest in learning about the people, places, events and trends as they relate to wines of the commonwealth.

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving . . . and, Cheers!


Frank C. Britt 
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Taste the Wines. Drink in the Scenery.

November is a great time to visit Doukénie Winery. The setting is spectacular, with breathtaking views of the Short Hill Mountain begging you to drink in the scenery.

The Doukénie staff, like their counterparts at many of Virginia's wineries, have been busy in the fields, picking and then processing grapes for the 2014 releases. Their goal is to produce the finest wines possible. That means striving to put what is harvested from the vineyards right into the bottle. (Check out our Blog, for more insider info.)

Doukénie's classic Bordeaux-style, 2012 Vintner's Reserve, is perfect to drink as you cozy up to the fire. The medium-bodied blend of cherry, oak, chocolate, tobacco, with subtle hints of vanilla provides a silky mouthfeel with gentle tannins, and a long finish. This excellent wine will pair beautifully with aromatic roasts of veal, lamb, pork, or beef.

Greek Style by Hope Bazaco
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NOVEMBER 8, 2014                                                             SHENANDOAH UNCORKED                                                 Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns (Quicksburg, VA)  


Explore Virginia Wine, food and crafts at the fifth annual Shenandoah Uncorked on November 8 at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. With over 10 Virginia wineries, great food, unique crafts and a variety of kid's activities, there's something for everyone at Shenandoah Uncorked. 

The festival starts at 10 AM and goes until 4:30 pm. Admission to the festival is free. Wine tasting is only $15 and includes a souvenir glass. In addition to wine tasting there will be specialty food vendors, high quality crafters, and antique tractors for guests to enjoy. 



NOVEMBER 22, 2014

Tides Inn (Irvington, VA)


  Wine, Food, Arts & Ale! They're all on tap for the November 22 Taste by the Bay festival on the grounds of the Tides Inn in Irvington, one of Virginia's premier resorts. 

The highly anticipated second year festival is presented by the Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce. Ten Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail wineries will be sampling and selling their wines. Craft breweries and local restaurants will also be on hand with special tastings. A variety of artisan vendors will display their wares just in time for the holiday shopping season, and music will be provided by The Delvers, an Americana band popular around the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area for over 25 years.



November will now officially celebrate the Eastern Shore's distinct viticulture and aquaculture offerings and tout the hyper-local benefits of growing grapes within steps of some of the best aqua farming in the country. A full calendar of events includes traditional Shore oyster roasts, wine & oyster festivals, wine dinners, raw bar tastings, and even a documentary film viewing of Watermen. Visit for complete listing of Wine & Brine events on Virginia's Eastern Shore. 

November 14-16:   
Oyster & Wine Invitational Weekend           


November 28-30:
Art Studio Wine Tour & Oyster Roast Weekend 

The Inn at Onancock and the Cape Charles House B&B are teaming up to bring you Oyster and Wine Lovers' Weekends in November. A full weekend (2-night minimum) with special offer of 50% off on third night.  Fabulous accommodations and gourmet breakfasts, wine tastings and oyster pairings, and much more. 


Inn at Onancock / 757-789-7711 /                                                              Cape Charles House B&B / 757-331-4920 /

November 5:  Film Screening:  Watermen

The Barrier Islands Center (Machipongo)

Join us at The Barrier Islands Center for a special screening of the "Watermen" film. In this third chapter of his acclaimed Eastern Shore trilogy, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker James Spione explores the lives of the last independent fishermen to work the waters of the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay.

November 7:  Meet the Carvers   

The Barrier Islands Center (Machipongo)

The Barrier Islands Center is honored to present an opportunity to meet and mingle with renowned decoy carvers Grayson Chesser, Cigar Daisey, Arthur Leonard, Ken Marshall, Cork McGhee, Cameron McIntyre, Ian McNair, Mark McNair, Pete Peterson, and P.G. Ross. Reception, exhibit, and casual conversations with Virginia's finest carvers.           

November 8:  Terroir & Merroir Oyster Extravaganza 

Chatham Vineyards on Church Creek (Machipongo) 

An annual Oyster Extravaganza! Partake in a tasting of Chardonnay from Chatham Vineyards  along with heirloom oysters from the surrounding waterways... oysters cultivated as carefully as the vines are tended to express terroir to its fullest potential. TICKETS: $45/adults and $15/children (12 and under) | Advanced Reservations required.      

November 15:  Oyster & Wine Fest 

Blue Crab Bay Co. (Melfa)

Blue Crab Bay Co.'s first Oyster and Wine Fest with local Shooting Point Oyster Co. serving fresh, crisp oysters on the half shell. The Great Machipongo Clam Shack will serve oyster shooters, a bloody Mary-esque shot using Blue Crab's Sting Ray Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer®; clam chowder and award-winning wines from Chatham Vineyards.        

November 22:  Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast 

The Barrier Islands Center (Machipongo)

The annual Ducks Unlimited Oyster Roast helps to preserve the very waters that provide the oysters that are the center piece of this feast. Held on the property of the Barrier Island Center, an historic almshouse, you feast on smoky, roasted oysters, juicy pork barbecue, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and assorted desserts.

November 29:  Cape Charles Historical Society Oyster Roast  

Cape Charles Museum (Cape Charles)

17th annual Oyster Roast with a menu including local oysters (roasted and raw), fried chicken, salads and desserts. Beer and wine available.  Silent auction and music by The Waterfront Band.  Bring your dancing shoes.  



November 14-23 is Cider Week in Virginia, a statewide celebration of locally fermented cider, with tastings, workshops and other events that invite cider lovers to experience the historic craft firsthand.  Virginia has eight licensed cider producers and three more are in the planning stage.  To learn about Cider Week and a complete listing of events and locations serving hard cider, visit the website at

November 6-7:  Wine & Soup Weekend

Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)

A great way to warm up from the inside out.  Sit and relax in front of the fireplace with a hot, freshly prepared bowl of soup, warm baguette and a glass of wine.

November 8:  St. Martin's Day Celebration

Morais Vineyards (Bealeton)

A fun, festive day with wine, local craft beers, live music, roasted chestnuts, Bad to the Bone BQ and Tabbacology Cigars.  Featuring cars by The Porsche Club.

November 8:  Shenandoah Uncorked Wine Festival

The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns (Quicksburg)

Fifth annual with more than 10 Virginia wineries, food, fine crafts, local agricultural displays and antique tractors.  Lots of activities, mini barrel train rides and pedal tractor races.  Admission is free; fee for wine tasting.

November 8:  Annual Post Harvest Roast and Toast

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

Toast completion of the harvest with toasted marshmallows, hot dogs and hamburgers.  Enjoy some Three Fox wine while listening to Annie Stokes, an indie-folk performer.

November 8:  Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant (Floyd)

A wonderful evening of fun and mystery, including fabulous multi-course dinner, glass of wine paired with each course and very entertaining show.  Prepaid reservations required.

November 8-9:  International Cheese Tasting

Grayhaven Winery (Gum Spring)

Sample over 25 artisan cheeses from around the world paired with Grayhaven wines and some of your favorites from South Africa.  Price includes wine and cheese tasting.

November 9:  Carytown Food & Wine Festival

Cary Court (Richmond)

 "A Taste of Carytown" with renowned Virginia wineries educating and providing samples of their wines, plenty of great food from local restaurants.  Unlimited tastings.

November 9:  Fall Oyster Crawl

Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail (Richmond County)

Sample wine and a variety of oyster specialties at the participating wineries, with each offering unique pairings.  Learn about the oysters and wines of the region.

November 14-23:  Special Cider Week Events

Cobbler Mountain Cellars (Delaplane)

Seven days of pub tastings, featuring cider, picnic fare, live pub music, day hikes and gorgeous mountain vistas; Cider under the Stars camping and Sunday cider brunches.

November 15:  Harvest Feast Dinner

Jefferson Vineyards (Charlottesville)

A delightful dinner treat, pairing nature's bounty with a special selection of wines.
Prepared by Chef Tucker Yoder of the Clifton Inn. Reservations.

November 15:  Fall Barrel Tasting

Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)

Leaves are falling and winter is coming so warm up with premium wine direct from the barrels. Stock up with your favorites for the holiday season ahead.  Live music and light fare. Reservations. 

November 15:  Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant (Floyd)

An evening of fun and mystery.  Includes a fabulous multi-course dinner, glass of wine paired with each course and a very entertaining show.  Prepaid reservations required.

November 15:  Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

Poplar Forest (Forest)

Adult event featuring 15+ wineries, artisans, local food purveyors and music.  Mr. Jefferson and Gabrielle Rausse will engage in their annual discussion of wine.

November 15:  Awww Shucks!  Oyster Roast

Virginia Living Museum (Newport News)

All you can eat oysters, chowder and shrimp plus beer, wine and cider.  Live music, raffles, oyster shucking demos and stargazing after dark.  Proceeds benefit the Museum.

November 15:  Richmond Cider Celebration

17th Street Farmers' Market (Richmond)

Virginia's cideries will come together for tastings, apple and cider dishes and all around apple-oriented fun.  Tickets include 10 cider tastings.  Rain or shine event.

November 15:  Become Part of A Mystery

Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)

You are the detective, trying to solve the crime.  It's part acting.  It's part puzzle.  It's part deductive logic.  It's ALL fun.  Includes one glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres.

November 15-16:  Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point

November 15-16:  Oyster Roast at Cardinal Point

Live music and oysters from Rappahannock River Oyster Co.  Music by The Cashmere Jungle Lords on Saturday; The Atkinsons on Sunday.



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.  


October 11-12, 2014

Rebec Vineyards & Winery (Amherst)

It was another reekin' good time for visitors to the annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival hosted by Rebec Vineyards in Amherst, Virginia.  The odiferous event attracted thousands of wine lovers for wine tastings, foods and crafts, entertainment on five stages, and garlic, garlic, garlic!  Don't miss it next October!


October 21, 2014
Jefferson Hotel, Richmond 

The Virginia Wine Summit on October 21 was a great success with wine experts and industry leaders from around the country in attendance.  Panels, tastings, and discussions were held throughout the day-long event which featured an address by keynote speaker Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine.  The Summit was hosted by the Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe  
(Photos courtesy of Jay Paul for the Virginia Wine Marketing Office)

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