Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery, Delaplane VA

Photo Courtesy Candice Adelle Photography

Vol X, Issue No. 6
June 2, 2015





Dear Wine Lover Friends,


Summer gets under way with several popular wine festivals, as well as some brand new ones. Our Festivals of the Week include the Rassawek Spring Jubilee on June 6 & 7 followed by the annual Summer Celebration Festival on the grounds of Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News on June 13. A new event, Bushels & Barrels Local Food, Wine & Beer Festival debuts on June 20 at Reynolds Homestead, and rounding out the month is the Shenandoah Valley Wine & Jazz Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton on June 27.


The June Winery of the Month is Blue Valley Vineyard & Winery in Delaplane, a new state-of-the-art winery and tasting room now open for business. The Fauquier County winery is a great beginning for a weekend of visiting Northern Virginia wineries.


On May 30, the Official Virginia Wine Lover hosted the third annual James River Wine & Music Festival in Lynchburg. It was a great day, and we thank all the wine lovers who participated and attended. If you were one of them, we'd love to have your comments about the festival and any photos you may have taken.




Frank C. Britt










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Festival of the Week: Lee Hall - June 13


Festival of the Week:Bushels & Barrels - June 20


Festival of the Week:Shenandoah - June 27

Winery of the Month:Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery




June 6 & 7, 2015 




The fifth annual festival at Rassawek Vineyard in Columbia, Virginia, spotlights craftsmanship and creativity. It is a unique event in a beautiful setting that celebrates the handmade and the homegrown in the local region.


King Edward & the BD's heads the lineup of popular music groups providing entertainment through the two-day festival. Ten Virginia wineries and two craft breweries will be on hand for tasting and purchasing, and over 25 artisans will demonstrate glass blowing, pottery, basket making, handmade instruments are much more.


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June 13, 2015

Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News



The late spring splendor of Lee Hall Mansion's grounds provides a beautiful setting for the annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival on Saturday, June 13 from 11 am to 6 pm. This is one of the Peninsula's most popular events.


The finest vintages from Virginia's best wineries will be available for tasting and purchase. Live music combines with exquisite food and unique artwork and crafts to make this one of the Peninsula's most popular events.


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BushelsBushels and Barrels Locals Food, Wine and Beer Festival
June 20, 2015




Reynolds Homestead in Critz (Patrick County) is the setting for this unique event on Saturday, June 20, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be great music all day from the CC Coates Band, Firecracker Jam, Chatham County Line and The Northerners and wines from Hamlet Vineyard and Winery, Stanburn Winery, The Homeplace Vineyard and Preston Ridge Winery. Breweries include Licking Hole Creek Brewery and the Devil's Backbone.

Tickets are available in advance at and at Reynolds Homestead, Honduras Coffee Shop and Patrick County Chamber of Commerce: $15 adv; $20 gate; $40 VIP; $10 Designated Driver; $5 ages 13-20; 12 and under free.

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June 27, 2015




The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton is the venue for the 7th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival. The event features member wineries of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail and brews and entertainment from Blue Ridge Beverage and Blue Moon. Hours are 1:00 to 7:00 pm.


Festival admission includes a tour of the Museum and souvenir wine glass.  Attendees must be 21 and present a valid ID at the gate.  Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door; Non-tasting $10; Student $9; Children 6-12 are $6, 5 and under Free.


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Views of the Blue Ridge in Every Direction
Blue Valley Vineyard & Winery
Delaplane, Virginia


One of Virginia's newest wineries, Blue Valley in Fauquier County has a spectacular setting with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Blue Valley is owned and operated by the father and son team of John and Stergio Zissios whose family began making wine generations ago in the mountains of the Macedonian area of Greece, one of the world's oldest winemaking regions.

The Zissios continue to draw inspiration from their heritage and have imbued the old-world spirit into their wines. They believe that the key to making good wine is patience and attention to detail, both of which they adhere to daily. The Zissios oversee every aspect of the winery operation with award winning John Levenberg as the Winemaker, assisted by Tyler Henley.

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Scallop Ceviche
A Recipe from Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery

Pair with Blue Valley Pinot Gris with lush pear on the nose, refreshing lime zest and green apple on the palate. It's a well-rounded wine with bright acidity that pairs well with scallop ceviche.

Click Here for Recipe


June 5, 6, 7: Mountain Adventure Weekend

Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)

A weekend dedicated to nature, outdoor recreation, fresh air, mountain vistas, great food and awesome wines. Check the website for full details.

June 5: Live After Five

The Winery at Bull Run (Centreville)

First in the series of Live After Five every Friday night. Live bands with different genres each week, 5:30-8:30. Holly Montgomery with Country cover songs kicks off the series.


June 6: Annual Corn Hole Tournament

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

Great setting for this popular annual event. Get your team together and enter the double elimination tournament. Competition begins at l:00.


June 6: Grand Opening of New Outdoor Space

Keswick Vineyards (Keswick)

Space includes new deck, outdoor tasting bar and plenty of tables and umbrellas. Specials and giveaways throughout the day. Rockfish Gap Bluegrass and Black Jack's Mobile Soul Food.




June 6: Rassawek Spring Jubilee Wine & Heritage Festival

Rassawek Vineyard (Columbia/Goochland County)

Two wonderful festivals at one location. Activities include steam train ride, acoustic music, antique cars, kids' activities, local produce, chocolate, gourmet foods . . . lots of wine, of course. And more!




June 6: Chef Series Kicks Off

Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)

Local Roots, Roanoke's top spot for locavore dining comes to Foggy Ridge. Chef Matt offers three pairings to sample with three ciders. Reservations.


June 6: Notaviva Bluegrass Jam

Notaviva Vineyards (Purcellville)

Featuring Short Hill Mountain Boys. Jams are open to players of all skill levels. Come jam along or just enjoy the music. Wine and snacks.


June 6: Dog Days of Summer

DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)

Bring your pooch (on a leash) for a day of fun and games to support Madison Co. Animal Shelter. Music by Kat and the Travelers.


June 6: Annual Wine & Trotter Festival

Shenandoah County Fairgrounds (Woodstock)

Thrilling harness races from noon to 4:00. Great music, food, crafters and 10 wineries of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. A fun event!


June 7: Library Tasting

Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)

Three or four wines featured with limited number available for sale to those participating. Reservations recommended.


June 7: Sunday Jazz

Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)

First Sunday through October with jazz musicians on the courtyard. A free event to enjoy with family, dogs and friends. Wines and grilled foods available to purchase.


June 7: Wine and Design

Trump Winery (Charlottesville)

Join in an afternoon of painting. Instruction and materials provided. Light hors d'oeuvres and glass of wine included. Reservations.


June 7: Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin

Hiddencroft Vineyards (Lovettsville)

Sip a glass of wine and converse with Mr. Jefferson and Dr. Franklin about the superiority of wine over whiskey in their day and the state of Virginia wine today.



June 13: Summer Celebration at Lee Hall

Lee Hall Mansion (Newport News)

One of the Peninsula's most popular events, on the beautiful Mansion grounds blooming with late spring splendor. The finest vintages from Virginia's best wineries along with live music, exquisite food and unique crafts.


 June 20: Three Rivers Wine Festival

Town Square (West Point)

Inaugural event  in beautiful downtown West Point celebrates the active and growing Virginia wine industry. Savor delicious specialty foods and wines from 10+ wineries, craft artisans, music  and fun activities for the whole family.


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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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