Doukénie Winery, Purcellville, Virginia
Vol X, Issue No. 10
September 29, 2015

 

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Dear Wine Lover Friends,
 
It's Virginia Wine Month! Time to celebrate the harvest and promote the wines of the Commonwealth. Over 230 wineries and 500-plus retailers will join in, marking the 25th anniversary of this annual wine event.
  
We are pleased to feature Doukénie Winery as our Winery of the Month for October. Situated in Loudoun County's famed "wine country," Doukénie has a spectacular setting, outstanding wines and offers unique opportunities to learn about wine and wine making.
  
Our listing of October Events is jam packed with activities underway all over during Virginia Wine Month. We encourage you to plan your October weekends around the "local crush" at winery events and festivals across the state.
  
Competition for the 2015 Visitor's Choice Awards is underway. Be sure to vote below for your Favorite Virginia Tasting Room.
 
Cheers! 

Frank C. Britt
Publisher  

 
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IN THIS ISSUE

Chesapeake Wine Festival
October 10

 

Winery of the Month

Recipe of the Month

Vino News

What's On Tap


October Events



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CHESAPEAKE VIRGINIA WINE FESTIVALChesapeake
October 10 | Chesapeake City Park (900 Greenbrier Parkway)
 
         
Great wine.  Great food.  Great music for great causes.  Now in its sixth year, the Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival returns to Chesapeake City Park on October 10.  A project of the Chesapeake Rotary Club and presented by Priority Automotive, 100 percent of festival proceeds go to benefit community charities.
 

DRINK IN THE SCENERY AND TASTE THE WINE.Vineyard
Doukénie Winery, Purvellville, Virginia


October is the perfect time to visit Doukénie Winery, a 412 acre farm winery in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, on the edge of Virginia DC's wine country. The setting in Loudoun County is perfection, and there is a sense that fall is in the air with the leaves beginning to put on their seasonal colors. After you drink in the scenery, you'll be ready to taste Doukénie's award-winning wines.



DOUKÉNIE MINESTRONERecipe
A Recipe from Doukénie Winery

Minestrone means "Big Soup" and this version is perfect for a cool October day.
 
Packed with seasonal vegetables, beans and rice, it's a meal in itself.  Serve with crusty bread and a glass of Doukénie red wine.
 
CHEERS TO VIRGINIA WINE MONTHVino
October is dedicated to viniferous passions....31 days of celebrating Virginia's wines and the time to "Discover Your Local Crush." This dedicated wine month coincides with grape harvesting and allows visitors a special experience where local wine tastings, wine trails and vineyard festivals are coupled with the brilliant backdrop of historically significant sites and fall foliage at its prime. For information about the wineries, restaurants and retailers participating in Virginia Wine Month, check our our Events sections and visit www.virginiawine.org and www.virginia.org.



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS
On September 8 the Loudoun Wineries Association announced winners in its First Annual Wine Awards competition. Over 40 wines were recognized, including the top scoring wine, Zephaniah Farm Vineyards 2012 Three Captains Red, which received the Chairman's Grand Award. The Chairman's Reserve Award (top scoring 100% Loudoun County grape-produced wine) went to Bluemont Vineyard 2013 The Ram Merlot. For a complete list of the winners, visit www.loudounwineawards.com.


LEARN ABOUT THE VIRGINIA WINE COUNCIL     
The Council serves as the Virginia wine industry's representative on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to winery and vineyard activity. The VWC provides wineries, vineyards, and state and local governments with a resource to assist in developing state legislation, regulatory policies, and local ordinances that draw the appropriate balance between the reasonable business activities of wineries and the appropriate level of regulation to protect the health, safety, and welfare of citizens. For the 2015 Legislative Priorities of the wine industry, visit www.virginiawinecouncil.org.

Tap

 
 
What do you have on tap? you ask the bartender.   The bartender replies: Beer or wine?   Not so long ago the bartender would just assume you were asking about beer, but no longer, as more and more restaurants are serving wine on tap, along with beer on tap.
Though it's not a new trend, the idea of wine on tap is catching on as producers across the country place their wines in kegs because of the economic and environmental benefits. Virginia is no exception, and a number of prominent wineries are following suit, including Prince Michel Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, Early Mountain Vineyards and Virginia Wine Works.

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 Events
 
 
 
 
October is full of breathtaking foliage. Seasonal food specialties. History and cultural riches at every turn. And, October is Virginia Wine Month. It's a celebration of local wines that includes barrel tastings, winemaker dinners, wine and food pairings, festivals and many other opportunities to "Discover Your Local Crush" at Virginia's 230+ wineries spread across the state. Be sure to check the Virginia Wine Marketing Office website (www.virginiawine.com) for happenings that may not be listed here.
October 2-3-4:  Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy (Mount Vernon)
Celebrate the history of wine with evening candlelit tours and visits to the basement where Washington stored his wine. Tastings by 16 wineries. Bring chairs and blankets to spread out on the lawn.
www.mountvernon.org
 
October 3:  Yorktown Wine Festival
Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown)
The Best of Virginia wines, food and art vendors, entertainment and lots of fun together in a very historic venue.  Festival goes ran or shine.
 
October 3:  Alpaca Lunch
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Alpacas from the Flowing Fleece Farm will be on hand for you to pet.  Bring a picnic lunch to pair with Three Fox wines.
 
October 3: Rock the Grapes Festival
Veramar Vineyards (Berryville)
Spectacular Shenandoah Valley setting. Stomp the Grapes, listen to live music and taste award-winning wines. Artists and crafters. Rain or shine.
 
October 3: Annual Harvest Festival
Rockbridge Vineyard (Raphine)
Celebrate the 23rd anniversary with wine tastings, hayrides, grape stomping and live music.  Bring the kids and lawn chairs.
 
October 3-4:  En Plein Air Weekend
Philip Carter Winery of Virginia (Hume)
Inviting all artists to share in the vineyard grounds by setting up an easel and painting the experience with the wineries.  Participating artists get complimentary glass of wine.
October 3-4: Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival
Celebrate Virginia-2150 Gordon Shelton (Fredericksburg)
The 25th annual festival with 10 wineries, a beer garden, live entertainment and over 50 vendors. Bring a chair or blanket and stay for the afternoon.
 
October 3-4: Fall Festival
DeVault Family Vineyards (Concord)
A great time for the whole family. Wine, beer, food vendors and live music. A haunted wine trail, bounce house and access to the pool, as well as pumpkin contests.
 
October 4: Fall Family Fun Festival
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Lots of fun and games for the whole family. Wine tastings, music by Tim & Felicia Morris and food for purchase.
 
October 4: First Sunday Jazz Series
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)
Jazz in the Courtyard. A free event to enjoy with your family, dogs and friends. Delicious wines and grilled foods (or bring a picnic). Also bring your own seating.
 
October 4: Blues Society JAM
Glass House Winery (Free Union)
Features performances by Jon Spear and many other blues artists.  Food, wines, chocolates and packaged foods available for purchase.  No cover.
 
October 4: Gray Ghost's Wine Library Tasting
Gray Ghost Vineyard (Amissville)
Featuring four library wines with limited number for sale. Fee includes tasting of current releases. Reservations highly recommended: 540-937-4869
www.grayghostvineyards.com
 
October 5: Grand Re-Opening
Attimo Winery (Christiansburg)
New brand of wines will be launched during ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. Entire winery has had a make-over including tasting room update.
 

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 info@vawinelover.com no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.

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Festivals. Festivals. Festivals!  Virginia Wine Lovers love festivals.  Buy tickets for your favorite festivals at "Early Bird" savings.  It's easy.  CLICK HERE to select the festival(s) and follow link to purchase tickets.

 


 

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