Virginia Wine Summit - April 5, 2016     

    

Vol XI, Issue No. 5
May 3, 2016

 

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 Wine Lover Friends, PublisherLetter

May brings opportunities to visit interesting wineries and attend events where you can sample the ever growing list of Virginia wines. Take particular note of our featured Festivals of the Week and scroll down to Events for a list of where to go and what to do this month.
           
The Winery of the Month is Narmada Winery in Amissville. Stop by for a visit and tasting; the staff is welcoming and knowledgeable. Mention that you read about Narmada in the Official Virginia Wine Lover, and your tasting will be on the house!
  
In April, we were pleased to attend the 2016 Virginia Wine Summit. It was a great day with opportunities to discuss, taste and celebrate the exciting state of Virginia wine. See photos in We Were There.

Cheers!

Frank Britt
 
Frank C. Britt
Publisher 
Official Virginia Wine Lover  
 
 
 
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE

Narmada Winery

Palak Paneer
 

Festival of the Week

May 7-8

Montpelier Wine Festival

 

Festival of the Week
May 21
Virginia Wine & Craft Festival

 

Festival of the Week
May 28

Valley Fest Beer & Wine Festival 

 

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THE REALIZATION OF A DREAMDoukenie
Narmada Winery
Amissville, Virginia
  
Imagine you and your spouse, out for a romantic 30th anniversary dinner at the world-renowned Inn at Little Washington, contemplating your future years together. "Honey, what shall we do when we retire?" After a couple of decades living in the hustle and bustle of Fairfax County, the open, rolling spaces of Rappahannock County beckon. The husband harkens back to his youth, remembering the agrarian roots of his family back home. The wife recalls their world travels, reminiscing about the countries they've visited and the wines they've shared.
At this inspired moment, Pandit and Sudha Patil determined they would open a winery.
Narmada Winery is the realization of their dream. On 51 acres off Rt. 211 in Amissville, Pandit and Sudha planted vines, cautiously and judiciously. What began as two acres of Vidal has now grown to over 20 acres with ten different varietals, both hybrid and vinifera. In the 6 years since the winery opened, Sudha's skill at winemaking has garnered over 60 gold medals.
 

 

PALAK PANEERRecipe
Recipe courtesy of Narmada Winery | Amissville, Virginia 

Palak Paneer is a popular vegetarian Indian dish consisting of paneer in a thick paste made from pured spinach, tomato gravy sauce and seasoned with garlic, garam masala and other spices. 
 
(Paneeer is a fresh cheese common in Indian cuisines.  If unavailable, substitute farmers cheese or ricotta).
 
  
MONTPELIER WINE FESTIVALMontpelier
May 7-8, 2016
James Madison's Montpelier
 
 
Sample wines from Virginia wineries at the 26th annual Montpelier Wine Festival on the grounds of James Madison's Montpelier, located along Route 20, just south of the town of Orange.  Festival hours are 11 to 6, Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday. Spend the day tasting wines and enjoying distinctive arts and crafts, specialty food vendors, live music, a contest for the most exceptional hats, and horse drawn wagon rides!  New this year you will find a Classic Car Parking area and Corn Hole games.
 
VIRGINIA WINE & CRAFT FESTIVALVirginia 
May 21, 2016
Front Royal, Virginia
 
Celebrate with the Virginia Wine & Craft Festival as they mark their 30-year anniversary. Don't miss a minute of this fun-filled day of shopping, live music, delicious food and, of course, wine tastings in historic downtown Front Royal. Festival gates open at 10 am with activities and live entertainment throughout the day until 6 pm.
 
Some 20 Virginia wineries will offer tastings. Over 100 vendors, artists and crafters will exhibit fine handmade jewelry, wine glasses, musical instruments, pottery and ceramics, clothing, original paintings and artwork, antiques, and more.
 
VALLEY FEST BEER & WINE FESTIVALVALLEYFEST 
May 28, 2016
MaGayesville, Virginia
Kick off summer this Memorial Day weekend at the 16th annual Valley Fest Beer & Wine Festival. More than 4000 attendees are drawn to the slopes of the Massanutten Resort in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley for a wide variety of wines and microbrews, live entertainment, foods and quality artisans. This is a rain or shine event.
 
 
WINERY FOR SALEVinoNews 
A spectacular location! If you have dreamed of your own winery, Mt. Vale Vineyards could be the answer to your dreams. It's a successful business ready for a new owner. Popular wines, tasting room, event and wedding venue and production facilities....all in one "grape" destination! Click 
here for details.
 
Future
CHECK FUTURE FESTIVALS EACH MONTH
FOR ADDITIONAL 2016 FESTIVALS AND THE OPPORTUNITY
TO PURCHASE TICKETS AT EARLY BIRD SAVINGS.
 
To Select Festival and Follow Link to Purchase Tickets
Events
May 1: Chocolate Loves Cider
Blue Bee Cider (Richmond)
A unique pairing experience featuring locally made Blue Bee cider and John Gearharts handcrafted chocolates.  Reservations in advance.
 
May 1: Library Tasting
Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)
Past vintages of Gray Ghost in the wine library with the owners and winemakers.  Limited number of each wine available for sale. 
 
May 1: Spring Kite Day
868 Estate (Purcellville)
Fly a kite on the 868 feet high hill.  Limited number of kites will be given away.  Pizzas and wine tasting in tasting room or full lunch from The 868 Grill. 
 
May 1: Wine Pairing Dinner
Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)
Three course menu by Mouth Wide Open from Charlottesville.  Includes Crab Cake, Ribeye Cutlet and Bananas Foster, each paired with special wine.  Reservations.
 
May 7: Release of the Gewurztraminer
Afton Mountain Vineyards (Afton)
This delicious,wonderful wine has been sold out since last September.  Now released just in time for warm weather. 
 
May 7: Weekend Plant Sale
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Mother's Day Weekend will feature plants from Madison Garden Club and the soulful music of Erin Lunsford on the patio.
 
May 7: A Taste of New Kent                                                           
New Kent Winery (New Kent)
On the beautiful grounds of New Kent Winery with 14 Virginia wineries, live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, carriage rides and more.
 
May 7: Kentucky Derby
Winery at Kindred Pointe
The 142nd running of the Derby on the big screen.  Music by Randy Black entertainment before race time around 6:30.
 
May 7: Wine and Food Pairing Program
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
New.  Unique gourmet food and wine program for couples and small groups on selected Saturdays and Sundays in the winery or private events room.
May 7-8: Montpelier Spring Wine Festival
1130 Constitution Hwy (Montpelier Station)
Annual festival on the spectacular grounds of President Madison's Montpelier.  Tastings by Virginia wineries, specialty foods and vendors, live music, wagon rides and hat contest.
May 7-8:  MOM for Mom
Narmada Winery (Amissville)
Complimentary tastings and roses for Moms all weekend, along with food pairings and live music.  MOM, the signature wine, is a great Mother's Day gift.
 
 
May 8: French Crepe Day
DelFosse Vineyards & Winery (Faber)
Select from menu of savory and sweet crepes and wine by the glass or bottle, all available for purchase.  Let them know you're coming.
 
May 8 is Mother's Day!
Many Virginia Wineries have events to celebrate this special day.
Check with your favorite winery to see what they have planned.
 
 
 
 
May 8: Pastry, Mimosa and Sparkling Bar
Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)
Celebrate Mother's Day in Paradise with various pastry assortments as well as mimosas and sparkling wine available by the glass.  Starts at 11 until supplies last.
 
 
 
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.
 
Virginia Wine SummitWeWereThere
April 5, 2016
Salamander Resort, Middleburg, VA

A great day for Virginia wine!  Winery owners, wine makers, wine shop owners, members of the media....all manner of wine lovers gathered to celebrate and share their love for Virginia wine. The day began with the Grand Tasting of Virginia's White Wines compared to their counterparts from other notable wine regions.  Jon Bonne' was the keynote speaker for a fabulous lunch, followed by informative afternoon sessions and closing reception attended by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

 

Taste of Spring
April 15-16, 2016
The Tides, Irvington, VA

The weekend got underway with a roast of Rappahannock oysters, followed by a three-course dinner paired with Devils Backbone brews, and gourmet s'mores under the stars by the bonfire.  Saturday's festival, outdoor overlooking Carters Creek, included wine and beer tastings, artisan foods, endless entertainment and oysters, oysters, oysters!
 
 
 
 


 

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