Lavender Field at Beliveau Estate Winery     

    

Vol XI, Issue No. 6
May 31, 2016

 

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 Wine Lover Friends, PublisherLetter

Festivals are favorite outings for Virginians, particularly wine festivals. They provide opportunities to learn about Virginia's wonderful wines and to visit some of the state's most interesting sites. There are wine festivals in every region of Virginia this month, and we are pleased to feature just a few in this issue.
  
June gets underway with our very own festival on the banks of the James River on June 11 when the James River Wine & Music Festival returns to its original venue in Riverfront Park. The same day in Newport News, the 15th annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival will be held on the grounds of Lee Hall Mansion. Bushels & Barrels Local Food, Wine & Beer Festival returns to Reynolds Homestead on June 17 & 18. Rounding out the month is the Shenandoah Valley Wine & Jazz Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton on June 25.
  
The June Winery of the Month is Cooper Vineyards in Louisa, conveniently located off I64 just a short drive from Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. Make a point to visit this month.
  
Hope to see you along the wine trail . . . Cheers!

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

Cooper Vineyards

Cooper Chicken Salad
 

Festival of the Week

June 11

James River Wine & Music Festival

  

Festival of the Week
June 11
Summer Celebration Wine Festival

 

Festival of the Week
June 17-18
Bushels & Barrels

  

Festival of the Week

June 25

Shenandoah Valley Wine & Jazz Festival

 

Future Festivals

June Events
 



 
 
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A Tradition of Remarkable Wines in a Relaxing Atmosphere
Louisa, Virginia
  
  
Cooper Vineyards is just a short drive from Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. It is a real destination stop with wonderful views of the vineyards and the pond. The winery includes 103 acres, 22 of which are planted with a number of varietals including Albarino, Cabernet Franc, Chardonel, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Vidal Blanc and Viognier. Chambourcin was recently planted with the first vintage expected in 2018.
 
The new vineyard in Free Union, which is part of the Monticello AVA, is planted with Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Viognier varietals. The first full harvest is expected in 2017.
 
Cooper Vineyards was licensed in July 1999 as Virginia's 53rd Farm Winery. The first year's production was 250 cases compared to approximately 6,000 cases now bottled by Cooper. The winery is a member of the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail.
 
 

CHICKEN SALAD WITH RED GRAPES & PECANSRecipe
Recipe courtesy of Cooper Vineyards | Louisa, Virginia 

 

 
A light and refreshing summer recipe to pair with Cooper Vineyards Traminette, Albarino or Chardonnay.

 

 

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(Central Virginia)
JAMES RIVER WINE & MUSIC FESTIVALJAR
 
June 11, 2016
Riverfront Park, Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia
 
 
The festival returns to its roots "Down by the River" where wine enthusiasts will gather on the banks of the historic James River for an afternoon of wine tasting and music. The Festival is the first event to be held at Riverfront Park in three years since it closed for major construction. Hours are 11 am to 6 pm.
 
Now in its fourth year, the festival features tastings by award-winning Virginia wineries and a popular craft brewery, "cool music" for listening and dancing, food trucks, artists exhibiting and selling their work, unique vendors, wine garden and VIP tent. It is a rain or shine event.
 
  
 
(Eastern Virginia)
SUMMER CELEBRATION WINE FESTIVALSUMMER
 
June 11, 2016
Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News, Virginia
 
   
The splendor of Lee Hall Mansion's beautiful grounds provides the setting for the 15th annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival from 11 am to 6 pm. The finest vintages from Virginia's best wineries will be available for tasting and purchase. Live music combines with exquisite food and unique crafts to make this one of the Peninsula's most popular events.
Wineries include Byrd Cellars, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Horton Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Mermaid Winery, Naked Mountain Winery, Rebec Vineyards and Saude Creek Vineyards. Joe's Day Off and the Rhythm Kings will provide the music.

 

BUSHELS & BARRELSBushels 
June 17-18, 2016
Reynolds Homestead, Critz, Virginia
    
Reynolds Homestead in Critz (Patrick County) is the setting for this unique event which gets underway on Friday with sustainability workshops and an evening concert. The festival on Saturday is from 10 am to 5 pm and features wineries from around the region providing tastings and purchases. Devil's Backbone will keep the beer flowing. There will be great music all day from Rinaldi Flying Circus, Yarn, and Slick Jr. and the Reactors. 
   
 
 
 

SHENANDOAH VALLEY WINE & JAZZ FESTIVALShenandoah 
June 25, 2016
Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton, Virginia
     
 
The 8th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival 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.
 
Wineries participating include Barren Ridge Vineyards, Blue Ridge Vineyard, Bluestone Vineyard, Cave Ridge Vineyard, CrossKeys Vineyards, Hunts Vineyard, North Mountain Vineyard, Rockbridge Vineyard, and Wolf Gap Vineyard. They will be joined by a variety of food and craft vendors.
 
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
June 1: Waterside Wednesdays
Glass House Winery (Free Union)
Series continues through Wednesdays in June featuring live acoustic music at the glass House dock.  Open to the public; no cover.  Wine available for bottle sales.  Picnics encouraged.
 
June 4: Stargazing Party
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Appreciate the universe we live in with some truly awesome stargazing.  Informational program by Charlottesville Astronomical Society.  Bring your own telescopes.
 
June 4: Chef Series
Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)
Learn how cider and food dance well together.  Chef from Local Roots will prepare tapas-size dishes to pair with three award-winning ciders.  Reserve now.
 
June 4: Bordeaux Blending Class
Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)
Try your hand at making blended wine directed by winemaker Al Kellert.  Taste each verital then make your own blend.  Includes box lunch and glass of wine.
 
June 4: Summer Concert Series
West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery (Max Meadows)
First Saturday of each month through October there will be a great band in concert.  All ages welcome.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs.  Concert is rain or shine.
 
 
June 4: Triple Threat Chocolate Cheese and Festival
Little Washington Winery (Washington VA)
Get the right wine to complement the right cheese or chocolate and you get a match made in heaven.  Learn how to appreciate the flavors and how to pair them well.
 
June 4: Wines & Wellness
Arterra Wines (Delaplane)
Features session with Fertile Ground Yoga, an art experience with Hawkmoth Arts,
followed by wine tasting and relaxing on the patio.  Reservations.
 
June 4: Pamunkey River Wine Festival
Saude Creek Vineyards (Lanexa)
Sample from 10 Virginia Wineries, 30 food and craft vendors, live music all day from the Tropacoustics and 2Plus2 Band.
 
 
 
 
June 4: Eats & Beats
Keswick Vineyards (Keswick)
Special program every Saturday program is all about taste, smell and atmosphere.  Enjoy great Virginia wine and delightful eats.
 
June 4-5:  Vintage Virginia
Bull Run Regional Park (Centreville)
An all-you-care-to-taste affair with 250+ wines from 50+ Virginia wineries.  Great wine specials for purchase.  DC's hottest food trucks, cooking demos and wine pairings, live music from popular regional bands and much more.
 
June 4-5: Wine & Food Pairing Program
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Gourmet food and wine pairings on selected Saturdays and Sundays in the winery surrounded by barrels and tanks. By advance appointment; maximum 10-20 people.
 
June 4-5: Rassawek Spring Jubilee
Rassawek Vineyard (Columbia)
Celebrating the local, handmade and homegrown.  Wine tastings, entertainment, kids activities, artisans and demonstrators all in a wonderful setting.
 
June 4-5: Plein Air Arts Weekend
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)
Regional artists will interpret the winery estate by painting throughout the grounds.  Culminates with Quickdraw Competition with judging at noon followed by art show. 
 
 June 4-5: Mountain Adventure Weekend
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)
Begins with Friday wine reception and special wild game menu.  Includes 5k trail run, horseback riding, kayaking or canoeing and clay shooting.  Prepayment with reservations.
 
June 5: Polo Matches
King Family Vineyards (Crozet)
On Sundays through October beginning at 1 pm, weather permitting. Park tailgate style round the field or watch from the patio.  King Family Vineyards wine available to purchase.
 
June 5: French Crepe Day
DelFosse Vineyards & Winery (Faber)
Select from savory or/and sweet crepes and wine by the glass or bottle, all available for purchase.  Let them know you're coming.
 
June 5: Yoga at the Vineyard
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Start your day with a grounding and relaxing all-levels yoga class in the meadow on the edge of a bubbling stream.  Bring a picnic for after.  Wine available for purchase.
 
 
 
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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