Annual Pig Roast at Horton Vineyards       

    

Vol XI, Issue No. 7
June 28, 2016

 

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Greetings! 
 
This month we will be "wine-ing" our way around Virginia, attending festivals and visiting wineries. The featured festivals are the Horse & Hound on July 9 at Peaks of Otter Winery in beautiful Bedford County and the Purcellville Wine and Food Festival on July 16 in Northern Virginia wine country.

Horton Vineyards is our July Winery of the Month. Located in Orange County just west of Gordonsville, Horton Vineyards is considered one of the most innovative wineries in the country. The winery is a "must-stop" for vacationers and weekenders who are serious about their wines. Be sure to sign up for Free Horton Winery Tours.

Check July Events for more festivals and other special events, tastings and pairings and happenings at the wineries. Hope to see you out "wine-ing" around this summer. Cheers!
 
Frank C. Britt
Publisher 
Official Virginia Wine Lover  
 
 
IN THIS ISSUE

Horton Vineyards

Pan Seared Scallops
 

Festival of the Week

July 9

Horse and Hound Wine Festival

 

Festival of the Week
July 16
Purcellville Wine & Food Festival

 

Vino News

 

July Events

 

We Were There

 




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HORTON VINEYARDSDoukenie
A Major Player in Virginia's Wine Industry
Gordonsville, Virginia
  
   
Situated along the rolling hills of Orange County just west of Gordonsville, Horton Vineyards is one of the most innovative wineries in the county.  Utilizing the latest viticulture techniques, owner Dennis Horton is charting a new generation of wines made from Viognier, the premier grape of France's Rhone Valley, and other premium varieties from southern France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Russia/Georgia.  He continues to explore new varietals to discover the best that Virginia viticulture can produce.
 
Horton Vineyards started in 1983 as a small winemaking venture with a small home vineyard in Madison County.  It did not take Horton long to realize that, although the Virginia summers were warm enough to ripen almost any grape variety, the humid conditions favored growing grapes with thicker skins and loose clusters.  Thus began his search for varieties that would flourish in Virginia's climate and had the capacity to produce some of the finest wines of the world.
 
 

PAN SEARED SCALLOPS WITH WILTED SPINACH & ARUGULARecipe
Recipe courtesy of Horton Vineyards | Gordonsville, Virginia 

 

 
A wonderful summer seafood recipe to pair with Horton Vineyards Viognier or Petit Manseng. 

 

 

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HORSE AND HOUND WINE FESTIVALHorse 
July 9, 2016
Bedford, Virginia
 
There's nothing quite like the Horse & Hound Wine Festival. Johnson's Orchards' mountain setting is spectacular and the schedule of activities is extraordinary from 11 am to 6 pm. Seven Virginia wineries, plus host Peaks of Otter Winery, will offer wines for tasting, by the glass and bottle. Sam Austin and Silverline will entertain with "real country music and there will be a selection of assorted food.
 
  
 
 

PURCELLVILLE WINE & FOOD FESTIVALPurcellville 
July 16, 2016
Purcellville, Virginia
 
Fifth annual Festival featuring a showcase of amazing wineries, breweries, food purveyors, live music and artisans.  Wine, gourmet foods and wine related art and accessories will be available for purchase.  Grab a meal or appetizer to compliment your beverage selections from one of the many fine local purveyors and dine alfresco style while you take in the entertainment and family activities.  Hours are 3-8 pm.
 
  
 
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July 4 marks the 240th Birthday of America and wineries across the state will be celebrating the occasion with special parties and activities.  A few are included here, but we suggest you check with you favorite winery to see what events they have planned.
 
Happy Fourth!Events
 
July 2: Birth of Democracy Festival
Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)
An afternoon of food, vendors and wine tastings by DelFosse, Hilltop Berry Far, Lazy Days and Mountain Cove.  Music by Ragtop and Paulo Franco. Merone's food truck.
 
July 2: Red, White and CRU
Trump Winery (Charlottesville)
Enjoy festive menu offerings paired with Trump wine.  Wear patriotic attire for 10% off all purchases.
 
July 2: Watermelon Wine Festival
DeVault Vineyards (Concord)
Wine, beer and live music, sangria slushes, indoor pool, wet slides, games with prizes.  Sangria is made from real watermelon juice.
 
 
July 2: Dessert & Wine Pairing
Little Washington Winery (Washington VA)
Come try desserts and some wines and learn why some do and some don't go well together.  Hour and a half class.
 
July 2: Dog Days of Summer
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
To benefit the Madison Animal Shelter.  Bring the pooch for doggie Olympics, plus music on the patio and local food.
 
 
 
 
 
July 2-3: 4th of JulyWeekend
Doukenie Winery (Purcellville)
Wine tasting and all American menu prepared by Merone's Food Truck.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, red white and blue potato salad and apple pie. 
 
July 3: Summer Concert Series
Rosemont Vineyards & Winery (LaCrosse)
Feature Attraction Band will entertain followed by spectacular fireworks display over the vineyard.  Food for purchase or bring your own picnic with chairs and blankets.
 
July 4: Independence Day Celebration
New Kent Winery (New Kent)
Celebrate the holiday in this spectacular winery setting.  Bring your picnic and blanket or grab a spot on the porch for an afternoon of music and wine tasting.
 
 
July 4: Pre-Fireworks Party
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Tara Mills Band will play bluegrass and Americana and BQ will be for sale by Pig & Steak. No cover.  Head straight over to Graves Mountain Lodge for fireworks.
 
July 4: Reds, Whites and Bluegrass Celebration
Keswick Vineyards (Keswick)
Music by East of Afton, great food selections to purchase from Sea Gourmet and The Pie Guy.  No fee, just grab picnic blankets and friends and have a great time.
 
July 9: Starry Nights
Veritas Vineyards & Winery (Afton)
Bring family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs and dancing shoes for live music, wine and an unforgettable night under the stars.  Advance reservations suggested.


July 9:  Horse and Hound Wine Festival
Johnson's Orchards Farms (Bedford)
Taste Virginia wines and enjoy good music, art, craft and food vendors.  Parade of horses, agility dog and muskrat racing plus numerous other events with horses and dogs as the primary attractions.  Family and pet friendly.  Order tickets online.
July 9: Annual Key West Festival
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
Come to the Vineyard, Mon, for wine and cheeseburgers in paradise, Key West Bank and steel drums, Caribbean food, and wine-a-ritas for sale. Contests and raffles!
 
July 9: Summer Breeze Wine Festival
Rockbridge Vineyard (Raphine)
Gone to the dogs to benefit the Augusta County SPCA.  Music, tastings, festival fun and furry friends who are in need of loving families.  Lunch available for purchase.
 
July 9: Black Dog Arts Festival
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)
Savor the tight harmony of live jazz, friends new and old, wines, grilled foods and stunning Blue Ridge vistas.  Bring seating and umbrellas to the Nancy Morrisette Field.
 
July 9: The Palio!
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Learn about this time-honored Italian tradition from Siena where bareback riders circle the Piazza del Campo with thousands watching.  Be part of the Three Fox Palio race.
 
July 9-10: 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.
 
July 9-10: Gray Ghost Anniversary
Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery (Amissville)
Celebrating 22 years with wine tastings, vineyard and winery tours and live music.  Bring a lawn chair and picnic; food also available for sale.
 
 
July 9-10: Black Wine Glass Tasting
Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)
Can you tell a white wine from a red wine?  Get fooled by Black Glass Blind Tasting.
Tastings held on the hour; no reservations needed.
 
July 13-16: 2016 Capital Ale House National Beer Expo
Richmond Virginia
Taste premium Virginia and American craft beers, whiskeys ciders, artisan tacos, smoke, southern, soul and cajan cuisine, and much more.  Learn why Richmond is rapidly emerging as a craft beverage and culinary mecca.
 
July 16:  Purcellville Wine and Food Festival
Fireman's Field (Purcellville)
This charming town in Loudoun County hosts the fourth annual festival.  Featuring award winning local wineries, local restaurants and food trucks with mouth-watering cuisines.  Tickets available online and at the gate.
 

 

 
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.
 

 

JAMES RIVER WINE & MUSIC FESTIVALWewerethere
June 11, 2016
Lynchburg, VA

 

The festival returned to its roots "Down by the River" on June 11 where wine enthusiasts gathered on the banks of the historic James River for an afternoon of wine tasting and music.

 

Photo Credits:  Mark East & Jack Bobbitt 



EVERGREEN LAVENDER & MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 18, 2016
Appomattox, VA

A beautiful summer afternoon at Evergreen Lavender Farm in Appomattox County. Wine, music, picnic fare and lavender for the cutting.

 
  
 

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