Throughout December, open houses and special events are waiting to welcome visitors to Virginia winery tasting rooms. They are filled with the spirit of the season with candles in the windows, decorations throughout and glowing fireplaces to warm you from the cold as you sip a glass of wine.
We are pleased to announce your Favorite Winery Rooms of 2013. With over 5,000 readers selecting The Top Five, the winners (in alpha order) are Cooper Vineyards, Doukenie Winery, Keswick Vineyards, Marterella Winery and Pearmund Cellars. Thanks to all who participated in the October poll.
We appreciate your continuing interest in the Official Virginia Wine Lover in this year and the one to come. With this final newsletter of 2013, we wish you the happiest of holidays and peace in the New Year. Cheers to 2014!
As a rule, we do not include open houses in monthly events. Because of the number of wineries sending us information about a December Open House, we have included the name, location and website for those wineries here.
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 email@example.com no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.
October 27-28, 2013
VIRGINIA WINE SUMMIT
Jefferson Hotel, Richmond
The second annual Virginia Wine Summit was a real crowd pleaser with over 150 in attendance, including wine experts and industry leaders. Virginia wines were compared to vintages from California and France, and discussions centered on how to continue to move Virginia wines forward. British wine authority Oz Clarke was the entertaining keynote speaker, who also led a comparative tasting of Cabernet Francs. The Summit was presented by the Virginia Wine Board and Virginia Tourism Corporation and hosted by the Governor and First Lady of Virginia.
November 1-2, 2013
URBANNA OYSTER FESTIVAL
Town of Urbanna
Virginia’s “Official Oyster Festival” has been a tradition since 1958 and every year attracts over 80,000 people from near and far, by sea and by land. This year was no exception and even a light rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of visitors who came to experience a bit of small town hospitality, to wander among the shops and exhibits and to sample the endless array of oyster dishes. Of course, we were attracted to the popular wine garden that was right in the middle of the activity. Six popular Virginia wineries were pouring tastings along with “boutique” oyster selections from Rappahannock River Oysters.
November 2, 2013
THE VIRGINIA WINE & OYSTER CLASSIC
The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, Irvington
Fifteen of Virginia’s best winemakers paired with the best oysters in the world prepared by 10 of Virginia’s best chefs for this classy wine festival and one-of-a-kind culinary event. On a sunny day on the Eastern Shore, attendees enjoyed wine and oysters, seasonal foods and beverages, specialty retail products and music throughout the day. A great event!
November 16, 2013
THOMAS JEFFERSON WINE FESTIVAL
Poplar Forest, Forest
Despite overcast skies, wine lovers flocked to Poplar Forest, Jefferson’s special retreat in Bedford County, for an afternoon of tastings by 16 of Virginia’s finest wineries. Once again, the father of Virginia wine, Gabrielle Rausse, and Thomas Jefferson (aka Bill Barker) engaged in interesting conversation about food and wine. There was music throughout the day, as well as unique craft and food vendors.