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Vol. XIII, Issue No. 8                                                                                                                     July 31, 2018    
   
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Looking for ways to beat the heat?  Virginia wineries are among the "coolest" places to visit, where you can sip wine in air-conditioned tasting rooms or shaded picnic areas.   This month we're featuring West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery in Southwest Virginia as our Winery of the Month.  It's a beautiful setting with award-winning wines and an inviting Tasting Room.  

Check our full listing of August Events and featured Festivals of the Week:
    August 11:  Beach Music Festival at Chateau Morrisette
    August 18:  Clover Hill Village Wine Festival in Appomattox

A highlight of this August newsletter is the Tides Sweepstakes.  Be sure to enter to win a Getaway Package at the beautiful Tides Inn in Irvington on Virginia's Northern Neck.

We'd love to hear about your August travels. Cheers!


  
J une Britt
Editor
 
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AUGUST 11, 2018blackdog
BLACK DOG BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Chateau Morrisette-Floyd VA
Chateau Morrisette's Black Dog Beach Music Festival is a great summer event featuring wine tastings, sales by the glass or bottle, beers on tap, food, art, and craft vendors and, of course, an afternoon of beach music to get you and your friends moving and grooving!  South Carolina's Finest Show Band the Fantastic Shakers will open the festival followed by Carolina Beach Music legends, the Embers.  Music begins at noon.  
                                                                                                               
 











AUGUST 18, 2018
CLOVER HILL VILLAGE WINE FESTIVALclover
Presented by the Appomattox County Historical Society, the 9th annual Clover Hill Village Wine Festival will be held from noon to 6:00 pm on the grounds of the living history village. Participating will be 10+ Virginia Wineries.  Craft beer will be available from local Breweries and Moonshine & Spirit cocktails from local Distilleries.  There will be various food selections, and some 40+ vendors offering everything from cigars, baskets, jams and jellies, wood crafting, fragrances, clothing/accessories and exotic oils.

 


THE TIDES
A Special Getaway on Virginia's Northern Neck
Enter the Sweepstakes

 

A luxury resort setting like no other.  The Tides is surrounded on its own peninsula with the Potomac River to the north, the Rappahannock River to the south and historic Chesapeake Bay to the east.   It's an inviting retreat for relaxation and rejuvenation. sweep  

The Inn's many amenities are a full-service spa, 18-hole championship Golden Eagle golf course, a 60-strip marina and restaurants serving signature Chesapeake Bay cuisine along with an exquisite wine list.  Watersports include fly fishing, paddleboards, kayaks and canoes.  Among uniquely curated area attractions are touring and tasting along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail.

The Getaway Package includes complimentary Two Night, Mid-Week Stay in Deluxe Waterfront Room, Daily Breakfast for Two and One Dinner for Two.  (Includes tax and resort fee.  Excludes gratuities, alcohol and holidays.  Based on availability and subject to black-out dates and resort closure dates.  Non-transferrable.)

CLICK HERE TO ENTER SWEEPSTAKES

The Tides
480 King Carter Drive-Irvington, VA 22480
804-438-5000


WEST WIND FARM VINEYARD & WINERY WIND
Where the wine is truly family-crafted!
Now in its twelfth year of operation, West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery in Wythe County is the continuation of a generations-long farming tradition. The land has been in the family of owners Paul and Brenda Hric since 1914 and has evolved into one of Southwest Virginia's favorite attractions and a respected wine producer.
 
Located in the scenic hills and valleys near the New River, the setting is ideal for lazy summer afternoons and cool winter days by the fireplace. Legions of travelers and a loyal following of locals have discovered that great wine and hospitality can be had in all regions of the Commonwealth.

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OYSTER TACOSOYSTERNEW 
The best food tells a story of the place it is from. Eating an oyster in Virginia captures the character of our waters in one quick, complex taste...telling a story in every shell.  Travelers can eat oysters like a true Virginian year-round, thanks to numerous festivals and events, and even at wineries and breweries.  We love this Oyster Taco recipe.  Serve with a Virginia Chardonnay or Riesling.  Delicious!
 

DRINK PINK WITH VIRGINIA ROSÉETCAUGUST

Summer is in full swing which means it's time to drink pink.  The popularity of rosé has grown tremendously in recent years, both in Virginia and nationwide.  It has displaced other wines as the perfect pairing for many of the flavors of Coastal Virginia such as oysters, crabs and rockfish, as well as summer pasta dishes and salads.  Rosé wines also pair well with Virginia's spectacular landscapes and picturesque vineyards.  You'll find them at many winery tasting rooms.  https://blog.virginia.org/2018/06/virginia-rose/

 
AUGUST IS CRAFT BEER MONTH
August is the month to celebrate Virginia craft beer. With more than 180 local breweries across the state, the industry is exploding.  Find a craft beer trail in your area to visit several breweries all within a few miles of each other. Check these out for beautiful scenery, locally-sourced meals and some of Virginia's finest craft beer.  You can explore even more craft beers at events and festivals throughout the month.  https://www.virginia.org/beertrails/


GRAY GHOST AWARDED "BEST OF CLASS"
Gray Ghost's 2017 Gewurztraminer took "Best of Class" and Double Gold honors at the 2018 International Womens' Wine Competition in Sonoma, California!  Gray Ghost outperformed wines from Santa Barbara and Temecula Valley, as well as Oregon and Washington State to take top honors.  This is the fifth award Gray Ghost's Gewurztraminer has won in California and its eighth since the wine's release in May. Gray Ghost's 2017 Adieu also took home Gold.   www.grayghostvineyards.com
 
WINE, BEER, SPIRITS & CULINARY EVENTS 
AROUND VIRGINIA AUGUSTEVENTS
August 3-5:  Shuck-n-Suck Festival
The Oyster Farm (Cape Charles)
Weekend of raw, roasted and fried oysters, clam and oyster eating contests, live music parade and fireworks.
August 4:  Dog Days of August
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Bring your favorite dog companion.  Contests and Prizes for wine discounts.  Food truck.
August 4:  Sunset in the Vineyard
Fox Meadow Winery (Linden)
Relax on the deck, enjoy the wine, listen to the music and view the spectacular sunset.
 
August 4:  Blackberry Harvest & Music Festival
Hill Top Berry Farm (Nellysford)
Pick your own blackberries and enjoy a glass of wine.  Music, mead tasting; food for purchase.
August 4:  Music in the Blue Ridge
Devils Backbone Basecamp and Meadows (Roseland)
Soak up warm sunsets and campfire camaraderie with live music and award-winning craft beer.
August 4:  Dog Days of Summer Beer Jam
Shenandoah Caverns (Quicksburg)
Blugrass music, craft beer, wine, food trucks held in the wooded picnic area
 
August 4:  Brewfest
Workhouse Arts Center (Lorton)
More than 30 craft breweries, distilleries and wineries. Live performances, food trucks and access to a/c galleries and studios.  
August 4:  Brewhaha Virginia Craft Beer Festival
Virginia Museum of History & Culture (Richmond)
Favorite breweries, live music and good options.  "Battle of the Brews" to sip history.
August 4:  Rhythm, Brews & Vine
Downtown Galax (Galax)
Perfect blend of live music and craft beer with music by One side Missing and Radio Revolver.
 
 
August 4:  Whistle Belly Beer Festival
Merchant Square (Williamsburg)
Drinks and all you can eat...30 breweries, 80 beers.  Music by The Fighting Jamersons.
August 4-5:  Ameritage Blending Class/Competition
Pearmund Cellars (Broad Run)
Winemaking team will lead you as you compete with other groups to make the best blend.  Varying times.  Incudes snacks t-shirt, small bottle of your blend.
August 5:  Dog Days of Summer
New Kent Winery (New Kent)
Fun games and friendly competitions.  Music by Whiskey Bizness, food trucks.  Dogs welcome.
 
August 5:  French Crepe Day
DelFosse Winery (Faber)
Delicious selection of sweet and savory crepes.  Groups of five or more should rsvp.

August 5:  Chocolate, Cheese & Wine
Little Washington Winery (Washington VA)
Take the Triple Threat Challenge and learn to pair.  Taste all together and see what it does to the palate.
August 5:  Paint & Sip with Creative Mankind
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
Create one-of-a-kind masterpiece as you sip wine and delicious cheeses available for purchase.

August 5:  Wine & Oyster Festival                      
On Sunny Slope Farm (Harrisonburg)                     
Virginia wines, specialty oyster dishes, craft foods, local artisans and live music, exquisite venue.        
August 5-6:  Wine & Chocolate Pairing
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Sample Lindt's premium chocolates, each paired with a DuCard wine that best complements it. Limited seating/advance reservations.
FOR COMPLETE LIST OF AUGUST EVENTS
SUBMIT AN EVENT.  Send details (what, where and when, contact information) to info@vawinelover.com or june@brittmarketing.com no later than the 15th of month prior to month of the event.  Verify dates and times, as well as costs and reservations that may be required.  (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.)   Because of space limitations, we do not list recurring events.
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