Sunset Hills Vineyard - Purcellville, Virginia

Vol. XIV, Issue No. 8                                                                                       July 30, 2019    
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It's hard to believe that August is already upon us, signaling the beginning of summer's end. But, don't put away your Virginia Wine Guide just yet, as there are still lots of places to visit. Virginia wineries in August are among the "coolest" places, where you can sip wine in air-conditioned comfort or picnic in the shade.
Our August Winery of the Month is Sunset Hills Vineyard in Purcellville. It's a beautiful setting with award-winning wines and an inviting Tasting Room. Try the tasting that includes a chocolate and wine pairing! (You could win this decadent delight by entering the Sweepstakes below). Also, read about the "Women in Wine" at Sunset Hills in our ETC column.
If you love beach music, the place to be on August 10 is Chateau Morrisette in Floyd. The Black Dog Beach Music Festival is our featured Festival of the Week. The Embers, Carolina beach music legends, are the headliners.
Have a great August and let us hear about your travels. Cheers! 

June Britt

Sunset Hills Vineyard -  Purcelllville, VA


AUGUST 10, 2019
Chateau Morrisette - Floyd Virginia

If you love beach music, don't miss Chateau Morrisette's Black Dog Beach Music Festival. It's a great summer event featuring wine tastings and sales by the glass or bottle; beers on tap; food, art, and craft vendors and, of course, beach music to get you and your friends moving and grooving! Steve Owens and Summertime will open the show at noon. Carolina Beach Music legends,The Embers will take the stage at 3:00.


Turning sunshine into wine.

A combination of modern science and historic renovation has given new life and new purpose to this 140-year old farm which today, as Sunset Hills Vineyard, is a favorite destination for wine lovers.

From vine to wine, the grapes pass a set of human eyes and hands a minimum of 15 times to ensure that only the best grapes end up in your glass. It is this relentless pursuit of excellence that has earned Sunset Hills dozens of medals in local, national and international wine competitions. They are dedicated to making fine wines and doing it in a way that is gentle on the land. That is why they use Virginia sunshine to make Virginia wine twice: once to grow the grapes and again to power the 154 solar panels that run the winery and winemaking operations.


This gazpacho is the best! Refreshing chilled summer soup made
from your garden tomatoes and peppers (or in our case, from 
our neighbor's garden). So easy to prepare.

Click Here for recipe.

MEET WOMEN IN VIRGINIA WINE                                                                                              
Sunset Hills Vineyard
Purcellville, Virginia

Corry Craighill, Winemaker 
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2011, it was Corry's love of travel that first led her to the wine industry. She was soon working the harvest in far off places like New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and France, with a few closer to home in Oregon and Virginia. Although Corry has been tempted by opportunities in Sonoma, CA, her desire to start her career as a winemaker in her home state of Virginia has kept her planted close to home. It excites her that Virginia is still in the early experimental phase of winemaking, and she really believes in the quality of wine that can be crafted here. She earned her WSET Level 3 certification and continues her wine studies. If Corry is not drinking a Virginia Chardonnay, she will most likely have a glass of Pinot Noir in her hand. When she's not in the cellar, she's likely out hiking, playing her cello or gone for a run.

Silvia Liggieri, Vineyard Manager
Silvia was born and raised in Trieste, Italy, near the historic wine country known as Carso. She completed her bachelor's degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of Udine in the heart of the wine region of Friuli. During her studies, she worked in different wineries located in Friuli and Sardegna and traveled around the Italian wine regions. It is thanks to the work with the viticulture research department for her experimental thesis that she started to explore and become fond of viticulture research. Following graduation, Silvia interned at the Viticulture Chemistry and Enology (VCE) department of E&J Gallo Winery in California. After traveling the US and Italy, Silvia moved to Virginia where she completed her Master's in Viticulture at Virginia Tech under her adviser Dr. Tony Wolf.


              It pays to buy your tickets early as most festivals offer 
              discounts  for purchase in advance and on line.  
          For links to upcoming festivals  CLICK HERE

August 2019 Events

Summer is a great time for weekend outings and visits to Virginia wineries and breweries. There are loads of festivals and special activities across the state all month long. See the list below, as well as 

You Be the Judge
A wine learning experience. Blind taste a variety of Bordeaux-style blends from around the world just as judges look for in competitions.

Dog Days of August
Bring your favorite dog companion.  Contests and Prizes.  Food truck.

Sunset in the Vineyard
Relax on the deck, enjoy the wine, listen to the music and view the sunset.

Blackberry Harvest & Music Festival
Pick your own blackberries.  Fruit wines, mead, bluegrass and BBQ; food for purchase.

Glass Engraving
Custom engraving on wine glasses and other items while you wait.

Vintners Table
Guided learning lunch with Little Washington wines and food pairings. 

Chris Register Book Signing
Listen to his great adventures. Inspiring for cyclists and wine lovers.

Summer Concert Series
Music by Leon Rector, wine tastings and 716 Slice Food Truck.

Brewhaha Virginia Craft Beer Festival
Favorite breweries, live music and good options. "Battle of the Brews" to sip history.

Rhythm, Brews & Vine
Perfect blend of live music and craft beer, great food and lots of fun.

Whistle Belly Beer Festival
Beer and all you can by The Fighting Jamersons.

Ameritage Blending Class/Competition
Winemaking team will lead you as you compete with other groups to make the best blend.

Annual Norton Tasting
Vertical Tasting of 8 vintages of Norton and Norton Port (Rubix).  Includes nibbles.

Wine Blending Lab
Experiment with your own concoctions and make your own perfect wine led by pros.

Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Sample Lindt's premium chocolates paired with DuCard wines.  Limited seating.

French Crepe Day
Delicious selection of sweet and savory crepes. Groups of five or more should rsvp.

Wine Down Wednesday
Music by Tara Mills Bank, food by Gourmeltz from 5:30 to 8:30.  No cover.

Richmond Jazz Festival
World's best jazz, great food, outstanding wine and outdoor cigar lounge.

Plant Nite
Design professional will guide you through the featured floral design.  All supplied provided



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