Winemaker Katie DeSouza Henley, Casanel Vineyards

Vol. XIV, Issue No. 10                                                                                       October 1, 2019    
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Can it really be October!  As I draft this letter, the temperature outside is 95's more like July. Despite the heat, October is Virginia Wine Month.  The wineries are open and welcoming visitors to celebrate the harvest and sample the "local crush".  Get  October 19 on your calendar, the day when Virginians will gather together at harvest parties in celebra- tion of the foods and wines of the Commonwealth.
The emphasis of the October newsletter is on Events around the state, many of which are listed and others you will find at and  Our Winery of the Month is Casanel Vineyards 
in Leesburg.  It's a great time to visit the winery as they mark the 11th anniversary of the opening of the Tasting Room, a special favorite of 
Wine Lovers.
It will soon be time to vote for your Favorite Virginia Winery Tasting Room, so take notes as you travel around this month.  Information about the Visitor's Choice Awards will be coming soon.
Happy Wine Month!  And, as always, cheers to Virginia Wine Lovers.


OCTOBER 5, 2019
Riverwalk Landing / 331 Water Street
12noon to 6pm

The festival will showcase more than a dozen Virginia wineries, cideries, and internationally featured wines for unlimited tastings! In a nod to Yorktown's sister cities, ticket holders can sample  Rieslings from Germany and sparkling wine from France.
Back by popular demand is the Virginia Craft Beer Garden. Several food trucks and food vendors will be on site selling everything from seafood to BBQ, and more than 30 different local artists, businesses and attractions will be on hand.



People, Passion and a Sense of Place

Casanel Vineyards in Leesburg is a family-owned and operated Virginia winery. The property waspurchased by Casey and Nelson DeSouza in 2006, and they started right away, hand-planting 10,000 vines and restoring historical buildings. The Tasting Room opened 11 years ago this month and Casanel will be celebrating with a weekend of anniversary events on October 18-19. The festivities include live music entertainment on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, highl ighted with a Harvest Dinner on Saturday evening. Details are on the website:

The country-style Casanel Tasting Room, consistently voted a top favorite of Wine Lovers, is a hand-renovated 1800s stone barn that was on the property. An event space was a 2014 addition. A smaller more intimate wine club includes exclusive perks for members, such as library tastings, special events and dinners.


(Serve with your favorite Virginia wine.)

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              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

October 2019 Events
   All  month long is Virginia Wine Month.   But October 19th is a very special day 
when people across the Commonwealth will gather in  restaurants, vineyards, 
private homes  and open fields for a Harvest Party with Virginia-grown  food and wine.  
It's all about coming together to celebrate the harvest season and appreciate 
    the bounty of our wine region.

October 4: Mountain & Sea Wine Dinner
Local bounty from earth and sea in 4-course, expertly wine-paired dinn er.
October 5:  Yorktown Wine Festival
Best of Virginia wines along with German and French wines representing Yorktown's sister cities.  Live music, great food, talented artisans.
October 5:  Powhatan Festival of the Grape
Wine tastings, craft beer, delicious foods and live music.
October 5:  Autumnfest
Craft beer and spirits, wines, live music, harness racing and log splitting.
October 5:  Bacon, Bourbon & Beach Music Fest
Specialty bourbons and craft brews, lots of Big Bacon, live music and vendors.
October 5: Miss Janie's Sit & Sip Wine Festival
Featured Virginia wineries, local food and craft vendors. Music throughout the day.
October 5:  Blue Ribbon Craft Beer Fest
Celebrating the booming independent craft beer industry with over 20 Virginia breweries. 
October 5:  Opening in Honor of Wine Month
Special opening 12-5pm Saturdays and Sundays in October.  View the autumn leaves.
October 5:  Octobrewfest
Promoting craft beer industry with beer, wine and cider.  Music and entertainment.
October 5: Vertical Tasting
Tasting of every vintage of Estate Reserve back to 2005. Available for purchase.
October 5:  Breakthrough Brew & Wine Fest
Tasting samples from breweries and wineries. Music, food and craft vendors.
October 5:  Beach & Brew Bash
Best local and regional craft beers.  Music for shaggin' and food selections.
October 5:  Montpelier Wine Trail Fall Festival
Six vineyards offering tastings.  Music and crafters; eats from Catch the Thief.
October 5:  Evening Wine Dinner
Incredible five-course prix fixe dinner showcasing the best of Fox Meadow wines.
October 5-6: Yappy Hour
Dogs now allowed in Tasting Room. Free raffles for fun treats and toys for your pup.
October 6:  Carriage Rides with Doc and Molly
Take a surrey ride through the vineyards with some sparkling wine and cheese plate.
October 6:  Jazz & Jambalaya
Live jazz and Southern seafood feast. A day of good music and good wine.
October 6: Central Virginia Blues Society Jam
Featuring some of the area's finest musicians 2-5pm. Picnics welcome; food for purchase.
October 6:   Harvest Festival
Wine and beer, food trucks, live music, hayride and pumpkin to take home

About Events:   Our information comes from many sources. We recommend you always verify dates and times , as well as costs and reservations that may be required. (We are not responsible for  incorrect information.)
To Submit an Event:  S end details (what, where and when, as well as specific  contact information) to  no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.



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