The picturesque and historic grounds of The Winery at Bull Run.
Vol. XIV, Issue No. 7                                                                                       July 2, 2019    
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Virginia wineries are celebrating America's Independence with Red, White and Blue events and activities. We have some celebrating to do ourselves as the Official Virginia Wine Lover™ marks year #14 promoting and supporting Virginia wines. Thanks to our subscribers for your continuing interest and support.
July's featured festival is the Purcellville Wine and Food Festival   on July 13.  Check out July Events for a list of festivals and other special activities and happenings. July is a great month to "go on the road" traveling Virginia's byways and highways from the mountains to the shore, stopping at wineries and breweries along the way.
The Winery at Bull Run is Winery of the Month. It's a picturesque and historic destination and the tasting room is a favorite of Wine Lovers. We invite you to visit Bull Run and to enter the Sweepstakes below for their amazing "Historical Tour & Tasting".

Cheers and Happy Fourth!
June Britt


July 13, 2019 
Dillon's Woods at Fireman's Field Complex

Bring family and friends to enjoy a Taste of Western Loudoun in the beautiful outdoors and all that this event has to offer. Local wineries and vineyards will be sampling a wide array of varietals in addition to artisans, food, beer, artist demonstrations in Arts in the Garden, and live music.
General admission is $30 and includes a souvenir glass and two tasting tickets. Tickets for designated drivers and those under 21 are $5. You can purchase a VIP table for $250 which includes a table for six, three bottles of local wine, six souvenir glasses, 12 tasting tickets and early entry to the festival. Purchase tickets or a VIP table, and get more information online at . Make your visit a weekend and stay local!



Rich in History and Crafting Fine Wines

The Winery at Bull Run is a working farm vineyard focused on crafting fine Virginia wines while paying tribute to the history and preservation of 19th century pastoral Fairfax County. As the closest winery to Washington, D.C., it offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life to a simpler time-where you can relax in the beautiful Virginia countryside with family and friends and sip delicious, award-winning Virginia wine.

The Manassas Battlefield Park is the neighbor to the north of the Winery, so don't be surprised if Civil War reenactors occasionally pass by for tasting events. The Winery has a small Civil War museum with actual relics dug from the property. There are also historical markers throughout the property documenting both the encampments and movements involved in the property's portion of the Bull Run battlefield.


Winery at Bull Run - Manassas, Virginia  ($150 value)

Walk the historic estate while tasting Virginia wines and learning about its rich history. Tour the historical structures that dot the landscape while learning of the secrets they keep. Listen to unique stories of the American Civil War that took place on these very grounds, and follow in the footsteps of Colonel W. T. Sherman on that fateful day that marked the first major battle of the War. 


(Serve with your favorite Virginia white wine.)

With tomatoes at their prime, this summer recipe is great for 
a picnic, as an appetizer or for lunch. Click Here for recipe.


In Memoriam 
David Leslie King, King Family Vineyards
David King passed away on May 2 after a long battle with cancer. With his wife Ellen, they established King Family Vineyards in Crozet in 1998 and built it into one of Virginia's best known and most honored wineries. King was a strong advocate of Virginia's wine industry and a multi-term chair of the Virginia Wine Board. He was an avid polo player and an experienced pilot who used his skills to benefit the Albemarle County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Division.

"Virginia is for Lovers" was created 50 years ago, and it's become one of the most beloved and iconic slogans in the world. While it has meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people over the years, one thing remains the same: LOVE. In 2019, Virginia is celebrating the brand with special experiences across the state, local events, programs and special offerings, that will last for 50 days through August 10.

Reservoir Distillery Unveils first LOVEwork Mural
The Richmond Distillery at 1800 Summit Avenue, is home to the city's first LOVEwork mural which was commissioned in celebration of 50 years of the Virginia is for Lovers brand and the 10th anniversary of the Distillery.

Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rosé  
This classic and vivacious Old World Rosé has been awarded the Gold Medal at 92 Points at the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago. It was a popular sensation at this spring's equally valuable proving grounds, the Mount Vernon and Norfolk Town Point wine festivals. It is a vibrant statement of the structural virtues of a fine rosé without oak, a blend of Syrah and Nebbiolo.

This year 342 beers in 35 categories competed for awards in the Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition which promotes public recognition and peer appreciation of great craft beer. Best in Show First Place went to New Realm Brewing for Euphonia Pilsner; Second Place to Fine Creek Brewing Co. for Dry Hopped Brett Saison. For complete list of winners, visit

The guide is a fold-out map with listings of breweries, wineries and distilleries that stretch from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to New Kent County. A new sub-trail was recently added,      
3 Barrels 3 Cities, that promotes spirits in Newport News, Hampton and Smithfield.  The pocket guide is available for download or by request:


              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

July 2019 Events
Summer is a great time for weekend outings and visits to Virginia wineries and breweries. Many have special Fourth celebrations so check event schedules. There are loads of festivals and special activities across the state all month long. See the list below, as well as 

July 4:  Reds, Whites & Bluegrass
Great food and great wines.  Music by Old Dogs New Tricks.  No entry fee.
July 4:  Pre-Fireworks Party
Wine and music by Paulo Franco then on to Graves Mtn Lodge for fireworks.
July 4: Pork & Cork Celebration
Marathon of music 11am to 4pm and Valley Pig Pickin' great BBQ. Fabulous fireworks.
July 4-7: Freedom, Independence, Liberty...
Festival weekend with live music, yard games, ice cream, blueberry Sangria & more.
July 4-7:  Red, White and You
Visit National D-Day Memorial then picnic at winery and enjoy great fruit wines.
July 5:  Steal the Pint
Designer glass free with purchase of any beverage.  Delicious eats and music.
July 5:  Summer Concert Series
A fantastic night of wine, food and music by JB & The Get Down Browns.
July 6: Wine & Ice Cream
Self-guided and unique pairing of wine and four ice cream flavors, with pairing guide.

July 6:  Reggae & Ribs Festival
Caribbean dance party with Reggae band, Bone Food Truck, Inside Scoop Dessert Truck.  Free Admission.

July 6:   Ice Cream & Wine Pairing
Experience wine and ice cream in a new way.  Pairing of four delicious ice cream flavors.
July 6:  Summer Music Series
Bring a picnic, relax and enjoy the music and wine tastings.  Food available for purchase.
July 6:  Sunset Saturday
Live music and food truck, wine for purchase.  5:30 to 7:30pm.  No cover.
July 6:  Sunset in the Vineyard
Relax on the deck with live music and spectacular sunset.  Open til 8pm.
July 6:  Strawberry Sangria Saturday
Enjoy a lazy day with a cold growler of Strawberry or Red Sangria.  Music 12:30-4:30.
July 6: Summer Bluegrass
Kick back and relax with Ragged Mtn String Band, great food and of course, some cider.
July 7:  Acoustic Sunday
Summer series with live acoustic music.  Food for purchase or bring a picnic.
July 7:  French Crepe Day
Freshly made, chef-prepared crepes paired with salad and wine selections.
July 7:  Central Virginia Blues Society
Enjoy the music of these fine musicians inside the tropical conservatory 2-5pm.



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