Vol. XIII, Issue No. 6                                                                              May 29, 2018    

Welcome summer by attending one of the many wine festivals taking place in every region of the state   Two great events are on tap this weekend, June 1 & 2:  Rassawek Spring Jubilee at Rassawek Vineyard in Goochland County is a great celebration of Virginia crafts.  Vintage Virginia at Bull Run Special Event  Center in Centreville is the oldest and largest festival in Virginia.

Following on June 9 is the annual Summer Celebration at Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News.  The
Shenandoah Valley Wine & Jazz Festival takes place at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton on June 30.  And, there are lots of festivals in between (see Events).  Purchase tickets online for these and other festivals in the
Future Festivals section.
The June Winery of the Month is Rosemont of Virginia in LaCrosse near beautiful Lake Gaston.  Be sure to visit their award-winning Tasting Room, voted one of the Top Favorites of Wine Lovers in 2017.   Enter below to win a special Tour & Tasting at Rosemont.
As always, we thank you for your continuing interest and welcome your comments and suggestions. 


J une Britt

La Crosse, Virginia - www.rosemontofvirginia.com


JUNE 2-3, 2018springjubilee
Rassawek Vineyard-Columbia, Virginia                                                                            

Now in its 8th year, the Rassawek Jubilee celebrates the local, the handmade and the homegrown. It recognizes and honors the art of Virginia crafts and the people who create them, recognizing that craftsmanship and creativity contribute to strong communities.  
Virginia wineries will be featured along with breweries and distilleries, 17 in all. There will be music, a variety of food vendors, artisan exhibits and kids activities. A favorite of families is the friendly catch and release fishing contest. Poles, tackle and bait are provided, or bring your own. Festival hours are 10am to 6pm on June 2; 11am to 5pm on June 3.


SUMMER CELEBRATION WINE FESTIVALsummer                       
JUNE 9, 2018                                           
Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News                         

The splendor of Lee Hall Mansion's beautiful grounds provides the setting for the 17th annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival, 11am to 6pm. Lee Hall is conveniently located a short distance from 1-64, Exit 247.

Virginia wineries will be featured along with a variety of food and craft vendors.  Entertainment includes the bands Joe's day Off and the Rhythm Kings.  Admission includes access to the main level and exhibit gallery of the historic house.  This is a rain or shine event.


Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton
The 10th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival features wines of the Shenandoah Valley to sample and purchase. Additional beverages will be provided by Coor's Light and Blue Ridge Beverage. Entertainment will include live Jazz and Swing bands all afternoon. Festival hours are 1:00 to 7:00 pm.
Wineries participating include Barren Ridge Vineyards, Bluestone Vineyard, Brix & Columns Vineyard, CrossKeys Vineyards, Hunt's Vineyard, North Mountain Vineyard and Rockbridge Vineyard. They will be joined by a variety of food and craft vendors.

Producing wines of the finest quality that showcase a great Virginia terroir.
What was once a working commodity farm that included orchards and tobacco fields, Rosemont of Virginia is now a working farm winery celebrating its 10th anniversary.  Located along the border of Virginia and North Carolina near beautiful Lake Gaston, Rosemont cover 450 acres, with 25 acres under vine.

The land was purchased by members of the Scottish Rose Clan in 1858 and remains in the Rose family after some 160 years.  In the 1970s the property served as a dairy farm and then lay dormant for 30 years, after which Stephen and Chandra Rose returned to the family land.  After considerable research and consultation with Lucie Morton, noted Virginia viticulturist, Rosemont of Virginia became reality.  In 2003, Stephen planted 32,000 grape vines across 22 acres.



Check Future Festivals futurefestmay   
for Dates and Opportunities
to Purchase Tickets at Early Bird Savings

According to legend, soft shell crab season in Virginia begins after the first full moon in May, when the blue crab's shells mysteriously molt under the influence of gravity and the tides.  It seems that the April 29 full moon brought the soft shells back. This is a simple but delicious menu for preparing the crabs.  Perfect pair with a Virginia Chardonnay.
                                              CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

The Love It, or Hate It Wine. 
Whether you love or hate Chardonnay, it is the most popular varietal in the U.S.  And as the most planted grape in Virginia and in the world, it is made in a myriad of styles, often highlighting flavors of lemon, apple, pear and melon. Winemaking styles vary widely, although it is typically dry. It is often aged in oak, giving it luscious buttery notes, but it can also be lean, fresh, and steely. Chardonnay pair well with an astounding range of food, from chicken and turkey to white mushrooms and asparagus. It works beautifully with Virginia's abundant seafood, including crab, clams,  and oysters .
                                         Select a Virginia Chardonnay to pair with our  Recipe of the Month.

June 1-3: Bodacious Boardwalk Bazaar & Wine Festival
Fort Monroe National Monument (Hampton)
Three-day shopping extravaganza with wine tastings from some of Virginia's finest, over 250 crafters, vendors, artists, food vendors and music. Something for everyone.
June 1-3: The Howling Craft Beer & Music Festival
350 Park Street (Abingdon)
Event begins with kickoff party on Friday and continues through Saturday with craft beer, diverse music on two stages, food trucks, craft and outdoor vendors and live art.
June 2: Music in the Blue Ridge
Devils Backbone (Roseland)
Soak up warm sunsets and campfire camaraderie while enjoying live music and winning craft beer. Permanent camp grounds with showers, RV hookups and camping packages.
June 2: Manassas Jazz Festival
Museum Lawn (Manassas)
Now in its 14th year, the festival offers a relaxing afternoon of sipping award winning wines, as well as beer and spirits (new this year). and listening to headline jazz artists.
June 2-3:  Vintage Virginia Wine & Food Festival 
Bull Run Regional Park (Centreville) 
An all-you-care-to-taste affair with Virginia wineries, from the oldest to the largest, to the  
smallest boutiques and exciting new players.  DC's hottest food trucks, cooking demos and wine pairings, live music, and much more. A must for everyone from newbies to foodies. 
June 3:  Trouble over Buried Treasure
Effingham Manor & Winery (Nokesville)
Interactive, one day only pirate-themed mystery event.  Don your pirate costume and get ready for an afternoon of role playing and intrigue.  Enjoy delicious food and wine pairings.
June 3:  Polo Matches    
King Family Vineyards (Crozet)
On Sundays through October beginning at 1 pm, field and weather conditions permitting. Park tailgate style round the field or watch from the patio.  
June 2-3:  Rassawek Spring Jubilee
Rassawek Vineyard (Columbia)
Celebrating the local, handmade and homegrown.  Eighth anniversary festival with wine tastings, entertainment, kid's activities, artisans and demonstrators all in a wonderful setting.
June 3:  Chocolate, Cheese & Wine
Little Washington Winery (Washington VA)
Take the triple threat challenge and taste all together.  See what it does to your palate. Match the right wine to the right cheese or chocolate for a match made in heaven.

  SUBMIT AN EVENT by sending details (what, where and when, as well as contact information) to           info@vawinelover.com no later than the 10th of the month prior to the month of the event.  Our information comes    from many sources so we encourage you to verify dates and times, as well as costs and reservations that may be    required.  (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.)   Keep in mind that because of space      limitations, we do not list recurring events.   


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