Virginia Wine Expo- Six Unforgettable Days in Richmond! March 3-8, 2020


Vol. XV, Issue No. 1                                                                                                                                January 7, 2020
 
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AWARDS, P EOPLE, H APPENINGS, E TC. AROUND VIRGINIA 
  

WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE
100 BEST WINES OF 2019!
Congratulations to Barboursville Vineyards. Their Viognier Reserve 2017 was named by Wine Enthusiast as one of the 100 Best Wines of 2019, worldwide, The vintage was selected from among 24,000 wines tasted over previous 12 months. The Viognier won a Do uble-Gold Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Competition, and the Atlantic Seaboard Competition's Best in Class ranking from Canada to the Deep South. 

ATLANTIC  SEABOARD WINE ASSOCIATION
HONORS  VIRGINIA JOURNALIST
Travel writer Nancy Bauer is recipient of the 2019 Birchenall Award from the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association for promoting knowledge of the East Coast Wine Industry. Bauer and her husband developed the Virginia Wine in My Pocket smartphone app and website. She is the author of the book Virginia Wine Travel Journal and writes for the Washingtonian magazine.  

FIRST ANNUAL SHENANDOAH CUP
Congratulations to Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville, winner of the inaugural Shenandoah Cup sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. The medal winning wines were announced at a gala on November 15 at CrossKeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford. The competition is designed to draw attention to the Shenandoah Valley AVA and its superior growing conditions for wine grapes.

MATTAPONI OWNER DIES
Michael Virginia Evans, Winemaker of Mattaponi Winery in Spotsylvania, passed away on November 18. Founded over 20 years ago by Evans and his wife Janette, Mattaponi has a history steeped in Native American culture and Virginia history. The winery is known for producing award-winning pure fruit wines. Caleb Evans succeeds his father as winemaker. The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday 10a to 6p.

S POTLIGHTING A VIRGINIA CIDERY
Big Fish Cider is a microcidery in Monterey, an unspoiled rural setting in scenic Highland County. The ciders are made using traditional techniques with locally grown apples to create completely new flavors. The ciders are available in a range of off-dry to semi-sweet blends and seasonal offerings. Big Fish has won best in show, gold, silver and bronze awards at various competitions. Tasting room is open Fridays 4-7p and Saturday 2-7p. 


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ROASTED CHICKEN THIGHS 
WITH LEMON-WINE SAUCE
Easy to prepare, and so delicious!
Click Here for Recipe

Serve with a Virginia Savignon Blanc.
Sauvignon Blanc ("wild white") is one of the 
world's  most highly acclaimed white grapes. 
Virginia brings its own  expression to this poplar wine, showcasing classic aromas of fresh herbs balanced with sharp acidity.  Pairs beautifully 
with seafood and poultry.


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January 2020 EventsJanuaryEvents


January All Month: Annual Bag Challenge
Bring in Chateau O'Brien wine bags to enter to win a Riedel wine glass gift set. Person bringing in most bags by Jan. 31 is the winner.

January 11: #1 Wine Boot Camp
A snob free seminar in plain English. In two hours, learn all the tidbits about wine nobody will tell you.

January 11: Vertical Tasting Fireside Chat
Explore previous vintages with tastings of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 wines. Food and beer available.

January 11-12:  Virginia Wine & Fly Fishing Festival
Unique event combines fine wine tasting, microbrewery beer, and everything you ever wanted to know about fly fishing but were afraid to ask.

January 12:  Wine Tasting
Sunday afternoon tastings of various terroirs along with freshly baked breads and gourmet spreads or lunch.

January 12: Wine & Chocolate Pairing Party
Sample delicious chocolates from Warfel's Sweet Shoppe paired with Bluestone wines. Reservations. 

January 16-19: Winter Blues Jazz Festival
A little something for everyone, this is an entertaining weekend full of music and food.
Opening at Williamsburg Winery.

January 17:  Wine + Dine
Wonderful evening of inspiring artwork, delicious cuisine and distinctive wines

January 17: Bootleggers Ball
Mark the 100th anniversary of Prohibition. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, adult beverages and dancing into the night.

January 17: Think & Drink Trivia Night
Gather friends, sip some wine and put your knowledge to the test. No cover; prizes to win.

January 18:  Sangria, Wags & Wine
Bring your four-legged friend on a leash, enjoy the music and a growler of sangria. 

January 18: Whisky Wonderland
Chase away winter blues and warm up with a whisky tasting beside the fire and enjoy live music.

January 18  Cabernet Vertical Tasting
J ourney through a delicious 3-course gourmet meal with 8 wines.  Discuss the various vintages with the Winemaker and Sommelier.  Reservations.

January 19:  Tannat Vertical Tasting
Howard O'Brien will conduct the tasting that includes Tannats 2007 to 2013. Reservations; times are noon and 2pm.

January 19: Wine Mimosas
Spend an afternoon relaxing as you enjoy a wine Mimosa. By the glass or Lazy Days growler.

January 19: Bubbles & Chips
Try a taste sensation of sparkling wine and potato chips. You'll have a fun time comparing chips and which pair best with each wine.

January 23: Paint Night
Instructor guides you step-by-step resulting in your own painting. Food and drink available. Reservations.  Email: info@wwodridgefarmbrewery.com

January 24-25:  Bluegrass and Brew Festival
Jam packed concert weekend feature extraordinary musical talent and award-winning beers and spirits.

January 24-25: Clifton Forge Blues Festival
A weekend sure to turn your winter blues from cold to hot with extraordinary musical talent.

January 25: Oyster & Wine Thing
Annual event with oysters on the half shell, wine and BBQ food truck. Pay for what you consume.

January 25: Desert Rose Winemaker Dinner
Five course gourmet dinner paired with select wines from Desert Rose Winery. A fun evening with winemaker Bob Claymier. Reservations.

January 25:  Blue Jean Ball
Put on your jeans and boots and dance away the winter blues.  Classic and pop country hits, wine, beer and BBQ.
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January 25-26:  Taste of the Cellar
Tastings in the cellar of 2018 and 2019 red wines direct from the barrel.  Reservations.

January 25-26: Coastal VA Magazine Winefest
Virginia's finest vintage wines, specialty foods, beer garden, distillery den and live entertainment.

January 26:  International Wine Festival
Over 30 bubbly sparklings to bold reds, live music, hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

January 26:  Cabernet Sauvignon Seminar
Taste Cabernets from France, Australia, Virginia, and more.  Learn about the history, production and regional differences.

January 26: Mojo Pie Celebration
A celebration for everyone whose birthday is in January, inside the tropical party space
from 2 to 5.

January 28:  Library Tasting
Taste featured 2004, 2007, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with limited number for sale. 

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  and reservations that may be required. (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.) 
  Because of space restrictions, we are unable to list open houses or recurring events.

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  prior to the month of the event
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