Frank C. Britt
Vol. XII, Issue No. 6                                                                                                  June 1, 2017   
Dear Wine Lover Friends,   letter
June is the month for wine festivals in every region of Virginia, and we are pleased to feature just a few in this issue.  These events provide opportunities to learn about Virginia's wonderful wines and to visit some of the state's most interesting sites.  

Don't miss the annual Lee Hall Summer Celebration on June 10 on the grounds of the  Mansion in Newport News.  Bushels & Barrels Local Food, Wine & Beer Festival returns to Reynolds Homestead on June 15 to17, and rounding out the month is the Shenandoah Valley Wine & Jazz Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton on June 24.

The Official Virginia Wine Lover newsletter debuted in June 2006, and for the past 11 years our goal has been to promote Virginia wines, to introduce and spotlight Virginia winemakers, the wineries and the industry as a whole.  During that time, we have attempted to bring you timely news each month, hoping to entice visitors to Virginia wineries, to festivals and to wine related events.  Along the way, we have had great fun, traveling the state, meeting interesting and creative people, and making many, many friends.

I am signing off with this issue of the Virginia Wine Lover and turning it over to the care of June Britt who will continue to bring you news of the people who make Virginia wines and those who have learned to love them.  We are thankful for your support, encouragement and continuing interest in this publication.

Cheers and adieu! 
Frank C. Britt


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JUNE 10, 2017  LEEHALL 
Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News                           
The splendor of Lee Hall Mansion's beautiful grounds provides the setting for the 15th annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival from 11 am to 6 pm. The finest vintages from Virginia's best wineries will be available for tasting and purchase. Live music combines with exquisite food and unique crafts to make this one of the Peninsula's most popular events. 
Wineries include Byrd Cellars, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Horton Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, Mermaid Winery, Naked Mountain Winery, Rebec Vineyards and Saude Creek Vineyards.  Joe's Day Off and the Rhythm Kings will provide the music.


JUNE  15-17, 2017bushel
Reynolds Homestead in Critz (Patrick County) is the setting for this three-day event that gets underway on Friday with the Bushels and Barrels Block Party at Stuart Farmers Market featuring Slick Jr. and the Reactors, from 6 to 8 pm and free to the public.  On Friday, the Sustainability Workshop offers classes designed to increase self-reliance and promote sustainability with classes centering on organic gardening.

The festival begins on Friday at 7 pm with music by Urban Soil and the Mason Via Band.   Saturday follows with a full day of live music, local wineries, craft brews, food, artists and artisans and lots of fun.

JUNE 24, 2017
Frontier Culture Museum, Stauntonshenandoah
The 8th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival features wines of the Shenandoah Valley and entertainment provide by Blue Ridge Beverage and Blue Moon.  Hours are 1:00 to 7:00 pm.

Wineries participating include Barren Ridge Vineyards, Bluestone Vineyard, Cave Ridge Vineyard, CrossKeys Vineyards, Hunts Vineyard, North Mountain Vineyard and Rockbridge Vineyard.  Music by Acme Swing Mfg. Co., Stone Rollin' and Mark Whetzel Trio.  They will be joined by a variety of food and craft vendors.

June 2-4:  Bodacious Boardwalk Bazaar & Wine Festival
Fort Monroe National Monument (Hampton)
Three days of wine tastings, beer tastings, shopping and more.  Over 250 quality crafters, vendors, artists, wineries and food vendors, with appearances by Eagle 07.3 The Wave.

June 3:  Bordeaux Blending Class
Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)
Try your hand at making blended wine directed by winemaker Al Kellert.  Taste each varietal then make your own blend.  Includes box lunch and glass of wine.

June 3-4:  Vintage Virginia
Bull Run Regional Park (Centreville)
An all-you-care-to-taste affair of Virginia wines from the oldest to the largest wineries, 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:  Winestock
Little Washington Winery (Washington VA)
A day of tie-dyed T-shirts, flipflops, flowers in your hair, groovy live concerts, BBQ, music all afternoon and incredible wine.

J une 3:  Grapes & Grains Festival
Smith Mountain Lake (Huddleston)
Some 75 varieties of Virginia wines, craft beers and ciders.  Live music by the Stone Canyon Band.

June 3:  Talk of the Mountain Seafood
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Talk of the Mountain will have their famous half-pound jumbo lump crab cake and Boardwalk fries for sale. Enjoy live music by Big Steve & Pete from 1:30-4:30pm.

June 3-4:  Rassawek Spring Jubilee
Rassawek Vineyard (Columbia)
Celebrating the local, handmade and homegrown.  Seventh anniversary with wine tastings, entertainment, kid's activities, artisans and demonstrators all in a wonderful setting.

June 4:  Polo Matches
King Family Vineyards (Crozet)
On Sundays through October beginning at 1 pm, weather permitting. Park tailgate style round the field or watch from the patio.  

June 4:  French Crepe Day
DelFosse Vineyards & Winery (Faber)
Savory and sweet crepes and wine by the glass or bottle. Let them know you're coming.

June 2-3:  The Howling Craft Beer & Music Festival

Washington Co. Fairgrounds (Abingdon)
Two-night event starts with kickoff party at Wolf Hills Brewing Co.  Festival includes music, food, crafts, art, camping, 5k and of course craft beer.  Go to link for lineup.
June 3:  Summer Beer Festival
Wood Ridge Farm Brewery (Lovingston)
From dirt to the glass is the motto of this family farm brewery.  Sample their beer and from other breweries.  Food trucks on site.
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