Vol. XIV, Issue No. 11                                                                                      October 29, 2019    
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November is a time for weekends of leaf peeping and wine tastings. It's also Virginia Oyster Month, and, if you love Virginia wine, you must love Virginia oysters. Among the many opportunities to partake of these delicacies are wine and oyster festivals, oyster roasts and raw bar tastings, among others. www.virginiawineandbrine.com
There are a variety of wine events across the Commonwealth this month, including popular festivals like Taste by the Bay in Irvington and the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival in Bedford. Cider Week in Virginia puts the spotlight on a full schedule of hard cider activities.
Be sure to vote for your Favorite 2019 Winery Tasting Room on the ballot below. We thank you for sharing our passion about Virginia wine, and we wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!  


One of Virginia's Largest 
and Award-Winning Shopping Events!
Three-day Shopping Extravaganza with over 350 great vendors, artists and crafters from all over the country, along with local businesses, wonderful Virginia wineries and the most beautiful Santa.

Show Hours: Friday 10a - 7p / Saturday 10a - 7p / Sunday 10a - 6p 
Tickets online at www.bodaciousbazaar.com.
Donate blood at the Red Cross anywhere in 7-city area week of the show and get a three-day show pass.

NOVEMBER 15-24, 2019
Events at multiple locations throughout the state.

After a long respite, cider is making a comeback, and the cider renaissance includes Virginia as artisanal hard ciders become more available at restaurants, in bottle shops and at tastings. Virginia Cider Week is a celebration of hard cider and features special tastings, pairings, dinners cider making classes, events and workshops.

Once the daily drink in early colonial America, cider was especially popular with presidents John Adams, George Washington and noted oenophile Thomas Jefferson.  The Industrial Revolution and changing tastes that preferred beer led to a decline in fermented cider production and consumption, and prohibition dealt a final blow to many orchards.


November is Virginia Oyster Month, and Virginia is quickly becoming known as the "Oyster Capital 
of the East Coast." A great way to enjoy the experience is with local wines & oyster pairings along 
the  Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail where the 7th Annual Fall Oyster Crawl will be held Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10.


Kirk Wiles, Founder and CEO of Paradise Springs Winery, was recently named a "40 Under 40 Tastemaker" by "Wine Enthusiast". The annual list recognizes the next generation of innovators leading the world of wine, spirits, cider and beer forward. Wiles was singled out as a bicoastal pioneer with the first bicoastal wine brand in America with a location in Clifton, Virginia and Santa Barbara, Calif. He is chairman of the Virginia Wine Board and serves on the boards of Wine America and the Virginia Wineries Association. www.paradisespringswinery.com

In a recent issue of "Southern Living" magazine Gabriele Rausse was named as a legend in recognition of his championship of Virginia grape growing and winemaking. A native of Italy, Rausse has mentored growers at dozens of vineyards and founded his own label in 1997. Considered the "Modern Father of Virginia Wine", he will reprise his annual conversation with Thomas Jefferson the "Father of Virginia Wine" at the November 16 wine festival at Poplar Forest. www.gabrieleraussewinery.com     www.thomasjeffersonwinefestival.com  

Medalists in the inaugural Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail competition will be announced at the gala on November 15 at CrossKeys Vineyards. The competition is designed to draw attention to the S henandoah Valley AVA by highlighting its superior growing conditions as one of the best places to grow grapes on the East Coast. Judging was provided by the prestigious Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association. www.shenandoahvalleywinetrail.com

The VWA Annual Meeting & Conference will move to Lansdowne Resort & Spa in Leesburg on November 21-22. The expanded conference format will cover all aspects of Virginia's dynamic wine industry. A non-profit trade association, VWA promotes viticulture and vintner practices that ensure the highest quality wine production among its member-wineries. www.vawineriesassociation.org

The 2019 Virginia Cider Week gets underway with an event at Firefly restaurant, Charlottesville's most cider-centric restaurant. There will be more than a dozen ciders on tap or available by bottle/can/glass all week long. At the kickoff event you can meet local cidermakers and get a chance to win prizes from favorite area cideries. Cider-centric food pairings will be available throughout Cider Week. www.fireflycville.com / ciderweekva.com/events/

November 2019 Events events

October 31:  Harvest Party
BBQ at the Barrel Barn with grill-out specials and Barrel Barn Craft Ciders.  Free event.

October 31: Hallowine Dance Party
Celebratory dance with food specials, wine and beer, costume contest and live music by The Generations.
October 31:  Punkin-Chunkin and Costume Contest
Starts promptly at 6:00; must be 18+ to participate.  Hit the target and win a prize.  Join the costume contest and win another prize.

October 31-November 3:  Fire, Flour & Fork
Four-day gathering for the food curious with multiple brunches and dinners, demonstrations, visiting chefs and spirit makers.

November 1-2:  Urbanna Oyster Festival
Walking pay-as-you-go festival with oysters in every way.  Wineries and micro-breweries.  Unique arts and crafts.

November 1-3: Virginia's Heritage Festival
Celebration of Virginia's culinary heritage honoring 400-year history of the Commonwealth. Foods, wineries, local fare with samples, purchase opportunities and lessons in history. 

November 1-3:  Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival
Hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across nation.  Something for every taste. Visit Christmas Tree Village.

November 2: 2019 Harvest Dinner
Hors d'oeuvres and live music followed by four-course wine dinner and release of 2018 Petit Manseng and 2017 Cabernet Franc.

November 2:  Fall Cellar Tasting
Annual tasting of diverse list of wines to taste along with Horton Chili.  Tours and cellar tastings of new wines also.

November 2:  Oysters, Barbecue...Battersea!
American Revolution 400th Commemoration event with freshly roasted oysters on the grill and Virginia BBQ.  VA wine, craft beer and live music.

November 2:  Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Festival
Vote for your favorite grilled cheese recipe. Balloon giveaways, ice cream, face painting, etc.

November 2:  Cider, Blues and BBQ Festival
Texas-style, slow smoked BBQ along with Dickie Bros. fresh apple ciders.  Music, food, fun and pick your own applies.

November 2:  Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival
Embrace the flavors and sounds of southern Virginia with history, culture, food, beer and music.  Tour of home and law office included.

November 2:  Fall Chili & Craft Festival
Music, crafts and spectacular competitive chili cook-off and lakeside setting.

November 2:  Apple Harvest Festival
Apples, apples and more apples.  Food and crafts, cider, music and apple pie contest.

November 2: Around the World in 80 Minutes
Explore the world of wine...the finest wine regions, new emerging wine regions,
the healthiest wines on the planet, and a lot more.

November 2: Virginia Bourbon Invitational
Unlimited tastings from 18 distilleries, small plates from six restaurants, live music, cigar bar.

November 2-3: Harvest on the Halfshell
Weekend event of the season and start of Virginia Oyster Month. Festival with wine, craft beer, cider, mead, oysters and other seafood.
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November 2-3:  Fudgeapalooza 12!
Pairing of six award winning wines with six different fudges for the most popular event of the year.  Advance reservations.

November 2-3: Caledon Art and Wine Festival
Weekend at the park with tastings by local wineries, great food, music and area artisans.

November 3: Sparkling Wine Seminar
Join winemaker Lee Hartman for the seminar on the exciting world of bubbly wines. Taste and compare six different wines.
November 4: Grilled Cheese Festival
Join in the cook-off.  Vote for the cheesiest, most ridiculous and best tomato soup.  Prizes.

November 3: House of Blues, Brews and Stews
Outdoor fall fest with music by Jackass Flats. Vote for best stews, imbibe brews and sway to the blues.

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  june@brittmarketing.com  no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.



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