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(Loving Virginia Wine at the Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival at Lime Kiln)

Vol. XIV, Issue No. 9                                                                                       August 27, 2019    
   
            
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The harvest is on!  September marks the beginning of the Virginia wine harvest, with celebrations from the mountains to the ocean and everywhere in between.  There are barrel tastings and wine stompin's at the wineries, and wine and beer tastings are major attractions  at festivals. In addition to those listed below, check out September Events listings.

September 2 in Downtown Herndon

September 7 at Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington

September 21 & 22 at Stratford Hall

September 21 at Brent & Becky's Bulbs in Gloucester

September 28 & 29 at Crazy Horse Marina in Moneta

Winery of the Month for September Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove.  The Tasting Room is consistently voted a Top Favorite by Virginia Wine Lovers.   We invite you to experience their  exceptional wines and indulge in the rich history and beauty of Virginia's Northern Neck.

Cheers!
June Britt
Editor
IN THIS ISSUE


Ingleside Vineyards
   
Recipe of the Month

Festival of the Week
September 2:

Festival of the Week
September 7:

Festival of the Week
September 21-22:
Stratford Hall Wine

Festival of the Week
September 28-29:

ETC
 



WOMIngleside
INGLESIDE VINEYARDS
One of Virginia's oldest and largest wineries
in a picturesque setting..

Located between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, Westmoreland County is Ingleside Vineyards, one of Virginia's largest wineries and some of the friendliest winemakers you'll meet. Originally a dairy farm for 50 years, this historic and picturesque estate, evolved into Ingleside Plantation Nurseries and later the Vineyards when it was discovered that conditions were prime for growing high-quality grapes. Ingleside Vineyards is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trial along with eight other wineries I the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
 
The recipient of state and international awards for its wines, Ingleside Vineyards is a three-time winner of the Virginia Governor's Cup which goes to the top scoring wine in the Commonwealth. Also, the Bordeaux-style red blends, (Left Bank 2014 and Virginia Gold 2014) won gold medals in the 2018 Competition. Ingleside was the first Virginia winery to bottle a varietal Petit Verdot, which has been named "Best Petit Verdot" at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition.





VIRGINIA OYSTER CASSEROLE
 
It's no wonder Virginia is for Oyster Lovers. It's the largest producer of farm-raised oysters in the country. These delicacies are available year round, and we are pleased to share one of our favorite recipes.

Click Here for recipe.


FOWHerndon
HERNDON LABOR DAY FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 2, 2019
Downtown Herndon @ 777 Lynn Street
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
www.herndon-va.gov/laborday

Herndon's Labor Day Wine Festival is a Virginia tradition. The annual must-attend outdoor street celebration features unlimited wine tastings from Virginia wineries, craft beers, great music, variety of food vendors, sponsorship gallery, craft show, as well as lawn games on the Town Green. Gates open at 11:00 and tastings and beer sales continue through 4:00.

Two stages feature live entertainment throughout the day. Beginning at eleven in the Acoustic 
Tent are "Among the Willows", followed by the "Dave Lange Trio-Hill Country Blues" then "Dave Goodrich". Taking the Main Stage at l:00 will be "Great Wide Open-The Ultimate Tom Petty Experience" then "Leather and Lace-The Stevie Nicks Experience" at 3:30.




FOWRockbridge
ROCKBRIDGE BEER & WINE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 7. 2019
Lime Kiln Theater, - Lexington
12 Noon to 7:00 pm
 
Congratulations to the Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  The annual event returns again to Lime Kiln Theater, a magical  outdoor venue in Lexington.  Extended hours begin at noon when the gates open and festivities continue to 7pm. 
 
Sponsored by the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber, this is the best ever festival with top Virginia wineries and regional  breweries and cideries offering unlimited tastings.  A variety of food will be available, and attendees will be entertained all afternoon with popular music groups on two stages.




FOWStratford
WINE & OYSTER FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 21 & 22: 10 AM to 6 PM
483 Great House Road, Stratford, VA

If you love great wines, delicious seafood and fine crafts, the place you want to be is the Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival on September 21 and 22. The 13th annual features award-winning wines and coastal oysters, craft breweries and artisan booths. Enjoy entertainment both days with live music and activities for all ages.
 
Don't miss the specialty car shows featuring the Mustang Car Clubs on Saturday and the Memory Lane Car Club on Sunday. Learn from the experts about Virginia's oyster industry and watch champion oyster shuckers demonstrate their skills.



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SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE WINE FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 28 - 11am to 6pm
SEPTEMBER 29 - 11am to 5pm
Crazy Horse Marina - Moneta
 
This annual Festival is now in its 31st year, and 30 top Virginia wineries and 80+ food vendors and crafters will gather by the Lake for two days of end-of-summer fun. An exciting new feature this year is the SNL Brew Pub with beer available for purchase and LED Screens for your football. Live music kicks off on Saturday with "Mended Fences" followed by "Weird Science", an amazing 80's throw-back band that will keep you on your feet all day long. On Sunday, 
"Tate Tuck & Friends" will headline for heart pumping, feet stomping fun.

 



BUY FESTIVAL TICKETS EARLY AND SAVE!Future
              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


September 2019 EventsEvents


Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September, this year on September 2. It was originally organized to celebrate labor contributions but now largely a day of rest.  Many of Virginia's wineries, cideries and breweries mark the Labor Day Weekend with special activities, and although too numerous to list here, we encourage you to spend "your day of rest" visiting your favorites.
See the list below, as well as  www.virginiawine.org and  www.virginia.org

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
Wine Country Boil
Fabulous seafood feast on the Harvest Barn patio. Includes apps, sides and dessert.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30

Labor Day Weekend in Paradise
All weekend long, famous Rocklands pork BBQ, great wine, live music and Solace beer.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
Labor Day Relaxation
Music from Kat & the Travelers with awesome blend of swing, jazz & blues. No cover.

Summer Concert Series
Final in the series with full day of food and fun and music: Robbie Limon (12-3) & Kristin Gibbs (4-7).

Labor Day Wine & Music Fest
Celebration of food, wine, cider and live entertainment.  Rain or shine.

Music & Wine Festival
Wine tastings, local brews, food and vendors to benefit SVERN (equine rescue).
Summer Concert
Close out the summer with a fantastic night of music by Soul Play, wine, food and fun.
Eats & Beats
Grab a glass of wine to pair with lunch from Gourmeltz Food Truck and enjoy the afternoon.

Cider Cinema
Movie under the stars on jumbo screen with hard cider and food for sale. Movie is free.

Labor Day Meritage Vertical Tasting
Sample 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 Select Meritage, plus 2017 Renard Rouge before bottled.

Close out the Summer
A day of relaxation Day with eats, music and refreshing wines. This is a free event.
Labor Day Loafing Weekend
Come & celebrate the holiday with live music & delicious foods. Blessing of the harvest on Monday.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Annual Harvest Festival
Music by Jason Burke Band, wine, grape stomping, food truck, tractor rides and tours.

Car Show at Coyote Hole
Unbelievable variety of cars, trucks and jeeps. Plus food and cider, raffle and outdoor movie after the show.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2


Herndon Labor Day Festival
Outdoor street festival with live music, unlimited wine tastings, 
craft brews, craft show, culinary demos, food vendors.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Beer & Wine Classic
Enjoy live music, food trucks and lawn games along with fine beverages from local breweries, cideries and wineries.

Cross Roads Fest
Free concert, beer and wine garden, food vendors.  Bring chairs and blankets.
Sips on the Skyline
Year's largest fundraiser and cocktail party with food, drinks, music and auction.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Fox Meadow
Sunset in the Vineyard
Sip award winning wines listen to live music and view the spectacular sunset.
An Evening in Avignon
Traditional French country 7-course wine-paired dinner under the stars on the garden patio.

Season End Sunset Saturday
Live music, food and wine for purchase.  Bring chair or blanket.  Rain or shine.  No cover.


Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival
25th annual promises to be the best ever in a wonderful shaded
venue where you can enjoy the music and taste the best wine
and beer.


Brewster Walk Craft Beer Festival
More than 50 craft beers, performances by three great bands and lots of fun all round.

Bands, brews and Barbecue
Craft beers and distilled spirits for sampling.  BQ for purchase and incredible live music.

Cork & Craft Festival
Unlimited beverage tastings, food trucks, craft vendors, live music and fun for kids.

Strawberry Sangria
Relax on the patio with live music and a cold growler of Strawberry or Red Sangria.

Blue Ridge Rock Festival
Outdoor music festival is largest rock festival in Virginia.  Beer, food trucks & Burger Cook-Off.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Spirits Festival at Belle Grove
Art, wine, distilled spirits, music, food trucks and specialty vendors.
A River Runs Through It
First in educational series.  Learn how rivers can play a pivotal role in making great wine.

Barks & Brews
Bring your dog for a fun day with beer and live music. Explore the Garden with your canine companion.

SEND US YOUR EVENTS..
If you would like to submit an event, send 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.
 
DISCLAIMER.
Our information comes from many sources. We recommend you always verify dates and times  for events, as well as costs and reservations that may be required. (We are not responsible for  incorrect information.)

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