Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New York Times and USA Today Promote "October Is Virginia Wine Month"

October is Wine Month in Virginia
Posted 8/26/2008 5:00 AM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — October is Virginia Wine Month, with tastings, festivals and hotel packages around the state.
Wine events around the state include the Mount Vernon Wine Festival, Oct. 3-5; the Norton Wine and Bluegrass Festival at Chrysalis Vineyards in Northern Virginia on Oct. 4-5; the Oct. 11 Black Dog Wine and Beach Music Festival at the Chateau Morrisette in Floyd; stargazing, weather permitting, with telescopes and the help of an astronomer the evenings of Oct. 17-18, at Virginia Mountain Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley; Norfolk's Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Oct. 18-19; and a Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival at the Historic Long Branch plantation in Millwood, Va., Oct. 18-19, where 17 Virginia wineries will offer tastings.

This October, Virginia Is for Wine Lovers
Published: September 7, 2008
With more than 130 wineries and with eight wine trails, Virginia has something to celebrate when it comes to wine. And in October it will do just that with the 20th anniversary of Virginia Wine Month (www.virginia.org/wine). Events include the Norton Wine and Bluegrass Festival at Chrysalis Vineyards in Middleburg on Oct. 4 and 5, and a Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival at Historic Long Branch in Millwood on Oct. 18 and 19. Several hotel packages are available, like Women Wild About Wine at the Tides Inn in Irvington, which includes lodging, two manicures and pedicures with wine, a picnic, and visits to six local wineries (from $335 per person per night, double occupancy); and Travel Back in Time at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, which includes tickets to the Mount Vernon Wine Festival (Oct. 3 to 5), a tour of Mount Vernon, a picnic, and lodging (from $199 per night for two).