Thursday, August 04, 2011

Virginia Winery Festivals in August


August 6
CARIBBEAN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania
It's a beach party! Kick back with a glass of your favorite wine and listen to live Caribbean music under the stars on the grounds of Lake Anna Winery. The popular event is sponsored by the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail. Taste award winning wines from Cooper Vineyards, Lake Anna Winery, Grayhaven Winery and James River Cellars Winery. Enjoy great Caribbean food (items priced al a carte). Hours are 5 to 10 pm.
Tickets are $15 and available online at www.hovawinetrail.com
For additional information, call Lake Anna Winery at
540-895-5085. Lake Anna is located on Route 208, three miles east of Lake Anna at 5621 Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania.


August 15
SIP 'N SHAG
Parkway Marina, Smith Mountain Lake
The Bedford Beach Bash is the place to be for a great afternoon of wine and music. The only festival of its kind held on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, it's a great way to enjoy those last long days of summer sun. This year's Bash features eight wineries, three microbreweries, music performances from "Buffet style" bands, craft and food vendors and a car exhibit by the Virginia Corvette Club. There's plenty of room for shagging to the beach music of The Fantastic Shakers.
Tickets ($20 advance, $25 at the gate) are available at numerous vendors throughout the area and on line at www.5thannualbeachbash.eventbrite.com.
Parkway Marina is located at 16918 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway in Huddleston. The festival is hosted by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.
540-586-9401 · www.bedfordareachamber.com/events


August 5: Friday Night Under the Stars
AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)
Enjoy the special dinner with a bottle of wine and entertainment, all under the stars. Music by Breeze Bros. Rain or shine.
540-929-4632 · www.AmRheins.com


August 5 & 6: Cork and Blues Festival
Glen Maury Park (Buena Vista)
Blues bands and Virginia wineries. Great music lineup starting Friday night. Food vendors including BBQ. Rain or shine under covered pavilion. Camping available.
1-800-555-8845 · www.glenmaurypark.com 


August 6: Blackberry Harvest Festival
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery (Nellysford)
Pick your blackberries and taste the wine. Bring a picnic or purchase a Pig Pickin' meal. Live music, craft vendors and family festivities all day.
434-361-1266 · www.hilltopberrywine.com


August 6: Music, Mead & Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider (Dugspur)
Local music and cider and mead just 2 miles apart near the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwest Virginia. Sip cider at Foggy Ridge. Enjoy mead on the Blacksnake Meadery's 'Sippin Porch. Creative tunes from talented musicians.
276-398-2337 · www.foggyridgecider.com


August 6 & 7: Annual Summer Norton Tasting
Burnley Vineyards (Barboursville)
Vertical tasting of the four vintages of Norton and two vintages of Norton in the port style red. Not a library tasting. Each wine available for purchase.
540-832-2828 · www.burnleywines.com


August 7: Wine & Food Pairing
Casanel Vineyards (Leesburg)
Chef Miriam will prepare an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch. Bring your appetites and enjoy the food and wine
540-751-1776 · www.casanelvineyards.com


August 7: Unplugged Sunday Afternoon Series
Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)
Enjoy music by Emme St. James as well as beautiful vineyard views on the spacious new deck. Bring your own picnic to have with a bottle of award-winning Cooper Vineyards wine.
540-894-5474 · www.coopervineyards.com


August 7: Luna-See
Wintergreen Winery (Nellysford)
A Night to Dance by the Light of the Moon at "The Verandah at Wintergreen Winery". Full moon, wine, live music and dancing.
434-361-2519 · www.wintergreenwinery.com


August 7: Wine and Food Pairing
DelFosse Winery (Faber)
Wonderful wine and food pairing menu by Genevieve DelFosse. Reservations required.
434-263-6100 · www.delfossewine.com


August 12: Luau
Cross Keys Vineyards & Estate (Mt. Crawford)
Dress for the occasion and join in the tropical experience. Steel drums and dinner of pork, fruits, veggies, cheese, breads and desserts.
540-2340505 · www.crosskeysvineyards.com


August 12: Wine Moon Beams
Hickory Hill Vineyards (Moneta)
Watch the falling stars at an evening of star gazing during Perseid meteor shower. Rain/Cloud date is August 14.
540-296-1393 · www.SMLwine.com


August 12: Friday Night Under the Stars
AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)
Enjoy the special dinner with a bottle of wine and entertainment, all under the stars. Music by Robotic Jive. Rain or shine.
540-929-4632 · www.AmRheins.com


August 13: Blessing of the Grapes
Philip Carter Winery (Hume)
Join in the timeless tradition of the consecration of the harvest. Guests, who are asked to dress in white, will process to the vineyard for the blessing, followed by a simple vineyard meal.
540-364-1203 · www.pcwinery.com


August 13: Pig Roast 2011
Wintergreen Winery (Nellysford)
BBQ feast prepared by the BBQ Connection "Pigs on the Run" Competition team. Live music and wine tasting.
434-361-2519 · www.wintergreenwinery.com


August 13: Paddle, Wine & Concert
Tarara Winery (Leesburg)
River and Trail Outfitters guide leisurely paddle by canoe or kayak down scenic stretch of the Potomac followed by private tasting at Tarara. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music.
301-695-5177 · www.tarara.com


August 13: Starry, Starry Nights
Veritas Vineyards & Winery (Afton)
An unforgettable night under the stars with live music, wine and the big outdoors. Dance to the music of Little Freddie King (New Orleans Blue Legend).
434-263-7015 · www.veritaswines.com


August 13: No Strings Attached
Fincastle Vineyard and Winery (Fincastle)
Festive outdoor evening of wine and music featuring "No Strings Attached". (One of the more adventurous string ensembles today....Washington Post)
540-591-9000 · www.fincastlewine.com


August 13: Blackdog Wine & Beach Festival
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)
Amazing bands, great food, our famous sangria and your favorite wines. Variety of foods, arts and crafts. Rent your own gazebo and listen to the Mix Emotions and the Band of Oz.
540-593-2865 · www.thedogs.com


August 13: First Annual "Winestock"
Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)
All day music festival featuring local bands and great food. Pull out the old tie-dyed T-shirts and hippie beads. Groove on!
276-328-2013 www.mountainrosevineyard.com


August 14: Unplugged Sunday Afternoon Series
Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)
Enjoy music by Emme St. James as well as beautiful vineyard views on the spacious new deck. Bring your own picnic to have with a bottle of award-winning Cooper Vineyards wine.
540-894-5474 · www.coopervineyards.com


August 19: Friday Night Under the Stars
AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)
Enjoy the special dinner with a bottle of wine and entertainment, all under the stars.
Music by Dowing Brothers. Rain or shine.
540-929-4632 · www.AmRheins.com


August 19: Lecture & Wine Tasting
James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library (Fredericksburg)
James Gabler, author of "Passions: the Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson" illuminates the relationship between Jefferson and James Monroe. Wine tasting follows.
540-654-1123 · www.jamesmonroemuseum.org


August 20: Rootstock Summer Fest
Potomac Point Winery (Stafford)
Summer fun with food, music (Pete Baker and The Shack Shakers) and car show.
540-446-2266 · www.potomacpointwinery.com


August 20: The Now Knows Wine
Bogati Bodega & Winery (Round Hill)
A robust, full-bodied, educational opportunity offering an approachable look at wine tasting and how to taste wine with all your senses.
540-338-1144 · www.bogatibodega.com


August 20: Sugarleaf Soiree
Sugarleaf Vineyards (North Garden)
Fourth Anniversary celebration of release of inaugural award-winning vintage and opening of the tasting room. Enjoy wine, cheese and a walk through the vineyard.
434-984-4272 · www.sugarleafvineyards.com


August 20: Summer BBQ & Concert
DelFosse Vineyards (Faber)
Enjoy a Mediterranean BBQ lunch in the outdoor pavilion along with some Jimmy Buffet music and join in a tour with vineyard manager Grayson Poats.
434-263-6100 · www.delfossewine.com


August 20 & 21: Feast of Saint Bernard
Cross Keys Vineyards (Mt. Crawford)
Bring one Saint Bernard, get 10% discount. Bring two Saint Bernards, get 15% discount.
540-234-0505 · www.crosskeysvineyards.com


August 20: Taste of Spain
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards (Leesburg)
Annual summer tasting of Spanish wines along with Tapas and Sangria.
703-777-8161 · www.willowcroftwine.com

August 21: Unplugged Sunday Afternoon Series
Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)
Enjoy music by Curtis Prince as well as beautiful vineyard views on the spacious new deck. Bring your own picnic to have with a bottle of award-winning Cooper Vineyards wine.
540-894-5474 · www.coopervineyards.com


August 26: Friday Night Under the Stars
AmRhein's Wine Cellars (Bent Mountain)
Enjoy the special dinner with a bottle of wine and entertainment, all under the stars.
Music by Ron Swann. Rain or shine.
540-929-4632 · www.AmRheins.com


August 26: Attimo Winery Grand Opening
Attimo Winery (Christiansburg)
In celebration of the grand opening, a 4-course wine dinner. Music, appetizers, and a cake prepared by Food Network's Ace-of-Cakes at Charm City Cakes in Baltimore.
540-382-7619 · www.attimowinery.com


August 27: Mini Cooper Rally
Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)
For wine lovers and mini lovers alike. Live music by Scattered Smothered and Covered bluegrass band. James River Cellars guest winery. Wine tastings and food for purchase.
540-894-5474 · www.coopervineyards.com


August 27 & 28: Mountain Road Tasting Tour
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)
Food and drink progressive pairing on self-guided tour of Chateau Morrisette, Villa Appalaccia, Blacksnake Meadery, AmRhein Wine Cellars, Foggy Ridge Cider and Attimo Winery.
540-593-2865 · www.thedogs.com


August 27: Jazz & Wine Festival
Sedalia Center (Big Island)
Fourth Annual. Open air pavilion with classic jazz, this year featuring Jane L. Powell on the main stage. Wine tastings from the region's best vintners.
434-299-5080 · www.sedaliacenter.org


August 27 & 28: Veraison Celebration
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Share in the joy at the transition into the final ripening spring for the grapes before harvest. Special vineyard and winery tours.
540-364-6073 · www.threefoxvineyards.com


August 27: Beat the Heat in the Foothills
DuCard Vineyards (Sperryville)
Join in a getaway to this cool new wine trail, DuCard and Sharp Rock Vineyards. Cool mountain breezes and great chilled wines.
540-923-4206 · www.ducardvineyards.com


August 28: Unplugged Sunday Afternoon Series
Cooper Vineyards (Louisa)
Enjoy music by Charleen Hutton as well as beautiful vineyard views on the spacious new deck. Bring your own picnic to have with a bottle of award-winning Cooper Vineyards wine.
540-894-5474 · www.coopervineyards.com