Wine & Oysters!
UPDATE: DuCard Vineyards will host 2017 Oyster Festivals on Sunday, April 22 and Saturday, September 23. More information and advance tickets are available through DuCard’s website.
On Saturday, September 24, while the beautiful Cabernet Franc was still ripening in the field, fans of DuCard Vineyards’ exclusive boutique wines came in droves to enjoy the day at the vineyard’s Annual Oyster Fest. Kicking off a series of popular wine and oyster events throughout the region at various local vineyards, DuCard Vineyards set the standard for savory Chesapeake Bay oysters and excellent wines.
Rappahannock River Oyster Company was on-hand to serve up succulent oysters fresh from the Chesapeake Bay and grill up unbelievable crab cakes. These local oysters capture the essence of the region (the minerals, the grasses, the plankton) to delight the palette. In the oyster business, the regional distinctions of where the oysters are grown is called the merroir—a nod to the wine term terroir, which speaks to the unique taste characteristics imparted by a given region. In the Chesapeake Bay, merroir is on stunning display. Nowhere do you get such a varied blend with nutrient rich waters spanning the entire salt spectrum—from subtly sweet to jarringly briny—bringing to our coastline a limitless palate in which to create some of the most unique oyster flavors in the world.*
The star wine of the day was DuCard Vineyards’ Cuvee 719, a Traminette-Chardonnay blend, stainless steel fermented with lemon zest and rose petal on the nose and lychee nut—great with seafood and most refreshing. Also recommended was the Signature Viognier. This new vintage with its hints of honeysuckle, peach and more paired nicely with the day’s oysters and crab cakes.
The day was filled with music by Kat and the Travelers who entertained the crowd with their fun and eclectic mix of jazz, blues and country. Corn-hole and picnicking on the lawn was enjoyed in the company of good friends all day long.
Our next regional vineyard to host the popular Rappahannock River Oyster Company for a day of wine and oysters is this coming weekend at nearby Early Mountain Vineyards on Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2016 from 11am-6pm. Wine and oyster lovers can again find Rappahannock River Oyster Company at Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery in Afton on Saturday and Sunday, November 12-13, 2016 from noon-5pm. This marks the 13th occasion that Cardinal Point hosts their popular wine and oyster festival and contributes to November’s line-up as Virginia Oyster Month!
*Source: We invite you to read more about the inspiring story of the Rappahannock River Oyster Company, and find out more about DuCard Vineyards and their excellent wines and sustainability initiatives.
From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings,an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily