Calling all of our fellow wine lovers! The Annual Virginia Wine Expo is February 26–March 3! This six-day event in nearby Richmond highlights not only Virginia’s premier wines, but also the best in state and national spirits, cider and cuisine with special dinners, brunches, seminars and tasting events. The expo’s signature events will be held at the beautiful Main Street Station, while other foodie and pairing events will take place at local restaurants and venues, giving attendees a chance to explore the city. We love attending this event each year and seeing our talented local vineyards, craft brewers, distillers and cideries showcased! A few popular locals you can look for at this year’s event include Barboursville Vineyards, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Castle Hill Cider, CrossKeys Vineyards, Early Mountain Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, and Veritas Vineyard & Winery. Here is a little round up of what you can expect at this year’s expo.
Love spirits and/or craft brews? Be sure to check out the SMOKED! event on Friday, March 1. This tasting event will feature food from at least 14 different barbecue restaurants, as well as craft beers and ciders, over 50 different whiskeys, and of course… wine.
Saturday, March 2, is the expo’s most packed day with the popular Walk-Around Grand Tasting event, seminars and other experiences, like a special vertical tasting with local Keswick Vineyards. The Walk-Around Grand Tastings (one in the afternoon and one in the evening) will include over 10 of our local vineyards, as well as two local cideries and distilleries. Plus, we will be in attendance, sharing our most recent issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living!
The expo will conclude on Sunday, March 3, with a sparkling brunch, wine seminar and Walk-Around Grand Tasting. Whether you are a foodie, wine or craft beverage lover, or love all three, there will be plenty to enjoy and explore during this year’s Virginia Wine Expo! Each year, the expo includes more exciting events, and we cannot wait to see all that the 2019 expo has in store for participants. We hope to see you there!
Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.
Looking for a new go-to summer drink? Consider the Virginia Distillery Co.’s Shenandoah Peach—a fruity cocktail that is perfect for summer entertaining! You can try it yourself while it is featured this month at the Virginia Distillery Co.’s Visitors Center, or make it at home. The Charlottesville area offers many local farms, perfect for picking your own peaches for this seasonal treat.
Shenandoah Peach(Makes One Cocktail)
What You Need:
1½ oz. Virginia Highland Malt Whisky
1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz. peach simple syrup (recipe below)
Slice of fresh peach to garnish
Optional mint sprig to garnish
How to Prepare:
1. Combine all ingredients in a glass.
2. Add ice to the glass and stir.
3. Garnish with peach slice and sprig of mint.
Peach simple syrup: Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add 3 cups of sugar, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat, add 4 peach tea bags and let steep for 20 minutes. Remove tea bags. Good to store for up to two weeks.
As a new year begins, there are countless ways to take advantage of all the Charlottesville area has to offer. We have 17 Must-Dos that are sure to make the new year an unforgettable one.
1. Attend a Winemaker’s Dinner. This year, treat you and your partner to a winemaker’s dinner, where you will enjoy the best of local cuisine paired with the area’s wines. Consider a dinner at Early Mountain Vineyards, like the Winemaker’s Field Supper featured in the most recent book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. Or perhaps an upcoming event like the Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. (Left photo by Paula Bartosiewicz)
2. Experience Barboursville Vineyards’ Octagon Wine. This age-worthy, award-winning wine, highly distinct in character, is a can’t miss for wine lovers. Join the list of those who have been served Octagon, including Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama.
5. Throw an Outdoor Party. Take advantage of the beautiful mountain views Charlottesville has to offer and throw an outdoor party fitting to the season. Match your décor, refreshments and activities to a theme just as this hostess did with her hunting party in the latest book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. (Photos by Rachel May Photography)
6. Indulge in Executive Chef Gary Glaser’s Crab Cakes. You’ll leave raving about these scrumptious crab cakes at The Downtown Grille. Try them at the restaurant or make them yourself! Customers who dine at The Downtown Grille will receive a complementary copy of the latest Charlottesville Wine & Country Living featuring Chef Glaser’s crab cake recipe.
7. Try Gearhart’s Beer or Wine Infused Chocolates. Try a unique delicious twist on your palate with some of Gearhart’s infused chocolates. (Photos on the right by Jen Fariello Photography)
8. Travel Locally with the Inn at Willow Grove. This boutique hotel combines history, charm and luxury for the perfect intimate getaway.
9. Attend the Virginia Wine Expo. This March event is perfect for the wine lover. You’ll spend a weekend exploring an event filled with food, wine and great company. (Photos courtesy of the Virginia Wine Expo)
12. Attend the Montpelier Hunt Races. Gather a group of great friends for a beautiful fall day of tailgating and horse races. Dress in style and participate in the hat contest, or put your focus on your tablescape for the tailgate competition. (Photos by Susan M. Carter Photography)
14. Visit the Blue Ridge Trails. Complete with 500 miles of hiking trails, 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 80,000 acres of designated, back-country wilderness, the Shenandoah National Park is a natural treasure. (Photo by Kelly J. Mihalcoe, LLC, courtesy of the Virginia Tourism Corporation)
15. Visit the Design House. This spring, see the amazing work of the area’s top interior designers and professionals while experiencing the year’s décor trends in the Design House 2017. You’ll also be supporting a great cause—the Shelter for Help in Emergency. Below is the 2016 Design House‘s stunning library designed by Foxchase Design. (Photos by Robert Radifera Photography)
16. Travel Abroad. Take your adventures to France this year and explore Burgundy’s wine region. Indulge in the rich history of the area and learn about the connections that Jefferson had in the town of Beaune, France, also featured in the latest issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.