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Keswick Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve awarded 2016 Governor’s Cup

Governor Terry McAuliffe awarded the 2016 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup to Keswick Vineyards for its 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve.


Virginia wine sales reach new record high in fiscal year 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Tuesday that sales of Virginia wine continued their pattern of growth during fiscal year 2015 and reached another record level, increasing by almost two percent from fiscal year 2014.


Environmental/ethical/spiritual costs of Northern California wine industry

I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and soul so deeply.


Wine and Water Watch challenges Northern California wine empire

Activists objecting to the over-growth of the wine/hospitality industry in rural areas of four Northern California counties have met monthly for half a year.


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Grapes vs. Eggs: Sonoma County’s Goliath vs. David story

“Grapes versus eggs,” reports an excellent August 6 article in Sonoma County’s daily Press Democrat (PD). The Windsor Oaks Vineyard and Winery, seeking to expand its events, forced the closure of the popular Wise Acre Farm’s egg stand, disappointing many local food customers.


California’s North Coast wine industry: How sustainable is it?

Sonoma County Winegrowers bought an expensive, full-page, color ad, using tax dollars, in the July 12 daily Santa Rosa Press Democrat and in various weeklies, such as the North Bay Bohemian and Sonoma West.


California winemaker herbicide spraying upsets parents, neighbors

Apple Blossom School has a nice ring to it, as does the Orchard View School at its side. The nearby Tree House Hollow pre-school, with children as young as two and three years old, continues this agrarian theme.


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Barren Ridge Vineyards: May 2015 events

May 9th: Barren Ridge Vineyards is offering a Mother’s Day weekend special of a glass of wine and a 10-minute chair massage (by a certified massage therapist) for only $10.


Big Wine fails to dry farm during California’s relentless drought

Big Wine is not a good neighbor willing to share common resources, like water, land, and air. Instead, they hoard them and get away with it, partly because of substantial donations to politicians.


Rural rebellion in Northern California

Rural folk from four Northern California counties came in mid-April to a magical juncture where the life-giving Russian River empties into the majestic Pacific Ocean. Though the small, unincorporated village of Jenner is a popular recreational destination, pleasure was not the intention.


Water or wine? California drought and water competition

A 25% reduction of water use over the next year is required of California residents, golf courses, cemeteries, and many businesses. But wait. “Owners of large farms…will not fall under the 25% guideline.”


Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival set for April 11-12 in Waynesboro

The 15th annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival on April 11-12 in Waynesboro is largest outdoor fly fishing event in the country to offer on-stream instruction.


Virginians planting, harvesting more wine grapes

Virginia’s 2014 commercial wine grape harvest was more than 17 percent larger than that of 2013 with 8,039 tons, up from 6,862 tons. The 2014 harvest is second only to the 2009 harvest of more than 8,600 tons.


Governor McAuliffe announces Virginia wine grape harvest increases 17%

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Virginia 2014 wine grape harvest increased just over 17 percent from the previous year’s harvest with 8,039 tons, up from 6,862 tons, according to the new production report.


Monticello Wine Trail wines boast stellar performance in 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition

The wines of the Monticello Wine Trail again turned in a stellar performance in the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition.


Sour grapes in Wine Country: Intense challenges to wineries erupt

Many grape-growers and smaller wineries continue to follow regulations and not over-build. They are a credit to agricultural and rural communities.


Virginia Tech study says workforce center could boost Loudoun County wine industry

A workforce education center would give a needed boost to the wine industry in Loudoun County, near Washington, D.C., a Virginia Tech study confirms.


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History-rich craft ciders are in demand

Apples are delicious for snacks, pies, applesauce and, once again, for drinking. While alcoholic cider production is still a niche market, the rise in U.S. sales has been tremendous.


The Greenbrier unveils second annual Discovery Series

To kick off the new year, The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is launching its second annual Discovery Series, a collection of 10 themed weekends meant to elevate the senses, uncover hidden passions and cultivate the palate.


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Upcoming events at Barren Ridge Vineyards

Join Barren Ridge Vineyards for complementary live music every Friday and Saturday night from 5:00-7:30 pm! The one exception to the calendar is the third Friday of every month, when we host Sunsets in the Vineyard or Firelight Friday.


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Moonshine production shifts from outlaws to entrepreneurs

Moonshine has come a long way, from the hills and hollows of Appalachia to the front and center of Virginia’s fast-growing artisanal spirits industry.


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Loudoun County selected to host 2015 Wine Tourism Conference

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Loudoun County will host the 2015 Wine Tourism Conference.


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Firelight Friday at Barren Ridge Vineyards

Join Barren Ridge Vineyards every 3rd Friday night of the month for live music, award-winning wines and spectacular views.


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Celebrating Chincoteague salts during Virginia Oyster Month

“Virginia is for Lovers” – of oysters – during the month of November as proclaimed by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Seven flavorful regions stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore means a harvest of delicious bivalve dishes.


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Study finds agriculture still a large part of Fauquier economy

According to a recent economic impact study, Fauquier County farmland is serving as a barrier against sprawling development that characterizes parts of adjacent counties.


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Jim Epstein: Clean water is vital for business in Virginia

Virginia’s future depends on clean water, but it’s currently in danger. From the state’s booming wine industry, to tourism surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, to our expansive agriculture industry, Virginia thrives on high-quality clean water.


Boys & Girls Club Gallery Show Fundraiser Oct. 9

Do you like to get fancy on Thursdays? Well, we do. We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, October 9th, 2014, the Boys & Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton, & Augusta County will be hosting a “Gallery Show” fundraiser at 302 E. Main Street in Waynesboro from 7:30-9:30pm.


Arts Block Party to take over Downtown Lexington

A celebration of the arts in Lexington will take place Friday, October 3rd from 5 to 7:30pm with the Arts of Lexington Block Party.


McAuliffe announces October as Virginia Wine Month

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that October is Virginia Wine Month, offering visitors a chance to discover that Virginia is a wine destination unlike any other.


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Virginia wine sales reach new record high in fiscal year 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that sales of Virginia wine continued solid growth in fiscal year 2014 and reached another record level, increasing by almost 2% from fiscal year 2013.


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Belle Grove Plantation to host fourth annual Wine Fest

On Saturday, September 13, Belle Grove Plantation will host its annual Wine Fest. Gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and the festival will continue until 6:00 p.m.


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Labor Day Wine and Music Fest at Rebec Vineyards

The fourth annual Labor Day Wine and Music Fest, featuring nine wineries and three bands, will take place on Saturday, August 30th, from noon-6pm. at Rebec Vineyards, home of the Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival.


Augusta Free Press launches new website for Barren Ridge Vineyards

Barren Ridge Vineyards has a new website with a project led by Augusta Free Press. The website award-winning vineyards features information on the wine offerings, allows customers to purchase their favorite Barren Ridge wines online, and also provides details on upcoming events.


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McAuliffe announces creation of Virginia Oyster Trail

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism development project connecting travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.


Give War and Peace a Chance author Andrew D. Kaufman at Stone Soup Books Sept. 4

Join author Andrew D. Kaufman at Stone Soup Books in Waynesboro on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. for a reading and discussion of his latest book “Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times.”