Governor Terry McAuliffe awarded the 2016 Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup to Keswick Vineyards for its 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
The wines of the Monticello Wine Trail again turned in a stellar performance in the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition.
Many grape-growers and smaller wineries continue to follow regulations and not over-build. They are a credit to agricultural and rural communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Loudoun County will host the 2015 Wine Tourism Conference.
Join Barren Ridge Vineyards every 3rd Friday night of the month for live music, award-winning wines and spectacular views.
“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.
According to a recent economic impact study, Fauquier County farmland is serving as a barrier against sprawling development that characterizes parts of adjacent counties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
So, you may have noticed that we have been MIA for a the last week or so. Well, that’s because we were living it up in Connecticut and New York City! Jessica lives up in Connecticut, so I went up to visit for about 5 days. We spent the first few days visiting some amazing places around her place in Connecticut, then went into the city for a 24 hour NYC adventure.
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the third annual Virginia Wine Summit will be held in Richmond on Oct. 21, 2014. The event will bring wine experts and industry leaders from around the country to discuss, taste, and celebrate the exciting state of Virginia’s wine and food culture.
Skyland Resort is excited to announce the continuation of their popular Shenandoah Seasonings Vintner Dinners. During the month of August, two local wineries will be featured.
Today, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore unveiled the Southern Virginia Wine Region road signs, part of a continuing Virginia wine region sign program aimed at attracting more visitors to Virginia wineries.
Join author Andrew D. Kaufman 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.” Kaufman recently appeared on the syndicated talk show “Katie” to discuss his book and the Books behind Bars program.
A panel of wine producers, retailers, writers, collectors and other industry professionals sampled and critiqued Virginia wines from across the commonwealth that were submitted for the revived State Fair of Virginia Wine Competition.
Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park are ready to welcome families this summer with an activity rich experience.
After a long week on an island, in the Florida sun I was in the mood for something from the grill and that tastes beachy. I am not quite ready to be done with my vacation. So I adapted a balsamic chicken recipe I’ve been making for a while, adding a little heat and some Georgia peaches as well.
An old fashioned pig roast with all the fixins, music from “Who Shot John” followed by fireworks. Dinner and a souvenir wine glass is included in the admission price and wine will be for sale by the glass or bottle.
Now, we all know that alcohol is not the healthiest thing on the planet. You don’t need me to tell you that. However having an occasional cocktail or glass of wine can be an okay indulgence as long as you follow a few simple rules.
Back by popular demand, The Paramount will show the USA vs. Germany game of the World Cup on Thursday, June 26 at 12 pm. USA and Germany will face off at Arena Pernambuco, Recife.