This past weekend, I saddled up and paid a visit to the 34th Annual Virginia Wine Festival at Bull Run Regional Park in Centerville, Virginia. The Virginia Wine Festival is the oldest running wine festival in Virginia, and if my facts are correct, the entire East Coast. Every year, new wine drinkers enter the Virginia Wine Festival and leave Virginia Wine Lovers – mission accomplished, right? You Betcha!
And why is this festival so popular? Well, that is an easy one: it features unlimited wine tastings from over fifty of Virginia’s award-winning wineries, local food vendors (Yummy!), educational seminars, art and craft artisans, and some toe-tapping & finger-snapping live entertainment. And this year, the graceful and beautiful Vine Women, who performed to the classical sounds of the Cherry Blossom String Quartet, were the bomb! Yes, bomb – can you tell that they were my favorite act? But, my favorite vine woman, who was also present at the festival, is Virginia superstar sommelier Mary Watson – if you don’t know what I mean check out the spring 2009 cover of Virginia Wine Lover Magazine.
Speaking of personal favorites, some of my favorite producers, based on quality and consistency from vintage to vintage, were present. These include Breaux, Corcoran, and Tarara. As a side note, this is the second straight festival I have attended where Breaux Vineyards Viognier has shown up on the table – get out and try this, friends, good stuff! The Breaux Viognier was a perfect match with my spicy jambalaya lunch. And, speaking of jambalaya, Breaux also has a Jen’s Jambalaya wine (off-dry white wine blend), which would have worked well too. So visit Breaux and check out those wines when you have a chance! Hint-Hint – the fall season is very beautiful and colorful in Loudoun County.
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