What a wonderful time of the year as weekends are spent enjoying the almost limitless number of travel options and weekdays are focused on upcoming weekends! Seriously summer’s like that as it offers so many choices to please our lifestyle and, of course, our palates.
Now it’s time to think about helping the vintners do harvest. With the excessive temperature shifts, many wineries are experiencing early ripening and the need for extra help is a golden opportunity for everyone. If you’ve been thinking of learning more about wine and the stages from vine to bottle, here’s your chance to walk away with first-hand knowledge.
As with any good news story, call ahead and make certain that the winery still needs help and that you can participate. When the bottles come out, you’ll be extra proud of VA wines as you helped get them into production!
Here are a few volunteer options to whet your whistle, but if you have a favorite winery, contact them to learn their specific needs.
—Philip Carter Winery.
—Wintergreen Winery has Labor Day plans for you and an opportunity to do the wine stomp at its annual Romp, Stomp, and Chomp , Sept. 4-5.
You’ll have a whole new appreciation for Harvest after participating in this busy season at a winery. Another option for participation is to help out at festivals. Many wineries need additional staff “pourers,” especially during the busy fall festival season. Another great way to learn more about wine.
Of course, if you want more than just a single grape experience, there are opportunities at Vint Hill Craft Winery where you can learn to be a winemaker and make your own wine. For those who foresee less than a barrel in their future, the crafty folks can fine-tune the program to your needs.
The results are in from the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition and once again Virginia wines scored top results in all categories of judging. Let’s backtrack a moment and talk about the significance of this competition. To many in the world of wine, Virginia is still in its infancy on the East Coast as the Finger Lakes of New York have brought in many winners in this competition and other similar high-ranking events.
Maybe those days of step-child recognition are over. The Best of Show, the most coveted category, went to Rosemont of Virginia in LaCrosse for its 2007 Meritage. Don’t worry the Piedmont region was widely represented and recognized in all categories in this extensive judging of over 500 wines from 110 wineries.
Here’s a sampling: Veritas Winery alone had four winners in the Best of category including top honors for both red and white Vinifera varieties! They also won a gold for their 2008 Cabernet Franc Reserve and had multiple winning selections in the silver and bronze categories.
Virginia wineries claimed almost half of all Gold Medal winners and dominated in the silver and bronze categories as well! Select your favorite vineyard and most likely your favorite wine was recognized by the judges!
The new map of wine recognition has been drawn, and Virginia holds a prominent set of adornments. Congratulations to all.
Just the title alone makes you want to travel to Wintergreen Resort. Saturday events include the 4th Annual Blues N’ Brews Fest, a micro-brew event with plenty of good food to pair with your tastings. Of course, they have a full schedule of great music to match the day’s program. Don’t forget that Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, winner of the 2010 World Beer Cup Championship, is located in nearby Roseland.
If wine interests you more, then Sunday’s Wine and Food Festival from Noon til 5:30 will have you humming to the Jazz-focused tunes. There’ll be lots of interesting pours from a variety of wineries including Barboursville, Delfossse, Horton, Kluge, and Veritas.
Both days feature Arts & Crafts Showcases and plenty of activities geared for families with children of all ages; that means activities for teens, too. Take a side trip over to Trillium House, home to Wintergreen’s Nature Foundation and location of numerous additional activities. Here’s an opportunity to purchase native plants for your home garden to give it its own local touch.
Don’t worry for those who prefer to overnight the experience, this four-season resort has numerous holiday lodging packages to make the whole weekend a fun respite from the workaday world and an easy welcome to summer.
The weather sounds as if it understands the importance of a Holiday!
Funny conversation for today when temperatures are supposed to climb into the upper 60’s, but we know it’s already November and days like this will be in short supply. The Farmers’ Almanac and every media weather forecaster says our region will be shivering from the cold and shoveling out the snowfall. Maybe that means some of the pesky insects that were taking big bites out of our skin this summer will not be around next June!
Or maybe the news means a record ski and snowboard season. That sounds good. Look at what Wintergreen Resort has to offer and you’ll be pleased with the forecast. Their “Learn to Ski & Snowboard” Package says take a lesson with us and you’ll be turning and stopping comfortably by yourself, or it’s on us! That’s the type of guarantee we all should like. So start planning for good snowfall days coupled with the Resort’s extensive snow-making equipment, and think about finding the right winter lodging package.
There are 26 slopes on 129 skiable acres with high-speed chairlifts guaranteeing you lots of runs. One-quarter of that terrain is for beginners so no need to worry about the hot shots. The Resort is also home to the state’s largest Tubing Park.
Watch the weather forecasts as the Resort plans to be ready for action by December 12.
Let it snow, let it snow…
On November 6, 2009, The Garden Club of Virginia will hold its 51st Annual Conservation Forum at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in Charlottesville. Open to the public (with a $16 registration fee, students are free), the forum addresses the critical issues facing Virginia’s community and environment today: sustainability, land use, urban design, housing, transportation and economic development. They’ve assembled a star line-up of speakers who will offer a vision for an environmentally sustainable and economically competitive Commonwealth of Virginia.
Moderator: Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth
Speakers: Rachel Flynn, Director of Community Development who led the creative development of Richmond’s new Downtown Master Plan; Chris Miller, President of the Piedmont Environmental Council; Larry Schweiger, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Wildlife Federation.
Advance registration is required.