Round up your friends, secure a designated driver and throw on your favorite wine lanyard because on February 26-28, it’s the Virginia Wine Expo at the Richmond Convention Center! Now in its third year, the Virginia Wine Expo is the Commonwealth’s largest wine tasting event. I talked with Alex Papajohn who organizes the event to learn what’s in store.
With more than 65 Virginia wineries, think of the Expo as the Disneyworld of Virginia Wine. Only this Disneyworld has no kids, better food and a lot of delicious wine – perfect setup, eh? In addition to your typical $35 Saturday and Sunday Lincoln Walk-Around Grand Tastings, the Expo has added the “Sparkling and Sweet” event by Richmond Magazine on Saturday from 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. The event features live jazz, Virginia sparkling and dessert wines paired with chocolate and sweets from local chocolatiers and bakers. For a full listing of Expo events and to purchase tickets, visit www.virginiawineexpo.com.
A tip for you during the Saturday and Sunday tastings: Peaks of Otter is not lying to you, lick the Cheez Wiz off your finger and the wine will taste like a chili dog. Also, when they encourage you to say “hot damn” after you “Kiss the Devil”, you’ll probably be crying other expletives as well as you race to find the nearest water source. The stuff is really hot.
Stop by the Afton Mountains booth. I’m in love with their Gewurztraminer. Take a bottle home and try it with some Mom Siam – delicious! Keep an eye out for Keswick Vineyards. Last year, their Cabernet Sauvignon won the Governor’s Cup award (the highest award in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a Virginia wine). For a peak at Virginia wines in the running for the 2010 Governor’s Cup award, go here. The winner will be announced at the Expo on Friday, February 26.
Can’t wait to see you at the Virginia Wine Expo!
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By Kristina Headrick Amongst hordes of wine loving Virginians, I was lucky enough to to attend the 6th Annual Wine Expo this past Saturday. Hosted at the massive Greater Richmond Convention Center, the event benefited FeedMore, Central Virginia’s core hunger relief organization. More than a collection of wineries, the event featured vendors selling specialty foods, art, [...]