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Doukénie Winery-Purcellville, Virginia   
March 2014
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March 4, 2014

Vol. IX, Issue No. 3

Dear  Wine Lover ,

There's lots to celebrate this March.  First, and perhaps most important, the winter of 2013 is almost behind us and spring beckons.  The wineries are coming back to life after a long, bitter winter.  Tasting Rooms are reopening and weekend events are moving into high gear.  It will soon be warm enough for spring festivals, but in the meantime, the Chesapeake Spring Wine Festival will be held indoors this weekend.  


March is also designated as Wine & Dine Month, with restaurants and wine shops across the state showcasing and promoting Virginia wine by the glass.  Join in by asking for a glass of Virginia wine when you're dining out. 


A very big event in Richmond on March 11-14 is the Wineries Unlimited Trade Show & Conference.  One of the country's largest wine industries events, it draws hundreds of attendees involved in the wine and craft beer industries.  Be sure to register below for the Sweepstakes that includes a super package of tickets and hotel accommodations.


Doukénie is our featured Winery of the Month for March, and we encourage you to visit.  On March 22 winemaker Sebastien Marquet will share the secrets of making an excellent blend, and the lucky winner of the Doukénie Sweepstakes (see below) will join in creating the winery's next Vintner's reserve. 


There's a lot going on this March, so get out and join us along the trail...the wine trail, that is.  Cheers!



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Frank C. Britt
Official Virginia Wine Lover




PACKAGE I ($1,600 Value)

* FREE 2-Day Passes

* 2 FREE Trade Show Passes + Lunch

* 2 FREE Tickets to Tour de Vin

* 2 FREE Tickets to Tour de Brew

* 2 FREE Nights at Downtown Marriott
  or Hilton Garden Inn

* 2 FREE Subscriptions to 

  Vineyard & Winery Management


PACKAGE II & III ($100 Value each)

2 FREE Tickets to Tour de Vin to Winner of Each Package





"Blending with the Winemaker-March 2014"

  • Win Four Tickets for 3-hour Class (value $40/participant).
  • Learn the secrets of an excellent blend from Doukenie Winemaker, Sebastien Marquet, as he guides and instructs the class. 



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Winery of the Month

An Escape from Reality in Virginia's Wine Country

Located near historic Leesburg in the town of Purcellville, Doukénie Winery is made up of 415 acres nestled in Loudoun County, Virginia's famed "wine country," just 50 miles from Washington, DC. This wine farm provides visitors and locals an escape from reality while increasing their knowledge of wine and wine making. 


Founded in 1985 by the Bazaco family, Doukénie Winery produced its first vintage in 1995 and within the last several years has received numerous prestigious awards. The winery produces four to five thousand cases per year consisting of five white wines, one dessert wine and nine red wines. All can be purchased through their Heritage Club or at the winery.


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The Virginia Wine Council (VWC) serves as the Virginia wine industry's representative on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to winery and vineyard activity, providing value to Virginia's booming wine industry through education and advocacy efforts.


Festival of the Week

MARCH 8, 2014


Chesapeake Conference Center


The Second Annual Chesapeake Spring Wine Festival will be held INDOORS on Saturday, March 8 at the Chesapeake Conference Center.  Sponsored by the Chesapeake Rotary Club, all proceeds benefit Paint Your Heart Out, Coats for Kids and other community charities of the club.


This year's festival features 18+ of Virginia's finest wineries and wine vendors from

the Hampton Roads Region.  Entertainment will be provided by local favorite Lewis McGehee & Anthony Rosano.  There will be small wine pairing meals available for purchase as well as upscale shopping opportunities.


General tasting tickets are $35 in advance ($40 at the door) and include unlimited tastings and commemorative wine glass.



Chesapeake Spring Wine Festival

Chesapeake Conference Center

900 Greenbrier Cir-Chesapeake, VA

Event of the Month


MARCH 11-14, 2014

2014 Wineries Unlimited Conference

Greater Richmond Convention Center


The 38th annual Wineries Unlimited Conference and Trade Show returns to the Greater Richmond Convention Center on March 11 through 14.  The wine industry event includes four days of sessions and a two-day trade show.  Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management (VWM), the conference has traditionally been organized specifically for the needs of the eastern U.S. wine market.  The event is now taking on a new life by adding craft brew to its program.  It continues to be the premier industry event of its kind in the region, with over 1,500 expected in total attendance.


The 2014 conference is workshop oriented rather than structured in themed session tracks.  Content is focused on topics facing today's Eastern wine industry, including the latest in enology, viticulture, marketing and financial issues.  Key speakers include Dr. Tony Wolf, professor of viticulture at Virginia Tech; Steve Parkes, Owner and Lead Instructor, American Brewers Guild; and Chris Pearmund, Executive Winemaker at Pearmund Cellars who has put together team of industry experts for a day-long workshop for industry newcomers. 


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Events this Month


Special events showcasing Virginia wines are held at participating Restaurants and wine shops across the state throughout the month.


March 8:  Cheeseology

Little Washington Winery (Washington, VA)

Lively seminar in the basics of pairing artisanal cheese and wine.  How to choose and serve cheese and learn what makes a successful pairing.

March 8:  Wine and Spanish Cheese

Narmada Winery (Amissville)

A guided tasting of five Narmada wines paired with gourmet cheese straight from Spain.  Reservations.

March 8:  Oyster Festival

Early Mountain Vineyards (Madison)

Partnering with Chatham Vineyards for a day of fresh Eastern Shore oysters, clams, chowder and all the fixings. Additional menu selections and Chatham chardonnay.

March 8:  Chesapeake Spring Wine Festival

Chesapeake Conference Center (Chesapeake)

Don't worry about the weather and enjoy this INDOOR FESTIVAL with over 18 wineries and wine vendors. Entertainment by the popular Lewis McGehee & friends. And upscale shopping

March 8:  Winery Experience Production Tour and Tasting

Paradise Springs Winery (Clifton)

First hand look at how wine is made, tour of the facilities and full tasting of entire flight of Paradise Springs wines.  This is an adult event.

March 8:  Vertical Merlot Wine Tasting

Hickory Hill Vineyards (Moneta)

Explore different vintages of merlot and learn how history, weather, winemaking and aging sculpt the wine into its final form.

March 8:  Aragon 1904 Release Party

Blue Bee Cider (Richmond)

Weather in 2013 made for interesting variations in this year's batch.  Taste the cider, enjoy the music and lamb roast goodies (as long as they last).

March 8:  Weekend Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Chateau Morrisette Winery (Floyd)

Wine-crafter Rachel Lagergren and master Chocolatier Dona Peters give an expert presentation of five wines paired with Wilbur Chocolates.  Yum!

March 8:  Mardi Gras Mystery

Attimo Winery (Christiansburg)

Hot and cold appetizer buffet, two glasses of wine and an evening of fun and excitement.  Play begins at 6:45.  Prizes for costumes and correct guesses.

March 9:  French Crepe Day

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery

A tradition at the winery... Savory crepes include Shrimp & Mushrooms or Brats. Try Sweet Asian Pear and raspberry or French style with sugar and orange liquor.  Reservations suggested.

March 9:  Meet the Trump Winemakers

Trump Winery (Charlottesville)

Interact with the Winemakers, Jonathan Wheeler and Katell Griaud.  Ask them
wine-related questions and have your bottle of favorite Trump wine signed.

March 11:  Grape to Glass 101

Glass House Winery (Free Union)

Hands on introductory course on the art of winemaking.  Led by winemaker Michael MacFarlan and owner Jeff Sanders.  Includes light dinner.  Reservations.

March 11-14:  Annual Wineries Unlimited

38th Annual Conference and Trade Show at Greater Richmond Convention Center.   Wine industry event includes craft brew program, four days of sessions and two-day trade show.  The premier industry event of its kind in the region, produced by Vineyard & Winery Management.

March 15:  St. Patrick's Day Dinner

Mountain Rose Vineyards (Wise)

Kick back with a glass of Green Sangria and enjoy stories and songs by local Scotsman Jack Beck.  Reservations.

March 15:  Cellar Tastings

Wisteria Farm & Vineyard (Stanley)

Tastings of 2013 vintage at two and four o'clock.  Barrel tastings of the 2012 vintage to preview their progress.  Limit of 10 per group.

March 15:  St. Patrick's Day Party

DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)

Smoking Rock entertains with Celtic rock and ballad/bluegrass.  Bring your Irish stew and lad or lassie for an afternoon of "driving the snakes out of the vineyard".  Tempting Irish far for sale.

March 15:  Kites and Flights

First Colony Winery (Charlottesville)

Kites for the kids (and kids at heart) and flights of wine for mom and dad.  Enjoy a day of kite flying with the family.  Bring your own or assemble a kite kit.

March 15:  St. Patty's Day at Veramar

Veramar Vineyard (Berryville)

There will be great Irish fun including the Lucky Spinning Wheel for discounts.  Wearing of "The Green" is recommended.

March 15:  Celebrate the Green

Bogati Bodega & Vineyard (Round Hill) 

Celebrate St, Patrick's Day with a toast to the luck of the Irish with a new twist: Wine Shot Tastings.  Four dollars for four different wines.

March 15:  St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Philip Carter Winery of Virginia (Hume)

Warm by the fire with a serving of Irish stew to warm the cockles of your heart.  Also crusty bread and glass of wine.

March 15-16:  Pot o'Gold

868 Estate Vineyards (Purcellville)  

Traditional corned beef and cabbage will fortify you for the short hike up the hilltop, looking for leprechauns and a pot o'gold with tickets for sweet treats in the Tasting Room.

March 15-16:  Cellar Tastings of 2013 Vintage

Wisteria Farm and Vineyard (Stanley)   

Join the winemaker for barrel tastings to preview the progress of the 2013 vintage.  Limit 10 per tour.  Fee includes Grand Tasting.

March 15-16:  Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Greenhill

Greenhill Winery and Vineyards (Middleburg) 

Irish themed weekend with music and chocolates.  Wear your best green outfit and get savings on bottle purchases.

March 16:  Singer/Songwriter Event

Glass House Winery (Free Union) 

To benefit the Music Resource Center and featuring performances by singers and songwriters.  New Orleans style fare by the Big Easy Food Truck.  Donations appreciated.

About Events: 

As our information comes from many sources, we recommend you verify dates and times, as well as costs and reservations that may be required.  (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.) 

If you would like to submit an event, send details (what, where and when, as well as contact information) to no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.

We Were There


February 18-13, 2014



The Virginia Wine Expo is now firmly established as the premier event in the Mid-Atlantic region. Wine lovers by the droves converged on Richmond for the week-long celebration for the opportunity to learn about, taste and purchase Virginia wines, to meet the winemakers and mingle with friends.

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