March is wine and dine month for the state of Virginia. For the third year in a row, the state is hosting Love by the Glass, featuring more than 500 participating wine shops and restaurants.
Two years ago, it was just a Virginia wine week. “The first week we had such a great response that people kept saying we need more time," said Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Director Annette Boyd. "This year we moved it to a full month.”
From now until March 31, Old Dominion visitors will have access to special wine events and discounts.
It's an excellent time to drink wine," Boyd said. "Fresh new white wines are coming on to the market and it's still cool enough to savor the red wines too."
Highlights of participating restaurants include:
Cafe Assorti (1800 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.): Half price on all beer and wine during happy hour from 4-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. There are 215 different wines to choose from.
Price: $4-$8 per glass
Wine Highlights: Glass House C-Villian, Glass House Twenty-First, Unicorn Winery Crimson Sunset, Cobbler Mountain Cellars Petit Verdot.
Fire Works Pizza(2350 Clarendon Blvd., Courthouse, Arlington, Va..): Highlighting vintage local wines
Price: $6-$12 per glass
Wine Highlights: North Gate Chardonnay, Fabbioli Sangiovese and Kluge Estate Albamarle Rose.
The Ashby Inn And Restaurant (629 Federal St., Paris, Va.): Five-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairing, seven-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairing.
Price: $79 for five-course without pairing; $119 for five-course with pairing; $109 for seven-course without pairing; $169 for seven-course with pairing.
Wine Highlights: RDV Vineyards Friends & Family, Linden Vineyards Hardscrabble and Glen Manor Vineyards Late Harvest Petit Manseng.
The event promises to bring a huge boost to the Virginia economy. The state was named one of the top 10 wine travel destinations for 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine last year. See the full listing of Virginia wine retailers here.