A Summer of Wining in Virginia

If one of your goals this summer is to become a wine expert, there's still time! Take any (or all) of these opportunities to improve your skills. Just head on out to any one of these Virginia events and get your learn on.

  • Toast to the Tunes Summer Concert Series:

Tarara Winery is Leesburg, Va., offers a great setting to enjoy some fine wine and listen to fine music. Throughout the summer, Tarara offers up a large outdoor concert setting. Take a picnic basket and blanket and relax under the stars while sipping some vino. Or if you feel the need, get up and dance in front of the stage.

More info: Tarara.com

  • Starry Nights at Veritas Vineyard:

Take a trip to the Charlottesville area to taste some of that area's wines. While you're there, check out a Starry Night at Veritas. The
picturesque estate is a perfect backdrop for a summer evening of wine and music.

More info: VeritasWines.com

  • The Wine Festival at The Plains:

Big hats and sundresses and a polo match are boated about. But it's the wine that makes the Sept. 11-12 event grand.

More info: WineFestivalatThePlains.com

  • Virginia Wine Festival:

The Virginia Wine Festival, held Sept. 18-19 at Bull Run Park, is said to be the longest-running wine festival on the East Coast.

More info: VirginiaWineFest.com

Good ol' George would be proud of your wine-drinking skills at Mount Vernon Oct. 1-3. Check out the rarely open basement cellar vaults, sample wines and eat some cheese. History with a side of potent grape juice... what could be better?

More info:  MountVernon.org

  • Chrysalis Vineyards' 10th Annual Norton Wine & Bluegrass Festival:

You'll be sippin' and a-grinnin' while listening to bluegrass during harvest time at Chrysalis on Oct. 2-3. Besides the music and the tasting of nine wines, there will be food and art and hayrides and tours. How can you pass this one up?

More info: ChrysalisWine.com

  • For even more weekend tastings, concerts and other events at Virginia wineries, visit VirginiaWine.org.

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