This weekend is the 3rd annual Virginia Wine Expo here in Richmond, Virginia. The official tasting starts Saturday, but Friday night starts with special seminars and events that continue all weekend. I’ll be attending Sunday from 12-6, if you are around, shoot me a tweet @vcuspoon. Over sixty wineries will be in attendance so it will give you a good idea of what the state has to offer. There are handful of ones I haven’t been too that are attending and I can’t wait to meet.
Today I left for Keystone Colorado to indulge in one of my other passions, skiing. In search of big mountains and deep powder, I am missing the Richmond Wine Expo happening this weekend at the Convention Center here in town. Don’t worry though, in my true, anal, pre-vacation planning fury I have scouted out the restaurants in Keystone with the best wine lists and even a wine bar just a few minutes from the slopes.
The Virginia Wine Expo that I am missing looks to be quite nice, showcasing only Virginia wines (I think 42 wineries are in attendance) with lots of meet and greets and special education seminars. The one thing that I really wish I could have seen at the expo would have been the session with Jannequin Bennett, of Ellwood Thompson’s and former TJ’s fame, where she is giving tips on pairing big red wines with vegetarian dishes. From perusing the program of the 2 day event, other highlights (of course these are highlights to me, maybe not you) include keynote address from Bruce Schoenfeld and Andy Reagan from Jefferson Vineyards will be there as well.
Also I will be missing the Friday night wine tasting at The Wine Cellar this week. In the second installment of Jeff’s education series, tomorrow night he will be showing you the many faces of Cabernet Sauvignon. Make sure to stop by and have a glass or two for me, from 5:00 to 8:00 and FREE as always.
This post will be the first that I have written in flight, how exciting. I was going to get one of the mini bottles of Sutter Home and do a funny post about it, but I couldn’t force myself to pay the crazy $5 for it.
More to come from the Rockies!