October is Virginia Wine Month! Virginia is home to over 230 of the finest wineries in the country. Surrounded by the lush, picturesque Virginia landscapes, October, with all the splendor of the turning leaves, is the perfect time to visit Staunton and get a taste of what our local Virginia wineries have to offer.
We asked Staunton’s premier wine experts to share with us their top Virginia Wine picks, as well as the special events they have going on in Staunton throughout October in celebration of Virginia wine month.
1. The Wine Cellar:
Wine choice: Located at 8 Byers St, in the Wharf district of downtown Staunton, Nancy Artley of the Wine Cellar chose the Barren Ridge Red Baron as her top Virginia wine month pick. “It’s a fun, easy-drinking wine whose blend changes with each vintage,” said Nancy. “The winery is one of two within Augusta County and a very popular spot for tasting and enjoying the sunsets.”
October events at The Wine Cellar: Throughout October, The Wine Cellar will be highlighting Virginia wines with “Saturday Sippings,” a casual tasting of one winery each Saturday.
Ongoing events at The Wine Cellar: Their ongoing Friday night wine tastings, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, always offer discounts during tasting hours. They also offer beer, cider, and mead tastings on the 3rd Friday of each month. They offer custom wine and beer baskets all year round, but especially during the holidays. Their “Tasters’ Case” is an especially popular gift box of wine. This year, shop their special “6 for $60” wine selection, a variety of excellent, well-priced wines that will ring up to an even $60 if buy 6.
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2. Ox-Eye Vineyards:
Wine choice: With a tasting room located at 44 Middlebrook Road in Staunton, owner/operators John and Susan Kiers chose Ox-Eye’s Scale House Riesling Reserve, 2013 as their top Virginia wine month pick. “From the soil’s limestone base, Riesling picks up minerality, which expresses itself in the lemony finish,” Susan shared. “The Scale House Riesling Reserve, a dry, white wine, was produced from fruit that achieved exceptional ripeness in Ox-Eye’s upper vineyard. As it ages in the bottle, this reserve Riesling’s notes of peach, honey, and lemon will intensify, making it a lovely wine for Thanksgiving dinner, shellfish, or cheese and crackers.”
October events at Ox-Eye Vineyards: Throughout the month of October, enjoy 10% off all half-case purchases. In addition, check out the following special events:
• Sunday October 12, 2014 – From 3:00 – 5:30 PM Ox-Eye will host the opening reception for artist Steve Doherty in the Ox-Eye Tasting Room’s Upstairs Gallery.
• Sunday October 19, 2014 – From 2:00 – 5:00 PM enjoy music by Ragland. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Larry Ragland will entertain with mostly cover music and a few originals thrown into the mix.
• Saturday, October 18, 2014 – From 3:00 – 5:00 PM Winds of Time recorder group will entertain with beautiful music through the ages.
• Friday, October 31, 2014 – From 4:00 – 7:00 PM Cool Beans jazz musicians will perform.
Ongoing events at Ox-Eye Vineyards: Ox-Eye’s Staunton tasting room offers daily wine tastings. They currently have nine estate wines. Varieties include Chardonnay, Gewerztraminer/Traminette, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Lemberger, and Cabernet Franc.
Wine choice: Located at 2217 North Augusta St, in downtown Staunton, Bill Evans of The Staunton Abbey chose the Virginia Mountain Vineyards Petit Verdot and Chardonnay as his top Virginia wine month picks. Bill made his selection based on the “talented winemaker.” He explained that “Virginia Mountain Vineyards is a small winery with great wines located in Northern Botetourt County.”
October events at The Staunton Abbey: Throughout October, The Staunton Abbey will be hosting tastings every Friday and Saturday from 11 AM – 8 PM.
Ongoing events at The Staunton Abbey: Offering a large variety of wines, craft sodas, and over 250 craft beers, The Staunton Abbey always offers select wine bottles at an affordable 3 bottles for $18!
Wine choice: You can find The Yelping Dog at 9 East Beverly Street in downtown Staunton. Owner/Operator John Reese chose the Lovingston Vineyards Rotunda Red 2010 as his top Virginia wine month pick. “Over the last year we have developed a friendship and admiration for winemaker Riann Rossouw,” said John. “This particular vintage is a delicious blend of mostly Virginia Merlot grapes, and is a wonderful example of the big, bold, and delicious wines that are being produced throughout this ever-developing wine country that we have here in our backyards.”
October events at The Yelping Dog: The Yelping Dog hosts wine and beer tastings from many of the local vineyards, as well as from time to time host representatives who bring wine to taste from around the world. They do not charge for their wine tastings, but instead kindly ask for a small donation to the local SPCA.
Ongoing events at The Yelping Dog: They offer over 200 bottles of wine in their shop, change their by-the-glass list weekly, and give people the opportunity to taste as many wines that they have to offer as possible. They are constantly trying and purchasing new wines to bring to the Shenandoah Valley and keep as many varieties from as many regions of the world as possible. They always participate in downtown Staunton events, including Sparkles and Sweets, Staunton’s yearly downtown kick-off to the holiday shopping season, being held this year on Friday November 14th, from 6 – 9 PM.
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Written by Allison Profeta of Staunton Insider