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Celebrating Regional Wine Week and Virginia Wine Month

For one week each October, bloggers and print journalists throughout the US celebrate the wines of their region as part of Regional Wine Week.  Wine writers Dave McIntyre and Jeff Siegel from DrinkLocalWine.com created regional Wine Week in 2008 as a way to shine a spotlight on regional wines.

This year, Regional Wine Week takes place October 10 – 16.  Since Regional Wine Week falls in October, Virginia Wine Month, I will be celebrating both this weekend by visiting Virginia’s smallest wine region – the Eastern Shore AVA.  Joining me for the weekend will be my friends Paul & Warren from Virginia Wine Time and the duo from Swirl, Sip, Snark blog – each of whom have visited over 100 Virginia wineries but have never visited Virginia’s Eastern Shore wineries.

As the name suggests, the Eastern Shore AVA is located on Virginia’s eastern shore. The ‘Shore is a charming peninsula comprised of small towns and family farms framed by the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on another.  Cornfields and grain silos seem to envelop every road – roadside vegetable, fruit, and seafood stands showcase the Shore’s ‘local’ agriculture and seafood trade and serve as a way of life for many families.  The Eastern Shore is also home to the famous Chincoteague Pony Swim – an annual roundup of wild horses that normally inhabit one of the barrier islands.

In many respects, a visit to the ‘Shore is like taking a peaceful step back in time – life seems a little more relaxed when I’m there.  Although the pace of life seems a little slower, wine production is as robust as anywhere in Virginia.  Three wineries comprise the Eastern Shore AVA:

During our Eastern Shore Blogger Excursion, we have appointments at each of the three wineries on the Shore that will include a vertical tasting, local food and Virginia wine pairings, barrel tastings, and a great time trying new local wines.

How are you celebrating Virginia Wine Month?  How about Regional Wine Week?

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