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If you don’t already have big plans for the long weekend to officially conclude summer 2014, consider spending a day (or two, or three) at Epicurience Virginia.

Epicurience is not a wine festival!   Hosted by Visit Loudoun in partnership with SAVEUR, Epicurience Virginia is three days of Virginia wine and food events.  EpicVALogo

Food and wine lovers on the fence about trekking up, down or over to Leesburg for Epicurience, consider these four big reasons to attend:

Wine and Cider
Taste recent releases from many of Virginia’s most notable wineries — including Tarara Winery, Barboursville, Breaux Vineyards, 8 Chains North, Sunset Hills, Horton, Early Mountain, and others.  Many sessions will include Virginia wine and food pairings.  The grand tasting (on Saturday) is a daylong edible showcase that brings farm-to-table, award-winning wines, notable chefs, live bands and other delicious diversions.

There will be no shortage of culinary treats at Epicurience — from the ‘Summer of Spain’ wine dinner hosted by Mark & Vicki Fedor at North Gate Vineyard (this is sure to be a fantastic dinner!) to the gourmet brunch at the Salamander Resort & Spa to the ‘Picnic in the Vineyard’ at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards.

There will be many educational wine and food sessions throughout the weekend.  The Goodstone Inn will be hosting a farm-to-table tour at their 265-acre estate at in the heart of wine and hunt country.  Other classes include a primer on local wine called Virginia Wine 101, selecting the right stemware to enhance your wine experience, a live how-to butchery demonstration, a session on pairing Virginia cider and cheese as well as wine blending sessions.  The session that will likely be one of my personal favorites — the bubbly and brine class on pairing Virginia sparkling wine with Rappahannock River Oysters.

Talk and taste with notable chefs and Virginia winemakers like Natalie Dupree, Jason Alley of Pasture and Comfort restaurants, Jordan Harris of Tarara Winery, Doug Fabbioli of Fabbioli Cellars, Chief Sommelier at Barboursville Vineyards Jason Tesauro, Ben Renshaw of 8 Chains North, Nate Walsh of Sunset Hills Vineyard, and Foggy Ridge cidermaker Jocelyn Kuzelka

Tickets to Epicurience events can be purchased directly from the Epicurience Virginia site:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/epicurience-virginia-tickets-11004997243

I hope to see you there.   Be sure to use the #EpicVA hashtag when tweeting about Epicurience.