Well, if you needed a reason to celebrate wine (we know, we laughed, too), you’re in luck. October is Virginia Wine Month! All month you’ll be able to sip and celebrate at various restaurants and vineyards all while taking in the gorgeous landscapes and history of this stunning state.
There are tons of restaurants that are featuring local Virginia wines—almost 700, to be a bit more specific. While most of the participating restaurants are in Virginia, all of the DMV is involved. Cork and Fork in Bethesda, Maryland, and the well known (and absolutely delicious) Founding Farmers restaurant in D.C. are both featured, as well as the Chesapeake Chocolates store in Reston, which is known for their wine and chocolate tastings—yum! Even Chincoteague Island is getting in on the wine action at Bill’s PRIME Seafood Restaurant. Check out the full list here.
Several wineries, in addition to offering delicious pairings and tastings, are giving you a chance listen to live music, explore Virginia’s rich history or even paint a barn (not as weird as it sounds, trust us). There will be plenty to do and see (and sip!) this month.
At Hiddencroft Vineyards (12202 Axline Road, Lovettsville, Va.), you’ll be able to paint your own autumn barnyard at a fun paint and sip event scheduled for Oct. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $35, and while you’ll have to purchase wine and snacks separately, all art supplies and the amazing memories are definitely included.
At Little Washington Winery (353 Main Street Washington, VA), you can sign up for events such as Wine Bootcamp and Triple Threat Chocolate, Cheese and Wine (sorry, they had us at chocolate…). There’s also a Sommelier Challenge and a how-to class on pairing dessert and wine. And did we mention the ultimate taste test? On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., you can blindly taste Bordeaux wines—both authentic French varieties and the Virginia blends made locally—to see if you can taste the difference between a $100 import and one that’s made here in the Commonwealth. Are you up for the challenge?