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First Lady Of VA @ Williamsburg Winery Promoting VA Wine

imageWhen most think of Virginia, wine is one of the last things to come to mind, but Williamsburg Winery and other wineries across the state are hoping to change that.

"Our goal is to promote tourism, the opportunity for people to experiment and taste different wines from different wineries and match that with great food from Virginia," said Patrick Duffeler, founder of the Williamsburg Winery .

From humble beginnings, The Williamsburg Winery has experienced continuous growth through an expanding portfolio of wines.  The introduction of our 2007 Adagio is, for the moment, the culmination of a single-minded goal to produce the highest quality wines in the world. Noted wine educator Kevin Zraly has opined that The Williamsburg Winery makes "some of the best wines in the world'. Duffeler and Virginia’s First Lady Maureen McDonnell are promoting " Love by the Glass ," Virginia’s first wine week.

"Virginia, over the most recent decades, is receiving global recognition. We’re beating out California in a lot of our competitions and receiving acknowledgements at the great wine industry fairs that are over in Europe," McDonnell said.

From Cabernet Sauvignon to White Zinfandel, people are raising their glasses and realizing that Virginia has a lot to offer in the wine making industry.

When vines, like the ones at the Williamsburg Winery, bear fruit in the coming months, they’ll bring the state more than meets the eye – or the lips.

During Wednesday’s event Williamsburg Winery owner Patrick Duffeler introduced the  Colonial Virginia Wine Trail, which features Williamsburg Winery,  Saudee Creek Vineyard,   New Kent Winery and James River Cellars.

Listed below are  the other wineries that participated in the FLITE visit:

Ingleside Vineyards is located in Oak Grove on Virginia’s Northern Neck.

Chatham Vineyards is located in Machipongo on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. 

March is Virginia Wine & Dine Month! Billed as “a celebration to showcase Virginia wines at restaurants and wine shops across the Commonwealth”, the Virginia Wine Board has organized a wonderfully diverse group of merchants, restaurateurs, and of course our favorite winemakers to throw a month-long party highlighting the fine wines of Virginia.

Love by the Glass, Virginia Wine and Dine Month, highlights Virginia wines and great culinary dishes together at more than 300 participating restaurants and wine shops across the state. Virginia's wine week, Participating restaurants  will add at least two Virginia wines to their menus in celebration.Love by the Glass, Virginia Wine and Dine Month, highlights Virginia wines and great culinary dishes together at more than 300 participating restaurants and wine shops across the state. Virginia’s wine week, Participating restaurants  will add at least two Virginia wines to their menus in celebration.

search www.VirginiaWine.org to find participating businesses across the state.

Virginia is home to more than 155 wineries across the state in nine different wine producing regions. The state is getting national recognition for several varietals including Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot; and it is producing a growing variety of wines quickly gaining a loyal following including Bordeaux styles blends, sparkling wines and the native varietal Norton. Virginia was named one of the top five up-and-coming wine destinations by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2007.

For more information on "Love by the Glass" click here .

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