Virginia Wine of the Month Club

“Napa is for auto parts and Virginia is for wine”

That’s what Virginia’s Governor Robert McDonnell said at Thursday night’s Virginia Wine Month celebration hosted by the Virginia Tourism Office and Virginia Wine Board at Lincoln Restaurant in Washington, DC. 🙂

Unfortunately I was out of town so couldn’t attend but luckily Virginia Wine TV covered it so I was able to catch the highlights thanks to their great coverage!

The event featured four great wineries you can put on your list for this last weekend of Virginia Wine Month…

The Governor’s remarks also included…

  • Virginia wine sales increased +13% last year and this year already up +11%.
  • Virginia is taking it internationally not only with sales in the UK but shows in Europe last year, Asia this year and India coming up.
  • The newest vines in Virginia are in his backyard with 10 Chambourcin vines.
  • Even though Virginia is #5 in the country in wine production, look out #1 California here we come!

All in all a fun evening celebrating the continued growing success of Virginia wine now up to 200 wineries.

Virginia is for wine lovers. Cheers!

Virginia Wine of the Month Club

Just in time for Virginia Wine Month (starts tomorrow Saturday 1 October), I received my first shipment from the Virginia Wine of the Month Club!

I discovered this convenient service at the Virginia Wine Festival a few weeks ago. They’ve been delivering monthly shipments of Virginia wine to members for 22 years! Each month they hand-select one or two bottles of wine from around the state through their expert tasting panel. They seek out hard-to-find wines, especially those not widely distributed.

How does it work? There are no membership fees or obligations, just the cost of the wine and shipping each month. The prices are great…$15.95 for one bottle or $26.95 for two + shipping! You can chose one or two bottles each month then all reds, all whites or a variety. I went with two bottles, one red and one white.

Each shipment comes with The Virginia Wine Journal featuring in-depth information on the featured vineyard, the featured wines and recipe pairings with the wines. It also lists upcoming wine events and this month included several flyers on the events.Shipments are made the 4th Monday of every month.

This month’s offering? Chatham Vineyards 2009 Church Creek Steel Chardonnay and Church Creek Merlot. Ironically I have a bottle of this Chardonnay on my wine rack already…discovered this Eastern Shore winery in May at the Mount Vernon Wine Festival and really liked their Chardonnay. Looking forward to enjoying both!

Visit their website to place your own order (or as gifts). And each month I’ll share my wine arrival and tasting notes with you here.

Coming tomorrow…details on Virginia Wine Month.