Posts Tagged ‘wine festival’

Drink and Be Merry at Epicurience Virginia

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.” –Aristophanes

This weekend, August 30- September 2, 2013, is Epicurience Virginia, a “wine and food festival two hundred years in the making” that takes place in various parts of Loudon, VA. Now, you may be wondering about the name of this debut festival: Epicurience. If you’re not familiar with the word, don’t feel bad, as it’s entirely made up. Epicurience Virginia is a “festival so unique that no existing name quite fit” ( So the event creators took the epic occurrence and mashed it together with the epic experience promised to all attendees, and “Epicurience” was formed.

That’s a great deal of festival build up, so what can you expect to find during the weekend activities? In the briefest of summaries, you’ll find wine tastings, seminars, culinary demonstrations, live music, and “wine swag” for sale. (Click here for a full list of daily activities. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.)

After a long day of enjoyment, you’ll most likely need a place to rest your head and recover for either another day of festivities or the journey home. In either case, a nearby Inn Virginia member will complete your Epicurience weekend:

Briar Patch B&B

Goodstone Inn

Middleburg Country Inn

Berryville Inn

The Ashby Inn and Restaurant



By Tara Stoll

The BBAV and the Virginia Wine Expo, 2012

Friday, February 10th, 2012

“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.”

– Homer, “The Odyssey”

If you are a devoted lover of wine, a partaker of the occasional glass, or simply an admirer of the vineyard lifestyle, then you cannot miss the Virginia Wine Expo, February 24-26, 2012 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center: “The 5th Annual Virginia Wine Expo (VWE) is Virginia’s premier wine event, exclusively featuring Virginia wine.” ( For three days, you can enjoy luncheons, seminars, conversations with wine makers, casual socializing, and of course, wine tasting with samples from over  70 different Virginia wineries.

Visit the Virginia Wine Expo website ( for general event information, tips, a detailed schedule, and a list of participating wineries.

We here at the Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia are happy to offer you a promotional discount for the Saturday and Sunday of the event. When staying at a BBAV inn, you will receive the code for a $5.00 discount off of your Walk-Around Grand Tasting tickets. (Ask your innkeepers for the code.) Furthermore, by “liking” our BBAV Facebook page (, you have a chance to win free tickets to the event, which will be given away over the next few weeks.  So if you are not yet a fan of our page, head over to Facebook, and click “like.”

Grab a friend, family member, significant other, and/or designated driver, and start planning your wine weekend now.  There are some fantastic BBAV inns in and around Richmond, Virginia, and honestly, what could be more fun than a wine festival and a vacation at a bed and breakfast?


© Klaus Post


By Tara Stoll