Another great Hampton Roads festival during wine month in Virginia is being added to the list with the 1st Annual Chesapeake Wine Festival in Chesapeake, VA OCT 30-31. This will be a mid to large wine festival with an expected large turnout if the weather holds. Gate Entrance fee is $35 for wine tasting and includes a event wine glass.
Festival hours are from Noon – 6:00 pm at the Chesapeake City Park on Greenbrier Parkway. The Chesapeake Wine Festival is the major fundraiser for the Chesapeake Rotary. The festival will benefit the Sid Oman Cancer Center of Chesapeake Regional Hospital, as well as the community charities of the Rotary. The festival will offer premier wines from the around the world for tasting and many of Virginia’s wineries and vineyard will participate. Entertainment will be provided by Lewis McGehee and Charles Darden.
For those looking to educate themselves on how to identify the finer qualities of wines or to increase their knowledge of wines, several wine seminars are to l be offered during the festival. The best part of a wine festival is that it offers a place to taste wines from all of Virginia’s varied appellations side by side. They also offer a great value –since participating wineries run specials at events, and, instead of the typical $5-$15 tasting fee you pay at each winery, the ticket fee is a consolidated price to taste wines from all participating vineyards. That works out well in figuring out just which wines you like. Each winery also offers the wine for sale by the glass, bottle, or case. There are also specials to be had from some wineries in buying three bottles, such as the XOCO sweet white dessert wine with a white chocolate taste that is spectacular.
With so many different vineyards set up for sampling, it does pay off to read ahead on which are the up and coming wines in Virginia. I have found www.vawineevents.com or www.virginiawine.org both to be a great help in making a list of some wines and identifying which wineries boths I wanted to find first. Sometimes it’s the smaller unknown ones that are the great surprises at a wine festival, and the ones you actually may want to take a visit to on a later weekend.