October is officially in its last hurrah – which means there’s just one week left in Virginia Wine Month. And since Loudoun County has 39 wineries and tasting rooms (more than any other county in the commonwealth!) we're basically your headquarters for all things wine.
And don't worry -- even if you haven't taken advantage of this month's many events, celebrations, and festivals, it’s not over yet! With seven days left, it's time to squeeze in as many vineyard visits as possible.
Here are five things to do before Virginia Wine Month (#vawinemonth) comes to a close:
1. Pair some Virginia vino with local produce at Market Table Bistro. Indulge in some of Loudoun’s most scrumptious farm-to-table eats with a menu that changes seasonally. Pair your delicious, locally-sourced dinner with a bottle of Catoctin Creek Syrah or North Gate Chardonnay.
On the last Friday of the month Bluemont lets you stick around till 9 p.m. which means you can watch the sun set over the fall foliage from Bluemont’s deck. Sip some Petit Manseng, listen to live music by Tommy Rothman, and revel in the splendor of fall.
This women's wine event will focus on vampire wines -- IE, wines from Dracula's part of the globe, the caves of Eastern Europe. You'll get to indulge in three wines paired with three plates of food, a wine education seminar, ghost stories, and more.
Wash away the week’s worries by listening to music by Tiffany Thompson, sipping some Vino Di Nonni, and digging into some homemade pizza. All of the above will make for the ideal autumn evening.
5. Bring your pooch to Barrel Oak. This dog-friendly outpost offers tastings of seven different wines (five of their own and two from other local wineries), so you can explore a variety of Virginia wines. Sip vino, nibble on light bites, check out their art gallery, and spend some QT with man’s best friend. After all, why should Fido miss out on wine month?