For the first time ever, many of Virginia’s best winemakers and best chefs are coming together for a one of a kind culinary event featuring the world’s best oysters. The Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic, scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd at the Hope and Glory Inn’s Dog and Oyster Vineyard in Irvington, VA, will showcase ten Virginia chefs preparing oysters for pairing with wines from fifteen Virginia winemakers.
According to organizer Dudley Patteson, owner of the Hope and Glory Inn and the Dog and Oyster Winery, “It would be difficult to find a better pairing than that of two of life’s most sought after delicacies, oysters and wine.”
Patteson and event partners, leaders of the Virginia wine, oyster and restaurant industries, are proud to host the event in Irvington, the most publicized small town of the Chesapeake Bay and situated in the heart of Virginia’s oyster country. Virginia, designated as the “East Coast Capital for Oysters”, has also been named by Wine Enthusiast magazine as “One of Ten Best Travel Destinations in the World for Wine.”
The event will also feature wine tastings, a Virginia oyster bar, including “Take and Carry” bags of raw oysters for onsite tailgating and picnics, other fine outdoor prepared seasonal foods and beverages, live entertainment by Lewis McGehee and his trio, boutique booths with specialty food and retail products.
Ticket prices range from $20 General Admission, $30 Advance Wine Tasting Admission to $375 Governors’ Circle Tables for eight. A limited number of tailgating spaces ($100 each) are also available located next to the tasting tents. For full ticket information and to purchase tickets on line, visit
Oysters, craft beer, sodas and specialty foods will be sold a la carte.
Sponsors and supporters include Virginia Living Magazine, BB&T Wealth Management, BB&T Insurance, Chubb Insurance, Select Registry, DiRoNA, and “Dishing Up Virginia’s” food aficionado Patrick Evans-Hylton. The event is produced in partnership with Events East with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting charities including Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck (providers of rescue dogs that “work” the vineyards of Virginia), the Richmond SPCA, and The Virginia Waterman’s Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are non refundable; the Classic is rain or shine. In the event of cancellation by organizer, purchased tickets will be honored at the 2014 event.
For more information and to reserve tickets and tailgate spaces, contact: www.virginiawineandoysterclassic.com or call The Hope and Glory Inn 804-438-6053 or 800-497-8228.
General’s Ridge Vineyard
A step back in time..... Nestled in the quaint countryside of Virginia’s historic Westmoreland County, located in the heart of the Northern Neck, you will find General’s Ridge Vineyard.
There to give you a warm and gracious welcome to the 100 acre plantation are owners Richard L. (Rick) Phillips, Major General, USMC (Ret) and wife, Linda.
Take a step back in time and stay in the plantation’s Manor House which has graced the property for 150 years or stay in the modern Vineyard Views cottage.
For special events General’s Ridge has The Carriage House and for larger groups, The Vines Room. Continue the step back in time with wine tasting in Somewhere in Time or the Vines Room overlooking the grape vines that produced the wine. General’s Ridge Vineyard is proud to offer fine wine, lodging and elegant facilities for those special events in your life.
Reservation & Hosts: Rick and Linda Phillips, 1618 Weldons Drive, Hague, VA
22469. 804-223-2GRV (2478).
Opening in 1980, Ingleside Vineyards is one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries, producing over 18 varieties of wine from Virginia estate-grown grapes. For over thirty years, our hand-crafted wines
have won numerous awards and top honors in state, national and international wine competitions.
Ingleside embraces the casual attitude and lifestyle of the Chesapeake Bay Region. Our unspoiled surroundings offer an atmosphere of relaxation — the perfect getaway from the hectic life of the city. Visitors can enjoy tours, tastings, a unique gift shop, a museum and a European-style courtyard which is perfect for picnics. Ingleside also offers overnight accommodations at two charming guest cottages, The Pointe and Summerton. We invite you to experience our exceptional wines and indulge yourself in the rich history and beauty of Virginia’s Northern Neck.
Vault Field Vineyards
Welcome to Vault Field Vineyards, located on historic Vault Field Farm near the town of Kinsale, in the heart of Virginia’s Northern Neck. Our award winning wines are the result of a marriage between an exceptional terroir and the latest techniques in viticulture. We, at Vault Field, believe fine wines are made in the vineyard. The care of the vines is yearlong, starting with hand pruning during winter months. Next comes hand weeding and continued pruning during the growing season. Finally, in late fall, when the grapes ripen, we hand pick the clusters and sort the individual grapes to produce high quality, premium wines. Vault Field Vineyards offers a tasting room, Winery & Vineyard Tours. Ask us about private parties. Open Saturdays in January; February to December, Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm (6pm in summer), or by appointment.
Located at the corner of Kings Mill Road (Rte 601) and Vault Field Road (Rte 602) in Kinsale, VA Visit www.vaultfield.com for more information
Oak Crest Vineyard and Winery
A long time effort by the Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in 2002. The winery’s creation involved a combination of genetics, scientific bent, fortunate opportunities, and the urge to create good wine and share it with others. Oak Crest Winery offers complementary tastings of our Bordeaux-style reds and Rhine-style whites ranging from dry dinner wines to luscious sweet dessert wines. Enjoy conversing with the knowledgable tasting room staff and relaxing in the Old World atmosphere in the authentic post-and-beam tasting room and gift shop. Bring your own picnic lunch to accompany your selection of the wines and enjoy the deck or patio overlooking the woodland beauty of scenic King George County.
Amish Cheese & Crackers are available for purchase. Think of Oak Crest for special occasions such as weddings and receptions at the winery.
Located just 3 miles from Route 301. Visit us soon.
Good Luck Cellars
Good Luck Cellars has been resurrected from an old sand and gravel mine into a marvel of ecologic recovery: a vineyard and winery site of magical beauty and serenity. Come join us to celebrate hand crafted on-site grown wines of superb quality.
Good Luck Cellars offers eight wines for tasting and sale. Bring a lunch or supper and enjoy our porches while you sip a glass of wine and take in the view. We are now staying open until 8 PM
on Fridays to accommodate our working friends in “wine down” at the end of
Athena Vineyards was established in 2002 by three nurses, where they enjoy healthy lifestyles, working in the vineyard and the finer things in life. Their interest in winemaking led to the construction of the winery in 2005. Athena has become the first commercial vineyard and winery in Northumberland County, Virginia. Visit the tasting room and share the warm hospitality in a beautiful vineyard setting. The vineyards overlook the Great Wicomico River with 15 acres of more than 20 varieties of grapes. Their philosophy of growing grapes and making wine in an environmentally safe manner is an important responsibility to land stewardship and the long-term relationship with their customers, neighbors and the world. Athena Vineyards strives to be environmentally friendly, economically sound and socially responsible with all their winery and viticulture practices. All grapes are hand picked at the peak of ripeness. Quality control is essential to ensure that only the finest grapes are used for winemaking—you can’t make great wine without great grapes. Athena Vineyards embraces the lifestyle of the Chesapeake Bay area.
Belle Mount Vineyards was founded in 2002 by Ray and Catherine Petrie. The vineyards are on the “Beautiful Hill” with magnificent vistas overlooking the Rappahannock River and Cat Point
Creek near Warsaw.
There are eight acres of vines, and wine making focuses on small lots of handcrafted, estate grown varietals and proprietary blends. Our tasting room and gift shop is located in a private room in our Great Hall banquet facility. Current annual production levels are 1,200 to 1,500 cases, depending on the vintage.
The wines are available in our tasting room, at numerous wine festivals throughout the state and at select wine shops and restaurants. The selection ranges from light and delicate food-friendly whites to hardy reds with
deep complexities and long finishes. Several sweet styles are perfect for casual occasions.
We are sure you will find something to please your palate. Come visit us soon.
The Dog and Oyster
The Dog and Oyster is the newly acquired vineyard of The Hope and Glory Inn. The quirky name was created to honor the rescue dogs that rescue the grapes from deer and other animals; and, to honor the oyster, one of the Chesapeake Bay region’s greatest assets.
At the same time, the vineyard also sees great value in the synergistic partnerships it has formed.
One partnership is with the legendary Ingleside Vineyards. The Dog and Oyster has taken a one-of-a-kind approach by offering not only Dog and Oyster wines; but, also select premium and reserve labels from Ingleside to expand the tasting experience. Two vineyards at one—a novel approach to winemaking in Virginia.
An added partnership is that crafted with the Rappahannock River Oyster Company. Count on wine being paired with their award winning oysters. RRO, the recipient of the inaugural National Treasures Award, as well as a Food & Wine Tastemakers award, is the oyster choice of many of America’s top chefs; and, now you.