Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival

April 9-11 | Charlottesville, VA

Three days of celebrating the best of Central Virginia Wines

Tickets on sale now!

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The 2015 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival presented by Mercedes Benz of Charlottesville will take place April 9-11, celebrating the best of Central Virginia wines over the course of three days. Tickets are on sale now and available at monticellowinetrailfestival.com and the Charlottesville’s Visitor Center on the downtown mall.

The Monticello Wine Trail Festival is a partnership between the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society, nTelos Wireless Pavilion and the Jefferson Theater. In addition to our presenting sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Charlottesville other key sponsors and event partners include Bank of the James and Keller & George jewelers. The Monticello Wine Trail is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote and encourage cooperation among the various award-winning Central Virginia wineries, which have helped the state’s ranking as the 5th largest wine producer in the nation. The festival has grown into a 3-day event with various wine-focused programming.

“The Monticello Wine Trail Festival is a great recognition of Central Virginia wines, and we look forward to another year of celebrating all they have to offer within the local community and the region as a whole,” says Monticello Wine Trail President Jake Busching.

The festival’s Monticello Cup Awards keynote speaker will be Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre, named by Meininger’s Wine Business International and Worth magazine as one of the most influential U.S. wine writers. He continues to write for Dave McIntyre’s WineLine and is co-founder of Drink Local Wine, an organization and website that highlights writing about wines from “The Other 47” states. Among other publications, McIntyre has written for Wine Enthusiast and Sommelier Journal, and has been honored by The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association with its two highest awards for his contribution to wine appreciation.

The Monticello Wine Trail Festival will feature more than 25 participating regional wineries and vineyards, including: Afton Mountain Vineyards, Barboursville Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Chestnut Oak Vineyard, Delfosse Vineyards and Winery, Democracy Vineyards, Early Mountain Vineyards, First Colony Winery, Flying Fox Vineyard, Gabriele Rausse Winery, Glass House Winery, Grace Estate Winery, Jefferson Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards, Kilaurwen Winery, King Family Vineyards, Loving Cup Vineyard and Winery, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, Reynard Florence Vineyard, Stinson Vineyards, Stone Mountain Vineyards, Trump Winery, and Veritas Vineyard & Winery.

The 2015 schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, April 9: Monticello Cup Awards at the Jefferson Theater
A casual event for wine enthusiasts, focused on the competition for the prestigious Monticello Cup awarded to the best wines of the region.
Tickets: $65
Time: 6-10 p.m.

Friday, April 10:
Individual wineries will host a variety of activities during the day followed by a series of winemaker dinners at some of Charlottesville’s best restaurants that evening. Visit monticellowinetrailfestival.com for the latest updated calendar.

Saturday, April 11:
Tasting event at nTelos Wireless Pavilion featuring 25 local wineries and live entertainment. An exclusive VIP ticket is available and offers catered food and an opportunity for sampling exclusive wines from each winery.
Time: 1-5 p.m. (VIP ticket holders gain early entry at Noon).

For more information on the Monticello Wine Trail Festival, visit monticellowinetrailfestival.com, and follow on Facebook and Twitter at @TasteMonticello.

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Marriott Ranch & The Inn at Fairfield Farm Present

10th Annual Winter Winemaker’s Series

Please join us for an evening of fine dining and wine tasting. Experience the taste of Virginia’s Blue Ridge through a specially prepared five-course gourmet dinner paired with fine Virginia wines and authentic regional cuisine hosted by our own Executive Chef and our award winning neighboring wineries.
Dinners start at 7PM sharp and are $109 per person, + tax (gratuity included)

Schedule of Events:
Saturday, January 18– Rappahannock Cellars
Saturday, March 1 – Linden Vineyards
Saturday, March 22 -Gray Ghost Winery
Saturday, April 5 – Desert Rose Winery

Book a table of ten for the dinner and the 10th guest is free

For reservations, please call 540-364-2627 or email mkerns@marriottranch.com
We look forward to having you as our guest!

Marriott Ranch
5305 Marriott Lane
Hume, VA.
22639
540-364-2627
www.marriottranch.com

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Let Us Celebrate the Holidays with you at
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

Thanksgiving Day Brunch
Thursday, November 28, 2013; Seatings from 10:30am to 3:00pm
$120 per adult, $40 per child, ages four to twelve, exclusive of tax & gratuity

Celebrate with a special Thanksgiving Day Brunch, featuring all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings and festive selections of brunch favorites. Musical entertainment and special activities for our youngest brunch guests will delight the entire family.

Annual Gingerbread House Opening
Friday, November 29 at 2:00pm

Kick-off the holidays with The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, as the life-sized Gingerbread House is unveiled for guests and the community to enjoy. Located on the lobby level of the hotel, the culinary work of art is large enough for guests to walk around inside and explore the sugary construction created by our talented Pastry Team. Opening day festivities will include holiday confections, hot spiced cider and hot cocoa.

Gingerbread House Decorating Classes
Saturday, December 7, 14 & 21, Sundays 8, 15 & 22, 2013; Seatings at 10:00am & 1:00pm
$70 per child, ages 2 to 12, inclusive of tax and gratuity (no charge for kids under 2 years old)

After exploring our life-size gingerbread house, learn to make your own sugary home at a Gingerbread House Decorating Class, taught by The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner’s pastry chefs. The class includes all the ingredients to construct a beautiful gingerbread house as well as a special souvenir.

The Nutcracker Tea
Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21, 2013; Seatings at 10:00am & 1:00pm
$75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity

Escape into the magical world of The Nutcracker ballet, complemented by afternoon tea and treats. Students of the South Riding Dance Company will delight your eyes with a contemporary twist on the beloved holiday classic, while the Pastry Team will tantalize your taste buds with an extraordinary selection of tea sandwiches, pastries and sweets. All children will leave with a Nutcracker doll. Pictures will be taken with the featured artists and emailed at the conclusion of the tea.

The Princess Tea
Sundays, December 8, 15 & 22, 2013; Seatings at 11:00am & 2:00pm
$75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity (no charge for kids under 2 years old)

Delight your young princesses with a magical theatrical production, featuring treasured Disney Princesses complemented by treats, courtesy of our pastry team. All children will leave with a holiday gift bag. Pictures will be taken with the featured Princesses and emailed at the conclusion of the tea.

Christmas Day Brunch at Entyse Bistro
Wednesday, December 25, 2013; Seatings from 10:30am to 3:00pm
$120 per adult, $40 for children under 12 years old, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Celebrate the holiday with an elaborate holiday brunch in our Entyse Bistro. Enjoy live musical entertainment and special activities, including face painting and a balloon artist for our youngest guests.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Entyse Bistro
Tuesday, December 31, 2013; Seatings from 5:30pm to 10:30pm
$135 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Ring in the New Year with a four-course tasting menu, champagne toast and live music from a three-piece band. Rick Whitehead on guitar featuring Eric Wheeler on bass and Michael “Mo” Morrison on drums.

New Year’s Eve at Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge
Tuesday, December 31, 2013; Raw Bar available from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
$75 per person food and beverage minimum after 9:00pm, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Celebrate the New Year with live musical entertainment provided by the Christopher Linman Jazz Ensemble and culinary delights in the Entyse Wine Bar & Lounge. As the clock strikes midnight, welcome 2014 with a complimentary champagne toast.

For holiday event reservations, please call (703) 917-5498
***Reservations are required for all holiday events and early reservations are strongly recommended. All prices are exclusive of and gratuity unless otherwise noted. Events are based on availability and are subject to change. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.

New Year’s Eve Overnight Accommodations starting at $209.00*

The Deluxe New Year’s Eve Package starting at $329.00*
• Overnight accommodations in a deluxe guest room
• Full American Breakfast for two in Entyse Bistro
• Bottle of sparkling wine and fruit amenity
• Overnight valet parking

For room reservations, please call (800) 826-1895 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/tysons
* Offers valid through January 1, 2014, subject to availability. Rate is per room/per night, based on single or double occupancy, exclusive of taxes, gratuities, fees and other charges; does not apply to groups; advance reservations are required

1700 Tysons Boulevard ● McLean, Virginia 22102 ● USA
TEL 703-506-4300 ● www.ritzcarlton.com/tysons