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White Dinner

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Grape Vines at Sans Soucy Vineyards

 On Saturday, July 21st, Sans Soucy Vineyards in nearby Brookneal, Virginia hosted it’s Annual White Dinner.  Located on a former tobacco farm the vineyard area was chosen for its gentle hillside slope.  The first farm winery in Campbell County, their first 5 acres were planted in 2001.  The winery and tasting room are located in a century old restored barn and school house, a unique setting for delicious wines.

Photo by the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Tasting Room-San Soucy Vineyards

Taking place on the vineyard grounds, under the stars, Chef Paul Anctil and his wife Cameron delighted guests with a unique and delicious dinner menu featuring white foods and  white wines  in a white setting.  Guests wore white.  The vineyard was decorated in white.  The breeze was brisk and the sky cloudy but never rainy.  

Photo By The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

Dinner on the grounds of Sans Soucy

The evening began with a delicious Sangria while guests mingled, explored the vineyard and began to relax.  Featuring farm to table eats and wine pairings the menu included the following dishes:  Grilled Watermelon with Ahi Ceviche, accompanied by 2008 Viognier Reserve, Grilled & Roasted Goose-Stuffed Pepper with a Pasilla Sauce, accompanied by 2008 Traminette Reserve, the main course was Pulled Pork, Cuban -style Black Beans & Rice accompanied by Traminette Reserve, Grilled Pain Perdu topped with Mango Jicama Salsa accompanied by 2010 Tempranillo Reserve and Sweet Potato Pudding topped with Chocolate Espresso Bean Ganache garnished with a Churro  and Coconut Praline accompanied by 2010 Legacy.  (Of course all of the wines were from Sans Soucy Vineyards!)

A toast! Pictured are Wayne and Susan Stoner and Kathy Bedsworth

Live music was provided throughout the evening.

 This annual event is by invitation and sells out each year.  If you’re interested in next year’s White Dinner contact Sans Soucy Vineyards at www.sanssoucyvineyards.com.  You’ll be glad you did!

Horse barn is close to the tasting room

Horse and Hound Wine Festival

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On Saturday, July 14, 2012 between 11am-6pm, Peaks of Otter Winery will hosts it’s 8th annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival.

This unique winery and festival is full of fun and exciting events, wines, foods and shopping opportunities.  Throughout the day you will be able to taste the wines from 9 local wineries (some made entirely from any fruit but the grape!), enjoy delicious food ranging from pizza to BBQ to salsa to everything in between, shop at over 50 artisan and crafts booths.  Combine this with a Parade of Horses, a Muskrat Race and Agility Dog & Obedience Demonstrations to make your day anything but boring.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for at least two nights during this summer festival and your tickets will be complimentary.  Visit our web site www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com to choose your room, then call us to book your reservation.  You must mention this special when booking your reservation.  This special cannot be combined with any other special, discount, coupon or voucher.  Advance reservations are required, not later than July 7, 2012 .  Call us at 434.846.1388.

You don’t want to miss this day of excitement!  See you soon.

3rd Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

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Once again this year you can celebrate Jefferson’s passion for wine.  Held on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Jefferson’s secluded retreat, Poplar Forest, just 20 minutes from Lynchburg, VA, this festival celebrates Jefferson as the “father of Virginia wine.”   Although largely unsuccessful in his day, his vision of great Virginia wines has been realized by wine makers throughout the state.

Showcasing 18 wineries, 13 artisans, 6 local food purveyors, musical entertainment and more, the day is filled with something for everyone.  House tours will be available throughout the day at a reduced rate.  Tasting tickets include a signature wine glass.  You must be 21 years or older to taste wines.  Festival will occur rain or shine in heated tents.

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at least two consecutive nights, including November 19, 2011 and your festival tickets will be complimentary.  Festival tickets must be reserved and purchased by November 16, 2011.  You must mention this package when booking your accomodations and festival tickets.  Subject to availability.  This package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount, package or voucher.

Enjoy our signature recipe one morning, Cranberry Pancakes with Cranberry-Maple Syrup (see blog post 11/14/11 for recipe!)

Shrimp and Wine Festival

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Enjoy a day at Sans Soucy Vineyards, in Brookneal Virginina, where you can sample fine Virginia wines, indulge in local eats of farm-raised shrimp and bison dishes, shop artisans and craftspeople selling their wares, listen to live music and relax in the countryside with your loved ones and friends as the summer winds down.  The festival starts at 12 and lasts until 6pm.  $15 per person admission charge.  You’ll be glad you made the trip from Lynchburg!

For more information contact Sans Soucy Vineyards at 434.376.WINE or visit their web site at www.sanssoucyvineyards.com.

Thomas Jefferson’s Passion for Music

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As the summer turns to fall Poplar Forest is offering its “Passion” series during September and October, focusing on Thomas Jefferson’s personal interests.

Beginning with the inaugural event on Sunday, September 11, 2011, the roof of the wing will be transformed into a stage as you are entertained with “Jefferson’s Passion for Music.”  A concert by singer and Celtic harpist Eve Walters blending song, sound and story follows a concert by Lynchburg’s violinist Jasper Oliver.

The event begins with a wine and cheese reception at 4:30pm during which attendees may wander through the house and grounds of Poplar Forest.

Guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for a minimum of two consecutive nights including September 11, 2011, will receive complimentary tickets to this after-hours event.  Advance reservations are required and seating is limited to 100.  In the event of rain the series will relocate to another area on the Poplar Forest property.  Call 434.846.1388 for more details and to make your room and “Passion” reservation.

Future sessions will include “Jefferson’s Passion for Hops” to be held later in September and “Jefferson’s Passion for Writing and Democracy” to be held in October.  Call 434.846.1388 for information about these upcoming sessions. 

Fine Print:  this package cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or voucher.  Advance reservations and event tickets are required and are subject to availability.

Blackberry Harvest Festival

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Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery is hosting it’s annual Blackberry Harvest Festival on Saturday, August 6, 2011 between 9am-5pm.

More than a dozen “True to the Fruit” Virginia wines will be paired with food.  Taste historical honey meads.  Listen to live music played throughout the day. Enjoy a “Pig Pick’n Pull” lunch (additional cost).

Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast to enjoy this summer festival and your tickets will be complimentary.  You must: stay with us at least 2 nights during the festival, mention this special when booking your reservation and cannot combine this special with any other special, coupon, discount or voucher.

Visit our web site, www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com to choose your room, call us to book your reservation, 434.846.1388 and come enjoy a day of good wine, mead, food and fun. 

Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery is just north of Lynchburg in Nellysford, VA.