Lovingston Winery is celebrating the beginning of spring (even though the weather is not co-operating!) and their new releases with their opening of the tasting room. Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am until 5:00 pm the tasting room will be open for the season. Visit to taste their newly bottled Seyal-Blanc ’12, their Petit Manseng ’12 and their award-winning Estate Reserve 2009. Tastings are free and if you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you can make arrangements for a picnic lunch.
Lovingston Winery is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 30 minutes from Lynchburg. Over 8 acres of densely planted (1200 vines per acre) vines produce delicious Merlot, Pinotage, Rose and the wines that are recent award winners. The winery is built into the hillside and employs a gravity-flow production method that can be viewed from the tasting room.
Always a delicious and fun visit we have enjoyed Lovingston wines on many occasions.
For directions and more information visit their web site at www.lovingstonwinery.com And call us at 434.846.1388 to make your reservation at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for a weekend or weekday visit and wine tasting.
Once again things will be hopping in downtown Lynchburg. This Friday, November 16th the Downtown Diva Crawl returns with divas of all ages on the town!
Beginning at 5:00 pm (and lasting until 8:00 pm) your inner diva can meet other divas at the Lynchburg Community Market where you will receive your tote bag filled with goodies and a discount card with special diva offers. Then travel up and down main street where you will visit our local downtown businesses and restaurants to get a headstart on your holiday shopping, enjoy delicious special menu items, and discover all that downtown has to offer.
If your taste runs more toward wine, then Saturday, November 17th between 11:00-5:00 you will want to spend time at Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat, Poplar Forest.
Once again the Poplar Forest Wine Festival will welcome 14 Virginia wineries, food from local purveyors, shopping experiences with local crafters and artisans, live music throughout the day and “Mr. Jefferson” discussing his love of wine. All events will take place rain or shine in heated tents. House tours will be available at a reduced rate. Tickets cost $25 at the gate and include a wine tasting glass. A good day should be had by all attendees.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast still has a room or two available this weekend if you would like to include an overnight in a 1878 mansion in downtown Lynchburg to your weekend. Call us at 434.846.1388 to make your reservation.
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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