March is Wine and Dine Month on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail!

March is Wine and Dine Month on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail, and there’s a fantastic line-up of events all month long! Wining and dining, of course, but this month also features dancing and entertainment; classes, workshops and exhibitions; beautiful scenery, luxurious lodgings and friendly hospitality. Come out for the day, or the weekend!

Click each featured site’s link below for more information on  activities and to navigate via the online location map.  When in the county, pick up an Artisan Trail map/brochure at the Rappahannock County Visitors Center just outside Washington, VA.

Happening All Month

Gay Street Inn – 160 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747

Escape to your perfect hideaway, steps from world-class dining at The Inn at Little Washington, as well as other fine restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops and antique stores.  Begin your day with a home-cooked breakfast in the sunroom.  Later, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine from the in-room wine list, expanded for Wine and Dine Month to include more of our favorites from local wineries. Relax and sip in the comfort of spacious guest rooms, or curl up with your glass by the fire in our library. There’s no wrong way to enjoy great Virginia wine this winter at Gay Street Inn!

Greenfield Inn Bed and Breakfast – 30 September Song Ln., Washington, VA  22747

Relax in Luxury.  This Georgian-style 1700’s mansion sits on 83 beautiful acres amid rolling hills and woodland and with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The pillared entrances welcome you into the lap of luxury where elegantly casual sitting areas and garden spaces invite you to unwind.  Wine and dine with abandon because your stay includes a complimentary round-trip ride to any restaurant in Washington, VA!   After a restful night, rise from plush bedding to enjoy a three-course gourmet breakfast. Mention the Artisan Trail Wine and Dine Month for a 20% discount off a two-night stay in March.

Griffin Tavern –  659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Wine of the Week.  Each week we will feature wine from a different Rappahannock County vineyard.  Come in and relax over a glass or a bottle and treat yourself to a great meal while you’re at it.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 

Kevin Adams – at Gay Street Gallery, 337 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747

Shenandoah Show. Visit the solo exhibition of Adams’ Shenandoah National Park Show at Gay Street Gallery through Mar. 20.  Open Wed. – Mon. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Every Thursday

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Trivia Night. Test your knowledge and quick recall.  It’s a rollicking good time as teams of up to 5 members compete to come up with the most correct answers to 30 questions.   Choose from a full food menu and a fully stocked bar including the Rappahannock County Wine of the Week. Open 11:30 – 9 p.m. Trivia at 7:30 p.m.

 Every Weekend

Little Washington Winery – 72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA.  22747

Wine Bootcamp.  Led by winemaker, Carl, this seminar is “all about wine in plain English.” Learn how to achieve aeration perfection, how to select and order in a restaurant and other tidbits you didn’t know to ask. The session includes sandwich and chocolate pairings and our Dirt Road Wine Tour.  Book online.  Class 11 a.m. – 1: p.m. Winery open until 5 p.m.

Magnolia Vineyards and Winery – 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville 20106

Wine Adventure. Join us for tastings of seven wines, six paired with carefully selected cheeses and one with a delicious raspberry dark chocolate for only $10!  Open 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p,m.

 

Middle Street Gallery – 325A Middle St., Washington, VA 22747

Art Exhibition. Peruse an exhibition of contemporary fine art by 40 local and regional artists.  This exhibit by gallery members and invited artist friends is stylistically diverse and includes painting, sculpture and photography. Exhibition every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Mar. 2 – Apr. 8   Opening reception Mar. 3 3 – 5 p.m.

Every Sunday

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Sunday Brunch. Dine in a renovated 1800’s home with three cozy dining rooms, outdoor seating and a pub.  Dine on brunch favorites made with fresh ingredients. And try the featured local Wine of the Week. Brunch 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open til 8 p.m.

 

Date Specific Events

March 2, 2018

 Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Karaoke – Have a glass of wine, take a deep breath and sing your heart out!  Indulge your inner entertainer in this popular event.  Full food and bar menus including Rappahannock County Wine of the Week.  Karaoke  8 – 9 p.m.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

 

March 3, 2018

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Dine and Dance.  Top off a delicious meal with dancing to the classic rock and roll of the Side Men!   Full food and bar menu including Rappahannock County Wine of the Week. Band 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.  Open 11:30 A.M. – 11:30 P.M.


Middle Street Gallery
– 325A Middle St., Washington, VA  22747

Art Opening – Opening of contemporary fine art by 40 local and regional artists.  This exhibit by gallery members and invited artist friends is stylistically diverse and includes painting, sculpture and photography. Exhibition Mar. 2 – Apr. 8  Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Reception 3 – 5 p.m.

Narmada Winery – 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106

Festival of Colors. Celebrate the Festival of Colors or Holi, the traditional welcoming of Spring and time for a fresh start.  Our version of “throwing colors” is to use ROSE PETALS instead of powders or dyes. It’s eco-friendly, family-friendly, and fun!  Everyone receives a handful of rose petals to toss at 2 p.m. inside the tasting room.  Enjoy special pricing on select wines and pair them with an Indian sampler platter.  Enjoy live music by the Anderson Paulson Project from 2 – 5 p.m.  Open 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

March 3 and 4, 2018

Gray Ghost Vineyards – 14706 Lee Hwy., Amissville, VA 20106

Barrel Tasting. Head to our underground barrel room to taste wines as they are developing in the barrel. This fun and educational event provides the only opportunity to reserve futures of the elegant 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon! Orders may also be phoned in this weekend only: 540-937-4869.  Fee of $20 includes a barrel tasting, tasting of current releases, logo glass and light hors-d’oeuvres!  No reservations needed.  Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Little Washington Winery
– 72 Christmas Tree La., Washington, VA  22747

World of Wines.  Go on an incredible journey without applying for a visa! Take this 80-minute geography sipping class and learn to tell your steens from your pinotages and your left bank from your right; and become familiar with the world’s masterpieces of wine, the healthiest wines on the planet and the hottest new emerging wine regions in the world. Book online.  Class at 2:30.  Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


March 4, 2018

Contemporary Color – 82 Resettlement Rd., Huntly, VA 22640

Art Preview.  View artist Carolyn Roth’s recent exploration of new media in stitched together hand painted fabrics as well as additions to her collection of monotypes.  Enjoy a glass of wine as she shares a bit of her creative process with you.  Open 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

March 10, 2018 

Second Saturday –  Forget the weather and find the fun Second Saturday on the Artisan Trail.

Click here for loads of fabulous Second Saturday adventures!

 


March 11, 2018

Blue Ridge Artisans – 12018B Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740

Dyeing Yarn.  Learn the basics of dyeing yarn from expert dyer and artist Jennifer Tepper Heverly.  You will dye three skeins of yarn using three different techniques: kettle dyeing, hand-painting, and speckling. Dye skeins to work together in one project, or two or three different projects!  Fee of $160 covers all materials. Must be 18 years or over to participate.  Tickets must be purchased online here. No ticket purchase at the door. Workshop 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Kevin Adams
– Gay Street Gallery, 337 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747

Artist Talk & Show. Join Adams for a talk on his 2017 Shenandoah Park Artist Residency and enjoy the solo exhibition of his wonderful Shenandoah National Park Show at Gay Street Gallery. Exhibition through Mar. 20.  Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Little Washington Winery – 72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA.  22747

Cheeseology.  A delicious, educational and lively seminar on the basics of cheese and wine pairing. You’ll taste cheeses from six categories with six different wines and discover what makes a cheese and wine pairing successful. You’ll also learn how to choose and serve artisan cheese, distinguish different types, and taste to get the most from your palate! Registration and details when you book online. $40.   Class 2:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Winery open until 5 p.m.

 March 15, 2018

 Gadino Cellars – Dinner at Tula’s Restaurant, 311 Gay St., Washington, VA 22747

Wine and Dine.  Enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner; each course paired with a Gadino Cellars wine.  Bill Gadino will host the evening providing commentary on the wines, plus pertinent (and not so pertinent) stories and accordion tunes.  Chef Abdon Garcia will explain how the gourmet dishes are prepared.  $75 per person. Reservations required. 540-675-2223  Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

March 17, 2018

 Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

St Patrick’s Day Party.  Order from a diverse menu of food and drink including the local Wine of the Week.  Show off your green attire as you get down (or dance a jig?) on the dance floor.  Singer-songwriter Bryan Elijah Smith and fiddler Jay Austin performing.  Band 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.


Magnolia Vineyards and Winery
– 200 Viewtown Rd., Amissville, VA 20106

Aaron Lowry will be entertaining with Irish ballads for St. Patrick’s Day from 2-5 p.m.  Irish or not, you’ll find a cozy tasting room where you can relax and a variety of wines to please your palate.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

Narmada Winery – 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106

Barrel Tasting.  Join us in the wine cellar to taste upcoming vintages of Yash-Vir, Melange, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Franc Reserve, all nearing the end of their aging. At this exclusive tasting, winemaker Sudha Patil will explain how the wines were blended, what each varietal adds to the blend, and how they are expected to develop in the coming months. Learn about Narmada’s Barrel Ownership Program and reserve a case of your favorite wine at a special discount.  Only $35 per person includes wine tasting and light hors-d’oeuvres. Sessions at Noon and 2:00pm.

March 18, 2018

Contemporary Color – 82 Resettlement Rd., Huntly, VA 22640

Art Preview.  View artist Carolyn Roth’s recent exploration of new media in stitched together hand painted fabrics as well as additions to her collection of monotypes.  Enjoy a glass of wine as she shares a bit of her creative process with you.  Open 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Little Washington Winery – 72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA.  22747

Dessert and Wine. Try desserts and wines and learn why some do and some definitely do not go together!  While few people may complain about a pairing (it is wine and dessert after all), it is spectacular when you get them right.  Fee $40.  Book online.  Class 2:30  – 4: p.m. Winery open until 5 p.m.

March 23, 2018

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Dine and Dance. Have some Pub Grub and the locally produced Wine of the Week.  Unwind with local acoustic trio ATriuM3 as they play favorites! This trio’s love of songwriting, heavy harmonies, mean guitar licks and hot piano make it one of the best bands in the area.  You can even sing along!  Band 8 – 11 p.m.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 

March 24, 2018

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Food and Music.  Robbie Limon Band will rock the pub with his mix of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s classic covers.  Wear your dancing shoes!  Check out the many menu choices and full bar including the Rappahannock County Wine of the Week.  Band 8 – 11 p.m.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

 March 25, 2018

Little Washington Winery – 72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA.  22747

Triple Threat Challenge. We’ll taste all of our favorite cheeses, chocolates and wines together to see what it does to our palate. Learning how to appreciate flavors, as well as how to pair them well, is a most enjoyable hobby.  Somebody’s got to do it, right?  Fee $40.  Book online.  Class 2:30  – 4: p.m. Winery open until 5 p.m.

Narmada Winery – 43 Narmada La., Amissville, VA 20106

Winemaker for a Day. Have you dreamed of being a winemaker? Think you have what it takes to create a delicious blend? Challenge your friends and yourself at an interactive blending seminar. Under the tutelage of winemaker Sudha Patil combine art and science to make a distinctive wine. Sample single varietal wines from barrels and work with your team to make a luscious and unique cuvee!  When all blends are bottled, we vote for the most spectacular wine of the day!  Only $50 per person, light appetizers included.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting Narmada’s website.   Open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m..

March 30, 2018

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Dine and Dance.  Whether it’s fish, meat or vegetarian, the food is delicious.  Also, check out the local Wine of the Week!  The music is a treat, too!  Side Venture’s rock, pop, Motown and country will have you dancing before you know it.  Band 8 – 11 p.m.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

March 31, 2018

Griffin Tavern – 659 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill, VA 22627

Bluegrass Band.  Come early for dinner before the music starts.  If you can’t clog, you can make up your own steps to the sounds of Ransom Harmony, a local bluegrass band that’s going places! Band 8 – 11 p.m.  Open 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

 

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