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.


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– 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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Featured Member: Kevin H. Adams’ New Exhibit Opening

Shenandoah National Park Artist-in-Residence and Rappahannock County Artisan Trail member Kevin H. Adams unveils 30 paintings he began on location during his residency in the Park in the Summer of 2017, at a new exhibit at Gay Street Gallery in Washington, VA (adjacent to Mr. Adams’ studio).

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Kevin H. Adams on location in the Shenandoah National Park.

Please join Kevin at Gay Street Gallery, for the Opening Reception with the Artist, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 4 – 7 pm (the Gallery is open from 10 am – 7 pm if you are unable to make it for the Opening Reception). Beverages and refreshments will be served during the reception.

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“Two Mile Overlook,” 24″ x 24″ oil on canvas, by Kevin H. Adams

20% of the sales of Kevin’s paintings sold on January 20 will be donated by the Gallery to the Shenandoah National Park Trust. Additionally, Kevin will present one of the paintings to the Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park for the Park’s permanent collection.

Kevin’s paintings and prints are regularly on display across the United States, including in solo and juried group exhibitions, and in both private and public collections. The U.S. Department of State, through its Art in Embassies Program, has selected a number of Kevin’s American landscapes to hang in embassies around the world. The U.S. Department of the Interior has twice commissioned significant collections of Kevin’s work: For the 75th Anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park, Kevin created a series of paintings of the inner gorge of the canyon, and for the 85th Anniversary of Glacier National Park, he likewise produced a series of paintings of the park’s back country. Exhibitions of these series were held both at the parks and at the Department of the Interior Museum in Washington, D.C. After a number of years living and working in the Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, he now resides and keeps his studio in the historic town of Washington, Virginia. 

To see more of Kevin’s work, please visit his website or follow him on Instagram.

Middle Street Gallery Moves Back to Middle Street!

Rappahannock Artisan Trail member Middle Street Gallery is excited to announce their upcoming relocation back to Middle Street, in Washington, VA. The gallery’s new address will be 325A Middle Street, Washinton, VA, adjacent to The Inn at Little Washington!

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Middle Street Gallery will be located in the back of this beautiful, historic building, next store to the Inn at Little Washinton

Gallery members are hard at work preparing for their grand reopening on December 8. The space has been painted and hanging systems installed, with a new lighting system installed soon. The space is lovely and bright, with a view out to the gardens behind the building. Middle Street Gallery is delighted to be back on ground level, accessible to all.

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Part of Middle Street Gallery’s new space on Middle Street.
Rosabel Goodman-Everard will be the featured artist for Middle Street Gallery’s first show in their new location, with her series “Doodling in the Dark”. They will also have a group show of work by all member artists.
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work by Rosabel Goodman-Everard
The opening reception will be Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 3 – 6 pm, which also debuts the reopening of Middle Street Gallery in Washington, VA, at its original address on Middle Street. Washington’s Mayor, John Fox Sullivan, will perform the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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work by Rosabel Goodman-Everard
Goodman-Everard describes her work for this show as, “Doodling in the Dark is a series that I started in the Fall of 2016, as the sight of the good citizens of the Not-Anymore-So-United States of America clawing at each other’s throats required an antidote: a new, for me at least, approach to art that had to be colorful and beautiful, relaxing to create, and with an intense flow that would distract me.
“So I embarked on a series of small panels that I spray-painted in various intense colors, starting each piece by laying down abstract truncated tree shapes (which you will find, in one form or another, in all my work), which later developed into various other and less abstract depictions of trees.

“Then, using acrylic paint pens in many vivid colors, I continued by covering the panels with marks and patterns: little circles, dots, squares and rectangles, bark patterns, thorns, nets, drops of water or blood, foot prints. I blended drawing with painting.
“Figuration also introduced itself: ants, tadpoles, leaves, flowers, fruits, clouds, chains, helicopters, the moon, ropes and nails, prisoners behind barbed wire, clouds. Nothing was forbidden – I used black, gold and silver, as well as hot pink, I glued canvases and panels together and covered the seams with garnet gel. While working, I listened to Mozart, and Beethoven’s Overtures, and Shakira and my beloved Afropop, drank wine and “WhatsApped” endlessly with all my friends all over the world.
“Every panel was an adventure, nothing was ever planned, all results were unexpected and nothing ever came out a failure. It has turned out to be the most fun I have ever had making art.”
Work by Middle Street Gallery members.
For more information, please see Middle Street Gallery’s website, and for news and announcements, follow Middle Street on Facebook.

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday on the Trail!

Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to get away for a short day or weekend vacation, and a perfect time to visit Rappahannock County. As usual, there’s lots happening on the  Rappahannock County Artisan Trail!

Black Friday Events, on November 24, 2017:

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Black Friday Holiday Gift Fair at Narmada Winery! Avoid the crowds and shop small, and stay for a wine tasting, and delicious Indian tastings menu. This is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for all the special people on your holiday shopping list, handmade by some of our local Rappahannock County Artisans. Among other local artists, Trail Members Jennifer Webb and Gina Irwin will be participating in the Fair with their fused glass and jewelry. You’ll find jewelry, crafts, Tupperware and more while you relax and enjoy Narmada’s delicious wines and live Christmas music by John Tole.

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Live Music at Rappahannock Cellars! Mark Clay, 1-4 pm. Tasting room open 11:30 am – 5 pm. Enjoy Rappahannock Cellars’ absolutely gorgeous tasting room and award winning wines.

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Start your holiday season with Gray Ghost Vineyards!  Enjoy one-day only gift specials and live music by Valerie Von Fange: 2:30 to 4:30 pm on Friday, November 24, 2017.  This is the perfect event to entertain guests!  The world’s largest Christmas display made entirely from corks will open on Friday, November 24! The display will remain up for viewing through Christmas Eve.  The tank room then goes back into winemaking activities, so the display is not available to see after Christmas Eve. Please plan your visit accordingly!

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Live Music at Griffin Tavern! Local favorites Madonnas in a Field will be performing their distinctive blend of bluegrass-americana in the pub from 8 – 11 pm. Madonnas in a Field are reminiscent of Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, Michael Hurley, and Jonathan Edwards, but very much stand in their own right by putting an unusual twist on folk music.

Come for dinner, stay for the music. Griffin Tavern is a gem of a restaurant, and a local favorite in Rappahannock.

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Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA is open from 12 noon – 5 pm. This lovely gallery and shop, with two working artist studios on the premises, is the perfect place to find that special, one-of-a-kind gift. Come browse jewelry, ceramics, fused and stained glass, prints, hand-dyed yarns, hand-painted silk scarves, woodworking, oil and acrylic paintings, all created by local Rappahannock County artists!

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Magnolia Vineyards Holiday Wine specialSome of our wines pair so nicely with your Thanksgiving Turkey (or Tofurkey!) leftovers, we’ve decided to keep the 2014 Viognier AND 2014 Black Walnut White as the Holiday wine specials through Sunday for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday both! Available at 25% off bottle purchases, 50% off 6 or more!

Small Business Saturday Events, on November 25, 2017:

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Live Music at Griffin Tavern! A favorite at Griffin, Vinyl Tracks, will be performing in the pub from 8:30 – 11:30 pm. Vinyl Tracks, which evolved from the Beatles-tribute band Glass Onion, is a classic rock band based in Front Royal, VA, that dishes out an eclectic mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music from a song list currently at 200+ songs and growing.

Come for dinner, stay for the music and dancing. Griffin Tavern is a gem of a restaurant, and a local favorite, in Rappahannock. Well worth a visit ~ we bet it will become one of your favorites, too!

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Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA is open Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm for Small Business Saturday. Shop their fabulous collection of local fine art and crafts in their gallery full of unique gift items, including jewelry, ceramics, fused and stained glass, prints, woodworking, hand-dyed yarn, hand-painted silk scarves, oil and acrylic paintings. All created by local Rappahannock County artisans.

While you’re here, enjoy a cup of hot cider, from one of our local apple orchards!

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Wine Boot Camp at Little Washington Winery from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (tasting room open from 11 am – 5 pm. You could call this Wine 301 – an advance class on all the basics of wine. Spend 2 hours with Little Washington Winery and they’ll turn you into a certified wine snob! Led by their wine maker, Carl, this seminar is the snob free zone in plain English all about wine. Learn how to achieve aeration perfection, how to behave in a restaurant, and all the tidbits about wine nobody will tell you. The session includes a molecular pairing experiment with a sandwich, a chocolate pairing session & the Dirt Road Wine Tour.

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Live music by Dan & Chuck at Narmada Winery. Come for a wine tasting, enjoy the music, gorgeous view and pairings with the Indian tasting menu. Open 11 am – 5 pm.

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Live music at Rappahannock Cellars: Marie Miller, 2 – 5 pm. Tasting room open 11:30 am – 6 pm. Award-winning wines in a gorgeous setting.

 

This plus much more in Rappahannock County over Thanksgiving weekend. Come try one of our many wonderful restaurants, tastings at local wineries, micro-breweries, and our distillery, shops and galleries, orchard stands, and gift shops. Hope you’ll join us for a day, or the weekend!

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