Richmond, Va. (February 27, 2014) - The Virginia Wine Marketing Office and the Virginia Tourism Corporation today announced March as Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month, a celebration that showcases Virginia wines at more than 500 participating restaurants and wine shops across the Commonwealth. Special wine and food pairings along with wine travel packages make March an ideal time for wine lovers to visit Virginia.
Across the state, restaurants and wine shops alike will be showcasing Virginia wines by carrying a minimum of five Virginia wines either by the glass or the bottle, as well as offering special packages and events including winemakers' dinners, pre fixe menus paired with Virginia wines, Virginia wine and food pairings, Virginia wine dinners with local B&Bs, Virginia wine flight/comparative tastings and educational events.
Virginia, home to more than 250 wineries statewide, is fifth in the nation for wineries and for wine grape production and was recently named one of the 10 best wine travel destinations for 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
"Love by the Glass: March Wine and Dine Month is a great way for consumers to try new and exciting Virginia wines, which rank among the best in the world. From regional food and wine pairings to flight/comparative tastings, March Wine and Dine Month gives wine connoisseurs and wine neophytes everywhere countless reasons to fall in love with Virginia wines for the first time or all over again," said David King, chairman of the Virginia Wine Board.
Virginia Wine and Dine Month is a partnership between the Virginia Wine Marketing Office and the Virginia Tourism Corporation to encourage Virginia restaurants and wine shops to feature more Virginia wines by the glass. Love by the Glass started as Virginia Wine Week in 2010. It quickly grew in popularity, so much so that the state has expanded the event to the entire month of March.
Select hotels, resorts and inns have created special travel packages for visitors who want to partake in Virginia Wine and Dine Month. Highlights of these travel packages are below with more found on http://www.virginiawine.org/wine-and-dine
Consumers can also learn about Love by the Glass: March Wine and Dine Month on social media:
- Virginia Wine Facebook: www.facebook.com/vawine· Virginia Wine Twitter: twitter.com/VAWine· Virginia Wine Instagram: vawine· Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/vawine