News, Events & Tidbits

HELLO FRIENDS OF DEMOCRACY! August promises a month of fun with music in the tasting room, a celebration of womens’ suffrage - including vertical tastings of our wine by that same name - and a night of painting in the winery! A little something for everyone, so come on out! Be sure to read our August Newsletter to get all the latest news!

Tasting Room: Live Music & Special Events

Saturday, 8/13
Classic rock, blues and R&B with Ragtop
Saturday, 8/13
6-9 pm
Fun Nite Art: Shenandoah artist Tammy Hornek leads students through the creation of a colorful still life! For beginners and experienced painters alike – registration fee covers all supplies and tutorial. Registration required.
Sunday, 8/14
Acoustic guitar music with Pete Farnham

Celebrate Suffrage!

It’s the anniversary of women getting the vote! Enjoy a weekend of women musical artists and two special vertical tastings of our wine by that name.
Saturday, 8/20 2:30-5:30pm: Sue Harlow sings classic American folk songs
  1:30pm: Suffrage Vertical Wine Tasting: Enjoy learning about our various vintages of our award winning Chambourcin, with Certified Wine Specialist Sharon Cheng.
$10/pp. Reservations paid in advance are required.
Ms. Cheng, CSW, is certified as a Specialist of Wine by the U.S. Wine Educators and holds a second-level award from the London-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust.
Sunday, 8/21 2:30-5:30pm: Rock and pop on keyboard with Renee Ruth Peckham
  5pm: Vertical Wine Tasting with Ben Margulies: Our former winemaker returns to lead guests through a tasting of the several vintages of Suffrage.
$10/pp. Reservations paid in advance are required.

Labor Day Weekend

  • Ever wondered what are the stories behind all the posters adorning the tasting room? General Manager Jim Turpin leads a tour through our collection of political memorabilia from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Saturday, September 3.
  • Ragtop plays in the tasting room Sunday, September 4 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
  • Blessing of the Harvest – one of our favorite annual traditions – Rev. Debbie Powell of Nelson United Methodist Church conducts our harvest blessing on Sunday September 4 from 5:45 to 6:15 pm.
  • Paulo Franco rocks the patio on Monday, September 5 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
Democracy Vineyards wine medals

More Awards for Democracy Wines!

Magna Carta, our Petit Verdot varietal, won a Gold Medal at the Virginia State Fair wine competition. This dry, full bodied red features notes of raisin, black pepper, plum with a hint of orange peel on the finish and retails for $23.00.

In late July, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine released its wine contest results and all of our wines scored medals – from a Platinum for Republic [our slightly sweet Petit Manseng], Golds for Constitution [dry Viognier], Unum [dry Petit Manseng] and Suffrage [dry Chambourcin], to a Silver for Campaign [sweet Chambourcin] and a Bronze for Dawn’s Light [Merlot Rosé].

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Special Events & Festivals

Democracy Vineyards Presidential Straw Poll

In the weeks after July 4th and leading up to the conventions, a shift occurred in voting in the straw poll as the two leading party candidates consolidated their support for their respective nominations.

During this time period, Hillary Clinton received 52% of all votes cast. Donald Trump received 22% of the vote. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, received 6% of the vote and Jill Stein with the Green Party got 2% of the vote. Obviously, this doesn’t add up to 100% because there were a few holdouts for Bernie Sanders, giving him 1% of all votes cast while Mickey Mouse, Mitt Romney and Other got one vote each.

During the two weeks of the Republican and Democratic conventions, voting swung in the other direction with Donald Trump garnering 53% of all votes cast. Hillary Clinton received 21% of the vote. Voters dissatisfied with the two major party candidates were evenly distributed among those wishing for other Republicans [4%], other Democrats [4%], and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee [4%]. Jill Stein received 2% of the vote and 11% of those voting wished for some other party candidate altogether [albeit unspecified].

Voting will continue through the November election because democracy is about choices! – in our case, red, white, or apple wines!l