News, Events & Tidbits

OPEN SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS! While it is still chilly (and snowy) we are open on weekends only. In April, we return to our full Thursday through Monday schedule.

Wine Dinners

Friday, 3/13 Join us at the fantastic AVA Restaurant & Wine Bar in Staunton for a very special dinner paired with Democracy wines. 6pm
Please call 540-886-2851 for reservations and details.
Sunday, 3/29 Join us in the Tasting Room for a wine pairing dinner featuring Margarita’s Flavors of Mexico from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
$25/pp or $20/pp for wine club members.
Enjoy a four course dinner paired with a selection of our wines introduced by winemaker Ben Margulies. The menu includes quesadilla appetizers with Declaration; fish tacos with Unum; pork carnitas with Forum or Campaign; and churros for dessert served with Alabaster.
Reservations Required: Contact via email or call 434-263-8463.

In the Tasting Room

Saturday, 3/14 Vicky Lee and her Celtic harp gets a start on celebrating St. Patrick's Day. 2pm to 5pm
Sunday, 3/22 Red Blending Trial: We had so much fun in December with our white wine and rosé blending trials that we’re going to do the same with our 2014 red blend. Join winemaker Ben Margulies as he leads guests through tastes of t he components for Velvet Revolution 2014.
1 to 3pm | $5/pp – RSVP to
Sunday, 4/5 Easter Sunday - Tasting Room will be closed
Sunday, 4/12 Folk and blues with Jim & Renee Oliphant of Ragtop.
2 to 5pm

Pourings at Virginia Retailers

Democracy Vineyards General Manager Jim Turpin will be pouring our wines at these Virginia retailers this month.
Friday, 3/6 GRAPES OF TASTE | Ladysmith
5 to 8pm
Thursday, 3/12 VINTAGES BY THE DAN | Danville
5 to 7pm
Saturday, 3/14 OLDE VIRGINIA GOURMET | Stafford
11am to 3pm
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Update from Ben Marguiles,Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

At the beginning of February, Blaine and I took advantage of the milder weather and completed the spur pruning on the vines. A few areas will be cane pruned this year, and those will be completed in March. The first weekend of the month was the annual Winter Technical Meeting for the Virginia Vineyards Association in Charlottesville. I attended for three days and heard from many great speakers and panelists about research and new developments in the industry.

Because of the extreme cold events this past month (our hi-low thermometer registered -7.9F the night of February 19th) I’ve also collected canes from some grapes to determine if buds have been damaged by the cold. If damage is significant, we may change the pruning strategy. Unfortunately, the beginnings of a serious snowstorm came through on Presidents’ Day, so the turnout for the 2013 Red introduction was small, but spirited.

We are planning on bottling the 2014 whites and rosé in March. February is the time to make sure all the pieces are ordered and in place: bottles, labels, corks, capsules, and of course, the wine.

Join the Friends of Democracy Wine Club

Democracy Vineyards wines
We’re planning some upgrades to our wine club in 2015 but, in the meantime, our first quarter shipments of three wines specially selected by our winemaker should go out at the beginning of April.

Only $50 a quarter [paid quarterly or annually] plus shipping [or pick up in the tasting room].

Learn more about our wine club here or call 434-263-8463.

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