News, Events & Tidbits
HELLO FRIENDS OF DEMOCRACY! In addition to a great line up of tasting room events and festivals this month, we want to draw your attention to two upcoming special occasions in June and July. We are doing another Tastes of Nelson wine pairing picnic on June 14 to celebrate Flag Day! And we will be joined by several of our Nelson county winery neighbors for our Fourth of July Birth of Democracy Festival!
MAY NEWSLETTER (PDF)
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In the Tasting Room
|Sunday, 5/10||Folk and American music with Sue Harlow. 2 to 5pm|
|Sunday, 5/17||The Free Radicals honky tonk sounds. 2 to 4:30pm|
|Saturday 5/23||Guitarist/singer John Tracy plays covers and original songs. 2 to 5pm|
|Sunday, 5/24||Blue, R&B, Folk with Ragtop. 2 to 5pm|
|Monday, 5/25||Moneta Virginia singer/guitarist Marie Anderson performs rock, pop, and blue. 2 to 5pm|
Save the Date
|Sunday, 6/14||Tastes of Nelson Wine Pairing Picnic
5:30 – 7:30 pm | $25/person
Featuring 2014 Declaration with quesadillas from Margarita’s, 2013 Campaign with barbeque from Blue Ridge Pig, 2013 Velvet Revolution with basil-fried beef from Thai Siam and Alabaster with a dessert from Rockfish Baking Company.
RESERVATIONS: 434-263-8463 (required by 6/11)
|Saturday, 7/4|| Celebrate Independence Day at our Birth of Democracy Festival!
Noon to 6 pm | $20 paid in advance/$25 at the gate ($5/non-tasting/designated driver; under 12 free).
In between parades and fireworks, come join us and our friends from DelFosse Winery, Hilltop Berry Farm and Winery, Lazy Days Winery and Mountain Cove Vineyards at our July 4 mini-festival.
Taste wines from some of central Virginia’s finest vintners, check out offerings from local vendors, have a picnic overlooking the vineyard and enjoy music from Ragtop and Paulo Franco.
RESERVATIONS: Call 434-263-8463 or reserve online. If you would like to volunteer for the festival, please email us with "BOD Volunteer" in the subject line.
Friends of Democracy Wine Club & Case Buyers Club
Now you can choose one of two ways to enjoy the benefits of being a card-carrying Friend of Democracy! Our traditional wine club provides members with a quarterly shipment of wines selected by our winemaker, Ben Margulies, a special newsletter describing the wines sent in each shipment, wine swap and pickup parties at the tasting room, exclusive invitations to quarterly events and a 20% discount on subsequent wine purchases through the tasting room.
Membership in the case buyers’ club is available to anyone buying 12 bottles of wine at one time at the winery or on line. Case club members receive 15% discounts for up to one year on subsequent wine purchases through the tasting room.
Update from Ben Marguiles,Winemaker & Vineyard Manager
April brought the first signs of life back to the vineyard after a cold winter. The signs of bud break were observed around April 11th. By the end of the month some shoots are three inches long, showing the future clusters growing and developing. Merlot is the first to break bud, but Petit Manseng’s buds grew faster after a later start. Chambourcin, due to its hybrid background breaks bud latest of all, and this is why it is planted at a lower elevation than the European varieties.
In April, we put the final pruning cuts on the vines, and begin the weed management and disease management programs. This is also the time to bush-hog and chop up all of the wood that was pruned off the vines over the winter. In the area around the vineyard, I’m investigating what trees would be good to plant to protect the creek bed, prevent erosion of some of the slopes, and dry out some of the wetter ground on the whole property. We’re looking forward to a visit from our local forester in early May to discuss those options.
In the winery, I’ve gotten the alcohol level on the red wines tested. This information along with the vintage, variety, and source of grapes will be going onto the 2014 labels. In addition to perennial favorites Velvet Revolution, Suffrage, and Campaign, we plan on releasing dry red varietals of Pinotage and Petit Verdot from the 2014 harvest.