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Wine lovers: Sip and savor at the Virginia Wine Expo

During this weeklong festival in Richmond, over 50 of the state’s wineries uncork their wines, ciders and other libations.

Virginia vintners and oenophiles hold their annual celebration of the grape Feb. 17–22. On Saturday and Sunday, the Walk-Around Grand Tasting features hundreds of wines, while in the run-up to the weekend, the schedule includes chefs’ dinners, pairing demonstrations and culinary walking tours. Non-wine vendors sell specialty food, jewelry, home entertainment “must haves” and other wares.

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​ While tickets are available at the door, many events sell out well in advance, so ordering online is highly recommended. There are reduced price tickets for non-drinkers. Particularly popular is the Friday evening Burger Blast which features wine pairings with artisan burgers. A combo ticket for the Blast and Grand Tasting gets you into both events at a discount.

Online purchasing, hotel packages and surviving-the-event tips are at www.virginiawineexpo.com.

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