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.

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