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Events at the Grapes of Taste

Good afternoon!

Wayne and I hope you didn’t make a special trip to the shop last Saturday only to find us closed. 

Sean Tarallo had already called to say he wouldn’t be able to make the tasting.  We stayed open as long as we could but when the sleet started, we decided to get out of Dodge.  It even took us twice as long to get home.

Sunday we took a group to the Virginia Wine Expo and a good time was had by all.  There were 20,000 people there on Saturday but Sunday was the better day to visit with the wineries and taste their wines.

Every once in a while Wayne will pass along an article he thinks might make interesting reading material in our emails.  Sometimes Kay uses them and sometimes she files them away.  He did pass along an article that was written by Bill St. John about tannins. 

People hear the word so often but might not really understand how important they are to wine.  Tannins are phenols and come from the skins, seeds and stems of the grape.  Red wines get their color from the skins during fermentation – the longer they ferment, the darker the wine.  Tannins are crucial to the growth of the grapes and protect them from elements of nature.  They are antioxidants that preserve the fruit and give the wine its weight, chewiness and texture.  They are also what makes food taste different as they interact with the proteins, fats and oils in the food.

The shop will have special hours on Wednesday, March 4thso that Kay can attend a Caroline Foundation Meeting.    She will be in the shop 11:00 – 2:45 and 5:00 – 7:00

Don’t forget the meeting in the tasting room this Sunday, March 1st at 2:30 p.m.  It is for those who have expressed interest in keeping the shop open after March 14th.   

Friday, February 27th Beer Tasting ~ 5:00 – 7:00 pm ~ Last week we tasted North Coast Brewing’s Old Stock Cellar Reserve Ale.  There was some confusion on Kay’s part because she had ordered their Old Rasputin Cellar Reserve.  Come to find out, the Old Rasputin Reserve is a limited production that is not distributed by the brewery.  We did receive their Old Stock Ale which proved to be very popular.  Aged in bourbon barrels it is 14.1% alcohol.  We have four bottles left.   This FridayWayne will be in the shop tasting an assortment of beers. 

Saturday, February 28th Wine Tasting ~ 4:00 – 7:00 ~ Matt Leader from Country Vintner will be in the shop tasting the following wines:

  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc (South Africa)
  • Borsao Garnacha (Spain)
  • Ramitello Biferno Rosso (Italy)
  • Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa)
  • Annalisa Moscato (Italy

Upcoming Wine Tastings ~

Friday, March 6th Ladies’ Night - Jim Turpin from Democracy Vineyards

Saturday, March 7th ~ Brian Fairtile from Siema Wines

Upcoming Community Events

  • Friday, May 15 ~ Caroline Family YMCA Golf Tournament ~ Pendleton Golf Course.  

If you have a community event you would like us to advertise shoot us an email and we will be glad to add you to the schedule!


Kay and Wayne

If you have an event you would like us to help promote, please shoot me an email and
we will add you to the list of events.

Taste of Grapes Wine Shop ~ Kay Brooks, Owner
18196 Jefferson Davis Highway ~ Ladysmith, Virginia ~ Phone: 804.448.8008
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