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Events at the Grapes of Taste

Thanks to everyone that came to the shop for the wine tasting last Saturday.  Don’t know whether it was the weather but several times the tasting room was packed!  In fact, we started early!

Have you bought your Halloween candy?  Worried what to do with the left-overs or ones you snitch from your children’s treats?  A couple of our customers suggested doing a Wine pairing for the Halloween treats.  I went one step further and included beer for some.  The key is to pair fruity candies with whites and chocolates with reds.  And if you have roasted pumpkin seeds, pair them with crisp whites; caramel apples with sherry.  Put the candies in the freezer and enjoy them with the following:

·         3 Musketeers – Merlot

·         100 Grand Bar - Bordeaux

·         Butterfingers – Chardonnay, Viognier or Claymore Scotch Ale or Bock beers

·         Candy Corn – Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, American/English IPA or light lager beers

·         Heath Bar – Late Harvest wines, Sherry

·         Hershey’s Milk Chocolate – Milk Stout beers

·         Hershey’s Dark Chocolates – Syrah, Zinfandel, Sweet whites or Belgian Ales

·         Jollyranchers – Chenin Blanc

·         Kit Kat – Merlot, Malbec, Sparkling Moscato or Brown Ales aged in bourbon

·         Lollipops – Prosecco, Champagne

·         M & M’s – Red Zinfandel or Bordeaux                                

·         Milky Way – Amber beer

·         Mounds – Cabernet Sauvignon

·         Nerds - Sparklings

·         Red Licorice – Pinot Noir

·         Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Port, Sherry or Imperial Stout or Lambic beers

·         Skittles – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Moscato

·         Smarties – Muscat or Kriek beer

·         Snickers – Port or Nitro Milk Stout

·         Sour Patches – Rose, Late Harvest Riesling or American IPA

·         Starbursts – Fruity wines or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

·         Tootsie Rolls - Port

·         Twix – Ice Wines or Scotch

Don’t forget the Mini-Wine Festival on Saturday, November 15th 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.   The four distributors have been firmed up. They are Brian Fairtile from Siema, Sean Tarallo from International Cellars, Matt Leader from Country Vintner and Rana Buchanan from Service Distributing.  Tickets will be available this weekend.  They will all be tasting wines that would complement the Thanksgiving meal and Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres will be available so you can sample the wine with the food.  The cost is $10.00 per person.  Wine Club members get in free! 

Speaking of the Wine Club, we are steadily picking up new members and the selections for October will be available this weekend.  Sorry for the delay.

Friday, October 24th Beer Tasting ~ 5:00 – 7:00 pm ~ Wayne will be attending the Dragnet High School Reunion in Fredericksburg but Ralph Watermeier has agreed to help Kay with the beer tasting. We are scheduled to getPost Road and Unita pumpkin beers as well as Boylans Lemon Seltzer and Root beer on Thursday.  We will be checking with our other distributor for some other new beers for delivery on Friday.  If you have a favorite you’d like us to check out, shoot us an email asap!

Saturday, October 25th Wine Tasting ~ 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. ~ Charlie Burrows from Ingleside Winery will be in the shop tasting a selection of their wines.

Upcoming Community Events

  • FridaySaturday, October 24 and 25 ~ Creepy Crawly Halloween Activities at Caroline Family YMCA
  • Saturday, October 25 ~ Frog Level Parade
  • November 2, 2014 - Historical Marker Ceremony ~ The Caroline Historical Society will be holding a ceremony on the Grounds of Newmarket Plantation to mark the installation of a historical marker there by the Virginia War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, working with the Virginia Department of Historical Resources, honoring Lt. Col. George Armistead. Lieutenant Colonel Armistead was born at Newmarket Plantation in 1780 and went on to fame as the officer commanding Fort McHenry in Baltimore during bombardment by the British fleet in 1814. The Ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at Newmarket Plantation, 17325 New Market LaneMilford,VA 22514, located three miles south of Bowling Green on U.S. 301. In the event of heavy rain, the ceremony will be held at the Caroline County Community Services Center, 17202 Richmond Turnpike, MilfordVA 22514. Public is invited and encouraged to attend.
  • Saturday, November 8 ~ St. Asaph’s Annual Fall Pork Roast, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. in Bowling Green
  • Saturday, November 15 ~ 6th Annual Bowling Green Art Show at Town Hall Events Room. 9:00 to 3:00Caroline Co. School artwork will also be on display
  • Saturday, November 15 ~ St. Asaph’s “Elegant Evening” Fundraiser for the Church.
  • Saturday, November 15 ~ The Annual Wrights Chapel Crafters Holiday Bazaar from 8AM to 2PM.  In addition to beautiful handmade crafts, there will be a raffle for an oversized Christmas basket filled with crafts and food items and a second raffle for a beautiful doll house complete with furnishings.  Two extraordinary gifts!!  Breakfast and lunch will be available.  

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.

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18196 Jefferson Davis Highway ~ Ladysmith, Virginia ~ Phone: 804.448.8008
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