Winter Wine Weekend
February 22-24, 2019
An Educational Tasting Experience
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Taste Wines from Around the World
From the Shenandoah Valley to South Africa
Meet Winemakers and Industry Experts
From Across Virginia

Winter Wine Weekend 2019

Join Us for Our Inaugural Event  |  February 22 - 24, 2019


In partnership with Bluestone Vineyards and James Madison University Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, Hotel Madison presents our inaugural Winter Wine Weekend: a learning, tasting, experiencing weekend dedicated to wine and the transformative grape. This is a one of a kind event, for beginners and connoisseurs alike, that you will not want to miss.

The event will feature seminars, speakers, wine and culinary events, wine films, a blending workshop and more. It will give you access to some of Virginia's finest winemakers and certified specialists as they teach you about growing, tasting and aging wine. You will taste wine from South Africa to right here in the Shenandoah Valley in both the sessions and The Grand Tasting on Saturday. Representatives from Riedel the wine glass company, will be on hand to demonstrate why it really matters what you drink your wine out of, then give you 4 glasses to take home.

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Friday, February 22nd
Early check-in (hotel guests)
Welcome Reception with Live Music
3-Course Spanish Wine Pairing Dinner $
Movie Showing- "Vintage: The Winemaker's Year"

Saturday, February 23rd
Sessions Throughout the Day:
Wine Appreciation with Tassie Pippert, JMU Hart School Professor
On Being Bacchus: An Enophile's Take on Art and Wine
Blending Workshop with Winemaker Lee Hartman of Bluestone Vineyard
Rosé Is the New Chardonnay with Jim Koennicke of Breaux Vineyards
From South Africa to Central Virginia with Stephan Barnard of Keswick Vineyard
Vertical Tasting: Vintage Variation and Ageing Wines with Randy Phillips of Cave Ridge Vineyards
From Terroir to Table; A History of Wine with Brad Roof, Certified Wine Professional, Certified Enologist, French Wine Scholar

The Grand Tasting featuring 8 Shenandoah Valley Wineries 1-5pm
Winemaker's Dinner- 5-course Virginia wine pairing dinner prepared by Hotel Madison and JMU Hart School of Hospitality culinary teams $

Sunday, February 24th
Claude Thibaut Sparkling Wine Brunch $
Riedel Tasting Seminar with wines from Bluestone Vineyard $

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Tickets can be customized depending on the level of participation you choose. Attend every event over the three days for $350. Or select the items a la carte based on your preferences. For a detailed description on each ticket available, please go to the tickets page. 

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We encourage you to enjoy the full weekend's events and stay at Hotel Madison! Use promo code GRAPE19 to book your room with us for $99 ($40 savings) for the Winter Wine Weekend. Hotel rooms are not included in the ticket price. Click below to reserve or call 540-564-0200. 

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