Seafood, Superior Wines—And Plenty Of Celebrations

Greetings from Coastal Virginia, the home of “sensible seafood.” As you can tell from the cover, we’ve addressed the topic of sustainable seafood practices in this issue, and we’ve included some irresistible seafood recipes to try at home with, of course, the perfect Virginia wines to pair with them.

This is also our Readers’ Choice Best Of issue, where you weigh in on wine topics, from your favorite red to your favorite tasting room. The tabulated results found herein reflect over 28,000 votes cast, and the results pay a real tribute to all winners. I invite you all to become a judge. Visit our great Virginia wineries, sample their wares, enjoy their ambience, then let us know what you think by nominating and voting in next year’s contest.

I’ll be casting my vote for what we consider to be the absolute best wine festival in the state. That, of course, is the Coastal Virginia WineFest held recently at the Virginia Beach Convention Center over a two-day weekend in January. I may be a little biased since we are the promoters of this event, but each year I marvel at just how much fun this event is. I hope you’ll join the fun next year, January 28–29.

In the meantime, our next event is the Second Annual Coastal Virginia BeerFest & Food Truck Rodeo held April 23 at the Military Aviation Museum in the beautiful countryside of rural Virginia Beach. The event features Virginia’s finest craft beer along with a great Virginia Wine Garden, live entertainment with two bands, a host of great vendors of arts and crafts and some fantastic food truck cuisine. One of the best parts of this event is the venue itself where guests are surrounded by vintage WWI and WWII aircraft that actually fly—biplane rides are offered during the show.

There are great festivals throughout our great commonwealth, and you’ll find a calendar listing of them in our Grapevine section starting on page 51. Enjoy the issue, make your plans, then get out and soak in our great wineries and wine festivals this spring and summer.

Randy Thompson,

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Randy Thompson