Gloucester, Va. (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
Charles Birr will bring his extensive knowledge of all-things-wine to the Middle Peninsula Oct. 18 for the 5th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival. Birr is slated to teach the Wine Tasting 101 class.
Currently, Birr is the Director of Food and Beverage at Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg, Va. and has an extensive resume of managing and directing food and beverage operations in various successful restaurants.
“We’re honored to have Mr. Birr return to the festival again this year,” said Gloucester Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Makalia Records. The Chamber hosts the festival. “His class has been extremely popular in the past for all of our guests who want to taste as much as they want to learn.”
A wine connoisseur himself, Birr has studied with the Society of Wine Educators, the Court of Master Sommeliers, the French Wine Society and the Associazine Italiana Sommelier.
A Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Birr is a “seasoned food and beverage executive with experience at AAA Five Diamond, ExxonMobil and Five Star Resorts.”
Under his management, the Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant earned the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence,” the “Wine Enthusiast Award of Unique Distinction,” and the “Vino! Virginia Platinum Award.”
Besides keeping busy with all-things-wine, Birr has worked with the United Nations World Food Program which led five separate groups on missions to Honduras and El Salvador, providing food, clothing, shelter and medical care to more than 75,000 earthquake and flood victims.
The Gloucester Wine Festival will return to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs Saturday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature wines from up to 15 Virginia wineries. The festival will also feature two live bands and boast more than 45 vendors showcasing a variety of original work, including art, culinary creations, one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery and woodworking.
Brent and Becky’s Bulbs is located at 7900 Daffodil Lane.
For more information about the Gloucester Wine Festival, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.gloucesterwinefestival.com. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event sold out in 2013.