Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month to Showcase Local Wines at 500 Restaurants and Wine Shops Statewide this March

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Virginia Tourism Corporation announces month long celebration of wine, food-pairings and travel to Virginia.

Celebrate Virginia foods and wines by visiting your local restaurant.

Love by the Glass: March is Wine & Dine Month

Virginia has become one of the premier wine destinations in the country due to its award-winning wines, rich history, natural beauty and passionate wine makers...

The Virginia Wine Marketing Office and the Virginia Tourism Corporation today announced March as Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month, a celebration that showcases Virginia wines at more than 500 participating restaurants and wine shops across the Commonwealth. Special wine and food pairings along with wine travel packages make March an ideal time for wine lovers to visit Virginia.

Virginia, home to more than 200 wineries statewide, is fifth in the nation for wineries and for wine grape production and was recently named one of the 10 best wine travel destinations for 2012 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

“We’re proud that this event has grown in participation each year as well as in popularity,” said Rock Stephens, chairman of the Virginia Wine Board. “Virginia has some amazing restaurants doing innovative work and Virginia wines are an excellent accompaniment to add that extra touch to a special offering.”

Virginia Wine and Dine Month is a partnership between the Virginia Wine Marketing Office and the Virginia Tourism Corporation to encourage Virginia restaurants and wine shops to feature more Virginia wines by the glass. Love by the Glass started as Virginia Wine Week in 2010. It quickly grew in popularity, so much so that the state has expanded the event to the entire month of March.

“Virginia has become one of the premier wine destinations in the country due to its award-winning wines, rich history, natural beauty and passionate wine makers,” said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine & Dine Month makes the state a top culinary destination for March as top chefs get creative with food and wine pairings at restaurants across the state.”

Select hotels, resorts and inns have created special travel packages for visitors who want to partake in Virginia Wine and Dine Month. Highlights of these travel packages are below with more found on http://www.Virginia.org:

'Love by the Glass'- Va. Wine & Dine Month at Point Plaza Suites at City Center– Newport News
Treat your inner-connoisseur and tantalize your tastebuds with this package celebrating Virginia Wine & Dine Month in March. The package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, a bottle of premium wine from Williamsburg Winery, your choice of red or white, two keepsake etched wine glasses, a savory deluxe fruit and cheese tray and a full hot breakfast buffet.
Price: Starts at $99 + tax per night. Advance reservations are required. Please ask about rates for suites and special pricing when staying for more than one night.
Date: March 1 – April 1, 2012.

Wine Package at Anne Hathaway's Cottage- Stanton
Enjoy at stay at an English cottage plus a three- course meal with wine pairings at Staunton's finest restaurant - Zynadoa. Zynadoa is only nine blocks from the cottage on the main street in town, Beverley Street, and offers a great ambience as well as being close to Blackfriar's theatre.
Price: The package is offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from $245, and Fridays through Sundays from $265 for a one night stay. Stay two nights from $365.
Date: March 1 - March 31, 2012.

Love by The Glass Package at Keswick Hall- Keswick
Join Keswick Hall as they celebrate Virginia wines in March. This package includes superior accommodations, a bottle of Keswick's own Edith's Petit Verdot Reserve 2010 upon arrival, breakfast for two ($45 credit) and dinner for two in the award-winning Fossett's Restaurant ($130 credit, excluding beverages).
Price: $425 per room, per night based upon double occupancy and does not include applicable taxes and gratuities.
Date: March 1 -31, 2012.

Love by the Glass Package at The Jefferson Hotel- Richmond
Celebrate Virginia wines at The Jefferson Hotel. This package includes a bottle of Barboursville Pinot Grigio upon arrival, a three course dinner for two in Lemaire, Southern breakfast for two, dinner and breakfast gratuities and valet parking. (Taxes are additional.)
Price: $375 per couple, per night.
Date: Available March 1 - 31, 2012.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit http://www.virginiawine.org to learn more about Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine and Dine Month and to find participating businesses. Travel packages and more information about vacationing in Virginia are listed on http://www.Virginia.org. Or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers Travel guide.

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Note to media: Download the Love by the Glass: Virginia Wine and Dine Month logo along with other images of Virginia wineries at http://www.vatravelstories.com, the official pressroom for the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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