Select Registry’s Hope and Glory Inn is pairing some of Virginia’s top ten oyster chefs with fifteen of Virginia’s finest winemakers to create a not-to-be-missed event: the Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic. The event will be held November 2, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hope and Glory Inn’s The Dog and Oyster Vineyard in Irvington, Virginia.
“It would be difficult to find a better pairing than that of two of life’s most sought after delicacies – oysters and wine”, according to organizer Dudley Patteson, owner of the Hope and Glory Inn and The Dog and Oyster Winery. “Classic guests will savor local oysters prepared by Virginia’s best chefs and relish Governor’s Cup Gold Medal winning wine in an authentic Chesapeake Bay vineyard setting”.
The event will feature wine tasting, oyster pairings, oyster bars, other fine foods, tailgating and live music, all in the state USA Today calls the “Napa Valley of Oysters” and Decanter Magazine claims is “the next big thing in American Wine.”
In addition to the Hope and Glory Inn and Dog and Oyster Vineyard being the host, another Select Registry Inn, Wedmore Place and Café Provencal’s chef Ika Zaken, is also participating in the event. Wedmore Place also owns the Williamsburg Winery, also competing. They are on the same grounds and the winery is just a few steps from the inn.
Participating chefs include:
- Walter Bundy, Executive Chef of the Lemaire Restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond
- Todd Gray, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Washington’s Equinox Restaurant and Culinary Director of the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg
- Aaron Cross, Executive Chef of Fossett’s and Fossett’s Bar at Keswick Hall at Monticello
- Scott Simpson, Executive Chef of the Swan Terrace
- Ika Zaken, Chef at Café Provencal at the Wedmore Place in Williamsburg
- Gary Whitecotton from the Country Club of Virginia for the benefit of Positive Vibe Café
- Anne Kirkmyer from the Dining Hall at the Hope and Glory Inn
- Additional chefs are expected to be announced soon.
Participating winemakers and wineries include:
- Stephen Barnard from Keswick Vineyards in Keswick, Jordon Harris from Tarara Winery in Leesburg
- Jeremy Ligon from Philip Carter Winery in Hume
- Josh Girard from Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg
- Graham Bell from Cooper Vineyards in Louisa
- Emily Hodson Pelton from Veritas Vineyard and Winery in Afton
- Simon Bergese from the Potomac Point Winery in Stafford
- Lee Hartman from the Bluestone Vineyard in Bridgewater
- Matthew Meyer from the Williamsburg Winery in Williamsburg
- Kevin Jones and Andrea Kephart from the New Kent Winery in New Kent
- Damien Blanchon from the Afton Mountain Vineyards in Afton
- Marty Mueller from the Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fisherville
- Doup Flemer from Ingleside Plantation Vineyards in Oak Grove
- Paul Krop from Good Luck Cellars in Kilmarnock
- Mark Hollingsworth from the Dog and Oyster Vineyard in Irvington.
Ticket options include:
- $30 Wine Tasting Admission Ticket-Advance Purchase ($40 day of) includes general admission, parking and 10 tasting tickets;
- $20 General Admission Ticket – Advance Purchase ($30 day of) includes general admission and parking; wine tasting tickets not included;
- $100 Tailgate Ticket -Advance Reservations only, not available day of- a premier parking location adjacent to wine and oyster tents; Wine Tasting Admission and/or General Admission tickets must be purchased for all guests in the vehicle. A first for Virginia wine festivals —tailgating in the center of the action! Prize for the Best Dressed Tailgate!
- $375 VIP Table -Advance Reservations only, not available day of- includes seating and Wine Tasting Tickets for eight (8).
- Additional Wine Tastings can be purchased for $5 (Wine Tasting Booklets of five (5) wine tastings), available for purchase day of and only after entry to event.
Oysters, craft beer, sodas and specialty foods, as well as wine by the glass, bottle and case will be sold a la carte.
Hope and Glory Inn
The Hope and Glory Inn is a historic schoolhouse that has been transformed into a stylish inn. Guests now have the option of staying in one of the size schoolhouse rooms, six garden cottages, or three Carpenter Gothic vineyard cottages modeled after Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.
In addition to an inn, restaurant and vineyard, the Hope and Glory Inn also has an onsite spa. Services include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, shiatsu, sport massage, reflexology, la stone therapy, maternity massage, lymph drainage massage, cranial sacral therapy, massage for fibromyalgia, aromatherapy body massage, and aromatherapy facial massage.
Located in historic Williamsburg, Wedmore Place offers guests the opportunity to stay at an Old European style estate without traveling too far from home. The luxury inn has 28 individually designed rooms and suites each themed after a different European province. Each of the guest rooms also has a fireplace, 10-foot ceiling, and king size bed.
Wedmore Place also offers guests spa services, including their signature wine-infused massage. The special service begins with a wine-infused foot gommage and is followed by a massage that stimulates circulation throughout your body. Ultra-fine aromatherapy oil is used in all massages at Wedmore Place.
For more information on the Virginia Wine and Oyster Classic, visit the event website. For more information on the Hope and Glory Inn, Wedmore Place, or other Virginia bed and breakfasts offering luxury accommodations for oenophiles, visit the Select Registry website.