Summer Wine Events & Classes

Nicole Abiouness

Break bread with a California winemaker, explore new varietals and discover perfect pairings with summer wine events and classes throughout Hampton Roads. I have you covered with some great events coming up over the next few weeks. Check back each week for more sips, tips and event updates.

Tuesday, June 30
Meet the Winemaker: Nicole Abiouness
Zoes Steak & Seafood, Virginia Beach
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45

A Virginia native and California winemaker is back in town!  Nicole Abiouness will be showcasing a line-up of her excellent California wines at Zoes including a library release of her 2007 Sangiovese. The wine selection will be paired with charcuterie, cheeses and accoutrements. Seating is limited. Call 757-437-3636 to make a reservation. For a complete list of upcoming events and sensory analysis wine classes taught by Sommelier Marc Sauter at Zoes check out their event page.

Tinto Wine & Cheese
Wine Seminar at Tinto Wine & Cheese

Wednesday, July 1
Wine Seminar: Demystifying Wine: Old World vs. New World
Tinto’s Wine & Cheese, Virginia Beach
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45

Join me, Sommelier Crystal Cameron, owner of Crystal Palate at Tinto’s Wine & Cheese on the first Wednesday of every month for a 2 hour wine seminar. Light bites will be paired with the wine selection.  In this introductory class, you’ll learn:

  • How to determine the acidity, alcohol & tannins in your wine
  • How climate & wine making technique affect the flavor profile of wine
  • How to properly hold a wine glass
  • Basic food & wine pairing techniques
  • Proper serving temperature & wine storage

Seating is limited. Reserve today by calling (757) 422-1000.

Tuesday, July 7
Wine Seminar (Virginia is for Lovers)
Press 626, Norfolk
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25

Press 626 Cafe & Wine Bar in Ghent is offering educational wine seminars taught by Sommelier Kiera Hill.  A selection of cheeses   will be served with the wine selections.  Check out their website for a list of upcoming wine events & classes. Space is limited. Call (757) 282-6234 for reservations.

Saturday July 11
BBQ & Bluegrass
Chatham Vineyards, Machipongo, Virginia
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32 for adults, $15 for kids 12 & under

It’s time for the annual BBQ & Bluegrass event at Chatham Vineyards on the Eastern Shore. Your ticket includes dinner, a glass of wine and local music featuring More Perfect Jones.

Saturday, July 11
Drink Pink 2015: A Rosé Wine Tasting Experience
Taste Unlimited
City Center, Newport News
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $33

Summer is the perfect time to swirl, sip & savor some amazing rosé! Head out to City Center in Newport News for a fun evening at Taste Unlimited. A flight of 6-8 rosé wines perfectly paired with culinary treats from Taste Unlimited and a complimentary wine glass is included in the ticket price.