As the Virginia Wine Summit continued, we went our separate ways. Heather headed out to enjoy Richmond’s art scene and revisited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, now open to the public for normal viewing hours. Despite being at the museum for the Wine Summit reception last night, we didn’t get to see much art because the wings were closed. Not to worry, Heather made her way back today to see the VMFA collection.
And what a collection it was! By far, the best days to tour a museum and really see the art are Mondays and Tuesdays. There are no crowds and you can take your time. Heather likes to speak to the docents and find out whether they’re at all interested in the artworks in their designated space, what the overall response viewers have to the works, and learn about the museum’s collection. Most of the VMFA docents are art students from nearby Virginia Commonwealth University. This is a very cool way for the museum to diversify its experience for museum go-ers on top of housing an amazing art collection.
While Heather was high totting around town, Phillip prepared for the afternoon panel he was on with two notable sommeliers, Cappie Peete from McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston SC, and Patrick Cappiello from Pearl & Ash Restaurant on Bowery in New York City. Their highly anticipated topic, “Bang for Your Buck,” opened dialogue on the market value of Virginia wines—an especially hot topic for regional wine makers. Afterward, we reconnected for a tasting of Virginia ciders from the Northeastern part of the state near D.C., down the Blue Ridge Trail to Southern Appalachia, near NC.
Dinner that evening was the best. If you’re at a long table of restaurant sommeliers, foodies and beverage specialists, you’re in good company for what is bound to be a memorable meal. We dined in European fashion at the Roosevelt Restaurant, taking our time, tasting lots of dishes and rolling through bottles with smiles on our faces. Within our group of twenty-something people, we got to know Kendra Bailey Morris, the author of The Southern Slow Cooker, and her husband. And we had a hip slappin’ good time with Cappie Peete and Morgan from McCrady’s in Charleston.
They say Virginia is for Lovers…wine lovers, food lovers, and lovers in general. Needless to say, we had a great time. Like any industry built on relationships, wine professionals relish the opportunity to get together over good food and wine. It was an exciting start to the week and as we gear up for a busy fall, it was a nice break from our normal routines.
- A Fancy Welcome to the 2nd Annual Virginia Wine Summit in Richmond
- Salad Nicoise Paired with a Virginia Rosé and a Cab Franc