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Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Raise a glass to a Virginia day trip — and do your homework tonight at Meridian Pint


Map of the sites in Virginia's wine country and Brew Ridge Trail (Illustration by Steve Stankiewicz for The Washington Post)
For Friday’s Weekend section, Fritz Hahn, Lavanya Ramanathan and I explored Virginia’s wine country and found that it’s not just about the vino anymore. In addition to new vineyards, there are breweries offering tours and tastings and nascent distilleries producing fine small-batch whiskeys and gins. You can check out what we found online, and if you are inspired, stop by Meridian Pint from 7-9 p.m. July 28 for a tasting of spirits from one of the included stops, Sperryville’s Copper Fox Distillery.

In the meantime, enjoy a few images from the stops on our tour of Virginia wine, beer and spirits.


At Copper Fox, each whisky bottle is hand dipped into hot melted wax during the process of waxing the seal. (By Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


Whisky barrels in storage at Copper Fox Distillery. (By Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


A shop in the Copper Fox Distillery offers all of their spirits. (By Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


Grapes grow on the vine at Afton Mountain Vineyards, one of Virginia's pioneer farm wineries. (By Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


Robert Graham and his wife, Janneil Graham, from Chester, Va., enjoy a wine tasting at Afton Mountain Vineyards. (By Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)


Wine barrels fill the cellar at Afton Mountain Vineyards. (By Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


Blue Mountain Brewery grows its own hops and crafts about 20 seasonal drafts each season. (By Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


Patrons of Blue Mountain Brewery enjoy the large beer-garden-esque patio. (By Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


The garden patio at Blue Mountain Brewery is surrounded by growing hops. (By Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)


Need a reason for a day trip other than locally produced beer, wine and spirits? How about this view of the setting sun from Skyline Drive? (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

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