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Virginia, Maryland Winery Events for Fall 2009

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Friday, August 28, 2009

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Fall is harvest season, which means it's boom time for festivals. Events featuring concerts and seminars, as well as a convivial atmosphere perfect for socializing, are a great way to experience wineries and wines. Some of the highlights of the season:

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Last Fridays at 951. Friday, 5-9 p.m. Bluemont Vineyard stays open late the last Friday of each month. Tonight, it coincides with the "All Originals Weekend," with local bands playing original music. Free admission; wine tastings and food are extra. 540-554-8439 or http://www.bluemontvineyard.com.

Uncorked. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. This wine festival at Rockville Town Center brings in 10 bands and showcases Maryland wines from Boordy Vineyards, Bordeleau Winery, Elk Run Vineyards, Terrapin Station Winery and others. Free admission; wine tasting, $10. 240-314-8620 or http://www.rockvillemd.gov/events/uncorked.

Festivals at Berrywine Plantation and Linganore Winecellars. Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; also Oct. 17-18. BYO blanket or lawn chair and picnic basket for an afternoon at the Mount Airy winery. This weekend, the theme is Swingin' Blues, with the Kelly Bell Band and the Nighthawks; in October, performers play vintage jazz. Taste any of the fruit and grape wines produced on-site, and take winery tours. Tickets are $15; ages 18-20, $10; 17 and younger, free. 410-795-6432 or http://www.linganorewines.com.

Herndon Labor Day Jazz & Wine Festival. Sept. 7, noon to 6 p.m. This small festival, hosted on the Town Green lot behind Herndon's Municipal Building, features unlimited tastings supplied by 10 wineries and performances by bands. $15 with tastings; $5 without; 12 and younger, free. 703-787-7300 or http://www.herndon-va.gov.

Commonwealth Cup Polo and the Wine Festival at The Plains. Sept. 12-13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. This two-day festival at Great Meadow combines the 24th annual Commonwealth Cup polo match and a festival of Virginia wines. Expect unlimited tastings of 250 wines, fancy-hat contests, polo matches, tailgating and the Commonwealth Cup itself (it's held on the second day of the festival). Tasting tickets are $35 online and $40 at the gate; without tastings, $20 online, $25 at the gate; 10 and younger, free. 703-823-1868 or http://www.winefestivalattheplains.com.


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