Once again, I am privileged to host the Top 5 tasting tent at Vintage Virginia. Under the shade of the Top 5 tent, guests find a more relaxed wine tasting than those outside the ropes. Guests are seated and served by the best pouring crew in the state. While guest are free to come and go as they wish, the tasting tent closes one hour prior to the balance of the festival to allow guests the opportunity to purchase their favorite wines at the winery tents.
Participating wineries choose up to five of their top wines to be included in the tasting. Some wineries send wines that they may not be pouring at their main festival location. This allocation provides Top 5 guests the opportunity to taste some of the best wines available in the entire Commonwealth.
On average, a new wine is poured in the tasting tent every six minutes and a new winery is introduced every twenty minutes. Last year we tasted over 100 wines over the course of the day! With this intensity of tasting, spill/spit buckets are an important part of the program.
Get your tickets at VintageVirginia.com and as always, thank you for making me a part of your Virginia Wine Journey.
Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor