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The Virginia Wine Expo is back with nine days full of wine, spirits, ciders, and local cuisine. I am excited to be attending the POP NAPA! Sparkling & Champagne Celebration along with the Walk-Around Grand Tasting. Learn more about the Virginia Wine Expo and its Signature Events, and maybe even enjoy a coupon code!

The 2023 Virginia Wine Expo is a premier, curated, and educational craft beverage and culinary showcase focused on the best Virginia wines, wine from Napa Valley and Argentina guest regions, and local cuisine. If you didn’t get tickets to the Governor’s Cup Gala, these prices are slightly more reasonable!

The events below are considered the Virginia Wine Expo’s signature because they offer exceptional experiences. These events are all-inclusive, educational, and enjoyable. If you want to attend more than one event, check out the ticket bundles or build your own bundle of 3 events for 15% off or bundle 4 events for 20% off.

Walk-Around Grand Tastings presented by The Omni Homestead Resort

  • If you attend only one of the Expo’s events, make it the Walk-Around Grand Tastings – the biggest and most popular curated event on the schedule.
  • Held at Main Street Station 
  • Two sessions on Saturday, March 4, and one session on Sunday, March 5
  • Featuring hundreds of Virginia wines, spirits, and ciders, wines from guest regions of Napa Valley and Argentina, and artisan specialty food and products
  • Tickets $69 – $95

SMOKED! – A Whiskey, Wine & Global Smoked Cuisine Experience presented by Smithfield

  • celebration of global smoked cuisine, whiskey, and wine
  • Held Friday, March 3, at Main Street Station
  • A walk-around style event with available seating
  • Features 80+ whiskeys from Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, other U.S. states, and Scotland, plus dozens of top-scoring Virginia, Napa Valley, and Argentinian wines
  • This is a premier whiskey, wine, and food event
  • Live music
  • Tickets $129 – $159
  • Use code SFVIP30 at checkout to save 30% on VIP/Early SMOKED session only* 

POP NAPA! Sparkling & Champagne Celebration presented by Foley Family Wines

  • celebration of sparkling and champagne wines (plus highly regarded still wines, too) from Virginia, Napa Valley, France, and Argentina, paired with seasonal, Napa Valley and California-inspired bites to enhance your tasting experience 
  • This tasting will include a special “Legends” pavilion featuring Virginia’s Thibaut-Janisson, France’s Dom Perignon, Napa’s Domaine Carneros and Mumm, and more
  • Held Saturday, February 25, at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture
  • A walk-around event with available seating
  • Live music
  • Tickets $109
  • Use code PNSW30 at checkout to save 30%*

International Meritage Celebration presented by ARUBA

  • world’s premier Meritage tasting experience, highlighted by Meritage wines primarily from Virginia, California, Washington State, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and Bordeaux, France. Meritage wines – known as “Bordeaux-style” wines – rank among the world’s most sought-after, age-worthy, and highly-rated bottles, often aging well for decades   
  • Held Thursday, March 2, at Main Street Station
  • A walk-around event with available seating
  • Tickets $119
  • Use code VWEIMC25 at checkout to save 25%*

On top of the signature events, there are an additional 15+ events! These ones caught my eye:

  • Sub Rosa Bakery’s Signature Wine Dinner with Bakers Evrim & Evin Dogu & Guest Chef Benjamin Burakoff
  • Grisette’s ‘Hunt Club’ Signature Wine Lunch with Chef Donnie Glass
  • Wine & Tapas at Penny’s Wine Shop in Historic Jackson Ward

Find the full event schedule here.

*codes are limited, so act fast!

Cheers, Paige

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