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The Second Annual
Virginia Wine Summit
for wine & food professionals

with Keynote Speaker Oz Clarke

Sip and Savor Virginia’s Wine and Food Culture

October 27th – 28th, 2013

This is the most comprehensive wine and food seminar in Virginia that will offer a variety of ideas on what is trending in the national as well as local wine and food scene.

The Jefferson Hotel will host the day long seminars, which includes lunch and ends with a wine reception. For special room rate up to two nights, make your reservation through this link.

Governor & Mrs. McDonnell are proud to host the inaugural Virginia Wine Summit bringing together wine and food professionals to explore Virginia wines and culinary offerings.

Participating Wine Experts

Oz Clarke

Keynote Speaker

Oz Clarke

Oz Clarke is one of the world’s leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at a precociously early age.

Since then his tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today. He brings a refreshingly unorthodox wit and directness to the subject and has won all the major wine writing awards both in the UK and the USA, including the Glenfiddich , André Simon, Wine Guild, James Beard, Julia Child, World Food Media and Lanson awards; in 1999 he won the Lanson Special Millennium Award for his outstanding contribution to wine communication and education. Oz’s current best selling books include his two annuals (Pocket Wine Book and 250 Best Wines Wine Buying Guide), Let me tell you about wine, Bordeaux, Wine Atlas and Grapes & Wines (with Margaret Rand).

Oz’s frequent BBC TV and radio appearances are broadcast around the world. Oz’s third BBC TV series with ‘Top Gear’ co-presenter James May was ‘Oz and James Drink to Britain’ – a rollicking caravan adventure around the British Isles exploring beers, cider, whisky, wine and more.

Before wine took over his life in 1984, Oz was a full-time actor and singer, appearing in West End hit shows such as ‘Evita’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Mitford Girls’, and touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Conference Schedule Download as PDF

9:00AM – 9:30AM


9:30AM – 11:00AM

Franc-ly Speaking

"Francly Speaking" will be a comparative tasting of Cabernet Francs from Virginia vs. other wine regions.

11:00AM – 11:15AM


Morning Sessions →
Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
11:15AM – 1:00PM

New Virginia Arrivals

"New Virginia Arrivals" will highlight new and exciting Virginia wines.

Age is Just a Number

"Age is Just a Number" will showcase the ageability of various Virginia wines.

VA Corks and Forks

"VA Corks and Forks" will feature pairings of Virginia wines with signature Virginia foods.

1:00PM – 1:15PM


1:15PM – 2:45PM


Keynote Speaker Oz Clarke

2:45PM – 3:30PM


Afternoon Sessions →
Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
3:30PM – 5:00PM

Bang for Your Buck

"Bang For Your Buck" will examine the quality to value ratio of Virginia wines.

Viognier Voyage

"Viognier Voyage" will be a comparative tasting of Viogniers from Virginia vs. other wine regions.

Shuck & Savor

"Shuck & Savor" will feature Virginia wines paired with a variety of oysters from local watermen

5:00PM – 6:00PM


Presented By VA Wine