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Up and Coming Virginia Varietals

With 40+ years of modern evolution under its belt, Virginia Wine knows its anchors. Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Bordeaux-inspired red blends are once-and-future stalwarts that define the Commonwealth. Nevertheless, with each passing vintage, winegrowers experiment, cultivate, and discover new varietals well-suited to Virginia’s soils and styles. Join us for a tasting as we ask, “Which ones are one-off curiosities, and which are destined for perpetual greatness.” Fee includes complimentary wine glass and wine samples. In traditional wine-pairing style, each wine is accompanied by an expertly paired hors d’ oeuvres bite.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are strongly encouraged for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

Participants 21 and older only.

Register Member $64

Register Non-Member $77

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Jason Tesauro Sommelier Vine to Glass - The Governor's Case, Part 1

About the Instructors

Jason Tesauro

Joined Barboursville Vineyards as National Brand Director in 2002. By day, Jason is a writer/photojournalist with three books, four cameras, and five children. Author of The MODERN GENTLEMAN book series, he’s a three-time national award-winning culture and lifestyle journalist for Esquire, Decanter, Travel+Leisure, The New York Times, and others. By night, Tesauro is an internationally-accomplished sommelier who has served as an ambassador for Virginia Wine since falling in love with a 1998 Sangiovese Reserve. He lives in the Church Hill neighborhood where he’s constantly tinkering with cocktail recipes and restocking the Crisp Whites section of his cellar.

Annette Ringwood BoydAnnette Ringwood Boyd

Annette Ringwood Boyd is the director for the Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office. In this capacity, she manages the board’s marketing efforts on behalf of the Virginia Wine Industry including the strategic oversight of the overall marketing of the Virginia wine industry. She began her wine career selling wines in a retail wine shop in college and later as marketing director for a Richmond, Virginia non-profit organization, where she planned wine events in addition to running the organization’s public relations and marketing efforts. She ran the Virginia Wine Marketing Office for 5 years as an employee for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and from there went on to direct branding, marketing planning and business development for other organizations including various advertising agencies and non-profit organizations in Virginia. Annette founded her own company, Ringwood Boyd Marketing in 2007 and her company has been managing the marketing efforts for the Virginia Wine Board since 2007. She has been recognized for her marketing by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association and the Richmond Chapter of the American Marketing Association. In 2015 she was named Virginia Wine Person of the Year. Annette is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Business with a concentration in marketing.

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