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Terroir! A Taste of Virginia's Legendary Piedmont and Appalachians

Les Dames d'Escoffier - Washington, DC Chapter

Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Terroir!  A Taste of Virginia's Legendary Piedmont and...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
All Day Inclusive Ticket
This ticket includes round-trip travel by coach bus, all day activities including breakfast and lunch, wine and cheese tastings and tours, presentations, a signed copy of Forrest Pritchard's book, and a departure gift.
Ended $165.00 $9.85
All Day (no transportation or breakfast provided)
This ticket includes all day activities including lunch, wine and cheese tastings and tours, presentations, a signed copy of Forrest Pritchard's book, and a departure gift. Please note that this ticket provides 1) NO TRANSPORTATION as ticket holder is responsible for arranging their own transportation, and 2) breakfast is not provided.
Ended $125.00 $7.85

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Les Dames d'Escoffier

Washington, D.C Chapter

invites you to 


Terroir!  A Taste of Virginia's Legendary

Piedmont and Appalachians 



DATE:     Thursday, October 27, 2016

TIME:      8:15 am until 4:00  pm

PLACE:  Bus departure and return from the Fairmont Hotel

                Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20017

PRICE:   $165  All Inclusive; $125 (no transportation or breakfast provided)     

Taste the finest food and wines from Virginia’s Piedmont terroir at Airlie, a notable estate, farm and conference retreat where Earth Day was conceived. You will travel to Airlie through the Virginia countryside and enjoy a ploughman’s breakfast en route as Susan James, whose family settled Virginia in the 1700s, explains the region’s terroir, highlights its rich agricultural life and provides insights to our nation’s founding farmers.

Upon arrival, you will tour Airlie's celebrated grounds and kitchen gardens with master gardener, Katey Wietor. Janet Cam will introduce Virginia's top winemakers, including noted vintner Rutger de Vink whose RdV wines are "putting the state (of Virginia) on the world wine map." - Financial Times (Jancis Robinson). She will moderate a panel discussion about the terroir above the Piedmont fall line.

The conversation will continue as the winemakers join us for a feast prepared under the direction of Chef Janis McLean that reflects Virginia Piedmont culinary traditions and its French and frontier influences. The lunch will feature local ingredients accompanied by premium local cheeses from Stonyman Gourmet Farmer including rare aged cheeses and fine wines provided by the winemakers. Wine highlights will include RdV’s  remarkable Cabernet Blend that, according to Robert Parker, Jr. is “complex, velvety and world class”; Early Mountain Vineyards rare Pinot Gris, a biodynamic wine produced on one acre of land that yields only 150 cases a year;  wines made with the native American Norton grape from Chrysalis Vineyards which possesses the largest single planting of Norton grapes; two 2013 chardonnays presented by Linden Vineyards’ Jim Law, dean of Virginia’s winemakers: Hardscrabble from his older vines and another from Avenius Vineyard, owned by Linden Vineyards’ manager, Shari Avenius, that demonstrates the terroir very well. You will also sample the offerings of renowned Barboursville Vineyards, established in 1976 near Charlottesville by Gianni Zonin.  Zonin’s family has been making wines in Italy since 1821 and Barboursville is dedicated to producing delicious, estate-bottles vintages of European heritage.  Forrest Pritchard, farmer and author of the best seller Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmer's Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm, will speak.  A signed copy of his book will be presented to each guest.

The return to DC will include a stop at nearby Whiffletree Farm to see grass-fed, sustainably and humanely raised livestock. You will be delighted with a surprise departure gift of sips and tastes of the region.


PARKING:   Parking is available at or near the hotel from $15 to $46 a day. Reserve a parking space through


From Foggy Bottom Metro Station (closest station)
  • Take the escalators to the street level.     
  • Make a U turn and walk away from the escalators.     
  • Continue to the corner of 24th Street, NW and make a right turn.
  • Continue north on 24th to M Street, NW.     
  • Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown will be on the left-hand corner after crossing over M Street.
From Dupont Circle Metro Station
  • Take the Circle South exit.  
  • Walk straight south on 19th Street, NW.     
  • Make a right turn on N Street, NW.     
  • Continue to 24th Street, NW.     
  • Make a left on 24th Street, NW.    
  • Fairmont Washington, D.C.,  Georgetown is on the next corner on the right.


Have questions about Terroir! A Taste of Virginia's Legendary Piedmont and Appalachians? Contact Les Dames d'Escoffier - Washington, DC Chapter

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