The Old Wines of the Good People of Fredericksburg

from Chris

In his memoir Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, G. Moxley Sorrel recalled an incident from just before the battle of Fredericksburg that might be of interest to our wine enthusiasts.

Just before the battle, which took place on December 13, 1862, the Federal army occupied the city. Townsfolk knew the Yankees were coming, and some of their preparations resulted in unexpected libations for some of the city’s Confederate defenders. Sorrel recounted a story about “the old …


Pairing Wine with Food at your Wedding or Event (or not)

Sean Tarallo is the co-owner of Olde Virginia Gourmet & Gifts and Stevenson Ridge’s wine consultant. He also works for the Ridge as one of our banquet captains.

There are no truly “correct” answers when it comes to pairing food with wine. I say this because there are so many factors involved. The most important factor is an individual’s taste buds. Everyone’s are different! What may work for one, might not for another.

The most basic tenet of wine pairings …


October News from Stevenson Ridge

Our October newsletter is now available!

In this issue, we pay special attention to Virginia Wine Month with a history of the Virginia wine industry by wine expert Sean Tarallo. We also share one of our favorite recipes for mulled wine, some suggestions for wine ceremonies during weddings, and more.

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The Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival–this weekend!

Shoes and WineFrom Kristi

We are fortunate at Stevenson Ridge to have wine aficionados in Jennifer and Chris, our managing partner and historian. Whether it is a wedding, birthday party, anniversary celebration, or holiday party, they work with distributors to ensure our events offer the best wine in our packages.

If you’re interested in wines, you might sometimes wonder, “How can I find a good wine? local wine? any wine that isn’t $5 at the grocery store!” Fredericksburg is offering a great …


Sinfully Sweet: Dessert and Wine Pairing

ppwfrom Elizabeth

A couple years back, I was drawing a blank on what to get my mom for her birthday (end of January). This woman has everything is she needs right now, so what do I get her that she’ll enjoy?

Well, if you’ve ever met my mom, the #1 thing is she LOVES chocolate. And she is Hungarian, so wine is definitely another of her favorites. So, I thought, why not find something that had to do with both …



Sip, Sparkle, and Shine: The Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival

from Erin

This year marks the 25th anniversary for the Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival, which will return to Celebrate Virginia on October 11th & 12th. (The festival was originally scheduled for this weekend, but hurricane weather forced a postponement!) The festival will offer more than 100 varieties of Virginia’s wines for you to sample. This year will also feature a beer garden.

Additional entertainment will be present for all ages, including a barrel train ride and live music.

The theme …


A Wine-Tasting Experience with the SR Gang

Gabriele (center) holds court with the SR gang

Gabriele (center) holds court with the SR gang

from Elizabeth

A couple weeks ago, our wine rep invited us to go wine tasting with him in Charlottesville. The perks of this job are never ending! Surprisingly, I’ve never been wine tasting, so this was an especially nice treat.

First, we stopped at vineyard of Gabriele Rausse, who just recently opened a tasting room to the public. The tasting room was beautifully designed with large windows that were cracked open so …