Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia’

Uncork and unwind at the Great Grapes Festival

By Anjelica Michael 


Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival

Photo courtesy of Great Grapes


Wine, food, live music and relaxation. That’s what you can expect at the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival on April 26-27. With hundreds of wines awaiting your sampling from 20 Virginia wineries, all you have to bring is a blanket to sit on the lawn to enjoy some tunes.

With the purchase of a tasting ticket, you can enjoy unlimited samples in a complimentary souvenir wine glass. Admission is free for those who just want to listen to the music and take a walk through the displays. With the backdrop of Reston Town Center, there is even more to experience with the shopping and dining venues close by. 

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. So come out to support a great cause, and enjoy a day of wine, gourmet eats and music entertainment including Sons of Pirates, Looking For Lester, and David Bach

As a special treat Northern Virginia Magazine is giving away 4 VIP tickets to the event. VIP tickets entitle you to: a souvenir wine glass and t-shirt, express access to the Specialty Pavilions and unlimited wine samples. All you need to do to win is direct message us on Twitter at @NorthernVAMag with your favorite wine pairings. We’re looking for the most daring and delicious suggestions to win the 2-day tasting package.  

Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival
April 26-27 From noon-6 p.m.
Reston Town Center

Berlin Wall brought to UVA; Ex-Girlfriend says she purchased guns for Severance

By Janeé Williams

Berlin Wall brought to the University of Virginia

Ex-Girlfriend says she purchased guns for suspect Charles Severance

Street closed due to Nauck Gas Leak

Fairfax School Board seeks county support for school renovations
(Fairfax Times)

Cobblestone Runway Presents ‘A Weekend in Old Town’

Posted by Angela Bobo / Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

A Weekend in Old Town Lookbook; photos courtesy of Carlis Sanchez SpicyCandy DC/ SCDC Agency

Old Town Alexandria businesses Zoe Boutique, Bishop Boutique, The Dog Park and Sugar House Day Spa and Salon have combined forces to launch a biannual lookbook series entitled Cobblestone Runway. Each lookbook will feature local bloggers and showcase the beauty of the Old Town neighborhood. The inaugural issue ‘A Weekend in Old Town’ showcases Wendy Santantonio of Old Town Home, Rachel Minarchik of My Fair Vanity, Tammy Preston of A Loyal Love and Bryarly Richards of Everything That Flickers engaging in a fun girl’s getaway enjoying the shops and scenes of the historic location. Check out the fun and fabulous lookbook and then head to Old Town to purchase your favorite pieces and discover the popular destination.

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Take a Wine Tour this Saturday

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By: Shelby Robinson

Is there any better way to enjoy the spring weather this weekend than to be taken on a wine tour in Loudoun County by a limousine service? We don’t think so.

Reston Limousine is offering a tour of the Loudoun County wine scene this Saturday, allowing indulge in some of NoVA’s finest vino while riding in style.

Passengers can depart from East Falls Church Metro at 10 a.m. or at the Dulles Town Center in Sterling at 10:30 a.m., on the lower level between Lord & Taylor and JCPenney.  After you hop into the minibus, Reston Limousine will whisk you away to your day of relaxation in the rolling hills of western Loudoun.

The first stop on the wine tour is 868 Estate Vineyards in Purcellville. The 868 Estate Vineyard is unique in that its’ vintners make use of sustainable practices in their grape cultivation and the vineyard culinary staff use fresh food from their garden in their meals. If you get hungry while wine tasting, gourmet flat-bread pizzas are available in the tasting room.

868 Estate Vineyards.

Back deck off of the Tasting Room. Photo courtesy of 868 Estate Vineyards.

At 1:30 p.m., you will arrive at the second stop on the wine tour, Loudoun Valley Vineyards. Located in Waterford, Loudoun Valley Vineyards offers tasters a beautiful view of the mountains and a variety of wines from which to choose.

After the wine tasting at Loudoun Valley Vineyards, the Reston Limousine will take you back to either the Dulles Town Center, at 3:45 p.m. or the East Falls Church Metro, at 4:15 p.m.

868 Estate Vineyards and Loudoun Valley Vineyards Wine Tour
Various Locations
Saturday, April 19
Transportation – $39, Wine Tastings – $10 each, Box Lunch (optional) – $15 

Viktor & Rolf’s Sweet New Release

Posted by Angela Bobo / Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Viktor & Rolf Bon Bon $115/1.7 oz; photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Fans of the cult-favorite fragrance ‘Flowerbomb’ by Viktor & Rolf can now make room for a new scent this spring.  In an exclusive collaboration with Saks Fifth Avenue, the designers’ latest release Bon Bon is a mandarin and caramel scented confection all wrapped up in a perfect pink bow. Fans of the fragrance can celebrate with sweet treats and body art at the Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria location this Thursday April 17 from 12-5 p.m. Don’t miss this event as we are sure this high-demand fragrance won’t remain on shelves for long!


Virginia Passed On ‘House Of Cards’; Fairfax machete attack sends 1 to hospital

By Janeé Williams 

Virginia Passed On ‘House Of Cards,’ Citing Incentives, Tax Breaks

Sipping and painting is the new ‘Dinner and a Movie’

Virginia Hospital Center employee charged with rape

Fairfax machete attack sends one to hospital
(Fairfax Times)

Arlington expands tax breaks for tech companies; Fire destroys historic Shenandoah house

By Shelby Robinson

Authorities investigating the fire that destroyed a historic Shenandoah house Sunday
(WTOP News)


Lubber Run boosters aim to keep housing, school out of Arlington park


Arlington County board expand tax breaks for Technology Zones


Va. Republicans aren’t blinking in showdown over Medicaid expansion
(The Washington Post)

George Mason welcomes Japanese drum ensemble,TAO: Phoenix Rising

Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 11th, 2014

Tao: Phoenix Rising

Photo courtesy of Columbia Artists Management Inc.

By Janeé Williams

Get a bit of Japanese culture this weekend with Tao: Phoenix Rising. The Japanese Drum ensemble will be performing at the Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. Tickets prices vary and will be sold up to the performance day. All tickets holders will be able to enjoy a pre-performance discussion with the group 45 minutes before the show is to begin.

Tao: Phoenix Rising

Photo courtesy of Columbia Artists Management Inc

What can the audience expect to see?

You will find yourself immersed in Japanese culture and explosive drumming. This group has come from several different eclectic backgrounds ranging from Rock to Classical music and have drawn on these backgrounds to give you the best experience.

Founded in 1993 by Ikuo Fujitaka, the group began performing in the Kyusha region of Japan. From their they were invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe were they hit it big with 25 consecutive performances, all sold out. Since then the group has been traveling the country and performing. 

Although a male-based genre, the group contains both male and female drummers who will perform. These performers go under intense training, meditation and exercise at a isolated mountain compound in Japan to bring the audience their best performance and reach the highest level of virtuosity. Combined with fashion designer Junko Koshino, the group will not only sound powerful but look powerful.

TAO: Phoenix Rising
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Saturday April 12, 8 p.m.
Sunday April 13, 4 p.m. 



Hungry for Linkage: French Perigord Truffles for Sale at Mosaic + Herndon Hot Sauce + $100 Chocolate Toothpaste

Posted by Editorial / Friday, April 11th, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Apinya Thai Food Co.

By Natalie Manitius

Celebrate truffles this weekend with Ah Love Oil & Vinegar’s truffle festival. The fetishized fungi’s Italian producer, the Brugnoli family, will be in town to share truffle honey, infused oil, salt and pate. Head to the Mosaic District for the Friday festival, and Shirlington’s location for Saturday. Also for sale: 30 French perigord truffles, a 20 gram piece is $60.  [AhLove]

A guide to finding Filipino restaurants in the DMV, with spots in Falls Church and Crystal City. [Eater]

Walmart plans to undercut its competitors by selling organic products at lower prices. [WSJ]

Herndon-based hot sauce company Apinya Thai Food Co. just released its fifth Thai chili sauce Ghost Vindaloo. The spicy concoction was inspired by a pork vindaloo dish served in southern India, which uses ghost chilies and other fiery ingredients. [Apinya Food Co.]

Chocolate flavored toothpaste exists. Don’t get your kids hooked on it because … it costs $100. [Foodbeast]

Use matzo as a coaster for Passover sangria. [Buzzfeed]

Airbags stolen in Arlington; Bomb squad and Army called to Ashburn home

By Anjelica Michael


Arlington‘s Fairlington crime report cites how a number of cars had their airbags stolen earlier this week
(ARL Now


The DC cherry blossoms have reached their prime moment
(McLean Patch


Broad Run High School team competing in a NASA challenge
(Loudoun Times)


Bomb squad and U.S. Army called to Ashburn home
(Leesburg Today)

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