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Learn the ropes at two Virginia vineyards


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Learn the ropes at two Virginia vineyards

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There are a lot of levels of wine education.

But somewhere after learning the difference between white and red–but before taking the Master Sommelier exam–there are some new hands-on ways to gain more from your bottles.

DuCard Vineyards This Virginia vineyard teaches aspiring wine experts through its Adopt-a-Row canopy management program ($239 per semester). Winery owner Scott Elliff works with Piedmont Virginia Community College's viticulture and enology program to help students develop their own small piece of his Madison County vineyard. The Saturdays-only series–which lasts from March pruning through October's harvest–also incorporates lesson on stringent sustainability practices.

Fabbioli Cellars With 30 years of experience in the local wine industry, Doug Fabbioli is a natural choice to teach the basics of the wine business. His six-class series ($55 per class)–offered through Northern Virginia Community College, but held at his winery–tackles the details of winery operations, from early viticulture to marketing the finished product. Each session will end with a tasting of special bottles, including samples of Fabbioli's first-ever foray into whites, a Traminette blend called "Something White."

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