Staunton Augusta Art Center Presents Judgment of Virginia

We’re celebrating Virginia’s Wine Month at the Staunton Augusta Art Center on Saturday, October 13 from 2-6 p.m. The reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the RR Smith Center Museum Store, at the Wine Cellar, or by calling us at 540.885.2028.

Be a part of an extraordinary and fun afternoon! Modeled after the 1976 Judgement of Paris where California wines competed with French wines, the Judgment of Virginia is coming to Staunton!

A panel of expert judges will blind-test 14 competing wines from Virginia and France, the results of which will be announced during the reception.

World renowned author James Gabler will recount Thomas Jefferson’s 1787 tour of France and explain why Jefferson was considered the wine connoisseur of the 18th century. Gabriele Rausse, Associate Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello, who is often referred to as the “father” of the Virginia wine industry, will discuss the history of wine production in Virginia.

During the reception, Ellen Crosby, celebrated author of murder mysteries that creatively incorporate Virginia wines, will join Jim Gabler in signing and discussing her books.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of Virginia wines, mingle with the judges, and talk with various wine experts from local vineyards while enjoying hors d’oeuvres.