Overview: Enthusiasts of wine, native plants, and plant mysteries will enjoy this intriguing tale of how American vines both devastated and saved vineyards around the world. Come learn how Dr. Daniel Norton, Dennis Horton, Oliver North, and a pesky louse play influenced this tale of history, technology, horticulture, and amazing happenstance. Along the journey, participants will taste five wines that showcase a native grape and the native-Old World hybrid that is Virginia’s own. Taste and learn about the wine varietal that has great characteristics – and a great story!

Complimentary Items: All participants will receive small bites to enhance enjoyment of the Norton wines. Kindly note that due to the nature of this event, we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences. This meal may contain dairy, eggs, gluten, and nuts.

About the Instructor: With a degree in history and a love of wine, appreciation for the past has led Pat Reilly to a curiosity about the development of wine making in Virginia and America. As a horticulturist, plant health and problem solving are a major preoccupation, especially those plants that produce wine! In addition to being a plant specialist, Pat pours wine at historic Effingham Manor and Winery in Nokesville, Virginia.