Upcoming Events @ Sunset Hills
February 23rd - Open That Bottle
Open That Bottle Day is an annual wine tradition based on the wine writers, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, who feel that we often hold onto our most precious bottles of wine, meanwhile, they gather dust in our cellars waiting for an occasion “special’ enough. We’ll celebrate this special occasion with an exclusive tasting of five special Sunset Hills library wines. Reservations are not required (unless your group is 8 or more people). Select the “Open That Bottle” tasting at the main tasting bar and you’ll be eligible to purchase any of the featured wines.
Tasting Fee: $15/person (club discount applies)
Live Music Feature: Andrew O'Day will be playing from 1:30 to 4:30 PM
Through the entire month of March, guests will have the option of adding on a Viognier tasting for $5. Taste the current 2017 Viognier & 2015 Viognier from the library. Sunset Hills Viognier is a CLUB EXCLUSIVE wine; however, during this month, general public will also have the opportunity to take home this "Vio Duo" for $64 ($10 discount) and the Club Discount DOES apply on top of this discount.
This tasting will be available weekends and weekdays (March 1 - March 31).
March 30th - Viogner Vertical
Join us on March 30th for a Vertical Tasting of our 2014-2017 Viognier with incredible food pairings. Tickets are $20 per person (CLUB DISCOUNT APPLIES). We will be offering this tasting 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm. Tickets will sell out quickly, so purchase yours today!
To purchase tickets for the 12:00 session please CLICK HERE.
To purchase tickets for the 1:30 session, please CLICK HERE.
We are excited to introduce a new event series at Sunset Hills Vineyard. Join us for the “Master’s Series,” a collection of educational and wine appreciation courses. You’ll learn from our stellar wine educators all while enjoying our favorite Sunset Hills wines and wines from around the world. The course outlines are below. Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Session Times: 1pm or 3pm
Tickets: $20/person (includes six wines)
Feature: Purchase 6 or more featured wines (mix and match) and receive a 30% discount
April 27th – “How to Taste Like a Somm”
Do you have what it takes to taste like a Somm? During this course you will learn the deductive tasting format, and apply it to three white and three red wines in a blind tasting setting. Featured in the Netflix documentary "Somm", this approach will cover elements of sight, aroma, palate, structure, and initial and final conclusions, and include an introduction to the world's classic grape varieties.
Meet the Wine Educator:
David Parker is a lifelong wine enthusiast and a passionate wine educator He has lived and worked in over 40 countries and has traveled to many of the old world wine regions throughout France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, and Greece. David has worked at Sunset Hills for over six years and spent two years at Chrysalis Vineyards before that. He has passed the level one examination for the Court of Master Sommeliers and will take the level two (certified) examination in mid-late 2019.
June 22th – “Sparkling Wine Methods, Myths, & Tasting”
Not all Champagne & Sparkling wines are made the same. Join us as we explore the different production methods used around the world, learn myths & facts about the history of Champagne, and learn to identify sweetness levels and styles while tasting a variety of Champagne & Sparkling wines.
Meet the Wine Educator:
Kevin Donley joined the Sunset Hills team in spring of 2018. He is a retired Army Officer who brings a wealth of leadership experience to the team. After he retired from the Army, Kevin turned his passion for wine into a second career, working for a winery in Loudoun County and then transitioned to a Wine Manager position with Total Wine. He is WSET level 2 certified and is a Certified Sherry Wine Specialist. Kevin has visited many of Europe's premier wine regions in France, Germany, and Italy. He has also traveled to Napa and the Williamette Valley in Oregon. Kevin is a proud Army spouse and when he is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two cats as they begin their farm. His go-to wines currently are Châteauneuf du Pape, Oregon Pinot Noir and 2013 Sunset Hills Mosaic.
August 3rd– “You be the Judge”
Learn to judge, rank, and award wines from around the globe just like a wine judge in an official competition. You will blind taste and judge a variety of Bordeaux-style blends from around the world while learning the history and methods used in wine judging as well as what characteristics judges look for in award winning wines.
Meet the Wine Educator:
Corry Craighill, Winemaker
After graduating from UVA in 2011, it was Corry’s love of travel that first led her to the wine industry. She soon found herself working the harvest in far off places like New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and France, with a few closer to home in Oregon and Virginia. She called both King Family and Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville home for a while, working harvests and spending time in the lab learning the ins and outs on winemaking, but it was her stretch in Oregon that showed her this wasn’t just a job, but a way of life. Although she’s been tempted by opportunities in Sonoma, CA, her desire to start her career as a winemaker in her home state of Virginia has kept her planted close to home. It excites her that Virginia is still in the early experimental phase of winemaking, and she really believes in the quality of wine that can be crafted here. She’s already experimenting in the cellar, and we can’t wait to see the fruits of her labor as they unfold in the future. Outside of the cellar, Corry earned her WSET Level 2 certification and looks forward to continuing her wine studies with the WSET Level 3 course this January. If she’s not drinking a Virginia Chardonnay, you’ll most likely find her with a glass of Pinot Noir in her hand. When she’s not in the cellar, she’s likely out hiking, playing her cello or gone for a run.
Look who's playing at Sunset Hills:
Grab your friends and make your plans because these musicians are coming to play at Sunset Hills this weekend!
Saturday, February 23 – Andrew O'Day 1:30 - 4:30 pm – www.andrewodaymusic.com
For more of our upcoming musicians, visit our Live Music Schedule >
Indulge in a Special Wine and Truffle Pairing!
Two Loudoun County favorites are paired together - chocolates by The Conche and Virginia wine by Sunset Hills. The truffle pairings were “passionately sourced and tastefully created” by Chef Santosh Tiptur of The Conche.
$20 for the Wine & Truffle Pairing
Available every weekend while supplies last
2016 Vineyard One Chardonnay paired with Lemon Almond Prailine
2016 Sunset Red paired with Raspberry Truffle
2013 Dusk with Dusk-Infused Dark Chocolate Truffle