– Upcoming Events: 2013 Calendar –
C'est Trop Release Party
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1-5 PM
It's back! Our new 2011 vintage of port-style red dessert wine - C'est Trop - it's too much, literally - is being released. We've been sold out of the prior vintage for several months, so we're glad it's back! We'll have music by Mattie Fuller and snacks (yes, chocolate which is such a nice pairing) and our new wine ... and our full wine menu too. Rain or shine, or snow ... fireplace will be going too ... so come on out.
Arts and Crafts Party
Friday, January 25, 2013, 5-9 PM
Here's a unique idea if you're out in the country for a winter weekend, or if you're just around on a quiet Friday night. If you're a crafter, bring your craft materials and hang out at DuCard, with some wine and snacks in front of the fireplace. We'll have some craft project materials available for you if you don't have your own - perhaps a birdhouse or a cheese tray that you can make. $10 per person covers a glass of wine and snacks. (craft materials: $10 added charge). This is a new idea, suggested by some of you, so we're giving it a try.
Rosé Release Party
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1-5 PM
Our sold out Rosé is back too... the new 2012 vintage will be released today. Think pink. Think refreshing aperitif. Don't pair it with ANY food! Just enjoy. Come try it out at our unveiling, with live music by the fabulous, romantic flamenco and latin rhythms duo Arana y Compas.
Valentine's Sunday Brunch
Sunday, February 10, 2013 11:30 AM
We are offering our elegant Valentine's brunch again this year, catered by Mark Gresge and the acclaimed l'Etoile restaurant in Charlottesville. Four courses paired with DuCard wines - yum - including the new Rosé release - pink for the occasion, and a rose for each of the ladies too. We'll have our friend Vicky Lee playing the harp and the fireplace will be glowing. This has sold out each year, so please contact us early. Limited seating - advance reservations required. $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity (15% discount for Wine Club members, of course), Menu is here.
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Tara Mills
Saturday, February 17, 2013, 1-5 PM
Our friend Tara Mills will be playing and singing on the patio while we relax, sip wine and look at the gorgeous views from the tasting room, arround the the fireplace. No cover charge.
Walk Around Magic (and wine)
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1-5 PM
Wine is magic, generally, but today we'll be having the other kind of magic - card tricks, coins and balls appearing and disappearing right in front of you, illusions, rabbits and hats oh my, maybe even gorgeous assistants being sawed in half by the Maginificent Monticup. Come on out and enjoy - fun for the whole family. No cover charge.
St. Patty's Day Party with Irish Music, Natch
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 1-5 PM
Wear your green and join us for live music on the patio with terrific local group Whiskey Wagon. Irish music, yes, green wine, no. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. No cover.
Easter Egg Hunt and Music on the Patio
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12-5 PM
Come join us to hunt for eggs (chocolate maybe) and fun - suitable for the whole family. Our friend Caroline Glattly will be performing on the patio and there will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny too on this gorgeous spring afternoon. No cover charge.
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Chris Lawler
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 1-5 PM
Our multi-talented Charlottesville friend Chris Lawler will be performing on the patio while we relax, sip wine and enjoy the gorgeous view of springtime coming to the Blue Ridge. No cover charge.
Wings Over Wine Country
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 1-6 PM
The Virginia Wildlife Center will be here with live raptors - hawks, owls and other 'ambassadors' and talk about their efforts to rehabilitate injured wildlife in Virginia. This has become a great tradition at DuCard, so bring the family for a unique and up-close look. No charge, but contributions welcome, with matching by DuCard.
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Carl Anderson
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 1-5 PM
Our friend Carl Anderson will be playing and singing on the patio while we relax, sip wine and enjoy the gorgeous view of redbuds, doogwoods and cherry trees in bloom. No cover charge.
Winemaker's Brunch Catered by l'Etoile Restaurant
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 11:30 AM
We are delighted to have Chef Mark Gresge from l'Etoile in Charlottesville providing a four course meal to be paired with our wines. Live music by Vicky Lee on the harp will accompany this elegant brunch, and with good weather we'll dine on the patio too. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required with 72 hour cancellation policy. $50 per person plus tax and gratuity (15% discount for Wine Club members, always). Menu is here.
Oyster Festival at DuCard
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 12-5 PM
It's an R month so oysters are in season. The Rappahannock River Oyster Company will be on site with oysters on the half shell, steamed oysters, crabcakes and related delectibles for purchase. We think they all pair well with our Signature Viognier and Gibson Hollow White but you'll need to decide for yourself. Live music by great local group Trius too - a fun afternoon 'up country.' $10 per person in advance (need to call in to 540-923-4206 before noon) or $15 at the door. Includes souvenir DuCard wine glass and choice of wine tasting or your first glass of wine. No charge for children under 21.
Roses and Rosé for Mothers Day
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 1-5 PM
An ideal time and place to celebrate Moms with roses and rosé (can't find that pesky accent key). We'll have a rose for every mom and we'll be featuring our newly released rose' wine. Bring on those 'brag photos' as long as you're at it. Matty Metcalfe will be playing - guitar, keyboards, accordion, who knows what else - on the patio and we'll have some special munchies available too. No cover charge. Please join us.
WINEAPPALOOZA! Wine, Food & Crafts Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 12-8 PM
This is the big one. Spend the day and evening with us and check out local artisan wares in over a dozen craft tents while you sip wine on the patio, eat some local BBQ and enjoy the music. We'll have two fantastic bands, Modern Tactics and then the Scuffletown trio, live and 'in concert' - all the way until 8 PM. Yes, there may be dancing. Pets welcome and family friendly (always, at DuCard). $15 at the door - includes souvenir glass and either your first glass of wine or a tasting of our full wine offerings. No charge for kids or dogs or designated drivers. (Open for 'regular' tastings too)
Memorial Day Sunday - Live! Music on the Patio featuring Blake Esse
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 1-5 PM
Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the long Memorial Day weekend. Our cowboy crooner friend Blake Esse wiill be playing on the patio and we'll enjoy wine and local foods all day. No cover charge. Make it a weekend and stay at one of the local B&Bs listed on our website.
Local Art Show and Scholarship Award
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 12-6 PM
This annual art show is presented by the Firnew Farm Artists Circle and features fabulous landscapes of our beautiful Madison County environs. At 1 PM (sharp !) we'll also present the Tucker Hill Art Scholarship Award to a budding young local artist, in memory of our late friend and neighbor. Live music (12-2 ish) and nibbles will be on hand as we enjoy the day. Come join us. No cover charge, but we do hope you might find some art to buy !
Live! Music on the Patio with Gina Sobel
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1-5 PM
Multi-talented local Charlottesville musician Gina Sobel returns to the DuCard patio for a fun and relaxing afternoon. Join us for wine tasting and tours in the vineyard. No cover charge.
Fathers Day - Cigar Pairings, Music and Wine Specials
Sunday, June 16, 2013, 1-5 PM
Come enjoy Panacea Cigars paired with DuCard wines (on special) and live music by Paulo Franco and the Rateros on Sunday. Treat dear old Dad to an afternoon in the country. No cover charge, but do pick up his tab. Feel free to bring a picnic too (always, at DuCard) - we do have local snacks available though.
Vertical Tasting in the Barrel Room
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 12 noon - 5 PM
For the first time ever at DuCard we'll be tasting all of the vintages of our Popham Run Red - back to our first mini bottling of 2005 wine and through the new 2012 vintage that is still in barrel. It promises to be great fun to see how our wines have evolved over time, and the differences from vintage to vintage. The very limited inventory of these library wines will be available for purchase ... 'while supplies last.' Limited seating and advance reservations preferred - $20 per person. Click here for reservations.
Live! Music on the Patio with Local Vocals
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 1-5 PM
Terrific Charlottesville band Local Vocals will be performing on the DuCard patio for a fun, upbeat afternoon.. No cover charge.
Pre-fireworks Party at DuCard
Thursday, July 4, 2013, 2 PM to dusk
Celebrate the 4th at DuCard with local barbeque and live music on the patio. No cover charge. We'll stay open late so you can head straight over to Graves Mountain Lodge for their great fireworks display, 5 minutes down the road. Feel free to bring your own picnic (always, at DuCard) and pets welcome too (always).
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Curtis Prince
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 1-5 PM
Come join us for a relaxing afternoon. Multi-talented singer-songwriter Curtis Prince will be playing on the patio all afternoon and we'll be drinking in the view - literally. No cover charge.
Murder in the Vineyards
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 6:30 PM seating
Come and enjoy dinner and a great show performed by Richmond's Mystery Dinner Playhouse. This was a sell-out and big hit last year so we are really looking forward to having these guys back. See if you can sleuth your way to the answer to this fun summer's night whodunnit. $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating; advance reservations required. This will be a truly unique experience not to be missed. For reservations click here Want to come but concerned about late night driving in the country? We've made special arrangements for discounts from several of our local lodging partners - click here for the details. And here's the menu.
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Kate Ashby Chiles
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 1-5 PM
Kate is our sometime neighbor up in the 'holler' and we're delighted that she'll bring her guitar and vocals to the patio for the afternoon. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. No cover.
Stonewall Jackson's 2nd Corps: March on DuCard
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 1-6 PM+ (march at 2 PM sharp)
Civil War buffs and wine lovers: come join us for this commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, with re-enactors marching through the vineyards and into the tasting room for the release of our new limited edition vintage of 2nd Corps wine. We've done this for the past two years and it's really quite a spectacle. This is an educational event too as they will drill and shoot, set up camp, and interact with everyone. Don't miss this unique event in the perfect location - bring your camera for sure. No charge.
Jazz Festival at DuCard
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 12-8 PM
Come on out for some cool jazz on a hot summer afternoon and evening. We've got mountain streams and shaded patios and chilled white wines to help you cool down and enjoy the summer. We're planning a full line up of local jazz music and New Orleans cuisine for purchase too. $10 cover in advance - or $15 at the door - includes souvenir glass and tasting credit. No charge for kids or dogs. WE'RE ON TODAY, Rain or Shine !!
Beat the Heat Festival featuring Beleza Brasil
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 11-6 PM
Our friends Beleza Brasil and their Latin rhythms highlight this great afternoon out in the mountains. We'll have local BBQ available for purchase, vineyard and winery tours and more. No cover.
Vertical Tasting - Norton - in the Barrel Room
Saturday, August 31, 2013 - afternoon reservations below
For the first time ever at DuCard we'll be tasting all of the vintages of our Norton wine - back to our first mini bottling of 2005 wine and through the new 2012 vintage that is still aging. It promises to be great fun to see how our wines have evolved over time, and the differences from vintage to vintage. The very limited inventory of these library wines will be available for purchase ... 'while supplies last.' 1PM, 2:30 and 4 PM sessions, seating limited to 10 per session, with advance reservations - $25 per person. We will also take walk-ups on a 'space available' basis. Click here to reserve your seat. AS OF 8/26: 4 pm IS FULL - SOME SPACE REMAINS FOR OTHER SESSIONS.
Labor Day Weekend Party
Sunday, September 1, 2013, 1-6 PM
Looking for some fun and relaxation over the long weekend? Come on out on Sunday and enjoy the beautiful mountain views, babbling brook, live music on the patio featuring Mattie Fuller and delicious wines. A great way to spend the day. Bring the dog, bring a picnic, whatever. No cover.
Live! Music on the Patio
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 1-5 PM
We'll be preparing for the Viognier harvest, relaxing on the patio and enjoying live music today featuring Will Bowditch so come on out and join us. No charge. Bring the dog, bring a picnic, whatever.
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 6:30 PM
Harvest season will be the theme for this gourmet event, featuring catered local cuisine. We'll enjoy an elegant four course meal prepared by Chef Mark Gresge, owner of l'etoile restaurant in Charlottesville, paired with lots of DuCard wine, plus music through dinner with harpist Vicky Lee. A great fall evening celebration. Dinner in the tasting room, with dessert and apres on the patio weather permitting. Here is the menu. Limited seating and advance reservations are required. $79 per person, plus tax and gratuities (standard 15% discount for Wine Club members). For reservations click here or call 540.923.4206. Yes, we can handle vegetarian or other advance special requests.
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Karl Hepner
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 1-5 PM
Karl plays a great blend of traditional and new music on guitar and banjo - a great match up for our mountainside setting in what promises to be a fun and relaxing afternoon. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. No cover.
Live! Music on the Patio and Free Entry into Shenandoah National Park
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 1-5 PM
We're delighted to announce that accomplished keyboardist and former member of the US Marine Band, AnnaMaria Mottola will be on the DuCard patio to entertain this afternoon on National Public Lands Day. Come take a hike at White Oak Canyon or Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park around the corner from us (no entrance fee today) and then join us on the patio. No entrance fee at DuCard either !
Wings over Wine Country
Sunday, September 29, 2013 1-6 PM
The Virginia Wildlife Center will be showcasing their live 'big birds' - hawks, owls, maybe an eagle, and explaining their fabulous animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. This is a great family event. No charge, but contributions to VWC welcome and will be matched by DuCard.
Graves Mountain Harvest Festival - next door
Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, 2013 10-4 PM
Our neighbors will be having their popular annual festival on three weekends this year. Visit them for hayrides, apples, country crafts and more - and drop by DuCard too while you're in the neighborhood.
Family Fun Day and Music on the Patio
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 1-5 PM
It promises to be a great fall afternoon in the country. We'll have games and special events for the kids, and our friend Ken Wenzel will be playing on the patio. Local BBQ available for purchase too. No cover charge.
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Eric Reitz
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 1-5 PM
It's the middle of fall foliage season and a great time for a country weekend jaunt. Wine tastings and local food and music on the patio featuring local recording artist Eric Reitz make for a nice afternoon - come join us. No cover charge.
Friday, October 18, 2013, 6 PM til ?
OMG. It's back. The sequel. Tonight we celebrate the full moon, rising out the back of our patio right after sunset. It's a great view and we'll be playing Moon tunes through the evening - join us if you can make it. We've been doing this each year and it's a blast. Potluck dinner - bring a dish to share. No cover charge.
Fall Harvest and Leaf Peep Festival
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The fall color should be peak on the Shenandoah National Park hillsides and we will be in the middle of our red grape harvests - a great time to come out and visit us. Vineyard tours and special activities all weekend, plus plenty of great local music on the patio. Local barbeque available for purchase too, plus cheese, sausage, baguettes and other munchies. Family friendly and pets welcome too. No cover charge.
Live! Music on the Patio with Tom Guidice and Friends
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1-5 PM
It's still fall foliage season and a great time for a country weekend outing. Wine tastings and local food and music on the patio by Tom Guidice and friends make for a nice afternoon - come join us and check out how the harvest has been going. We might enlist you for crushing / foot stomping. No cover charge.
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Erin Lunsford
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 1-5 PM
It's often unseasonably warm on this first November weekend, so we'll again have live music on the patio, featuring local Charlottesville artist Erin Lunsford, plus wine tastings and local food of course. Come join us and get a full report on harvest we'll just be completing. No cover charge.
Live! Music on the Patio with Ben Mason
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 1-5 PM
Come join us for a late fall afternoon of music and wine tasting, featuring local friend Ben Mason. No cover charge.
Veterans Day Special - Complimentary Tastings
Monday, November 11, 2013, all day
On this Monday holiday we honor our military service personnel, active duty, reserves and retired, and their guests with complimentary tastings. It's our way to say thank you for your service. Our friends from Panacea Cigar Company will also be here with cigars to pair with our wines.
Black Friday Party - Magician in Residence, Too
Friday, November 29, 2013, all day
Tired of shopping and crowds (already) ? Take a break to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains with a great bottle of wine and a special treat with a great local magician strolling the grounds all afternoon. Aaahhhh ... but hey, if you still have to do some shopping, all our merchandise will be on sale for you.
Live! Music on the Patio with Mattie Rocks
Saturday, November 30, 2013, 1-5 PM
Our best bud Mattie Fuller returns to the DuCard patio. Come on out and enjoy ! No cover.
Customer Appreciation Day
Sunday, December 8, 2013, all day RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, DEC 14 DUE TO WEATHER
That's every day for us, really. But today we'll have our last live music for the year, featuring our good buddy Jim Daab from Richmond fame on guitar (he also runs the Mystery Dinner Playhouse that put on the great murder mystery dinner this summer at DuCard) and some special gifts for everyone who stops by. Thank you for your support !