Uncorking the Bloom

By: Katrina Bush
By: Katrina Bush

Apple Blossom organizers are ready for the crowds who will pack downtown Winchester Friday and Saturday for the Bloomin' Wine Fest.

The wine fest is the official kick off event for the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The two day event features a number of different Virginia wineries, more than 30 artisans and vendors and live music.

Some say they're not surprised by how much the Virginia wine industry has grown.

Co-Owner of Murphy Beverage Company, J.P. Murphy, says, "Virginia was the first place in America where wine grapes were grown but then apparently in the 19th century, the industry moved elsewhere. In the 1980's it started to move back to Virginia and now it's retaking its proper place.

It all starts at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon and goes until 10 p.m. with wine tasting ending at 9:30 p.m.

The festivities pick back up again Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and finish up at 6 p.m.

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