As part of their educational events on Virginia botany, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens will host a presentation titled “Virginia Wine: 400 Years Old and World-Class”, on Thursday, 10/7, from 6-7 pm. The event features this writer presenting the talk on Virginia wine history based on his book, Beyond Jefferson’s Vines: the Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia, now in its third edition (2020).

The presentation features a curated tasting of the diversity and quality of today’s Virginia wine. He’ll highlight milestones in Virginia wine history, explain the many natural challenges of viticulture in this climate and review the most popular wine grapes grown in the state. He’ll also explore the ways that Virginia wines demonstrate the state’s terroir, highlight some unique styles of Virginia wine, and glimpse into the future based on current trends. Participants will sample five of Richard’s recommended Virginia wines, expertly paired with five delicious Southern-inspired tapas. Upon registration, participants can pre-purchase copies of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines during class registration or purchase a copy at the event which Richard will be available to sign following the event.

Tickets are $40 for registered members, and $48 for non-members. As of this writing, just a few spaces remain. To register, visit