Bus Winery Tour!

*** It's a great day to tour some Virginia vineyards! See you there! ***

UPDATE #4: If you were unable to secure a spot for the tour online, you have the option of "flying standby." There are usually 6 no-shows for this event, so you just might be able to get on board. Make sure to come early with exact cash.

UPDATE #3: We'll meet at the top of the escalators at the Ballston Metro. We will check people in at 11am and the bus will leave PROMPTLY at 11:30am and return approximately 5:30pm (depending on traffic). Don't forget to account for Metro and traffic delays. Also, a couple of notes...

  • I HIGHLY recommend you pack a lunch, as most wineries only sell cheese and crackers for food.
  • It's completely optional, but please consider tipping the bus driver a couple of bucks.  It's a long trip, and I'm sure s/he will welcome the show of appreciation.

UPDATE #2: The early-bird price has ended and the ticket price is now $60. Looking forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE #1: There are 9 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $50 to $60 when the early bird spots are gone or before Sat. Apr. 13th (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I'll be removing those that haven't paid by Thurs. Mar. 28th. So make payment to *truly* lock in your spot.

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Ok, this one's for the wine lovers in our group... or anyone who wants to enjoy and learn all about wine!!

I've reserved a charter bus for us, and will make special arrangements with 2 or 3 different wineries, for a Sat. bus winery tour! So far, we will be visiting Cobbler Mountain Cellars and Hume Vineyards!

We'll have our very own chauffeur taking us from vineyard to vineyard, then back home again safely! Detailed itinerary to be provided when we meet up. Some of you may know that Virginia is considered the "NAPA Valley of the East," so...  let's experience Virginia's beautiful landscape as we taste local wine flavors along the way. During this relaxing all day spring tour, we'll:

  • sample some of the best regional wines from unique and different vineyards
  • learn about the wine making process
  • spend over an hour at each winery
  • walk through the vineyards, and tour the barrel rooms
  • nibble on cheese and crackers
  • take in scenery as you enjoy your new favorite wine
  • bring your own lunch or...
  • purchase winery's breads, cheeses, and jams for a picnic while you're there
  • sit back and relax on your way home!

We are also eligible for discounts on wine bottle purchases!... and wine tasting fees *are* included in your ticket price! Lunch is not, so we *highly* recommend you pack a couple of sandwiches.

We've got an early bird special for this event of $50. The first 40 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sat. Apr. 13th get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $60. Secure your slot by rsvping yes *and* making payment!

Also please know that your RSVP is not guaranteed unless we receive payment. When you pay, your online receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment.

Come join us as we spend a pleasant and relaxing day amongst other wine lovers from our group!

- J.T.

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Metro and Parking

We'll meet up at Ballston Metro (Orange line). I recommend using wmata for travel planning. We will check people in at 11:00am and the bus will leave PROMPTLY at 11:30am and return approximately 5 - 5:30pm (depending on traffic).  Don't forget to account for Metro and traffic delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage.

Payment Instructions (Paypal account not required):

Please follow the instructions below for making payment.  Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out.  Most of our events do sell out, so we recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.

  1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"
  2. Enter the number of guests coming and click "rsvp"
  3. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button
  4. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"
  5. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

Event Check-in

We will have a master list of all those that have paid.  It’s not required, but you may print out your payment confirmation as a backup.  When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the Paypal or credit card account used to make payment.  Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver's license.  Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your Paypal or credit card account that way.  If you are not sure what it is, please take a moment to log into your Paypal account (it will say "Welcome, [your account name]" at the top) or your credit card account to find out.  If you are RSVP'd under someone else's payment, please use that name for check-in.

Refund Policy & Ticket Resell

Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled.  Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend.  I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale. Work out payment between yourselves, and send us an email letting us know the full name and Meetup profile URL of the person taking your spot.Thanks for understanding. =)



 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Be aware all Orange line going toward Vienna between Rosslyn and Virginia Square is NOT running.

    April 20, 2013

    • Tina

      Yep. I should've posted this last night. Hope everyone coming from DC makes it.

      April 20, 2013

    • Andrea

      Z.’l

      May 5, 2013

  • Cliff

    The bus situation was unfortunate, but not foressable

    April 21, 2013

  • Richard S.

    I understand that the bus issue was of no fault by the organizers, still had a good time. It was good to try out wineries that were able to accept large groups as most wineries will not. Thanks for organizing this event, will look forward to the next one!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Molly

    It was a beautiful day and the company was nice . I was a bit disappointed that we only visited 2 wineries (both mediocre, at best) and the bus was disgusting. Probably hadn't been cleaned in 5 years.

    2 · April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    JT, due to late metro announcement we are unable to make it in time...

    April 20, 2013

  • Ben M.

    On the bus from Farragut, should be there any minute!

    April 20, 2013

  • Kim

    was there a ticket i was supposed to print?

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone want to sell their ticket?

    April 20, 2013

  • Kristi

    Unfortunately, it looks like I'm not going to make it either. I'm happy to sell my ticket to anyone on the waitlist, too... for the early bird price of $50.

    April 15, 2013

    • Kristi

      Hi preK... it is still available. I'll send you an e-mail.

      April 17, 2013

    • Delong

      Kristi, your ticket still available ? Delong

      April 18, 2013

  • Emily

    Can you confirm which at metro station we are meeting?

    April 18, 2013

    • J.T. [30s & 40s G.

      Hi Emily please event posting:
      We'll meet up at Ballston Metro (Orange line). I recommend using wmata for travel planning. We will check people in at 11:00am and the bus will leave PROMPTLY at 11:30am and return approximately 5 - 5:30pm. See you there!

      April 18, 2013

    • Emily

      Thanks!!

      April 18, 2013

  • Heather

    Unfortunately - turns out I won't be able to join all of you this weekend. :( If anyone on the waiting list is still interested in attending - I have ticket available at the early bird price - $50.

    April 15, 2013

    • Mark R

      Hi Heather, this is Mark R. I am interested to buy your ticket if it is ok with JT.

      April 15, 2013

    • Heather

      Hi Mark - sounds good! just sent you an email as well.

      April 16, 2013

  • Tina

    So excited for this! I've always wanted to do a wine tour of VA. My first meetup with this group. Look forward to meeting everyone!

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Lisa

    Unfortunately it looks like I'm not going to be able to make it this weekend either. If anyone on the waitlist wants to buy my ticket, I'm happy to sell it for $50 (early bird price).

    April 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Lisa - I'd like to purchase your ticket. You can try me at [masked]

      April 15, 2013

  • Mary Frances K.

    JT I cannot attend this event at this time. Hope to join you in the future.

    April 11, 2013

  • Alex B.

    My first event, looking forward to meeting folks.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Marco van der L.

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it. However I have already paid for a ticket. Is there anybody that is interested in buying my ticket? It is available at the early bird price of $50

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am I interested! Please email me.

      March 27, 2013

    • Marco van der L.

      Hi Daryl. Great, it is still available so please let me know if you are still interested. I have send you an email as well

      March 31, 2013

  • Richard S.

    Prefer the sweeter white wines like Moscato, will trade the dry reds with you if you'd like during tastings! ;)

    March 24, 2013

  • Richard S.

    Here is a very informative link to Virginia Wineries and their locations. The map feature is horrible, but if you select any of the 229 listed wineries, the detail page provided for each is excellent. http://www.virginiawine.org/wineries

    March 24, 2013

  • Shirley T.

    Have never been to a winery so I'm looking forward to the experience.

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Mary Frances K.

    Last time I went I had a blast. I can't wait to go again.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Stephanie B.

    Looks fun!

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could go, but I am sitting in McDonalds with some psycho looking over my shoulder asking me questions about my computer and asking me for cigarettes.

    March 21, 2013

  • Howard

    Hey JT, Great plan-any chance you could include Rappahannock Cellars, which is one of Virginia's top wineries inspired by California wine traditions right in the immediate town area of Hume? No one would be disappointed with their wines or hospitality!

    March 21, 2013

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  • the Meetup is cancelled
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