What we're about

If you love to drink and enjoy great food and new friends then this is the group for you. We will visit wineries, enjoy dinners both out and potluck style, go to wine seminars and just about anything wine related you can think of!

Rules are as follows:

1) Honor your RSVP. Being a no show is grounds for dismissal. More and more venues are having me sign contracts to have 10 or more people. Many places charge me a no show fee. When I give a venue a head count they expect that number, staff accordingly and prepare food/drinks for that number. If I promise them 20 people and only 10 show up, the next time I go to make a reservation there, it won't be allowed. If you are not 100% sure you can make it, don't RSVP until you can commit or look for events without a size limit. If we continue to have this issue I will be forced to make all meetups pay up front and nobody wants that......

2) If you put yourself on the waitlist you need to make sure that you keep that up to date as well. If you make other plans, remove yourself from the waitlist. Additionally, you can not just show up to events with limited spots without an RSVP, this is unfair to those following procedure.

3) Same day cancellations are the same as a no show. I have to give the venues a minimum of 24 hours notice of a change in group size. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice it often isn't enough time for the people on the waitlist to be notified there is a spot. I understand emergencies come up, so if something does, let me know by sending a short message.

4) Wine Chasers is dedicated to providing a harassment-free community for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, nationality, or religious beliefs. We do not tolerate harassment of community members in any form. Wine Chasers violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the group.

Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, nationality, or religious beliefs, deliberate intimidation, threats, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Wine Chasers asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a wine chaser engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from Wine Chasers. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer immediately.

5) Going forward the majority of the meetups with a size limit will be members only. This means +1's will not be allowed. If you have a friend that wants to come, have them join Wine Chasers so they can join in the fun. Read the meetup description to see if +1's are allowed for individual events. Additionally please don't ask if we can obtain a second table at smaller meetups. If that is a possibility, we will have already done so.

6) If you have suggestions for a meetup, or would like to help organize a meetup, let me know!

7) Have a glass of wine (or a whole bottle) and a wonderful day!

Upcoming events (4+)

Bourbon, Rum & Cigars at Red Salt Chophouse

Red Salt Chophouse and Sushi

Join us out on the our patio for an evening of Bourbon, Rum and Cigars. Our friends from Virago and Elijah Craig will be out sampling their fine spirits. Havana Connections will be out as well with some fine selection for your smoking pleasure. Finally enjoy craft cocktails made specially for the event showcasing the spirits from Virago and Heaven Hill and Chef Kevin and Chef Hai are serving some delicious small plates to compliment the drinks!

Tickets are $20 and that includes a premium cigar, cutter and matches. They are closing down the entire patio so everyone can enjoy their cigars and spread out! Fun starts right at 9pm!

Garden Glow at Maymont

Maymont Park - parking lot at Hampton Street

This looks to be a fun evening! We will enter through the Magnolia Gate. I am limiting the number of this event as a group larger than 16 can't walk around together. See event details below.

From Maymont-
Brighten your autumn night on November 3, on a spectacular light-filled journey at Garden Glow! Experience Maymont in a different light. At sunset, the Carriage House Lawn transforms into the Glow Village with food trucks, Glow Shop, fire pits and an expanded Glow Bar. Hike down the historic Woodland Trail to explore the iconic Japanese Garden and wander its dramatically illuminated paths. Maymont’s landscape will shine brilliantly for a wondrous experience to delight guests of all ages.
Garden Glow has capacity limitations and space fills quickly! Please purchase tickets in advance so you don’t miss your chance to experience this year’s Garden Glow at Maymont.
Protocols will be followed in accordance with applicable public health guidelines at the time of the event.
Proceeds benefit Maymont; no refunds.

Tickets

Adult: $12
Maymont Member Adult: $10

PURCHASE TICKETS

Price does not include processing fees.

Helpful Tips for Guests

Garden Glow is a self-guided walking event. Sneakers or other closed-toed shoes are recommended.

Garden Glow is 100% outdoors and the temperature will drop throughout the evening. Warm layers are recommended.

Temporary restrooms are available in the Glow Village.

For the safety of our resident animals, other guests and the historic landscape, pets are not allowed unless they are a trained service animal.

The historic pathways to and throughout the Japanese Garden will not allow for use of strollers. Stroller parking will be available near the Glow Village.

Alternative transportation to the Japanese Garden will be available for those unable to walk the Woodland Trail—please note, wheelchairs and scooters will not properly function in the Japanese Garden

Bring a valid ID for proof of age if you wish to purchase alcohol. Alcohol will be served only to those age 21+.

Public health safety and sanitization protocols will be in place, based on the Commonwealth’s applicable guidelines at the time of the event, for a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Safety Guidelines

It is important that you read this section carefully. For the safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and partners, your ticket purchase indicates that you have read and agree to abide by the following safety protocols. Anyone who does not comply with these policies will be asked to leave the property without a refund.
Social Distancing: Please try to maintain proper social distancing between your party and other event attendees whenever possible.
Face Coverings: Face coverings are encouraged when social distancing is not possible and are recommended for those who are unvaccinated. Face coverings are required at all times for staff and volunteers.

Before You Attend

Please review the COVID Safety Guidelines with all members of your party on the day of the event. If you or any member of your group shows any of the following symptoms, they should not attend the event.

FAQs

If I can no longer attend, are my tickets refundable?
Tickets are nonrefundable and could be transferred to another date/time if capacity allows. Please send your transfer request to [masked] with your confirmation number and the new date/time you would like to attend. All inquiries will be responded as soon as possible and may take up to two business days.
Is Garden Glow ADA accessible?
Garden Glow is a self-guided walking experience with moderate hiking and inclines. Limitations of the historic pathways to and throughout the Japanese Garden prevent wheelchairs and other assisted devices from accessing that portion of the event. The Glow Village, food trucks and fire pits are located on the Carriage House Lawn, and generally accessible by mobility aides.
What food/drinks will be available?
Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Glow Village. Food trucks will be on-site each night and participants vary each night. Please check Maymont’s Facebook page for scheduled food truck participants, which vary each night. Alcoholic beverage tickets will be available for sale for $7 per ticket for those age 21+. No outside alcohol or food is permitted. Guests may bring in their own water bottle.
Will tickets be available at the gate?
Tickets will be available at the gate if capacity allows. To note, pricing for tickets at the gate are slightly higher. Please reserve your tickets in advance, if possible, to ensure you don’t miss out! Prices at the gate are:
Adult: $15
Member Adult: $10
Where can I park?
Free parking is available at Historic Estate Entrance, The Robins Nature Center and street parking where available. Directions to parking lots can be found here.
Where do I enter the event?
Guests will enter at the Magnolia Gates which are located at the north end of the Hampton Street parking lot. Guests will be able to exit through the Magnolia Gates and the Historic Estate Entrance.
Why does my ticket show a half-hour time frame?
Your ticket time refers to the half-hour time block in which you should arrive (i.e. 6-6:30pm). You are welcome to stay until the end of the event.

Origin Brewery/ Iron Horse Restaurant

Origin Beer Lab

Let’s meet at the smallest original beer lab at “The Center Of The Universe” Ashland Virginia. Afterwards, we will walk to The Iron House Restaurant for a delicious dinner and drinks. I have so many precious memories of growing up in this charming little town. Cheers!

Stella’s Greet Restaurant

Stella's

Let’s meet at this sought after restaurant to enjoy some fantastic Greek food and cocktails! It was difficult to get this reservation, and unfortunately I CAN ONLY HAVE 8. Cheers!

Past events (209)

The Can Can Brasserie

Can Can Brasserie

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