Arah & Sam Tied the Knot at Beliveau Estate Winery! 11 Jul 2014, 3:07 pm
Following the wedding rehearsal Wednesday evening, we had the pleasure of serving wine and dinner to Arah, Sam, and their friends and families who traveled to celebrate their marriage on July 10th. Guests dined on assorted wraps, pasta and broccoli salads, and other delightful foods prepared by Chef Dell. Selected wines were Kaleidoscope (dry Pinot Grigio), Discovery (sweet Niagara/Pinot Grigio blend), Silhouette (dry Cabernet Sauvignon), and Sunset Sipper (fruity and spicy Red Zinfandel). After spending the evening with the sweet bride-to-be, her charming fiance, and “their people,” we knew the main event would be a marvelous celebration.
At 4pm Thursday evening, wedding attendees took their seats and delighted in the sounds of acoustic guitar as the procession began. Sam and his groomsmen stood by the arbor, which was bursting with peach roses, as they waited for the bridesmaids to join them at the hilltop. The men looked dapper in their suspenders and the ladies captivated the audience in their contrasting peach and teal chiffon dresses. Arah looked gorgeous in her lace bridal gown as she ascended the hilltop on her father’s arm. The ceremony, led by Father Scott Russell, was a beautiful sight against the lush, green mountains and the clear, blue sky.
After Arah and Sam were pronounced husband and wife, guests descended from the hilltop to enjoy cocktail hour on the patio. It was pleasing to see folks mingling, sipping wine and cocktails, sampling hors d’oeuvres, and reveling in the breathtaking views that surround Beliveau Estate. Some folks engaged in a friendly game of cornhole upon discovering the custom-painted boards embellished with Arah and Sam’s initials.
Meanwhile, Charlottesville-based Photographer C. Tyler Corvin and his wife Rebecca worked together to capture the first moments of Arah and Sam’s marriage on film. The duo appeared to do a wonderful job of documenting all the magical moments that took place throughout the night.
Once Arah, Sam, the bridesmaids, and the groomsmen rejoined the group, the real party started. DJ Mike Steffan of High Impact Entertainment in Winston-Salem, NC invited everyone into the Great Hall to warmly welcome the wedding party and Mr. & Mrs. Robbins! After much excitement and congratulatory exchanges, everyone sat down to enjoy dinner. Guests admired the alluring centerpieces that Arah’s mother, Celia, created for each table using succulents and terracotta pots. All the decor, from elegant roses to rustic mason jars, added beautiful country-chic touches to the venue.
Once everyone got their fill of Chef Dell’s salmon, London broil, ravioli, salads, and sides, and cake from Our Daily Bread Bakery in Blacksburg, the lights went out and DJ Mike set the tone for a dance party! Everyone had a terrific time at the reception, whether dancing, socializing, nibbling tasty foods, sipping delicious drinks, or savoring the beauty of the cotton candy-colored sky.
Congratulations Arah and Sam! The two of you and all “your people” were an absolute pleasure. We wish you both a long, happy, and prosperous life as husband and wife!
The Beliveau Estate Winery Team
Boomin’ June Recap 3 Jul 2014, 11:46 am
As we progress through the summer and welcome July, we reflect on all the good times we experienced at Beliveau Estate Winery in June 2014.
During the month of June, Beliveau Estate Winery was the destination for a wedding proposal and engagement, 4 wedding ceremonies and receptions, a bridal shower, entertaining Sunday Jazz performances, our 7th Annual Lavender Festival, dinner and wine pairings, corporate retreats, and peaceful afternoons.
June 1st, 8th, 22nd, & 29th – Celie Holmes captivated us with her lovely voice and catchy jazz tunes. See her perform again during “Sundays with Celie” July 6th, 13th, and 20th from 3 to 5PM on the veranda at Beliveau Estate Winery. Nothing like picnicking with smooth jazz, divine wine, and gorgeous mountain views on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
June 7th – Celebrated the marriage of Jordan & Justin!
June 15th – Celebrated the marriage of Claire & Ryan!
June 17th – Our own Kara Schmitt turned 21 and bought her first bottle of wine from Beliveau Estate Winery! Kara has been a member of the Beliveau Estate Winery Team for 3 years. She is a dedicated hard worker with a wide range of skillsets. Since joining us in 2011, she has helped cater events in the Beliveau Estate kitchen, served wines behind the wine bar, built brick walls, handled product shipments and Wine Club memberships, and worked in the vineyard where she currently plants grape vines… She has certainly earned that first bottle of wine.
June 21st – We served wines at Summer Solstice Fest in downtown Blacksburg
June 22nd – First Annual Dine with the Vines. Our own Chef Dell Peters collaborated with Executive Chef Michael Behmoiras of The Bank Food and Drink in Pearisburg to deliver a glorious multi-course gourmet dinner and wine pairing. Dinner guests indulged in delectable dishes from homemade sausage to honey-lavender panna cotta. This event is memorable, not only due to the delicious foods & wines, but the daunting black clouds that came over and washed us out! We thank our guests for being such good sports as they grabbed wine glasses and high-tailed it into the Great Hall with napkins on their heads and smiles on their faces. Luckily, the chefs were prepared for nasty weather; perfectly set tables were already awaiting in the Great Hall. Everyone repositioned themselves indoors and slid right into the next course. All around the room people were happily celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and special occasions. Although we’ll never forget the fun and gratification of our first Dine with the Vines experience, we are looking forward to round two next summer. Hope you’ll join us!
Dinner Guests Enjoy a Refreshing Bellini and Pickled Salad Serve Family-Style with Crunchy Vegetables, Pickled Vinaigrette, and Savory Fried Green Tomatoes
Dine with the Vines Outdoor Dinner and Wine Pairing Was Off to a Great Start… But Sometimes Nature Has Other Plans
June 26th – Attended Up on the Roof… Twice. We served wines on the top of Kent Square Parking Garage in downtown Blacksburg June 5th and June 26th. June 26th UOTR Sponsors: In Balance Yoga, Sturbridge Square Apartments, Nerium International, Amodeo Photography.
June 27th – Served wine at Art Festival in Christiansburg and Hosted and Catered a Corporate Retreat. Virginia Tech affiliates participated in various seminars, activities, and team-building exercises. While attendees mingled and enjoyed brunch, Crossroads String Quartet, though a Trio that day, performed beautiful symphonies in the Great Hall.
June 28th – Celebrated the marriage of Emily & Josh!
June 29th – 7th Annual Lavender Festival.
Plein Air Art Contest Winners:
1st Place: Christine Bass
2nd Place: Janet Winner
3rd Place: Rachel Lawson
We bottled and introduced several brand new wines! During June, we focused a lot of our attention on our new wines, many of which were introduced for the first time during a Wine Maker’s Barrel Tasting at the Lavender Festival. We are very proud of our new TrailBlazer and Millennium Reserve (Oaked Merlots), Celestial Reserve (Cabernet Franc), Pristine (Unoaked Chardonelle), Mystique 2013 (Unoaked Chardonnay), Destiny 2013 (Dry Vidal Blanc), Sunset Sipper 2013 Reserve (Red Zinfandel), and the other 2013 reds & whites still to come.
June was booming with exciting events and we expect July to be just as exhilarating. Join us in celebrating Independence Day with a Smoked Pork BBQ Buffet on Saturday, July 5th from 1 to 5PM. $12.50 gets you all the smoked pork and fixin’s you desire! Reservations are not required… Just come out and help yourself to delicious food and fun times!
Celebrate Independence Day with Beliveau Estate Winery’s Holiday Luau Pork Barbecue Buffet! Smoked Pork With All The Fixin’s!
A Wonderful Wedding Celebration. Congratulations Emily & Josh! 28 Jun 2014, 4:38 pm
Following the wedding ceremony at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Emily and Josh’s friends and family came to Beliveau Estate Winery to celebrate the couple’s marriage during their wedding reception. Our winery guests couldn’t keep their eyes off Emily when she stepped out of the vehicle in her beautiful, flowing bridal gown.
The wedding party congregated in front of the lavender and lush Blue Ridge Mountains for photos, captured by Professional Photographer Laura Matney of Laura’s Focus Photography.
Newlyweds, Mr. & Mrs. Milas, Happily Posing with People They Love
DJ Joey Nicely of King’s Entertainment energetically introduced the wedding party as the bridesmaids and groomsmen entered the Great Hall. When Emily and Josh were announced as Mr. & Mrs. Milas, the room roared as guests cheered and applauded the couple’s entrance. The two shared their first dance as husband and wife as their friends and family happily cheered for them. Members of the wedding party took turns presenting speeches, telling stories, congratulating the couple, and wishing them well. It is clear that Emily and Josh have many people in their lives who care about them very much.
The Great Hall was dressed in wine corks and bottles, tiny mason jars filled with assorted candies, and colorful flowers and linens. The cake, crafted by Edibles Incredible in Reston, Virginia, looked delicious and elegant as it glistened in the sunlight. The letter M, to represent the couple’s last name, was sculpted from wine corks by the crafty, wine-loving bride herself. Also on the gift table was a wooden sign in the shape of the state of Virginia and painted orange and maroon to show Hokie pride!
The Gorgeous Golden Wedding Cake by Edibles Incredible in Reston, VA
A Lovely “Tablescape” for Guests Affiliated with Virginia Tech
Crafty Wine Cork Decor
Virginia Tech Hokie Pride!
Everyone enjoyed themselves as they nibbled hors d’oeuvres, sat down to dinner, drank wine, mingled, and danced. The reception was beautiful and a lot of fun! We are happy to have been a part of it.
Emily & Josh – We wish you the a long, happy, and prosperous life together as husband & wife!
The Beliveau Estate Winery Team
A Sunday Wedding. Congratulations Claire & Ryan! 18 Jun 2014, 2:14 pm
Claire and Ryan were wed at Beliveau Estate Winery on a sunny Sunday afternoon in June. The beautiful ceremony took place at the hilltop between the lush mountains and freshly-planted lavender. The wedding party looked sharp in shades of blue ranging from sapphire to aquamarine. When the processional began, the groomsmen escorted the five bridesmaids between rows of lavender on the hilltop. Claire looked radiant as she followed behind them in her gorgeous bridal gown. Her father escorted her to the altar, where Ryan awaited his bride. When Ryan and Claire were announced as husband and wife for the very first time, their friends and family cheered loudly in celebration of their union.
After the ceremony, DJ Jamie Strassburg of King’s Entertainment got the crowd roaring as he introduced the bride, groom, and wedding party. Throughout the reception, he tailored the music to the mood of the room. Guests danced to everything from Frank Sinatra to Bob Marley. It is understandable why Jamie was selected by readers of City Magazine as the number 1 DJ in Southwest Virginia.
DJ Jamie Strassburg of King’s Entertainment Give Guests Music to Dance to at Claire and Ryan’s Wedding Reception.
Professional Photographers Chelsea and Scott Anderson of Chelsea Anderson Photography captured the day’s special moments beautifully and artistically. This husband and wife duo worked together to tell a visual story of Claire and Ryan’s wedding day that will last a lifetime.
Scott and Chelsea Anderson of Chelsea Anderson Photography Spend a Moment on the Other Side of the Camera
The wedding reception was a delightful celebration! Splashes of Queen Anne’s Lace and rustic twine accents complimented the pristine white linens and natural pine interior of the Great Hall. The unique bride and groom cake topper and delicate blue and violet flowers were elegant touches to the couple’s wedding cake.
We enjoyed serving Claire, Ryan, and their families and friends at the Bed & Breakfast, in the tasting room, at the tiki bar, and in the dining room. We were happy to receive a sleuth of heartwarming compliments that ensured we were doing our part in making the couple’s wedding day as special and perfect as possible.
Ryan and Claire – Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day. We wish you two a very happy life together as husband and wife.
The Beliveau Estate Winery Team
Up on the Roof in June 6 Jun 2014, 11:41 am
Yesterday evening we served some tasty reds and refreshing whites to thirsty wine drinkers at Blacksburg’s monthly Up on the Roof event. White wine lovers enjoyed Lover’s Quest, our semi-sweet Vidal Blanc, and Mystique, our dry oaked Chardonnay. For those who preferred a splash of rouge in their glasses, we poured Silhouette, our dry, lighty oaked Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sweet Surrender, a sweet red table wine that many enjoy chilled. We were happy to share our wines with new faces, as well as those we recognized. Up on the Roof is always a fun way to enjoy local foods, music, beer, wine, and other spirits while overlooking the beautiful streets and mountains of Blacksburg, VA.
DJ Hurley‘s live mixing got the whole roof moving with popular songs by artists from Michael Jackson to Miley Cyrus. There was a little something in the mix for everyone. DJ Hurley can also be found mixing music at BT’s in Radford, Bull & Bones in Blacksburg, and other establishments and events throughout the New River and Roanoke Valleys.
We are lucky to have so many fabulous restaurants in Blacksburg who focus on serving delicious foods made from fresh and local ingredients. PK’s Bar & Grill dished up pastas, bread sticks, fresh veggies, and Key West Dip made from spinach and artichokes. Top of the Stairs made the carnivores very happy with slow-cooked Brisket in their special BBQ sauce with coleslaw and a dill pickle.
All beverages served at Up on the Roof are from local or regional producers. Starr Hill Brewery from Crozet, VA, Devil’s Backbone from Roseland, VA, and Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill with locations in Blacksburg and Radford, filled cups with tasty brews. Dirty Karma Vodka shook things up with fruity cocktails. And we, Beliveau Estate Winery, were thrilled to bring our own libations to the party! Our wines were a big hit with new and seasoned wine drinkers alike. We enjoyed helping everyone find a favorite go-to for the evening.
We have to admit that we were proud to have our tent next door to the lead sponsor of Up on the Roof: Crossfit Blacksburg. Carol Beliveau, Director of Operations for Crossfit Blacksburg and daughter-in-law to Joyce and Yvan Beliveau, was a fun and enthusiastic rooftop neighbor! Other sponsors included NRV Chapter of VT Alumni Association, Hooptie Ride, and FitNet.
After hours of dancing, mingling, nibbling, and sipping on the roof top, it was time to call it a night. The view of the sun sinking behind a distant mountain was a gorgeous sight and a perfect end to the evening.
Thanks to each of the 450+ folks who came to enjoy this event. We hope you’ll join us at the next one on June 26th at 5:30PM.
Welcome June! 1 Jun 2014, 3:55 pm
We’ve had a wonderful start to June! Vocalist Celie Holmes has returned for “Sundays with Celie!” She will also be performing your favorite mellow jazz tunes June 8th and 22nd from 3 to 5PM on the veranda. We invite you to come listen, snap your fingers, and sing along. Lovely music, delicious wines, and beautiful mountain views are the combination for a perfect Sunday afternoon.
Guests from Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Northern Virginia, and other parts of the nation stopped in to visit us today. Of course, we also caught up with many of our local patrons and Wine Club members. Everyone came together to enjoy their favorite Beliveau Estate wines and Celie’s live musical performance on this beautiful June Sunday.
We are looking forward to having Celie return next Sunday, June 8th for another round of wine, jazz, and popular tunes from 3 to 5PM.
Also, there will be many fun events and festivals to attend in the Roanoke and New River Valleys next weekend.
For more concerts and live performances by extraordinary musicians, head over to the Floyd EcoVillage for The Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival June 6-8th.
Like shrimp?! Shrimpfest is taking place at Salem Civic Center June 7th. Pass the cocktail sauce, please.
It’s time again for summertime sports and hobbies! Botetourt County Annual Fishing Carnival & River Festival is happening at Buchanan Town Park June 7th.
Take your pooch to Woofstock Dog Festival for a fun play day at Elmwood Park June 7th. Then, on Sunday, August 17th, bring your furbaby on a leash to play at Beliveau Estate Winery for “Dog Days of Summer.”
We look forward to seeing you at the winery!
A May Wedding. Congratulations Kirsten & Thomas! 24 May 2014, 3:19 pm
Today we are honored to take part in celebrating the marriage of Kirsten and Thomas!
Professional Wedding Planner Brenda Taylor used her expertise to ensure proper staging and smooth transitions for the processional and recessional. Ten bridesmaids dressed in flowing green dresses floated down the aisle, bouquets in-hand. Of course, Kirsten looked stunning when she emerged in her white bridal gown. She was escorted down the aisle by her parents Anne and Billy Hite. Kirsten and Thomas were united at the altar, where the beautiful ceremony continued.
When the reception began in the Great Hall, DJ Mark Taylor, of Master Taylor Entertainment, got the guests moving, dancing, and having a great time! Burlap, elegant white flowers, and personalized signage were just some of the lovely decor that dressed the walls of the Great Hall during the wedding reception.
Kirsten and Thomas – Congratulations from all of us at Beliveau Estate Winery! We wish you all a happy life together as husband and wife! #ThomasLovesKirsten
Wedding Planning Professional Brenda Taylor with Husband and DJ Mark Taylor and Daughter and Assistant Brittni Taylor
The warm, sunny weather is not only perfect for a wedding, but for other outdoor Memorial Day Weekend festivities! There are many exciting local festivals, sporting events, and live musical performances to take part in this month!
The Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival is taking place at Ferrum College May 22-25. There will be music, workshops, and other Appalachian-based activities to enjoy. For more information, visit http://crookedroaddulcimerfestival.org.
Sports fans! Don’t miss the NCAA Division II Softball National Championship taking place at Moyer Sports Complex May 22-26.
It’s time again for Festival in the Park at Elmwood Park. Enjoy this festival May 23-25. For additional details and a schedule of events taking place on the main stage, click here.
For some Lebanese-inspired fun, check out the 16th Annual Lebanese Festival at St. Elias Church May 30 and June 1. More information can be found here.
For live music, check out The Black Lillies performing with This Mountain at the Harvester Performance Center on May 31. To learn more about these performers and to sample their music, visit theblacklillies.com and This Mountain on Reverbnation.com
For all the art enthusiasts in the area, the Sidewalk Art Show is taking place in Downtown Roanoke on May 31. Click here for more information and a list of the types of original artwork to be displayed.
Don’t forget to come out to the winery Sunday, May 25th to enjoy live piano music by Professional Keyboardist Melissa McSherry from 3-5PM! She will be performing on the veranda, so come out, sip a glass of light red or chilled white wine, and take advantage of this beautiful weather!
Virginia Tech Graduation Weekend 18 May 2014, 3:37 pm
Friday, May 16th & Saturday, May 17th: It was a busy weekend here are at Beliveau Estate Winery. 400 guests, from California to Puerto Rico, came to visit and celebrate the accomplishments of the Virginia Tech graduates in their lives. We served up several pounds of Tuscan Chardonnay Chicken and gallons upon gallons of our tasty wines! It was a wonderful couple of days of forming new relationships and revitalizing old ones. We wish all the college graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors!
Sunday, May 18th: We were happy to have Keyboardist Melissa McSherry return to perform some beautiful music on the veranda Sunday evening. It is always wonderful to have our new visitors, wine club members, and B&B guests mingling together with wine in-hand as they listen to live music performed by our talented musical guests. Melissa will be back to perform one more time on Sunday, May 25th from 3-5PM. We hope to see you there!
We hope everyone had as good a weekend as we did!
The Beliveau Estate Winery Team
A Musical Mother’s Day 11 May 2014, 4:47 pm
Happy Mother’s Day from Beliveau Estate Winery!
We had a wonderful day serving families from Virginia to Texas this Mother’s Day. Our gourmet buffet included many delicious dishes, from ginger citrus chicken breasts to tantalizing trifles. Warm Glow, our fruity sweet & tart Chambourcin paired excellently with this colorful meal.
After dessert, many guests relaxed with a glass of wine and listened to vocalist Leslie Brooks perform some jazzy tunes on the veranda. Leslie sang and played guitar while a talented friend accompanied her with the lively trumpet. This was quite the treat.
In addition to Mother’s Day, some guests were celebrating the accomplishments of their sons and daughters who graduated from Radford University today. Although they had to break the umbrellas out during the ceremony, they were happy to spend time catching up with their families and celebrating over a bottle of wine. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon.
We also implemented a new Instagram account so we can share all the special moments that take place here at Beliveau Estate. Follow us @BeliveauEstateWinery!
See you next weekend as we celebrate Virginia Tech graduation with another exquisite gourmet buffet May 16th and 17th! Pianist Melissa McSherry will be performing on the veranda from 3 to 5PM Sunday, May 18th.
Chocolate, Wine, and Other Special Treats 7 May 2014, 11:40 am
There are many exciting local events for you and your family to attend this spring. Nibble on chocolately treats, sip delightful wines, celebrate people you love, admire local art, and dance to music performed by live musicians. Check out what’s happening in the New River Valley this month:
Blacksburg Chocolate Festival: That’s right, the Blacksburg Rotary Club is sponsoring an event dedicated to CHOCOLATE! On Saturday, May 10th from 11AM to 4PM there will be chocolate-inspired goodies awaiting you at many locations throughout downtown Blacksburg. Step into our downtown wine shop on Roanoke Street for homemade chocolate macaroons! We also invite you to purchase a cookie for $1 as a way to support Blacksburg Rotary Club.
Don’t miss the Gourmet Chef Demonstration at 130 Jackson Street with our own Chef Dell Peters. At Noon and 2pm, Chef Dell will pair 5 chocolate courses with 5 wines. Each intimate demonstration is limited to 30 attendees, so be sure to claim your spot before they fill up! Tickets are $35 per person and are available at the door on the day of the event.
In addition to chocolate and wine samplings, there will be street entertainers, live bands, a chocolate bake-off competition at Kent Square Lobby, and a showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at The Lyric at 11:30AM and 2:30PM.
Art in the Barn: Once you’ve indulged in your fair share of chocolate, head on over to Sinkland Farms for Art in the Barn 2014. Sinkland Farms will be hosting this 2-day fine arts and crafts celebration Saturday, May 10th, 10-6PM and Sunday, May 11th, 12-5PM. There will be live music, fun activities for the kids, scrumptious foods, beautiful art by our community’s most talented artists, and, of course, WINE! Look for us both days and stop by our booth to taste our award-winning wines. Located at 3020 Riner Rd, Christiansburg, VA 24073.
Mother’s Day Gourmet Buffet: We are excited to show all our wine-loving mamas just how special they are this Sunday with a Mother’s Day Gourmet Buffet, delicious wines, and a live performance by vocalist Leslie Brooks. We will be seating for the buffet Noon-6PM and enjoying the lovely voice of Leslie Brooks 4:30-6PM. To join us in celebrating some very special ladies, place a reservation with Chef Dell at 540-315-5674 by Thursday, May 8th. For more details and a peek at the menu, visit BeliveauEstate.com/events.
Virginia Tech Graduation Buffet: The class of 2014 has worked very hard to make it to graduation day. We look forward to celebrating the success of all the graduates in our community with a Graduation Gourmet Buffet Friday & Satuday, May 16 & 17th. There are still seatings available Noon-6PM on Friday. To place a reservation, call Chef Dell at 540-315-5674.
Live Music Sundays: We are thrilled to have award-winning piano composer Melissa McSherry performing on the veranda 3-5PM, May 18 & 25th. Come spend your Sunday afternoons relaxing in the sunshine with a glass of wine and Melissa’s soothing piano music.
We hope to see you out & about during this sweet and merry month of the May!