Delaplane Cellars Blog
Here is where you will find all the latest happenings and information about what is going on at Delaplane Cellars.
The menu from Chef David Dunlap for our June alfresco wine dinners has been released, and it is a stunner! Don't miss an evening that promises to be full of culinary delicacies, fantastic views, and great wines. Click here to make your reservation.
Delaplane Cellars is excited to announce our summer series of Al Fresco Wine Dinners with Chef David Dunlap. Chef Dunlap has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and has garnered numerous awards for his stunning creations. He specializes in showcasing seasonal and local ingredients in his artful cuisine. As such, menus for these dinners will be announced closer to each event. These events tend to fill up quickly, so please click on your preferred date(s) below to book your advance reservation.
Friday, June 25th & Sunday, June 27th
Saturday, July 31st & Sunday, August 1st
Saturday, August 21st & Sunday, August 22nd
Saturday, September 25th & Sunday, September 26th
The dinners will be seated and served al fresco on our tasting room deck. Seating will adhere to all social distancing best practices and is subject to weather. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled.
Reservations are required with a two-person minimum per table. The cost per person is $125.00, plus tax and gratuity. Once you have made your reservation, please plan to arrive at 6:00 PM to be seated. Dinner will begin promptly at 6:15 PM. We look forward to having you!
If you have any questions, please feel free to call 540-592-7210 or email email@example.com.
Delaplane Cellars Winemaker Rick Tagg and Guest Experience Manager Lisa Christopher will guide you through the experience of blending different barrels to make your very own red blend. In a fun and relaxed environment, wine lovers of all levels will have a rare opportunity to learn the techniques and meticulous process of bringing together different wine varietals to create a Bordeaux-style blend.
Then, we will present you with three blends created by our team of experts and you get to vote to determine which blend gets bottled in April 2021. Participation in this experience includes six commemorative bottles of the winning blend. This wine will be a limited edition and available only to those who participated in the Wine Blending Experience.
Each ticket for this experience is $500 which includes a table for 2 people and 6 bottles of the limited edition winning blend. CLICK HERE to reserve your spot now.
Note: The wine will be available for pickup after it has been bottled on April 30, 2021.
To make your holidays a little easier this year, we've put together the following special gift packages for the Delaplane Cellars wine lover on your list!
Home Mulling Kit for 2
This thoughtful gift set will warm someone special with one bottle of our 2015 Mélange Rouge, two packets mulling spices and two glass mugs. $56
2015 Holiday Case
Your choice of any of our 2015 reds. Create any combination of 12 bottles and make someone on your gift list very happy. $250 (All discounts are applied.)
This gift package of 2017 and 2019 Chardonnay with 2019 Petit Manseng is a dream for the white wine lover on your list. $96
2020 Governor's Cup Winners
Give them gold this season with the 2020 Governor's Cup gold medal winners: 2017 Williams Gap and 2017 Rusticity. $125
Silver bottles in this gift package of the 2020 Governor's Cup silver medal winners: 2017 Left Bank Estate and 2017 Tannat. $112
Williams Gap Vertical
This unique gift set is a vertical of three amazing vintages of our signature Williams Gap: 2013, 2014
& 2017. $177
Piedmont Station Vertical
Piedmont Station vintages lead with delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. Named for the area we now call Delaplane, we just think they are good! $175
Can't decide which wine to give? Try our Delaplane Cellars gift cards in $50, $100 and customized denominations.
As always, thank you for your business,
loyalty, and support.
All of us, at Delaplane Cellars
We wish you the best holiday season!
The seasons may be changing but we are keeping our regular hours in the Tasting Room. We are open seven days a week; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays- Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.
(However, we will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Also, our Tasting Room is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, so our staff can enjoy the holiday season, too! But, we are open New Year's Day, Jan. 1!)
Remember, we only seat guests outside at this time. But, to keep you warm, we are serving our seasonal mulled wine by the glass. We keep things cozy with heaters on our covered lower deck; we also have fire pits and heaters on our top deck. Fuzzy blankets also are available, by request, if you feel a chill.
Want to gather a small group, safely and in style? Try our loft area, available for private bookings only. Call us, 540-592-7210, or email, info@DelaplaneCellars.com, for details.
Delaplane Cellars will be closing early this coming weekend for private dinner events. We will be closing at 3:30pm on Friday, September 25th, Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th. We appologize for any inconvinience. Please visit our Tock Reservation site to book table reservations. https://www.exploretock.com/delaplanecellars
Resident Chef David Dunlap creates special Sunday Brunch menu!
Delaplane Cellars is excited to announce our first ever Al Fresco Sunday Brunch! Resident Chef David Dunlap will be curating a special menu for this inaugural event on Sunday, August 9th, 2020 at 10:30 AM. We hope you can join us!
Roasted Tomato and Smoked Bacon Quiche
Goat Cheese, Creamed Onions, Petite Herb Salad
2018 Mélange Blanc
Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles
Bacon and Virginia Hickory Syrup Caramel
Cinnamon-Vanilla Brioche French Toast
Whipped Cardamom Crème Fraiche, Roasted Peach Compote, Maple Syrup
In our continued pursuit towards providing a safe and rewarding experience, the Delaplane Cellars team has implemented several small changes to our seating format:
- Brunch will be seated and served al fresco on our new tasting room deck. Seating will adhere to all social distancing best practices and is subject to weather. In the event of inclimate weather, the event will be rescheduled.
- Reservations are required with a two-person minimum per table. Cost per person is $95.00.
- Please plan to arrive at 10:30 AM to be seated. Brunch will begin at 11:00 AM.
Book your Reservation HERE!
Sauvignon Blanc: An Aromatic Affair
Friday, August 7th @ 6:00 PM
Virginia's sultry summer days and nights summon Sauvignon Blanc to the table!
Few things are better than a glass of crisp, chilled, Sauvignon Blanc on a hot summer night, paired exquisitely with locally sourced food crafted by a renowned chef. To celebrate this summer favorite, Delaplane Cellars will be hosting a special evening of exploring Sauvignon Blanc wines from around the world!
Our adventure will feature wines from world-famous Sauvignon Blanc growing locations such as France’s Loire Valley, California's Napa Valley and New Zealand's Marlborough region. Guests will experience intense aromas and flavors from floral and herbal, vibrant citrus and tropical notes, and hints of smoky oak. The evening will also feature a tasting with our not-yet-released Delaplane Cellars 2019 Sauvignon Blanc.
During this special evening, winemaker Rick Tagg will guide guests through this alluring experience and provide insight into the evening's wines. Resident Chef David Dunlap will be preparing specialized and unique dishes to pair with each wine.
This intimate event will have limited seating with only 10 tables available and will be hosted outside on our tasting room deck. Reservations are required with a two-person minimum per table. Cost per person is $95.
Click HERE to reserve your spot today!
Al Fresco Wine Dinners Saturday, July 25th, & Sunday, July 26th @ 5:30 PM.
David Dunlap joins Delaplane Cellars as New Resident Chef!
Delaplane Cellars is excited to invite you to our signature wine dinners beginning Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th.
Over the coming months, Resident Chef David Dunlap will curate an assortment of events that blend together our award winning wines coupled with David's unique approach to gastronomy.
Chef Dunlap was recognized in 20 14 as a James Beard Rising Star Chef of Virginia. Most recently, Chef Dunlap spent five years as the Executive Chef for The Quirk Hotels, both in Richmond and Charlottesville.
In our continued pursuit towards excellence, the Delaplane Cellars team is implementing several small changes to our dinner format:
Dinners will be seated and served al fresco, under the stars, on our new deck. Seating will adhere to all social distancing best practices and is subject to weather.
Reservations are required with a two person minimum per table. Cost per person is $125.00.
Please plan to arrive at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being promptly served at 6:00 pm.
Delaplane Cellars Wine Dinner Menu
Lump Crab and Sweet Corn
Sun Drop Tomatoes, Preserved Lemon, Tarragon
2019 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Grilled Peaches with Burrata Cheese
Candied Pine Nuts, Preserved Rose, Black Pepper, Olive Oil
2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Bacon Fried Virginia Oysters
Roasted Garlic, Scallop Cream, Pickled Red Onion, Chives
Truffle Black Pepper Cavatelli
Beef Neck and Ox Tail Ragout, Foie Gras Emulsion, Cured Egg Yolk
2017 Left Bank Estate Reserve
Vanilla Roasted Pineapple
Brown Butter Sable, Pickled Cherries, Cardamom Crème Fraiche, Bourbon Caramel
2017 Petit Manseng
Visit our Tock Reservation site to book your table. BOOK HERE!
Wine is made in the vineyard
A vineyard is just another name for a farm. That’s what we are: farmers.
Planting a vineyard is a time and labor-intensive job. It takes three growing seasons, for a young grape vine to mature and bear viable fruit. Older vines are highly prized because they yield more concentrated fruit, resulting in richer wines with more sumptuous balance.
Delaplane Cellars was founded in 2007. With the help of a professional viticulturalist, planting began in 2008.
The 32-acre property features 10 acres of Bordeaux red varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, and French whites Sauvignon Blanc and Petit Manseng .
Delaplane Cellars largest single planting by variety is Cabernet Sauvignon with approximately 2.5 acres. It was planted in 2008 and 2009 with 2017 replacements. There are about 2 acres, each, of Cabernet Franc (planted in 2008, 2009 with 2017 replacements) and Merlot (planted in 2008 with 2017 replacements). There is 1 acre of Petit Verdot (planted in 2008 with 2018 replacements and 2019 expansion) and 1.5 acres, each, of Sauvignon Blanc (planted in 2013) and Petit Manseng (planted in 2008).
(Delaplane Cellars also sources other Virginia-grown grapes from our vineyard partners.)
Growing grapes that produce abundant harvests is easier if they are planted in the right spot and properly tended. Our vines are planted on a north-south access, with a south-facing aspect, so the vines get an equal distribution of light and warmth as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west every day. Our elevation is about 800-900 feet above sea level.
We also employ Vertical Shoot Positioning, or VSP. It is a widely used trellis system in which the vine shoots are trained to grow upward in a vertical, narrow curtain with the fruiting zone below it. We hand-prune and pick our vines.
These factors, and many more, play a key role in the grapes that we grow. It is a labor and time intensive effort that yields the best fruit because that is what makes a great wine.