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Local wines wooed Wine Tourism Conference attendees at Thursday’s Lansdowne Resort dinner. Pictured are three tasty bottles from Lost Creek, Dry Mill and Hiddencroft. Times-Mirror/Trevor Baratko

Wine Tourism Conference in Loudoun: ‘Wine is a dream maker’

In its fifth year, Zephyr Adventures' Wine Tourism Conference brought together vinous experts and underscored the weighty impact the wine industry has on tourism, both within and outside the U.S.

UPDATE: Two uninjured in plane crash in Bluemont field

Two people piloting a single-prop plane were uninjured after making an emergency landing in a Bluemont field around 3:34 p.m. Oct. 23.

Wild Hare cidery owner Jay Clement pours some product at his operation in Bluemont. Times-Mirror Photo/Jay Clement

Sipping through Loudoun County’s cider trail

In the past year, Loudoun has welcomed three cideries to the area – Corcoran Vineyards and Cider in Waterford, Wild Hare Hard Cider in Bluemont and Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery in Middleburg.

The Zephaniah Farm family celebratingtheir strong showing.

Bluemont, Zephaniah Farm vineyards the stars at first-ever Loudoun Wine Awards

Twenty-two of Loudoun’s wineries submitted more than 90 wines in the contest, which was organized and hosted by the nonprofit Loudoun Wineries Association.

Resident Jim McGaman expresses his opposition to B Chord Brewery and its location. Times-Mirror/Anna Harris

Brewery battles: Bluemont residents buck the brewing vibe

The brewery industry in Loudoun that has received attention in the last year saw some of its first opposition last week. A group of residents in Bluemont has risen in protest to a new brewery opened on Foggy Bottom Road and will petition the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to deny its liquor license.

Wine Wednesday: Small pours from around the Loudoun wine scene

Bluemont Vineyards is celebrating an acclaimed “Double Gold” at the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition for their 2014 Petit Manseng, made exclusively of grapes from Loudoun County.

Bluemont homeowner confronts burglar, recovers stolen vehicle

A Bluemont homeowner was able to recover a vehicle stolen from his residence Friday after confronting its thief, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

Virginia’s rural roads rank 34th in the country

Nearly 20 percent of Virginia's rural roads are structurally deficient, according to TRIP, a national research group.

Peter Sherman, of Vienna, picking spinach at Great Country Farms. -Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock

Loudoun Spring Farm Tour puts its best foot forward

The 2015 Spring Farm Tour finished off Loudoun's Small Business Weeks with music, farming and a focus on agriculture.

Bluemont man to serve more than 7 years on drug-related charges

A Bluemont man was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison on drug-related charges after he was caught by State Police with more than 500 grams of cocaine.

Loudoun will play host to thousands of athletes across eight venues during the World Police and Fire Games next year. - Courtesy/Fairfax 2015

Loudoun to host eight World Police and Fire Games events

Next year more than 10,000 athletes, friends and families will descend on Northern Virginia for the World Police and Fire Games hosted by Fairfax County.

Babies race to the finish line at last year’s Diaper Derby at Great Country Farms. Courtesy Photo

NoVa’s largest U-pick Strawberry Festival kicks off the harvest season

Great Country Farms will welcome the first harvest of the season with its Strawberry Jubilee May 24, 25, 31 and June 1.

Expansion seen among businesses in western Loudoun

In the much quieter and less populated west, much more subtle changes in development are being made in little towns and villages.

Boots, beer and BBQ

Those looking to stomp their boots a bit before Thanksgiving will have the opportunity to do so for a good cause.

A grand time in Bluemont

The 44th annual Bluemont Fair will kick off Sept. 21-22 with a jam-packed schedule of events.
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