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Wine Festival, Tour Planned at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is hosting a Wine Festival and Sunset Tour ENCORE on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 4, 5, and 6, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The Wine Festival celebrates the history of wine in Virginia and features exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and wine cellar and appearances by General Washington himself. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and relax on the east lawn of the Mansion overlooking the scenic Potomac River as they sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries.

Just added to this fall's Wine Festival, visitors will also enjoy a live blues performance by Bruce Ewan and the Solid Senders and on-site-concessions from Kingstowne's Own Red, Hot, and Blue Memphis Pit Bar-B-Que and desserts from Firehook Bakery.

Tickets are available for sale through TicketMaster or at Mount Vernon's main gate beginning.

Historic interpreters and colonial-attired 18th-century "friends" of the Washingtons conduct special tours of the Mansion throughout the evening.

Throughout each evening, guests can sample wines from 16 award-winning Virginia wineries.

Mount Vernon's Wine Festival and Sunset Tour ENCORE takes place rain or shine, tickets are limited. This is expected to be a sell-out event; early ticket purchase is suggested. Special admission rates apply: admission tickets ($25 per person), and the Fruit and Cheese Box for Two ($15) may be purchased through TicketMaster by calling 703-573-7328 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or at Mount Vernon's Main Gate ticket window during visiting hours. Public Information: 703-780-2000; www.mountvernon.org.