Date

Jul 26 2024

Time

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Santé Release Party with Joy Ting & Lee Hartman

Sometimes things are more fun when you do them with a friend! In 2023, Lee Hartman (Bluestone Vineyards) and Joy Ting (Joy Ting Wine) teamed up to produce Santé, a casual sparkling wine made from vidal grapes. The result is a delicious, fun, easy drinking wine that is a wonderful addition to the table and a perfect accompaniment to good times and great friends. Join us as we celebrate the release of their pétillant naturel. Gustes can enjoy complimentary tastings with the winemakers on Friday, July 26 from 5-8PM at Eastwood Farm and Winery.

About Lee

Lee Hartman accidentally fell into the world of wine at the age of 23 but has since intentionally made it his life’s work.  Beginning with planting Bluestone’s 11 acres in 2008, he worked with his parents to build the winery in 2010, and opened the tasting room in 2011.  Their first year open he won one of seven gold medals in the Governor’s Cup White Competition with his Blue Ice Dessert Wine (made from frozen Traminette) and followed it up the next year with another gold for his 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon.  That Cab was in the inaugural Governor’s Case and was also named one of “37 Great American Wines” by Saveur magazine.

Lee has continued to produce excellent wines through both good and difficult vintages, from Chardonnay to Merlot to Golden Muscat, totaling over 15 wines in the tasting list at any given time. On top of growing and caring for wines, Lee has also become an advocate for Virginia wine.  Whether getting to know legislatures on a first name basis at the annual Wine and Vine Day in Richmond or reminding restaurateurs in Harrisonburg that local wine is local food, he is always looking for a way to promote Virginia wine.  As one of only two winemakers in Rockingham County (the most agricultural county in the commonwealth), one of Lee’s main directives is to show the public how similar he and his team are to the other surrounding farms.  Welcoming everyone to the family’s home, Lee’s goal is to show that  Virginia Wine can be world class but still inviting to everyone.  

About Joy

Joy Ting is the Research Enologist for the Winemakers Research Exchange and owner/winemaker for Joy Ting Wine.  Joy began her wine career working in the lab at Michael Shaps Wineworks, eventually serving in the roles of enologist, production manager, and winemaker there.  In 2018, Joy took the helm of the Virginia Winemakers Research Exchange, a non-profit organization funded by the Virginia Wine Board with the mission of promoting innovation through experimentation and education in the wine industry.  As the Research Enologist, she works with winemakers all over Virginia to test new winemaking approaches and share promising results, cultivating a community of curiosity and collaboration.  Joy was named the Virginia Wine Person of the Year in 2023 by the Virginia Wineries Association.

Independent Producers Tasting Pop Up

Join us for special tasting events select Friday nights featuring independent producers like Joy Ting, Erin & Sandy from Dogwood & Thistle, Megan & Jocelyn from Daring Wine & Cider Co, Jake Busching, and more. The Pop Up series will be a chance to sample wines and meet the independent winemakers and cidermakers from Central Virginia as well as the independent winemakers and entrepreneurs behind seed stage projects at our new incubator project, Barrels & Tanks. For more information about Barrels & Tanks, visit Eastwood’s website HERE.

Tastings will be free and offered on a rolling basis during the event time frame. Glasses from the featured winemaker(s) will also be available for sale, in addition to the Barrels & Tanks bottle menu and Eastwood’s full menu with delicious food, on tap beers and ciders, Eastwood’s award-winning wines, live music from 5-8PM and more. Don’t miss an opportunity to try these specials wines and meet all of the producers and winemakers.

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