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Miracle Valley Vineyards & Casanel Vineyards Wine Tasting

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

On February 3 at 5:30 come sample some fabulous Virginia wines at our monthly Free Wine Tasting! This month’s tasting is Glass of Red Wineco-hosted by Miracle Valley Vineyards and Casanel Vineyards. We’ll be sampling Casanel Vineyards Viognier and Norton along with Miracle Valley Vineyards’ Cabernet Franc and Symphony – a red dessert wine which will be accompanied by chocolate samples, hand made on site by Chesapeake Chocolates. All of this just in time for Valentine’s Day. Substantial discounts given for purchasing or ordering these wines at the tasting. Surprise door prize. Plenty of Free parking.
February 3, 2011
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Where: Lake Anne Florist, Virginia Wine & Gourmet
11426 Washington Plaza West Lake Anne Center
Reston, Virginia 20190
Phone: 703-437-8686
E-mail: [email protected]

Locally Roasted Coffee Come to Lake Anne

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Pavarage CoffeeJasmine Café and Lake Anne Florist, Virginia Wine and Gourmet are proud to feature Pavaraga Coffee—grown in Hawaii and roasted locally in Virginia!

Enjoy a cup of this fine brew while dining at Jasmine Café, or pick up a few pounds at the Lake Anne Florist, Virginia Wine and Gourmet.

If you haven’t tasted these unique roasts, please come and sample them at Pavaraga’s Coffee Tasting in front of Lake Anne Florist, Virginia Wine & Gourmet on Saturday, February 5 from 12:30 – 2:30 during Lake Anne’s annual Polar Dip, “FREEZIN FOR A REASON” to benefit Camp Sunshine.

A bit about Pavaraga Coffee:
Pavaraga Family Farms were first developed in 1908. Today these farms still remain within the Javar family on the Big Island of Hawaii and the island of Oahu.

harvesting coffeeTheir beans are grown, harvested, processed, and distributed from the Big Island and Oahu farms and roasted at facilities located in Los Angeles and Virginia. They roast in micro-batches to ensure optimum freshness and quality.

  • In 2009 Pavaraga was recognized as one of the top 10 roasted coffees in the world by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
  • In 2010 Pavaragas’ organic Oahu farm took 1st place at the statewide coffee cupping competition.
  • Pavaraga coffee is served at 4 star restaurants and select locations throughout Hawaii, California, and Virginia, including Top Chef’s Alan Wong’s Restaurants, Ruth’s Chris, Neiman Marcus, and now Jasmine Cafe.

Freezin for a Reason on Feb 5

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Lake Anne Plaza will be filled with people of all ages dressed in crazy costumes and creative fare as they jump into bone-chilling Lake Anne for the 4th Annual Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip on Saturday, February 5, 2011. The event will kick off at 1:00PM with plaza family activities and warm-up – with the dip scheduled to take place starting at 2:00PM. Registered participants will take a chilly full plunge or a “Chicken Dip” – to raise funds for Camp Sunshine, a national year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The creation of the Virginia Polar Dip was started in 2008 by Northern Virginia based family the Toth’s after a long history with Camp Sunshine. They first attended Camp Sunshine as a participating family in 1996 when their daughter Jennifer was a cancer patient at age 3, and they have returned as volunteers every summer since. After Jennifer participated in a Camp Sunshine Polar Dip in New Jersey, her family decided to bring the event to Virginia in order to help more local families. Since 2008, 180 people have participated in the Virginia Polar Dip raising over $73,000 for the camp. The camp organizes nine polar dips on the East Coast each year.

Celebrating their 27th year, Camp Sunshine is nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake and provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also
offered for families who have lost a child to an illness.

This year’s goal is to raise $75,000 which will allow 37 families from the VA/MD/DC area to come to Camp Sunshine. Through pledges or self-sponsorship, each participant will pay a minimum of $100 for the opportunity to plunge into the frigid waters. All plungers receive an official “I Did It” Virginia Polar Dip T-Shirt. Spectators are welcome to come and cheer for the plungers.

The event is sponsored by Lake Anne, David Madison Photography, Jasmine Café, Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Sheraton Reston Hotel, and Spotted MP Marketing & Public Relations. For more information about the event or to register to participate, visit or become a Facebook Fan (Virginia Polar Dip) and view pictures from previous dips.

  • What: 4th Annual Freezin for a Reason Polar Dip
  • When: Saturday, February 5, 2011
  • Where: Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) – 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190
  • Time: 1:00PM – 3:00PM (Registration, Activities, Post-Dip Celebration. Polar Dip Scheduled for 2PM)
  • Website(s):,,
  • Cost: $100 minimum donation to plunge and is open to anyone willing to brave the elements for a good cause. Free to spectators.
  • Rain or Shine (will be rescheduled if major snow storm is forecast).

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