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February 3, 2009

Celebrate Valentine's Day with romantic offerings at the Williamsburg Lodge

Raise a glass to romance with special events at the Williamsburg Lodge in February. Guests can experience wine, wit and wisdom and an exclusive menu for Valentine’s Day at the Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant.

Wine, Wit, and Wisdom: This winter, the curriculum for the popular Saturday afternoon wine class allows “students” to learn about wine and cheese pairings via the tasting method. “Professors” for the course are Colonial Williamsburg’s executive chef Rhys Lewis and sommelier Charles Birr. The course’s February discussions reveal the secrets of the red grapes of Bordeaux and Burgundy, artisan cheeses and delectable food pairings. The Feb. 14 class offers an afternoon of champagne and chocolate for a Valentine treat. The professors’ entertaining anecdotes pair perfectly with the flavors and tastes of the wines, cheeses and chocolates during the classes.

Wine, Wit and Wisdom is held in the Chesapeake Room at the Williamsburg Lodge at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 7, 14 and 21. Tuition is $25 per session, plus tax and gratuities. For reservations and more information, call (757) 220-7798.

Guests may also enjoy a special Valentine’s Day à la carte menu at the Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant. Chef Lewis presents the opportunity to celebrate life and love with his savory French-inspired dishes, and sommelier Birr can suggest just the right wine to accompany dinner. The menu begins with a choice of flashed-seared quail or scallops and oysters in champagne, followed by hearts of romaine salad, herb-crusted fried green tomatoes or potato and celeriac soup. The dinner’s entrée course features char-grilled beef tenderloin, rosemary biscotti-crusted lamb chop, pistachio-dusted sea bass and pan-seared breast of chicken. The dessert selections include a flourless chocolate cake, passion fruit semifreddo and raspberry meringue heart. Guests may enjoy the Lodge’s Valentine’s Day dinner on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 5–10 p.m.

The Williamsburg Lodge is located at 310 S. England St. For dining reservations, call (757) 229-2141 or (800) HISTORY.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

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Barbara Brown
(757) 220-7280