Perfect fall weather for an outdoor event greeted guests at the Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival.

Great wine, great weather, great food…what else is there to ask for in life. 

The 1st Annual Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival has wrapped up and things could not have been much better.

The reviews of the wind and food pairing at Duck Woods Country Club on Friday evening were outstanding, and by all accounts, it was a great success. We did have a chance to get to the Wine and Beer Festival on Saturday and there is always room for improvement, but this one will be tough to top.

Sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Virginia Dare Winery, which is a part of Francis Ford Coppola Wines, there was a very nice crowd on hand and in talking to vendors and visitors, the feeling was everyone had a great time. Held at the Waterside Theater on Roanoke Island, the weather and setting could not have been better.

The featured wines, of course, were the Virginia Dare Wines, but there were about 60 other wines being poured, some from North Carolina, some all corners of the world and some from the West Coast of the United States. Nice added feature, the three local breweries, Outer Banks Brewery, Weeping Radish and The Lost Colony Brewery were on hand.

Also nice…some of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks were on hand with samples of some truly memorable foods.

Representing Coppola Wines and the Virginia Dare Winery, Rick Toyota was on hand. He mentioned a number of times that he had never been to the Outer Banks before but he was really enjoying the visit.

At the end of the day, Toyota did an outstanding presentation explaining the history of Virginia Dare Wines and how Francis Ford Coppola came to bring the label alive once again. He wrapped up with a tasting g of some of the Winery’s selections. They were quite good and a great way to end a fantastic day.