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VIP/EARLY ADMISSION SMOKED! presented by PERFORMANCE Foodservice (smoked cuisine + wine + whiskey)

sold out

+ Combo Package Available

Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd Street Richmond
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
+ B F M N W

All-inclusive. This extraordinarily fun, indulgent, food, wine and whiskey event, which sold out its first year, has been dramatically expanded in 2017 and will be held in the beautiful ballroom of the convention center. This ticket permits entrance one hour earlier than General Admission ticket-holders. NOTE: Wine lovers will taste 12 out of the 23 GOLD MEDAL award-winning wines selected (out of 490) at Virginia's premier wine competition, including the wine chosen as the TOP WINE IN VIRGINIA IN 2017.

This year there will be more of everything: global smoked cuisine, provided by some of Richmond's premier restaurants, pitmasters and pitmistresses, representing multiple regions of the U.S., China, Brazil, Eastern Europe and more, wines from Virginia, Spain, Portugal and Sonoma County, CA, whiskeys from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Scotland, cider from Virginia, craft beer from Virginia, and much more room to sit down or just chill out as you enjoy the live music.

Food selections will run the gamut from various smoked meats and seafood to vegetarian selections, breads, cheeses, greens, stews and more, all with a smoked element to them.  There will some non-smoked selections as well.

Expect 40+ whiskeys (including an amazing selection of craft whiskeys from Virginia), 40+ wines, several ciders and craft beers and perhaps a mead.   Some Virginia wines will be poured by winery representatives (these Virginia wines may also be purchased by the bottle), while some Virginia and all of the Spanish, Portuguese and Sonoma, CA wines will be poured by knowledgable wine volunteers.  The whiskeys will be poured by knowledgable spirits-industry trade.  It is likely that Brown-Forman, Sazerac, and Southern, the three largest spirits distributors in Central Virginia, will have their representatives present, sampling many of the fine whiskeys in their respective portfolios.

Live music will come from the hit local band South of James!

As a special treat, Belmont Butchery's owner, Tanya Cauthen will entertain with a pig cutting demonstration and mini-auction of the pig part's at this year's SMOKED event. In this action packed demo and mini live auction, Tanya Cauthen of Belmont Butchery will break down an Autumn Olive Farms pig in to retail cuts - for your 'purchasing' pleasure. Proceeds of the auctioned pig parts will benefit Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, and Belmont Butchery will offer a 'meat valet' to keep your cuts of pork nice and cold while you continue to enjoy the event. 

Please note that from a craft beverage standpoint, this is a hybrid event which emphasizes wine and whiskey equally.  It is not a substitute for the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, which feature 650+ bottles of Virginia, Spanish, Portuguese and Sonoma County, CA wine.

Ticket Package Availability:

If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of three different combo deals.  Those packages, found on the ticket page, are as follows:

1.  VIP Saturday        [NOTE: you can easily walk from the Walk-Around Grand Tasting to SMOKED!, which is a five minute walk upstairs to the Ballroom.]

       Cost to buy these events a la carte is $155.  Combo deal is $115, saving $40.

2.  VIP Weekend

        Cost to buy these events a la carte is $220.  Combo deal is $175, saving $45.

3.  10th Anniversary Grand Reserve Pass

  • Wednesday night 10th Anniversary Virginia Wine Expo Dinner at Shagbark +
  • Thursday night A Noodle & Dumpling Affair +
  • Friday California Tapas & A Cool View +
  • Friday night VIP/Early Admission Burger Blast +
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admisson Walk-Around Grand Tasting +
  • Saturday night VIP/Early Admission SMOKED! 

Buying the events a la carte costs $450.  Combo deal is $375, saving $75.

Please go to the ticket page and scroll down to the bottom to find these combo deals.

Here's What You'll Experience at VIP/Early Admission SMOKED!

  • Get a one hour head start on General Admission ticket-holders.
  • Spread throughout the Ballroom, you'll walk from station to station with your complimentary wine/whiskey glass (for use with all beverages), tasting the world-class cuisine of some of RVA's best pit-masters and restaurants.  As you graze, you also imbibe some of the finest Virginia, Kentucky, Scottish and Irish Whiskeys poured by their representatives, taste top-shelf Virginia, Spanish, Portuguese and Sonoma County, CA wines, a several Virginia craft beers and ciders.
  • Keep a crystal wine/whiskey glass (for use with all beverages)
  • NEW - some of the Virginia wines at SMOKED! will be available for sale from Muse Vineyards, Valley Road Vineyards, Lazy Days Winery, and Cobbler Mountain Cellars.
  • Live jazz will be heard throughout the evening.
  • There will be a silent auction benefiting Richmond CenterStage.
  • ALL the food, wine, whiskey, craft beer and cider is included in this event.
  • NEW - Edwards Virginia Smokehouse will feature its legendary smoked meats and other specialty products, including various smoked hams, smoked lamb, assorted pickled vegetables/pickles, fruits, apple butter, preserves, bread and biscuits, and more.  Enjoy the true flavors of Virginia with this amazing selection of charcuterie!  
  • NEW - Creminelli will be sampling its world-class salamis
  • The menu will include some non-smoked items and vegetarian selections.
  • There will be a smoking/cigar area conveniently located just outside the Ballroom.
  • SMOKED! is primarily a tasting event; other than the Virginia wines, the other beverages will not be available for sale.   
  • There will be seating available.
  • Casual or smart casual attire is recommended.

Here Were SOME of the Participating Distilleries/Brands (As of 10/23/15) for the 2016 Event.   

Reservoir Distillery

Virginia Distillery Company

Copper Fox Distillery

A. Smith Bowman 

Catoctin Creek Distillery

Belmont Farms Distillery


Knob Creek


Basil Hayden's

Eagle Rare


Col. E.H. Taylor (tentative)

Jim Beam Signature Craft


Maker's 46

The Virginia Wines Available to Taste at this Event Will Be Sourced From the Following Wineries (NOTE: this list does not include the Spanish, Portuguese and Sonoma wines):


Valley Road Vineyards

Barboursville Winery

Cardinal Point

Crosskeys Vineyards

Jefferson Vineyards

Cobbler Mountain Cidery

Pollak Vineyards

King Family Vineyards

Veritas Winery

Michael Shaps


We recommend buying these tickets well in advance since there is limited availability.

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Advance tickets will only be available for sale on this website. Tickets will be available at the door at an increased price unless sold out. All tickets to the Virginia Wine Expo are nonrefundable.

Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend all Expo events, except the Sunday Walk-Around Grand Tasting