The Lusty Oyster Sparkling Wine Lunch at Upper Shirley Vineyards

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The Lusty Oyster Sparkling Wine Lunch at Upper Shirley Vineyards

Upper Shirley Vineyards
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
600 Shirley Plantation Rd.
Charles City, Virginia 23030

Oysters lust for water, filtering some 50 gallons of it every day. If you lust for one of Virginia's signature marine products - oysters - along with other fresh seafood and seasonal cuisine, then you'll savor this water-to-table lunch experience paired with sparkling and still wines from Upper Shirley vineyards.

This is a special, multi-course lunch experience with spectacular views of the James River created and executed by Upper Shirley's acclaimed Chef Carlisle Bannister. 

The Details

  • An all-inclusive, four-course wine-pairing lunch held at beautiful Upper Shirley Vineyards with views of the James River
  • You may arrive anytime after 11:30 am
  • On-premise parking is plentiful and free.  
  • If you want to attend the lunch and have special dietary restrictions or preferences, such as vegetarian, gluten-free or particular allergies, please e-mail Alex Papajohn at  


  • Memorable meals start with great ingredients. The Tidewater region, with its abundance of food sources—farmers, watermen, cheese makers, craft purveyors—is a food-lover’s nirvana. Chef Carlisle is passionate about developing and maintaining close relationships with local culinary partners.  He tirelessly researches dishes, flavors, ingredients and customs of the South to yield interpretations that are both familiar and innovative. Mindful of the calendar, Chef Carlisle and his team of cooks and gardeners regularly rotate menus to reflect seasonal culinary rhythms.

Wine Pairings and Menu

  • Coming Soon

All inclusive.  21 and over only and no infants or strollers, except at the VIP Walk-Around Grand Tasting Locals Sunday Special on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at historic Main Street Station. 

  • + Combo Package
  • M Main Street Station
  • B Craft Beer
  • E Educational
  • F Food
  • Music
  • N New Event
  • S Seminar
  • W Wine
  • D Distilled Spirits
  • A Auction
  • C Cider

Advance tickets will only be available for sale on this website. Tickets may 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