Masterclass Seminar: Discovering a New Frontier - Petit Manseng & Virginia’s Role in Defining the Varietal’s Potential

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Saturday March 4th

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Masterclass Seminar: Discovering a New Frontier - Petit Manseng & Virginia’s Role in Defining the Varietal’s Potential

Main Street Station
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
1500 E Main St
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Petit Manseng is an overlooked grape varietal which has help put Virginia on the global wine map. Considered one of Virginia's best wine grapes, winemakers in the Commonwealth have learned to bottle single-varietal Petit Manseng, which can be dry, highly aromatic, full-bodied, and very flavorful with notes of cinnamon sticks, baked pear, grapefruit and honey.

Petit Manseng's reputation has steadily grown over the years attracting attention from restaurateurs, sommeliers, well-curated wine shops and adventurous drinkers.  Please join Neal Wavra, Chef Owner/Sommelier at Field & Main Restaurant and owner of consulting company, Fable Hospitality, on a fascinating and delicious exploration of Petit Manseng, and learn why Virginia's expression of the grape is considered one of the best in the world.  

The Details

  • Taste at least 8 wines
  • You may arrive any time after 1pm
  • There is street parking nearby Main Street Station 
  • Casual dress


  • Chef Owner/Sommelier Neal Wavra - Neal Wavra is the Chef Owner/Sommelier of Field & Main Restaurant in Marshall, VA.  He also provides consulting services, creates customized wine and food events and presents about hospitality, wine and food through his company FABLE Hospitality.  Wavra was the host and sommelier at The Riverstead, a sixteen-seat restaurant located in Chilhowie, Virginia run by Michelin starred chefs John Shields and Karen Urie.  Wavra was the former General Manager and Sommelier for The Ashby Inn & Restaurant in Paris, VA.  In addition, Wavra is the present director for the Loudoun County Wine Competition.  

    Prior to working in Virginia, Wavra was the Dining Room Manager at Charlie Trotters in Chicago and the Dining Room and Farmstead Manager at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN.  He holds degrees from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington; the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California; and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  Wavra is the recipient of the Commanderie de Bordeaux Wine Scholarship and the Kopf Foundation Wine Excellence Scholarship.

All inclusive.  Price Covers Food & Drink. 21 and over only and no infants or strollers, except at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting Locals Sunday Special on Sunday, March 5, 2023 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