Sommelier Charles Birr to return to GWF for Wine Tasting 101 Class

Sommelier Charles Birr will return to the 7th Annual Gloucester Wine Festival, bringing his extensive knowledge of all-things-wine to the Middle Peninsula, on Oct. 22. Birr is slated to teach the Wine Tasting 101 class.

“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Birr return to the festival,” said Gloucester Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gloria Mazzella Williams. The Chamber hosts the festival. “His class has been extremely popular in the past for all of our guests who want to taste as much as they want to learn.”

Charles is recently retired from a career in the hospitality business. He has worked at the prestigious Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA, rated by Zagat Magazine as the #1 restaurant in America for food, ambiance and service. He served as Maitre d’Hotel and Wine Director at The American Club Resort and Whistling Straits Golf Resort in Kohler, WI, a AAA Five Diamond Resort as well as other fine dining hotels.

A Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Birr is a “seasoned food and beverage executive with experience at AAA Five Diamond, ExxonMobil and Five Star Resorts.”

Under his management, the Williamsburg Lodge Restaurant earned the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence,” the “Wine Enthusiast Award of Unique Distinction,” and the “Vino! Virginia Platinum Award.”

Today you will find him helping out at his daughter’s Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters in Hayes, VA or in his flower garden on the Golden Horse Shoe golf course in Williamsburg. Currently he is the volunteer Wine Director for The American Heart Association’s “Hearts Delight” Wine auction events in Washington, DC, one of the largest fund raisers of its kind in the country.

Besides keeping busy with all-things-wine, Birr has worked with the United Nations World Food Program which led five separate groups on missions to Honduras and El Salvador, providing food, clothing, shelter and medical care to more than 75,000 earthquake and flood victims.

He is a Certified Wine Educator, Third Level Master of Wine with Court of Master Sommeliers, US Delegate with the Italian Trade Commission and The French Wine Society. Over the years Charles has won numerous awards for his Wine programs. He has conducted Wine educational class as for twenty years, this is his seventh year at The Gloucester Wine Festival.

The Gloucester Wine Festival will return to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature wines from 12 Virginia wineries. The festival will also feature SlapNation Band, fresh local fare, and boast more than 45 vendors showcasing a variety of original work, including art, culinary creations, one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery and woodworking.

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs is located at 7900 Daffodil Lane.

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