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James River Wine Festival & Kentucky Derby Party 

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Wine lovers starved for the distinct flavor of Virginia vintages need wait only as long as Saturday for the ninth annual James River Wine Festival. This is Central Virginia's largest wine festival with more than 20 of the state's leading wineries showing off their reds and whites.

As far as food goes, we hear the festival will be catered by Carytown Seafood, the Crab House, Traditionals, TCBY and Simply Chefs. Food sampling displays by various sauce and herb gurus around town will also be present.

Get there early to enjoy the jazz sounds of Glenroy Bailey and Friends and meander around the arts and crafts booths, noon-7 p.m. at the Boulders office park in South Side. $15 includes wine glass and unlimited sampling. Continues Sunday. Children free. 353-1525.

After getting sufficiently relaxed and satiated on seafood at the wine festival, you still have time to make it to the seventh annual Kentucky Derby Party on the lawn of the historic Tuckahoe Plantation in Goochland County. Starting at 4 p.m., this benefit for Richmond Ballet features, along with live jazz of Walter Bell and the Latin Jazz Unit, badminton and socializing, a huge buffet dinner courtesy of TasteBuds catering in North Side. Of course you'll also get live Kentucky Derby coverage provided on gigantic screen TVs and a party that lasts well into the night. Good luck Sunday.

Kentucky Derby Party tickets are $60 at 359-0906, and $65 at the gate.



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