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The Virginia Wine Expo returns Feb. 18 to 23, and since it began in 2007, it's continued to grow. "This is literally the biggest wine and food event in the Mid-Atlantic," says Alex Papajohn, the man in charge. "The main event is the Walk-Around Grand Tasting, and there should be about 11,000 people there." Tickets to the Grand Tasting are $36, and more than 450 wines from more than 65 Virginia wineries will be for sale. This year, for the first time, wines can be shipped to other states through the new, ABC-certified Virginia Wine Expo shipping center. Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St., 349-6909 or virginiawineexpo.com .