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Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Virginia Wine Expo


January 14, 2020 | Ivy Publications

The Annual Virginia Wine Expo is coming up on March 3-8 in Richmond, Virginia. This popular event highlights not only premier wines but also spirits, cider, craft beer and artisan cuisine with over 30 curated events, including master-class seminars, tasting events, wine-paired dinners, lunches and brunches, and cooking classes.

This year, the expo is kicking off with a special preview event on Thursday, February 6. This 15-course Virginia wine dinner will be prepared by award-winning Chinese Chef and Restaurateur Peter Chang. The feast will be paired with Barboursville Vineyards wines and will be held at Q by Peter Chang, Chang’s flagship restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland.

The rest of the expo’s scheduled events will begin on Tuesday, March 3, and will take place in and around Richmond. The week’s signature events will be held at the beautiful Main Street Station, while other foodie and pairing events will take place at local restaurants and venues, giving attendees a chance to explore the city. Each year, the expo’s events showcase the best of Virginia wine, as well as another guest region from the United States and abroad. Along with hundreds of Virginia wines, this year’s selections will include wines from the International Guest Region Bordeaux and Loire Valley, France and the 2020 National Guest Region Washington State.

Tuesday through Friday, guests can choose from wine-paired dinners (including a dinner at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), seminars, workshops and a sparkling wine-paired lunch. Friday evening, Main Street Station will host the popular SMOKED! event, which features over 30 artisan dishes, over 35 whiskeys from Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Scotland, wines from Virginia, Bordeaux and Loire Valley, France and Washington State, craft beers and ciders.

Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a few additional specialty events before the Afternoon and Evening Walk-Around Grand Tastings and the Ultimate Brew Fest, all of which will be held at the Main Street Station. The heart of this expo, these tasting events offer guests the opportunity to try curated libations and meet and learn from winemakers, knowledgeable volunteers and distributor representatives.

The expo will conclude on Sunday, March 8, with a seminar on Rose, a farm-to-table brunch, a Sub Rosa Bakery wine dinner and the Grand Tasting event for locals.

With events featuring curated wines, brews, ciders and spirits, as well as artisan foods, the Virginia Wine Expo truly offers something for everyone and unique, educational experiences. We cannot wait to see all that the 2020 expo has in store for participants, and we hope to see you there!

You can learn more about the expo and find tickets/the full schedule of events here.

Photos Courtesy of the Virginia Wine Expo

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Talks with an Investment Manager: Tips for Investing in 2020


| Ivy Publications

Did financial goals make your 2020 resolutions list? When it comes to growing wealth, investing is one of the most tried-and-true methods, but knowing where and how to invest is tricky. So, we asked Sean Miller of Miller Asset Solutions in Charlottesville to share some insight into the practice.


“There is no secret to investing (this is the secret). It really comes down to not making a great deal of investment errors coupled with investing in good companies. That’s It … 100 percent,” says Miller. “That could be the whole article—don’t screw up and invest in companies that do well (or even moderately well). It is simple to say but difficult to practice and implement.” 

When investing, Miller recommends keeping the following points in mind:

  • Investment models will only get you so far and will often mislead you. The more complex the investment model/spreadsheet, the more likely you are to lose money. Analysts and investors often get lost in the micro details when it is the big picture that truly matters.
  • It is better to be approximately right, rather than precisely wrong when making investment decisions. Making decisions with less than perfect knowledge is often necessary, and you are often rewarded for bearing the risk of uncertainty. It is impossible to know everything about a security, so do the best with your current knowledge and experience.
  • No investment points are awarded for difficulty or complexity. Simple strategies can lead to outstanding returns. 
    • The success of indexing is evidence that the most simple investment approach can be successful and profitable. 
    • Or, you invest in a well diversified company like Corning (GLW – one of my favorites) that does well in three different areas:  technology (Gorilla Glass), automotive (catalytic converters and filters) and science (specialized glass and filters). 
    • Finally, it is perfectly acceptable to avoid securities you do not understand. Many famed investors like Warren Buffett call this putting investments in the “too hard” pile, and it has saved them both money and mental anguish. 

“The point is: investing is simple but not thoughtless. One must commit to making investing simple by NOT making overly complex investment models and avoiding investments they do not understand,” adds Miller. “Complexity is often used as a sales tool by banks and investment managers where they show off “the better investment mousetrap” via the use of leverage or complicated investment products. My experience is that the simple approach always outperforms the complex when thoughtfully implemented.”


You can also find more investment and financial insight in previous posts from our informative series with Miller. Just search for “Talks with an Investment Manager” in the blog’s search bar. For more information on Miller and Miller Asset Solutions, LLC, you can visit his website. 

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Holiday Port Pairing Ideas with Horton Vineyards


December 20, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Port wines are known for pairing well with certain cheeses and treats, making them a wonderful addition to any holiday table no matter whether you are serving nibbles at a party or dessert after a holiday feast. Versatile in their pairing options, port’s sweet taste can complement an array of foods. So, we went to Virginia’s port expert, Horton Vineyards to get some pairing suggestions we can all try while entertaining this holiday season! Not only was Horton the first vineyard in Virginia to make commercially available port wine since the end of prohibition with their 1995 vintage, but Horton Vineyards’ Founder Dennis Horton also first brought Portugal’s Touriga Nacional grape (a grape commonly used for port wine blends) to the state. Today, Horton is the only vineyard in Virginia making true Port wine.

We sat in on one of Horton’s pairing classes earlier this month to learn about different port pairings, as well as how the age of a wine can help it pair better with certain foods.

Horton Vineyards’ Port Pairing Suggestions:

  • Gorgonzola mousse (Paired with Horton’s 1997 Vintage Port)
  • Mixed green salad with roasted beats, fennel and balsamic dressing (Paired with Horton’s 2005 Vintage Port)
  • Fila cup topped with sautéed mushrooms and brie (Paired with Horton’s 2009 Vintage Port)
  • Biscotti topped with Apple Cinnamon Boursin Cheese (Paired with Horton’s 2008 Vintage Port)

Ready to try your own port paring? You can enjoy one of Horton Vineyards‘ vintage bottles available at their vineyard and online. In addition, Horton started the next generation’s batch of port wine last year. So, port lovers can look forward to that release in 2024.

No matter how you plan to pair your holiday entertaining and dinners this year, we wish everyone a very happy holiday season, full of great Virginia wine!

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

CrossKeys Harvest Dinner


December 12, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Wine-paired harvest dinners are a beloved part of the fall season in Virginia’s tastings country. They not only are a great way for local vineyards and wineries to show off their various vintages and wines but also offer guests the opportunity to better learn about staple wine and food pairings, while also enjoying a farm-to-table meal. Plus, many of these dinners offer guests the exclusive chance to meet and interact with the winemaker. Here is an inside look at one of these celebrations held at CrossKeys Vineyards last month.

On November 1, CrossKeys hosted their annual Harvest Dinner, featuring a five-course, locally sourced dinner. The dinner was held in CrossKeys’ Key Room, where 55 guests were seated at one long table decorated for the season with a maroon runner, pumpkins and fresh greenery.

The meal began with a sweet potato bisque topped with crispy capicola and vanilla crème fraîche and paired with 2018 Fiore. The second course featured cedar-wilted spinach, warm brie dressing, meyer lemon zest and brulée strawberry, alongside a 2017 Chardonnay. The third course followed with bacon-wrapped pork loin, butternut squash mousseline and prosciutto wrapped squash, which was completed with a 2016 Petit Verdot. Next, guests enjoyed pan-roasted trout, cinnamon apple spoonbread and fried brussels paired with a 2017 Pinot Noir. The delicious meal concluded with blood orange bourbon crème brulée paired with a 2016 Tavern. 

During the meal, Winemaker Steve Monson spoke and told guests about the wonderful harvest season CrossKeys had this year. Alongside expressing how the weather was optimal for both harvesting and winemaking, Monson provided industry insight into the various wines the attendees were enjoying throughout the meal.

Guests left the CrossKeys Vineyards‘ harvest dinner full from a delicious farm-to-table feast and excited for the wines that will come from the 2019 grape harvest. If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or a foodie, we definitely recommend partaking in this seasonal tradition at one of your favorite vineyards next year. You can also see another recent harvest dinner at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in our latest issue, Book 9!

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Introducing the Wine and Country Shops New Space!


December 9, 2019 | Ivy Publications

In November, our lifestyle shop, the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop, moved to a new, larger location in Ivy, just outside of Charlottesville. Approximately 1,500 feet down the road from our previous location, you can now find the boutique at 4282 Ivy Road!

While the Shop’s address has changed, the same quality country attire and artisan essentials remain stocked in the new building alongside new items that can’t be found anywhere else. The Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop now features over 40 Virginian artisans and offers award-winning Monticello AVA wines, craft beverages, local foods, art & décor, home & garden accessories, tailgating essentials and quality apparel from premier brands like Dubarry of Ireland.

To make holiday shopping a little easier, the Shop has debuted extended hours for the entire month of December—Monday–Saturday, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. No matter if you are looking for charming stocking stuffers or meaningful gifts for the special people in your life, you are sure to find something unique and perfect for any interest at the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop this season!

You can also find the latest issues of both Wine & Country Life and Wine & Country Weddings at the Shop. Know someone who would love one of the magazines? Ask about our annual subscriptions! Gift certificates for the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop are also be available for purchase. We hope to see you at the Shop this season!

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

The Paramount Reveals NEW Members Lounge by U-Fab


December 5, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Last Monday to a packed room of enthusiastic supporters, The Paramount Theater in Downtown Charlottesville kicked off the holiday season with the reveal of its newly remodeled Members Lounge. The new lounge was greatly enhanced with beautiful lush banquet sofas, chairs and cocktail tables, all created by the talented team at U-Fab Interiors of Charlottesville.

The guests were also treated to an evening of drinks and delightful food provided by Harvest Moon Catering. Board of Directors Chair David Gies welcomed those in attendance and thanked them for their continued support. Below, from left to right, The Paramount’s Director of Marketing Maran Garland, thanked U-Fab designers Kai’li Millner and Wendi Marshall alongside The Paramount’s Executive Director Chris Eure, all of whom were so thrilled with the outcome of the project. “We’re really proud of the space and had so much fun working with The Paramount. The project worked out great,” said Designer and Manager Wendi Jackson.

The Paramount Theater is officially decked out and ready for the holidays! Locals and visitors alike look to The Paramount over the holidays for an array of events, such as the Nutcracker Ballet and other special holiday concerts. As guests admired the holiday décor, Marketing Director Garland pointed out, “Many people don’t realize that many of our beautiful and more intimate upstairs rooms are available for rent. We even have a small dining room that families or businesses can rent out during the holidays that overlooks our famous marquee.” This year, those who want to show their support for the landmark theater can also purchase a tree ornament featuring the famous Paramount marquee, which is available at both the theater and the newly relocated Wine & Country Shop in Ivy!

In a playful moment, U-Fab Designers Kai’li and Wendi wished everyone a Happy Holiday!

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Historic Holidays in Charlottesville


November 30, 2019 | Ivy Publications

While Charlottesville is known as a wonderful destination for history lovers any time of the year, with its various historic sites and homes that are open for public tours and visitation, experiencing these attractions during the holidays is a unique and wonderful experience. During the holiday season, Charlottesville’s historic sites join in the festivities and offer visitors the opportunity to experience decorations and traditions of holidays past. Scroll on to learn about some of the historic places you can visit this season!

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Home of our third President, University of Virginia founder, and author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello displays the holiday traditions of his time. Monticello is open daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. On December 6, 7, 13, 14, 18–23, & 26–30, you can also enjoy special Holiday Evening Tours.

Michie Tavern

This 18th-century tavern, named after proprietor Corporal William Michie, features colonial decorations, southern fare and servers in period attire. Michie Tavern’s dining room is open every day from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

James Monroe’s Highland

When visiting Highland, home of our fifth President James Monroe this holiday seasonvisitors will enjoy seeing the decorations, including greenery and arrangements sourced from plants and trees on the estate. The entire house will be decorated for the holidays through January 3. Highland is open daily from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The historic home will host a special After Hours at Highland event on December 28 from 4:30–6 p.m.

James Madison’s Montpelier

Home of our fourth President James Madison, Montpelier’s mansion showcases 19th-century holiday decorations and customs. Montpelier is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Photo by Jennifer Powers, courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation)

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Make Your Holiday Dinner a Farm-to-Table Experience


November 12, 2019 | Ivy Publications

For many families, an integral part of the holiday season is a large family meal, from Thanksgiving supper to Christmas Day dinner and every celebration in between. During the season of giving, one way to give back to the Earth is to support local, sustainable farming practices. Family-run Timbercreek Farm embodies these holiday values year-round, supplying Charlottesville chefs and food connoisseurs with ethically produced meat while maintaining the land’s sustainability with practices such as raising the farm’s animals on “stress-free” pastures.

Zach Miller and his wife, Sara, returned to Charlottesville in 2006 to the 600-acre farm that Zach’s grandparents had owned since the late 1970s. His grandparents used the farm largely as a hobby farm, but Zach was inspired to utilize it to produce products and goods under a biodynamic model. The couple moved forward, creating a farm with a mission-driven purpose of preserving the land, providing a high quality of life for the farm’s animals, and creating an environmentally responsible and sustainable farm and business model. The property’s evolution is the story of an entire family making an impact on the farm, and vice versa. Zach’s parents, while not involved in a direct role, are supportive, and Zach and Sara involve their three children on the farm, too.

Through it all, Zach is consistently committed to ensuring Timbercreek Farm adheres to their vision of using the biodynamic agricultural model of permaculture. The concept revolves around developing an ecosystem on the farm that is entirely sustainable. Using a rotational grazing method, they breed grass-fed cattle as well as chickens, turkeys, pigs and, sporadically, ducks. Chickens move daily, and cows move at least every two days with other animals being rotated accordingly, all the while ensuring that all are provided with fresh forage. In return, the land benefits from the rotation and is not exposed to re-grazing for at least six weeks. Erosion and soil depletion are minimized while the fertility of the land is preserved.

“I like to call it a domesticated ecosystem. It’s a fully functioning ecosystem that sustains the farm,” Zach explains. His farming method has afforded Timbercreek Farm the advantage of remaining free of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and hormones. While grain-fed beef can be produced in significantly less time, Zach believes grass feeding has a positive impact on the sustainability of the environment, as well as on the quality and taste of their product. “Fundamentally, we’re grass farmers because the quality of the animal is a direct result of the forage. The grass management is the foundation for the flavors to be expressed.”

Grass-fed beef is significantly leaner, and the Millers espouse the superiority of its substance. “What you’ll notice primarily in grass-fed beef, especially in Virginia, is an iron-rich beefy flavor that has a lot to do with the soil. Texture, in chicken, has more substance from developed muscle textures because they haven’t just been lounging around. You can also taste the natural forage—nutty flavors—in the pork and chicken.”

Knowing the farm’s operations are successful is a source of pride for the Millers, but ensuring that the livestock is both satisfying and accessible for consumers is also important. “What we have believed since the beginning is that the product has to sell itself by being delicious.”

Timbercreek Farm’s sustainable farming practices celebrate the natural flavors in their ethically produced meat, creating a healthy ecosystem that the Millers and their consumers can feel good about. The Timbercreek Farm website allows their customers to place holiday orders, available for pick up at select stores in the Charlottesville area. Whether you are looking for a free-range turkey for your Thanksgiving table or a antibiotic- and hormone-free ham for your holiday table, Timbercreek is a great local source.

Prefer to eat out during the holidays? You can also find a list of local restaurants that use products from Timbercreek on the farm’s website!

Read more about Timbercreek Farm in Book 7 of Wine & Country Life. Original words by Jennifer Waldera.

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Wine and Country Life, Book Nine


November 4, 2019 | Ivy Publications

We are so excited to announce the release of Book Nine of Wine & Country Life! With our new partnership with Whole Foods Market, it is easier than ever to find and enjoy our newest issue!

In Book Nine, you will meet the winemaker at Stone Tower Winery, experience ballooning over the Blue Ridge Mountains, spend a day in the field with local skeet shooters, dine under the stars at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, learn about the designer and sewer behind Lineage Goods, join Afton Mountain Vineyards in celebrating 40 years, tour the recently renovated Boar’s Head Resort, meet the head chef at the Salamander Resort, walk the streets of Western Europe’s oldest city and so much more!

Ready to get your copy? Find locations across the state of Virginia with Book Nine here.

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Cassoulet with Oyster Mushrooms Recipe


October 30, 2019 | Ivy Publications

The former Blackthorne Inn in Upperville, Virginia, is currently in the process of being reimagined by Easton Porter Group, who bought the property in 2016. Projected to open in 2021, the inn promises to become a place of relaxation, refreshment, and inspiration. Organic gardens are being developed in order to supply the property with the freshest produce, herbs, and flowers—a signature priority of Easton Porter Group. Additional goods and ingredients will be sourced from local vendors and purveyors. This farm-to-table and local sourcing initiative can be seen in practice at other properties under the group, including Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.

Ahead of the inn’s reopening, we asked the group to share a few dishes similar to those we can expect the inn’s restaurant and pub to be serving. In the coming months, we will be sharing a few of these delectable recipes that encapsulate Easton Porter Group’s commitment to gourmet and locally-sourced fare, as we eagerly await the inn’s official menu debut in 2021. Enjoy!

Cassoulet with Oyster Mushrooms

By Ian Rynecki  – Corporate Executive Chef – Easton Porter Group

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound                      Tarbais beans, dry (or cannellini)
  • 3 tablespoons             Salt
  • 6 ounces                     Slab bacon, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 pound                       Boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1.5 inch cubes
  • 1 pound                       Fresh pork sausage, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 each                         Onion, large, finely diced 
  • .5 pound                      Oyster mushrooms, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 each                         Cloves
  • 2 each                         Bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs                       Thyme
  • 4 sprigs                       Parsley
  • As needed                   Butcher’s twine
  • 1 each                         Carrot, peeled, cut into 3-inch sections
  • 2 stalks                        Celery, cut into 3-inch sections
  • 1-2 each                      Cloves elephant garlic
  • 1  28 –ounce can        Peeled tomatoes
  • 1 quart                         Chicken stock, plus more as needed to rehydrate
  • 4 pieces                       Duck confit, cleaned into large chunks, bones reserved

Procedure:

To begin, cover beans with 3-quarts water and add 3 tablespoons salt. Stir to combine and let sit at room temperature overnight. Drain and rinse the beans, set aside.

Using a wide stainless steel pot, sear the bacon over low heat, rendering out the bacon fat, about 8 minutes. Remove from the pan. Sear the pork shoulder in the same pan, cook for 5 minutes until the pork begins to brown. Flip over and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the pan.

Sear the sausage, cut side down, for about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove sausage from the pot and set aside with the remainder of the cooked meat.          

Add onions and mushrooms to pot and cook for 5 minutes. Tie the clove, bay leaf, thyme and parsley together using butcher’s twine. Add the bundle to a pot with drained beans, carrot, celery, garlic, tomato product and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce to low, cover pot and cook until beans are almost tender, about 45 minutes.

Remove the aromatics (carrots, celery, bay leaf, clove, and parsley mixture). Add bacon, pork shoulder, duck confit, and sausage to pot, stir. Transfer to a 300-degree Fahrenheit oven and cook, uncovered, until a thin crust forms on top, about 2 hours, adding more chicken stock as needed. Continue to cook for an additional 2 hours, until a nice brown crust has formed on the top.


And what is any meal without its complementing wine? Corporate Executive Chef Ian Rynecki recommends pairing this dish with Easton Blue from Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, noting “In this dish the earthy mushrooms demand a fruit-forward tannic wine like our Easton Blue.” 

Photos by Kate Greer, Courtesy of Easton Porter Group

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.