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For the Love of Hot Chocolate


February 21, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Throughout the month of February, hot chocolate lovers can warm up with a different decadent flavor of the rich drink each day at the European-inspired MarieBette Café and Bakery.

Hot chocolate originated in Mexico and was originally served cold. It as made by mixing hand ground cocoa seeds with water and a few other ingredients, including chili peppers. After cocoa beans were imported to Europe, the drink evolved to being served hot and without chili peppers. Today, no longer a bitter drink, hot chocolate is served in various sweet styles and is a local delight at places around Charlottesville, where you can enjoy a rich, hot cup with soft fresh-made marshmallows.

However, MarieBette is taking their hot chocolate to the next level this month by incorporating unique ingredients each day, from peppermint to lemon peel. Just take a look at this indulgent S’mores hot chocolate served on February 6 (below). Scroll on for a full list of the gourmet flavors you can expect throughout the rest of the month, and experience this fresh take on hot chocolate!

February 21: Violet

February 22: Roasted Banana

February 23: Raspberry

February 24: Orange Peel

February 25: Dark Cherry

February 26: White Chocolate Cardamom

February 27: Moroccan Spice

February 28: Passion Fruit

For more information about this delightful local bakery, click here to see their feature in Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

*Photos courtesy of MarieBette Café and Bakery


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more;
 the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

 

Local Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas


February 9, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Here are a few local ideas we love. Purchase them for your loved one or use them as hints to help your significant other find the perfect present.

Artisanal Jewelry: Unique, hand-crafted pieces, like this stunning red diamond ring from Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry, are sure to be timeless and treasured gifts.

A Valentine’s Day Look: For the woman who likes to dress up, this is an excellent gift idea before an evening on the town—surprise her with a new chic dress, like this beautiful one from Verdigris.

Personalized Floral Arrangements: While this may seem like a classic gift idea, talented floral designers, like those at Tourterelle Floral Design, can help you pick and/or design a spectacular arrangement that is sure to take your love’s breath away.

A Spa Day: Guarantee your loved one the time to relax with this thoughtful gift idea. Consider one of our stunning local oases, like The Mill House Spa by Neroli at The Inn at Willow Grove or the Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness Center.

Artisanal Chocolates: Gone are the days of guessing which chocolates in your heart-shaped box will taste good when you order artisan, hand-crafted chocolates, like these from Charlottesville’s Kilwins.

Be sure to also check out our CHO•ho Style section in the most recent issue for more gift ideas!

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

 

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Charlottesville


February 7, 2018 | Ivy Publications

With Valentine’s Day almost here, many of us are thinking about how we want to celebrate. Scroll on for five romantic ideas to share with your special someone. Be sure to also check the Charlottesville Welcome Book for local Valentine’s Day-inspired events taking place throughout the next week.

1. Make a delicious wine-paired pork loin roast with vegetables. Toast to love over a romantic candlelit dinner. Click here for this delicious recipe from Feast!’s Kate Collier, or check out these other pairing ideas if you are in the mood to serve a different dish. Prefer to dine out? Consider one of these gourmet restaurants.

2. Enjoy a couple’s spa treatment. Sign up for a couple’s massage, facial or pedicure, and relax together. This Couple’s Facial and Pedicure Special at the romantic Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness Center is one of many that you can enjoy locally.

3. Set up your own wine and chocolate pairing. Check out our Wine & Chocolate story in Book Three, and learn which wines pair well with the different Gearharts Fine Chocolates. Then, set up your own delectable tasting session for you and your significant other. This is a great post-meal way to enjoy hand-crafted chocolates on Valentine’s Day. (Photo below by Jen Fariello)

4. Plan a cozy stay-cation. Valentine’s Day is the perfect night to book an evening in one of our area inns or bed & breakfasts like the Inn at Willow Grove (pictured below). Enjoy local sparkling wine while you escape the rush of everyday life together.

5. Enjoy an evening on the town. Booking a limousine service, such as A & A Limousine or Top Shelf Transportation, gives you the freedom to spend and enjoy time together as a couple while visiting vineyards or just exploring the town, even if you do not have your plans solidified.

Lead Image by Jen Fariello

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

Basking in the Warm Glow


January 23, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Winter is here, and that means days and evenings spent cozying up by the fire with a glass of local wine and a great book. We teamed up with Cathy Purple Cherry, Principal and Founder of Purple Cherry Architects, to learn a little more about what makes a fireplace so special and what goes into designing one.

“Fire has an amazing way of fueling the soul. The feeling of warmth, the movement of the flames, the color of the coals and the smell of the smoke all work together to create reflective, meditative opportunities. Fire brings life through heat and cooked food. Fire creates memories of camping and s’mores. And, fire fosters romance in a dimly lit room,” said Cherry.

While fire has all those mood enhancing qualities, safety is always important. “[Building] codes define the thickness of the chimney walls, the depth of the forward hearth and the proximity of wood to the opening,” Cherry said. She added that those codes don’t hinder the creation of a beautiful fireplace. They simply provide the necessary protection.

Above, large monolithic hearthstones span across three massive openings to create a 5’ fireplace with two large wood storage boxes. The boxes flank a four-panel art piece that electronically splits in the middle to expose a large TV. Photo by David Burroughs [Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (fireplace in living room).]

Cherry shared with us the amazing work of Lew French as an example of how unique and creative a fireplace can be. “One of the most creative fireplace designers in the world is Lew French. For over 35 years, he has created incredible fireplaces using stones, antique rocks, lichen and wood in their natural form. Each build is a work of art. Like an intricate needlepoint or a sophisticated mosaic, Mr. French weaves different shapes and materials together to make a statement,” said Cherry.

Above, this dreamy fireplace by famous stonemason Lew French combines a wide range of stones and driftwood to create an intense variety of patterns. [Example of Lew French work.]

Cherry also shared what she thinks is the most significant part of a fireplace—its ability to to bring people together. “Fire draws people in,” said Cherry, “gathering them together near the warmth and flames for comfortable conversations. With today’s modern fuel sources, fireplaces are showing up in many shapes and sizes for every style and in many different places, too. From the traditional stone wood-burning fireplace to the outside gas fire pit, or the contemporary line of flames flickering from polished stones to the slot of fire washing a sheet of glass, fire warms our hearts and deepens our conscious thoughts.”

As you enjoy your own fireplace this winter, think of how it could be enhanced even more with some creativity and design. Visit Purple Cherry Architects to see more of their beautiful projects.

This study fireplace above integrates large boulders, small pebbles and a cantilevered hearthstone to create a stone art wall similar to the work of Lew French. The fireplace hearth twists to face the desk for easy viewing. Photo by David Burroughs [Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (stone office fireplace).]

All photos courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects. Lead Photo by David Burroughs [Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (linear modern fireplace in master bedroom).]

 

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target markets since 1998.

CHO•ho Style: Last-Minute Gift Guide


December 20, 2017 | Ivy Publications

With all of the amazing stores in Charlottesville, it is easy to find something for everyone on your list this season. Here are some of our favorite CHO•ho Style items for the home, for her or for him to help make your search a little easier! You may even find something for yourself.


For the Home:

  1. Six-in-One Spirit Chest in Antiqued Wood with Brass Hardware from The Shop at Monticello | $165
  2. Antique English Mahogany Muffin Stand from Melrose Antiques | $595
  3. Artisan-Made Wine Bottle Opener by Grandpa Gene from Horton Vineyards | $52
  4. Hand Crafted 9″ Saute from Blanc Creatives | $210
  5. Curry and Company La Malaquita Chandelier from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery | $4,994
  6. Artisanal 7″ Stainless Santoku with Cholla Cactus in Resin from Monolith Studio | $500 & 8″ Damascus Chef’s Knife with Koa Handle from Monolith Studio | $700
  7. Découpage Garden Lacquer Tray in Black from Caspari | $120
  8. Jefferson’s Monticello Obelisk Clock from The Shop at Monticello | $1,791


For Her:

  1. John Hardy Legends Naga Three Row Bracelet in Pearl and White Moonstone from Finks Jewelers | $1,695
  2. Leather Rachel Tote with Pouch by Fossil from Short Pump Town Center | $198
  3. Handcrafted Whiskey Soy Candle from Lux Aromatics | $34 & Handcrafted Beer-Infused Soap from Lux Aromatics | $12
  4. “The Vineyard” Hat with “The Traveler” Scarf from the Wine & Country Collection | $65
  5. Harriet & Vee by Thierry Drapanis Necklace from Pour La Maison | $218
  6. Three-Quarter-Length Princess Jacket by Joseph Ribkoff from Verdigris Clothier | $358


For Him:

  1. Stone Rose Crew Neck Sweater from Verdigris Clothier | $199
  2. Dubarry Kerry Men’s Leather Ankle Boots from Country Club Prep Charlottesville | $399
  3. Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch of Quartz in Stainless Steel Case with Silver Dial and Leather Strap from Schwarzschild, Keller & George Jeweler | $795
  4. Locally-Made Navy Blue & White Wide Grosgrain Braces with Leather Tabs from Barron’s Hunter | $100
  5. Artisanal Large Hoof Pick Belt from Wiley Brothers | $185

Be sure to check out our CHO•ho Style section in each book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for more of our favorite local finds!


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Holiday Wine & Cheese Pairings


December 18, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Tis’ the season for entertaining and hosting. It is well known that a cheese board is the perfect bite to serve prior to a meal or during event activities, like tree decorating. However, knowing the proper wine to pair with your artisanal cheese spread is sure to take your hosting to the next level. We hope you enjoy these four cheese and wine pairings from Award-Winning Cheesemonger Nadjeeb Chouaf:

  • Challerhocker (swiss cheese): with Viognier
  • Tulip Tree Trillium (triple cream, mold-ripened cheese): with Extra-Dry Sparkling
  • Stickelton (English blue cheese): with Port Style
  • Caromont Farm’s Ashed Blue: with Gewurztraminer

If you are looking for local cheese to serve at your next event, consider visiting Our Lady of the Angels in nearby Crozet or Caromont Farm in Esmont. Caromont Farm also sells at the Charlottesville City Market (Open April–November 17, 2018).

Want to learn more about these wine and cheese pairings? Click here to see them featured in Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

Photography by Sarah Cramer Shields

Original story by Brian Mellott


From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Dazzle Friends & Family This Holiday Season


December 15, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Whether you are shopping for someone on your holiday list or are looking for the perfect look for upcoming holiday parties and events, the right jewelry is a must. We collaborated with Schwarzschild Keller & George to share some stunning pieces we are loving this season:

LAGOS Bracelets & Rings: We love the intricate detail in each masterpiece from the LAGOS “Caviar” collections. These pieces are sure to stand out from your attire.

Hearts on Fire Diamond Rings and Bracelets: These dazzling diamond pieces (below: top left and bottom) look amazing when stacked with other bracelets and rings, and can add the perfect touch of glamour to any look.

Roberto Coin and Marco Bicego White Gold Bracelets: The chic Roberto Coin bangle bracelet with 0.50 carats of diamonds and the Marco Bicego “Masai” hand-engraved bracelet with 0.21 carats of diamonds (below: top right) help create a classic and effortless holiday ensemble.

Marco Bicego Yellow Gold Necklace: The perfect finishing touch to your casual outfit, the Marco Bicego 18K yellow-gold hand-engraved “Jaipur Resort” necklace has rose cut cushion mother of pearl.

For more jewelry, or to find these pieces, visit Schwarzschild Keller & George. Be sure to also check out the CHO•ho style section of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for more fashion.

Photos courtesy of Schwarzschild Keller & George

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

4 Local Books to Curl Up With This Holiday Season


December 12, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Once the holidays arrive and the lists have been double and triple checked and everything is wrapped, most of us can finally take a deep breath, enjoy time with family and friends and set aside time for ourselves. Whether you are traveling or staying at home this season, having a good read is a must for some much needed downtime.

From University of Virginia alum to local authors, our area can be credited with a plethora of writing talent. Here are some fantastic local reads to enjoy this season:

  • Cakewalk by Rita Mae Brown; Fiction
    • Cakewalk, set in Brown’s Runnymede, follows two sisters who are coming of age in the 1920s in a small southern town on the Mason-Dixon line. Brown, who lives in Afton, Virginia, is well known for her animal mystery series—Sneaky Pie Brown and Sister Jane. Learn more.
  • Collected Poems: 1974-2004 by Rita Dove; Poetry
    • This powerful collection of poetry by Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize Winner and University of Virginia Professor Rita Dove is a must-read and a must-have for any library. Learn more.
  • Fever by Mary Beth Keane; Historical Fiction
    • This 2013 book written by a UVA alumna explores the life of Mary Mallon, also known as “Typhoid Mary.” This book is set to be adapted for a BBC American and Annapurna Television limited series with Elisabeth Moss playing Mary. Learn more. (Photo courtesy of Simon & Schuster)
  • The Rooster Bar by John Grisham; Fiction
    • This new legal thriller by Charlottesville’s John Grisham follows law students who discover they are caught in a student loan/law school scam. You can find other works by John Grisham, such as Camino Island, Rogue Lawyer and The Whistler in the “Literature Notes” section of the Charlottesville Wine & Country Living books. (Photo courtesy of Doubleday)

Be sure to follow the “Literature Notes” in each issue of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for more great local book recommendations.

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Give the Gift of Montpelier


December 7, 2017 | Ivy Publications

When the holiday season begins, we are always looking for great local gifts for all the loved ones on our shopping list. Historical sites and homes like James Madison’s Montpelier are great places to look for items that showcase and exemplify our rich and unique area. Here are some of our favorites from the Montpelier Shop.

For the Kitchen

  • Assorted Mugs from Montpelier: $6.99–$12.99
  • Half-pound of Montpelier Coffee, Roasted and Blended by Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters: $8.99

  • Virginia-made Jams, Jellies, Preserves and Marmalade: $5.99–$8.99
  • “Taste of Country Cooking” by Edna Lewis from Orange County, Virginia: $24.99 for Hardcover Edition

  • Hand-blown Glass Items from Blenko Glass Company: $45–$105

For the Closet

  • Limited-edition Silk Scarves by Nina J. Design Studios: $40–$55

For the Living Room

  • Assorted Seasonal Snow Globes by Cool Snow Globes: $50–$54

Photos courtesy of James Madison’s Montpelier

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.

Charlottesville Wine & Country Launches New Love Tote!


November 14, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Here at Charlottesville Wine & Country, we believe that Charlottesville Loves, not hates. That is why, in light of recent events on our beloved Downtown Mall, we urge you to visit the locally-owned businesses on the Mall who have struggled financially in the wake of these events.

We will be donating 100% of net proceeds from the sale of our “Charlottesville Loves” bags to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, established by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Please support this and other local efforts and campaigns to not only move our community forward, but most importantly, help our Downtown Mall thrive.

You can find the “Charlottesville Loves” bag locally at the following locations:

  • Darling Boutique
  • Finch
  • Lynne Goldman Elements
  • UFab Interiors
  • Verdigris

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook. Email us at living@ivypublications.com with your questions and inquiries, or call us at 434-984-4713.