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:
Six-in-One Spirit Chest in Antiqued Wood with Brass Hardware from The Shop at Monticello | $165
Antique English Mahogany Muffin Stand from Melrose Antiques | $595
Artisan-Made Wine Bottle Opener by Grandpa Gene from Horton Vineyards | $52
Hand Crafted 9″ Saute from Blanc Creatives | $210
Curry and Company La Malaquita Chandelier from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery | $4,994
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
Découpage Garden Lacquer Tray in Black from Caspari | $120
Jefferson’s Monticello Obelisk Clock from The Shop at Monticello | $1,791
John Hardy Legends Naga Three Row Bracelet in Pearl and White Moonstone from Finks Jewelers | $1,695
Leather Rachel Tote with Pouch by Fossil from Short Pump Town Center | $198
Handcrafted Whiskey Soy Candle from Lux Aromatics | $34 & Handcrafted Beer-Infused Soap from Lux Aromatics | $12
“The Vineyard” Hat with “The Traveler” Scarf from the Wine & Country Collection | $65
Harriet & Vee by Thierry Drapanis Necklace from Pour La Maison | $218
Three-Quarter-Length Princess Jacket by Joseph Ribkoff from Verdigris Clothier | $358
Stone Rose Crew Neck Sweater from Verdigris Clothier | $199
Dubarry Kerry Men’s Leather Ankle Boots from Country Club Prep Charlottesville | $399
Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch of Quartz in Stainless Steel Case with Silver Dial and Leather Strap from Schwarzschild, Keller & George Jeweler | $795
Locally-Made Navy Blue & White Wide Grosgrain Braces with Leather Tabs from Barron’s Hunter | $100
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!
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.
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.
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.
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