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Monticello Wine Trail Shines Again at Governor’s Cup Gala


February 28, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Last night, the 2018 Annual Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition Gala was held at the Main Street Station, a chic newly-renovated Richmond venue. During the competition, now in its 36th year, esteemed judges sampled over 440 Virginia wines, judging based on appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality and commercial suitability. The judges awarded 99 Gold Medals to the best wines with 12 of the highest scored wines selected for the prestigious Governor’s Cup Case. Out of those top wines, all made with 100% Virginia fruit, the wine with the highest overall score was selected as the Governor’s Cup Winner. The judges enthused about how it is an exciting time to be involved in Virginia wine, as vintages are expressing place well and there is a emergence of Virginia signature styles coming forth.

Local winery King Family Vineyards, represented at the Gala by winemaker Matthieu Finot and owners David and Ellen King, as well as other family and team members (below, bottom right), was awarded its third Governor’s Cup by the honorable Governor Ralph Northam. King Family’s winning wine, a 2014 Meritage (below) was aged for 18 months in French oak and composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Below (bottom left), Winemaker Matthieu Finot, who has been with King Family Vineyards since 2003, pours a glass of the celebrated 2014 Meritage among the many congratulations of peers and wine enthusiasts.

Established in 1998, King Family Vineyards was one of six Monticello AVA members to be chosen for the 2018 Governor’s Cup Case along with Barboursville Vineyards, Early Mountain Vineyards, Jefferson Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards and Veritas Vineyard & Winery. In addition, CrossKeys Vineyards of the Shenanhoah Valley was selected to be in the prestigious group, as well as Northern Virginia vineyards, North Gate Vineyard, Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery and Virginia Cellars. Along with its Governor’s Cup winning-wine, King Family had three other wines awarded with gold medals this year.

Below (top right), Winemaker Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyards, which has won four Governor’s Cups previously (2013, 2007, 1999 &1992), congratulates fellow Monticello AVA member and owner of King Family Vineyards, David King, on their third win for the prestigious award. Barboursville Vineyards’ 2014 Paxxito was selected for the Governor’s Cup Case and Barboursville was awarded five additional gold medals for various vintages and wines (below, top left).

Other local vineyards shined in this year’s competition, including Early Mountain Vineyards, which received four gold medals along with its 2015 Eluvium, which was featured in the Governor’s Cup Case (below, bottom left). Early Mountain Vineyards has also revealed a chic new logo this year for their elegant wines.

Veritas Vineyard and Winery was awarded four gold medals including its 2015 Petit Verdot which was selected for the Governor’s Cup Case. Veritas continued to shine through Flying Fox Vineyard (the new boutique vineyard of winemakers Emily Pelton and Elliot Watkins of Veritas) which also received two gold medals (below, bottom right) in addition to a charming new logo for Flying Fox Vineyard that was revealed at the gala.

 

Now in their seventeenth year, CrossKeys Vineyards exemplified the talent of the Shenandoah Valley at the gala. Winemaker Stephan Heyns and Director of Marketing Babak Bakhtiar (seen below at top left) proudly poured their 2015 Ali d’Oro for guests which was featured in the Governor’s Cup Case.

Charlottesville area wines excelled by representing 7 out of the 12 chosen wines being chosen for Governor’s Cup Case, and more than half of the nearly 90 Gold Medal winning wines were produced by local Charlottesville area wineries. Local Gold winning wines also in a attendance at the Gala were Castle Hill Cider for their 2016 Serendipity, Valley Road Vineyards for their 2015 Viognier and DuCard Vineyards for their 2014 Petit Verdot and 2016 Signature Viognier.

Other notable local winners were First Colony Winery with two Silver medals and two Bronze medals, and Horton Vineyards with four Silver medal wins.

Overall, the evening was a true testament to both our region’s wine industry and accomplishments. A huge Wine & Country cheers to our region’s many talented winemakers! We couldn’t be prouder!

 

 

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.

Verdigris Debuts Spring Fashions


February 24, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Thursday evening, Charlottesville Wine & Country joined a packed house at Old Metropolitan Hall in Downtown Charlottesville to see the latest spring trends at Verdigris Clothier’s celebration of fashion, women and the boutique’s grand re-opening.

Owner, Mazi Ochayon, (seen below at right with Elizabeth Irvin, Executive Director of the Women’s Initiative at left) hosted a fabulous fashion show featuring their chic Joseph Ribkoff and Stone Rose lines while guests enjoyed sparkling wine and music. Joseph Ribkoff’s spring collection featured beautiful bright floral patterns and black statement dresses and tops, while Stone Rose showcased dapper pastel and patterned shirts. The event benefited the Women’s Initiative, a local nonprofit that works to empower women by providing them with effective counseling, social support and education.

Following the fashion show, guests were invited to visit the stunningly refurbished Verdigris boutique next door, browse spring lines and enjoy hors d’oeuvres from local Brasserie Saison, C & O Restaurant and Hamilton’s at First Main. Guests mingled while discussing their favorite trends from the evening and trying on new looks for the season.

The event showcased the spirit of Charlottesville, bringing together professionals and community members in support of a local business and a wonderful cause. You can visit Verdigris at their elegant Downtown boutique or online to find spring pieces and be sure to check our CHO•ho Style section this spring for more of the latest fashion trends and must-haves.

 

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.

For the Love of Hot Chocolate


February 23, 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 was 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, like MarieBette, 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.