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Virginia Festival of the Book Returns With Exciting Programs


March 22, 2018 | Ivy Publications

The Virginia Festival of the Book, a celebration of literature produced by the Virginia Humanities that brings together writers and readers each year, returns March 21-25 to Downtown Charlottesville. The five-day festival features about 250 programs. The 2018 line-up of authors and talks encompasses an exciting range of topics, from biographies and memoirs to food and travel.

This year, Charlottesville Wine & Country Living is proud to co-host two events: “Eat Me: Cookbooks for All Tastes and Moods” at Barnes & Noble, on Friday, March 23, from 12-1:30pm, and “Reading Under the Influence” at Common Grounds on Friday, March 23, from 9:30-11:30pm.

“Eat Me: Cookbooks for All Tastes and Moods” features three popular authors: Jamie DeMent, author of The Farmhouse Chef; Ken Haedrich, author of The Harvest Baker; and Barbara Pleasant, author of Homegrown Pantry. (Please note, the event was also originally set to include Lindsey Smith author of Eat Your Feelings, but she is no longer able to attend.) Perfect for any lover of the farm-to-table movement, these chefs will share about their books, cooking, gardening and their love of freshly picked ingredients. The event will be moderated by Tanya Cobb, the director of the UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiations. (Below, each featured author is to the left of their book.)

The second event, “Reading Under the Influence” on Friday, March 23, from 9:30-11:30pm will feature four unique works: Hermione Hoby, author of Neon in Daylight; Irène Mathieu, author of orogeny; Nathaniel Rich, author of King Zeno; and SJ Sindu, author of Marriage of a Thousand Lies. Featuring three debut novels and one debut poetry collection, this annual “late-night” event will include music and drinks as attendees have the opportunity to socialize. During the event, each of the up-and-coming authors will also read short pieces from their works, and Julia Kudravetz, writer, owner of the New Dominion Bookshop, and founder and co-host of the Charlottesville Reading Series, will be joined by local writer and co-host of the Charlottesville Reading Series, Rebecca Taylor as moderators. (Below, each featured author is to the left of their book.)

We are so excited for these two events tomorrow and the other amazing programming scheduled for this year’s festival. To learn more and for the full schedule of events, be sure to visit the Virginia Festival of the Book website and you can find more events specific to food and wine here.

Author and book cover photos courtesy of the Virginia Festival of the Book.

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 market.

4 Stunning Wine Cellars to Inspire Any Wine Enthusiast


March 20, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Part of enjoying Jefferson’s Virginia includes having access to a plethora of award-winning wineries and vineyards. A wine cellar is a fantastic way to store and highlight these local wines in your home. You can even add wine storage to your home without needing a basement or a library-sized space. We teamed up with Purple Cherry Architects Founder and Principal, Cathy Purple Cherry to learn a little more about current wine cellar trends and how to add one to your home. Here is what she had to say:

“Over the past 20 years, wine cellars have evolved from large rooms in the basement with a tasting or dining area to smaller spaces that are more accessible and visible to daily life and entertainment. They are not an extravagance or something to have in a home for fun. Rather, they typically start as a necessary storage area for the wine enthusiast. Today, people want easier access and less formal settings in their homes. As a result, you often no longer see formal dining rooms and living rooms, and the wine cellar is normally connected to the kitchen or somewhere on the main living floor. This introduces the ease of grabbing a bottle of wine just for casual evenings and not centering an entire event around a trip to the basement,” says Cherry.

Cherry also adds that there are many options for people who want to convert smaller spaces into wine storage. “With today’s availability of creative products and systems, wine cellars can be created in any kind of space, such as a glass box, a pit in the floor with a spiral staircase to access it or a piece of custom furniture. Each of these elements can be morphed into a refrigeration area. The cooling systems and waterproofing materials behind the walls will do the hard work. As a design architect, we get to have fun creating the storage space. There is no limit to the level of creativity. For those just desiring to keep their wine at appropriate temperatures in the most economical way, the appliance industry has come out with some amazing products including tall vertical wine refrigerators with separate temperatures for white and red. This offers the opportunity for any homeowner to have access to their favorite wines anytime of the day,” says Cherry.

For the wine enthusiasts that still desire a more traditional wine cellar experience, there are also a plethora of options. Cherry mentions that she and her team are currently working on a project that “pushes the wine experience to the extreme.” This cellar will be able to hold over 2,000 bottles and will include a “40-foot-long dining area with a curved ceiling in reclaimed Chicago brick,” says Cherry. “There is also a wine tasting room which provides custom built-ins for all the glassware, and beyond, a full kitchen with a brick pizza oven. This is all about the experience of entertaining with the menu built around wines,” she adds.

Whether you are looking for an easy way to make room for your wine or are hoping to create a traditional cellar, there are many ways to incorporate your love for local wine into your home!


Photos by David Burroughs Photography, Courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects

 

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 market.

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.

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.

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.

Charlottesville Wine & Country Harvest Celebration


November 6, 2017 | Ivy Publications

***THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THE SPRING. PLEASE CHECK BACK AGAIN!***

Join Charlottesville Wine & Country for an elegant farm-to-table dinner celebrating the bountiful 2017 harvest in Jefferson’s Virginia. The dinner will be held at the beautiful Veritas Vineyard & Winery on Thursday, November 16. The cocktail hour begins at 6pm in the Tasting Room with hors d’oevres, live music and the exclusive Wine & Country Taste of Gold Competition whereby guests are invited to taste and vote for their favorite Petit Verdot amongst the 2017 Governor’s Cup Gold Medal winners within the Monticello AVA. The Gold Medal wines featured are from Jefferson Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Valley Road Vineyards and Veritas Vineyard & Winery.

Following the tasting competition, guests will be treated to a spectacular autumnal feast at candlelit farm tables, with an introduction of each amazing course and wine pairing by Award-winning Winemaker Emily Pelton. Pelton will be sharing her knowledge and insights with us throughout this special evening, giving guests a truly memorable experience. Pelton will pair the Petit Verdot, Viognier, Harlequin Chardonnay and Kenmar with the feast.

Veritas’ specialty white wine, Viognier, is a pale gold color with aromas of ripe peach, apricots and orange zest for a mouthfeel with a long finish. This Virginia favorite emphasizes the “unique aromatic complexity of the grape.” The Harlequin Chardonnay, which is aged for six months in new French and American oak, is a soft, yellow-gold varietal that exudes notes of lemon curd, ripe honeydew melon and golden delicious apples for a long finish. Deep purple in color, the Petit Verdot is a deliciously aromatic wine with notes of violets and dark fruit. Flavors of blackberry, plum, mulberry and molasses complement a mouthfeel luxurious in tannic structure. The Kenmar, a wine of aromatic intensity, exudes flavors of exotic fruit, mango, honey and pineapple, countering the sweetness of a traditional dessert wine. The scents of fragrant roses and floral spice complete this wine.

The delectable four-course meal of finely prepared foods by the talented Executive Chef Joel Walding will showcase our region’s diverse abundance of produce inspired by the seasonal harvest (menu below). Thoughtfully paired, each dish will be brought to its most flavorful taste by its delicious Veritas Vineyard & Winery companion.

We hope you will join us for this celebration of the harvest and we invite you to experience Wine & Country Living.

*You must be 21 or older to attend. Event will proceed rain or shine. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Refunds will be issued only if the event is canceled.

Use the discount code “wineandcountry” for $25 off when you purchase two or more tickets! This offer expires at noon on Monday, November 13, 2017.


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Photos of Winemaker Emily Pelton and Executive Chef Joel Walding courtesy of Veritas Vineyard & Winery

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.

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Roundup


April 17, 2017 | Ivy Publications

The 2017 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival kicked off with the Monticello Cup Awards at The Jefferson Theater on April 13. Prior to the evening, 10 wine industry professionals judged wines from over 30 wineries at the Capital Wine School in Washington, DC. Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery won this year’s Monticello Cup for its 2014 Union. Below (bottom, right), Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery’s Winemaker, Tim Gorman, accepted the Monticello Cup.

Overall, there were 14 gold medal winners, 30 silver and 15 bronze winning wines. Of the 14 gold medal winners, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery’s 2014 Union, Michael Shaps Wineworks‘ 2014 Meritage and Pollak Vineyards‘ 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve were chosen for the “Top 3 Red” category. First Colony Winery’s 2015 Viognier, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards‘ 2015 Chardonnay Reserve and Stinson Vineyards‘ 2014 Petit Manseng were chosen for the “Top 3 White” category. Below (bottom, left), representatives, including winemakers from each of the wineries chosen for the Top Red and Top White categories, stood together upon the stage. For the full list of medal winners, click here.

Following a day of pairing events, the festival concluded with a tasting event at the Sprint Pavilion on the Historic Downtown Mall. Beautiful weather and the showcasing of over 25 local wineries made this a popular event! The day started with a VIP catered tasting at 12:30 p.m. with the general event starting at 1:30 p.m.

During the tasting event, attendees were able to choose from one of two wines from each winery while learning about the different vineyards and their practices.

Wine & Country joined the festivities in debuting the fourth book of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. A wine charm creation station and an opportunity for attendees to sign up for their chance to win our Wine & Country Garden Getaway was also available at our tent.

The 2017 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival proved to be another successful event through its sharing of the immense talent in our wine community. Congratulations to Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery for winning the 2017 Monticello Cup! We are looking forward to another year of enjoying local award-winning wines.

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.

Taste of White Hall Winemakers’ Dinner


April 15, 2017 | Ivy Publications

We joined in for a delightful collaborative Spring Wine Dinner on April 14, celebrating wines from White Hall, Virginia, as part of the Taste of the Monticello Wine Trail’s annual festivities. White Hall Vineyards, Stinson Vineyards and Grace Estate Winery all participated and created perfect pairings to accompany the rich spring meal prepared by Kitchen Catering and Events. It was a truly lovely Blue Ridge evening.

The Taste of White Hall dinner prepared by Kitchen Catering and Events started with seated appetizers. The White Hall Vineyards 2014 Gewurztraminer, made in an Alsatian style, was paired with a beggar’s purse of double cream cheese with rosehip jam. Then, a delicious lemon and garlic seared scallop over shaved carrot salad with parsley was served with crisp 2016 Rose from both Stinson Vineyards and Grace Estate Winery.

The talented winemakers helped carefully plan the menu and delighted guests throughout the beautiful evening with details about the wines and interesting anecdotes as they served wines table-side. Pictured below (from left to right) are Winemaker Megan McGuire of White Hall Vineyards, General Manager Lisa Champ of White Hall Vineyards, Winemaker Brad McCarthy of White Hall Vineyards, Winemaker Frantz Ventre of Grace Estate Winery and Winemaker Rachel Stinson Vrooman of Stinson Vineyards.

In western Albemarle County, the village of White Hall rests just at the edge of Sugar Hollow and the George Washington National Forest that lead up into the mountains. The charming century-old White Hall Community Building is the site for regular Ruritan meetings, country dances, the fall Apple Butter Festival and generally serves as a gathering spot for the little community. It was the perfect place for this group of gifted winemakers to celebrate their wines together.

The main courses tipped off with a delicate braised rabbit with Mediterranean white beans, herbs, red onions and arugula. The rabbit was well suited to White Hall Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay. The Chardonnay has subtle well-integrated oak flavors and a beautiful extraction of fruits and a lively acidity.

Paired well with richer dishes, the Grace Estate Winery Petite Manseng, and White Hall Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon were served with Mojo ropa vieja with mufungo (beef braised in a garlic citrus sauce), fried plantain and pork cracklings. Cognac barrel aging is used for the Petite Manseng to form a truly unique white wine that can appeal to red wine drinkers. The Cabernet Sauvignon underwent extended maceration giving it a dark cherry color, flavors of plum and fig, and a lengthy blackberry finish with wisps of smoke.

Lamb kabobs on rosemary skewers with saffron, apricot and currant couscous with charred scallion and cucumber cream were then paired with Stinson Vineyards 2014 Meritage, a velvety complex blend of their finest grapes. The Grace Estate Winery 2014 Tannat offered a sultry array of red fruits with early tones of coffee and a significant lingering finish of tannin.

As the meal progressed and the delicious food and wine flowed, new friends were made and each table was chatting and enjoying themselves immensely as is the tradition on our wonderful Monticello Wine Trail. The evening concluded with a sweet treat—pineapple layer cake with mango cream frosting paired with Stinson Vineyards 2014 Petit Manseng, a smooth late harvest wine with an intriguing natural sweetness.

The Taste of White Hall Dinner was truly a delightful community endeavor and a wonderful showcase of the talented winemakers’ work.

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.

 

Taste of Monticello


March 22, 2017 | Ivy Publications

On April 13, the Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival, a highly-anticipated spring tradition in Charlottesville, will begin. The Festival involves three days of celebrating the Monticello American Viticultural Area’s best wines. (Photo below by Jack Looney)

Along with featuring the coveted Monticello Cup Awards at the Jefferson Theater on Thursday, April 13, the Festival will host delicious food and wine pairing events on Friday, April 14. Friday’s pairing events will showcase the phenomenal food and wine culture in the area with a Sparkling Brunch, Rosé Lunch, barrel tasting, winemaker dinner, and an evening of chocolate, music and wine.

On the final day of the festival, Saturday, April 15, more than 25 regional wineries and vineyards will be featured for the tasting event at the Sprint Pavilion on the Historic Downtown Mall, and there will be plenty of catered food and live entertainment.

Wine-lovers and foodies alike will love this opportunity to experience Charlottesville’s incredibly rich food and wine culture. You can visit monticellowinetrailfestival.com for more information and tickets.

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.

Monticello Wine Trail Wins Multiple Golds


February 23, 2017 | Ivy Publications

Tuesday night, the Governor’s Cup Gala was held at the Hotel John Marshall in Richmond to celebrate the best of Virginia’s wines. The competition is now in its 35th year, and after being revamped in 2012, it continues to grow as one of the most stringent competitions in the country.

Of the 23 Gold medals awarded, 60 percent were given to our local wineries of the Monticello Wine Trail. Nine of those wines were included in the prestigious Governor’s Case, which represents the 12 highest scoring wines of the 494 that were submitted for the Governor’s Cup competition. The local vineyards honored with Gold medals were Barboursville Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, CrossKeys Vineyards, Horton Vineyards, Jefferson Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, Michael Shaps Wineworks, Pollak Vineyards, Valley Road Vineyards and Veritas Vineyard & Winery.

Honored for her work with the Winemakers Research Exchange (WRE) was Winemaker Emily Pelton of Veritas Vineyard & Winery. She received the Wine Person of the Year award. Emily (seen above at left with David King) has lead the effort to promote research and experimentation in the wine industry as a founder of the WRE. Also honored with the Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless legislative work on behalf of the vineyard industry was David King, winery and vineyard owner of King Family Vineyards and Virginia Wine Board Chairman.

Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke to the great accomplishments of Virginia’s ever-growing vineyard industry and it’s impact on the state’s robust economy, job growth and tourism. He then awarded the state’s highest wine award to The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, located in Hamilton, Virginia, for their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon produced by winemaker Michael Shaps of Michael Shaps Wineworks in Charlottesville. The winning Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine with well-balanced acidity, aged in French and American oak and expresses notes of dark cherry and coffee. It is 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and is complemented by a soft tannic structure integrated with the fruit along with notes of clove and tobacco for a complexity and extended finish.

Shaps (seen above at the podium) creates wines for many vineyards throughout Virginia. “Our team is especially proud of this wine. It is a classic Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon. It is perfectly balanced and has mature tannins that are ripe but not overly extracted; and it has nice acidity,” says Shaps. “The fruit comes from mostly Carter’s Mountain [Orchard] with some additional fruit from Mount Juliet Vineyards. Carter’s Mountain has southwest exposure, constant breezes, great drainage and a slightly cooler climate to retain nature acidity.”

The evening’s celebration was a true testament to Virginia’s wine industry and it’s extraordinary talent and accomplishments. A big Charlottesville Wine & Country congrats to all!

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