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
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:
Last night, Charlottesville Wine & Country Living celebrated the release of Book Five at Red Pump Kitchen on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. Red Pump Kitchen, an amazing Mediterranean restaurant and bar, provided a chic bistro-setting for the occasion.
While guests talked and mingled around the space, Red Pump Kitchen served delicious hors d’oeuvres such as gourmet pizza from their locally-sourced menu. Guests also enjoyed the restaurant’s international, national and local wines.
The brand new Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, Book Five, explores all things Wine & Country, from a romantic Barboursville Vineyards proposal to a story on Virginia grown oysters. Pick up a copy at locations throughout town!
***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.
During the fall in Charlottesville, there are many fabulous events to tailgate at, especially the horse races. Horse races provide the perfect opportunity to gather and enjoy amazing food while watching a spectacular and traditional sport. Each year, the Montpelier Hunt Races hosts a tailgate contest showcasing how best to execute this form of entertaining. Here are Wine & Country’s tips for horse race tailgating featuring the Montpelier Hunt Races:
Presentation, Presentation, Presentation. Break out the silver and fine china to set a spectacular arrangement. Bring your vintage silver wine bottle cooler to keep the white wines chilled and plenty of serving bowls and dishes for displaying your food. While it is perfectly acceptable for guests to use plastic plates and cups from which to eat and drink, serving out of Tupperware is a faux pas.
Embrace a Theme. Whether you showcase the look of the season, such as the table with the leaves and engaging fox head below, or choose to highlight the theme of the event you are attending like the horse cookies and horse cake below, themed presentations are sure to make your table stand out. The perfect tailgate spread incorporates appropriate decor while also providing delectable food, both of which can delightfully feature your theme.
Prepare to Feast. When choosing the food for your tailgate, you want to cover all your bases: beverages, finger/snack foods, side dishes, entree options and desserts. If hosting for a large group of people, it is a good idea to provide gluten-free and vegetarian options as well. If you are planning to stay at an event long enough, it is often a good idea to provide for multiple times of the day (having breakfast and lunch spreads, for example). Tailgating tends to be an all-day or all-afternoon affair, so be prepared to set out different foods throughout the day depending on the time.
We cannot wait to see the tailgate spreads at this year’s Montpelier Hunt Races on Saturday, November 4, and are proud to be both sponsoring and providing a judge for the tailgate contest. We are looking forward to spending a delightful afternoon at the races.
To learn more about the Montpelier Hunt Races, be sure to check out our previous blog post on the event.
Vern Yip came to Charlottesville’s U-Fab Interiors yesterday to speak to a house full of interior design enthusiasts. A graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA), Yip spoke fondly of his undergraduate years in Charlottesville as a pre-med student prior to switching gears and pursuing a master’s degree in architecture. He spoke about his personal journey, from being a child of Chinese immigrants and his years at UVA to his success as an interior designer and as a designer on numerous television shows like HGTV’s Deserving Design. He also gave design tips and inspirations from his book Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home and took questions from the audience, helping them solve design dilemmas.
During his visit, Yip was kind enough to talk to Wine & Country so that we could learn a little more about this incredibly talented designer and his beautiful new collection.
On his new fabric collection: Yip enthuses about the beautiful assortment of colors in his new collection—some “that are of the moment and some that are timeless.” He carefully chose “performance” fabrics for parents like himself who have children and pets. Yip says he wants his fabrics to be affordable with quality that can endure family life.
On his design style: To be “timeless and fresh,” is one of the main mantras behind Yip’s work. He says he wants his designs to last while being exciting. He also says that when designing rooms and a home, the core of the design should be the people who live there. Yip says you should love and want to come home to your personalized space and recommends not feeling obligated to follow trends.
On his time at UVA: Yip says the proportion, scale and balance behind the university’s architecture makes the grounds iconic. He believes Thomas Jefferson and UVA’s push for one to always be a student should be applied to interior design and that it is important to continue learning in both your field and other areas.
On what is next: Yip is shooting more episodes of TLC’s Trading Spaces, is in the process of writing a new book and is launching a wallpaper line in the spring.
Yip also shared a few tips on how to pick the right fabric for a piece of furniture:
Consider and understand the scale of the piece—how it fits into a room and amongst other furniture. He says this will help determine the scale of the pattern.
Consider the functionality of the piece—will you be sitting on it often? Will your kids eat on it? This will help you determine if you want a performance fabric. Yip says if you are choosing fabric for a piece that has less traffic, then you can choose from more delicate fabrics.
We were so pleased to be able to spend time and speak with designer Vern Yip as he showcased his new line of beautiful fabrics. Yip told us he was excited to be back in Charlottesville. He and his husband Craig agree that “Charlottesville Loves,” just as we agree that we can expect many more amazing designs to come from this talented UVA alum.
There are so many ways to design a beautiful home. One home trend we love is timber framing. This vintage method has recently grown in popularity in residential homes, and the exposed wood looks stunning amidst our local setting. Purple Cherry Architects Founder and Principal, Cathy Purple Cherry, shared with us just what this trend entails:
“Before metal nails were invented, wooden buildings were assembled by notching wood to fit it together and pegging the wood with a wooden ‘nail’. This notching technique is memorialized in timber frame and log structures. The building method of notching (mortise) and pegging (tendon) wood has been around for thousands of years. Timber framing itself refers to the method of constructing a “frame” from heavy, large-cut square timbers. Framing a structure this way results in exposed timbers seen from the inside of a space. This method also results in one of the most beautiful building outcomes.
Photo by Tria Giovan, courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (auto barn))
Today, when timber framing is used, it is an intentional selection introduced to contribute to the beauty of a home on the inside. It exposes the bones of the house to the visitor’s eye. This then places all finishes and insulation to the outside face of the frame in a sandwich of structural plank boards, insulation, plywood sheathing and roofing material.
Photo courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Up-close 3D Revit rendering of their work)
One of the most fascinating things about a timber frame structure is that most people do not know that the timbers are fully cut, mortised and assembled off site at the supplier’s yard. These timbers then are numbered, disassembled and shipped to the job site for re-assembly. This allows the erection of the building to move very quickly, often within three or less days!” – Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED-AP/Founder and Principal of Purple Cherry Architects
Photo by David Burroughs, courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects (Example of Purple Cherry Architects work (indoor pool room))
Our beloved local university is celebrating 200 years of history and academics this fall with the UVA Bicentennial. This weekend, October 5–7, the celebration will kick off with talks, performances and more during the launch weekend. Programming begins Thursday, October 5, at The Paramount Theater with “Who Speaks for America? 200 Years of Debate” presented by BackStory Live.
On Friday, attendees can enjoy talks, visit the “Memorial to Enslaved Laborers” Exhibit, and attend the “Tribute to the Laying of the Cornerstone,” a ceremony on the Lawn. The final event on Friday will be the “Bicentennial Launch Celebration” on the Lawn and will include performances from UVA faculty members, staff and students, as well as the Goo Goo Dolls among other special guests.
On Saturday, UVA will host a home football game against Duke, as well as a lecture by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alan Taylor and a book signing event with faculty members and Pulitzer Prize winning U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove.
In addition to the launch weekend, the UVA Bicentennial celebration will include:
A symposium on “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory & the Build Landscape” later in October.
A Women’s Global Leadership Forum in November.
“The University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects,” a collection of the university’s history that can be found on or around Grounds through June 22, 2018. Check out two of the objects featured in the exhibit (object #56: a model of grounds, and #94: UVA’s University Barbie), below.
The release of a new edition of the Songs of the University of Virginia.
Visit bicentennial.virginia.edu for more information on the events and tickets for this weekend, and look for a special feature on the UVA Bicentennial in the upcoming Charlottesville Wine & Country Living!
Lead/first photo: by Dan Addison, courtesy of the University of Virginia
Second photo: by Jennifer Jones
Third photo: courtesy of Virginia Athletics Media Relations
Fourth photos: Left photo by Stacey Evans Photography; Right photo courtesy of University of Virginia Library
Autumn is a beautiful season to spend in Charlottesville. Here are six of our favorite events and things to do during this season:
1. Apple Picking: Visit one of the many local orchards and farms offering different apple varieties.
2. Barboursville Vineyards’ Truffle Dinner: This popular annual feast, a four-course dinner paired with Barboursville wines, is prepared with the cooperation of truffle expert Dr. Jeff Long. This year’s Truffle Dinner will be held on November 11 at 7pm. In addition, Barboursville Vineyards will host a Truffle Lunch on November 12 at 1pm. You can learn more about this tradition in Book One of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.
3. Martha’s Market: This annual shopping event at John Paul Jones Arena takes place from Friday, September 29—Sunday, October 1. This market will feature 80 boutiques from across the country with 15% of each sale will benefiting women’s healthcare at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. This is also a great event for getting a head start on your holiday shopping.
This year, Charlottesville Wine & Country will also be one of the featured boutiques. Be sure to visit and see the new W&C Collection!
4. Montpelier Hunt Races: The event includes seven steeplechase races and is always held on the first Saturday in November. This year, the race will take place on November 4.
In addition to the horse races, attendees can enjoy watching Jack Russell Terrier Races, a Tailgating Contest and a Hat Contest, while also shopping at fabulous vendors, like Dubarry of Ireland. For the second year in a row, Charlottesville Wine & Country will serve as one of the judges for the Tailgate Contest. Click here to learn more about the steeplechase tradition in Virginia. (Photos below by Susan M. Carter Photography)
5. UVA Home Football Games: Spend a beautiful fall day tailgating and cheering on the ‘Hoos. Click here to learn about game days at UVA and for a bourbon slush recipe to try at your next tailgate.
6. Experience the Fall Foliage: Finally, make sure to take time to experience the stunning foliage. Plan a bike ride or a hike through Shenandoah National Park and see all the gorgeous colors!
Last night at UVA’s Scott Stadium, our community came together for the Concert for Charlottesville to celebrate unity and love. Thousands of people attended the concert hosted by Dave Matthews. At the beginning of the concert, Matthews presented Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the protester killed on August 12th in Charlottesville.
During the event, attendees enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, The Roots, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Cage The Elephant. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland and Stevie Wonder also made surprise appearances on the stage.
The evening was filled with amazing talent and a feeling of community as concert attendees lit up the sky with their phones, swaying to the performances. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. If you would like to make a donation, click here. We are so thankful to have been able to be a part of such a wonderful and positive event.