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Wine Tasting 101


February 13, 2019 | Ivy Publications

With over 40 local wineries to visit for a tasting, learning to expand your palate has never been so easy—or so pleasurable. Whatever you desire—flowery, fruity, smoky or light—you are sure to find the perfect wine. However, when it comes to wine tastings, the experience should involve more than just your taste buds. We asked Stan Joynes, owner and CEO of local Valley Road Vineyards, to share some tips on how to properly taste wine. Joynes recommends the “5 S’s” of wine tasting—Seeing, Swirling, Sniffing, Sipping and Savoring.

Joynes’ breakdown of the “5 S’s:

  • See the Wine.
    Taste wine in a room that is well-lit, and if you can, hold the wine up to a white background to examine the color and clarity.
    Tip:
    The intensity of the color will hint to how the wine is likely to taste, and, generally, depth of color will signal intensity of flavor.
  • Swirl the Wine.
    Swirling the wine in your glass helps release the hundreds of aroma compounds that wine contains. They are so small that they float on evaporating alcohol into our noses.
    Tip: The easiest way to start swirling is to place your thumb and forefinger at the base of a stemmed wine glass while it’s sitting on a flat surface. Then, while gripping the base, move the glass in small circles. As you become more adept, try swirling without a hard surface under the glass.
  • Sniff the Wine.
    Smell is the principal sense used in wine tasting, so sniffing the wine before the initial sip is essential. The “bouquet” of a wine is the total aromatic experience it produces, and assessing a wine’s bouquet can reveal not only its strengths but also its faults, such as oxidation due to age or cork taint. Experiencing the wine’s bouquet assists you in anticipating the wine’s flavors. 
  • Sip the Wine.
    Thoroughly tasting a wine requires recognizing its full array of taste and mouthfeel attributes which involves the combination of the wine’s textures, flavors, weight and overall “structure.” To get the most out of your tasting, start by holding a sip for a few seconds just inside the front of your mouth. With lips pursed, draw in a breath and let the oxygen pass slowly over the wine. The aromatics will be excited by the body heat inside the mouth and will be transferred to your olfactory receptor site.
    Tip: To get the fullest experience of the wine’s attributes, take a larger sip and let it flow into the whole of your mouth, coating the tongue.
  • Savor the Wine.
    The “finish” refers to the sensation you get from swallowing the wine, and it is defined principally by the length of time the wine taste stays with you after you swallow. The finish sometimes provides a sensation noticeably different from the taste you got on your palate. Items to look for include an alcohol taste, which is not desirable, and tastes that dominate in a way that renders the wine unbalanced. 

Ready to put your wine tasting skills to the test? Check out Valley Road Vineyards’ Blind Tasting Event on February 16!

 

Lead Image: By Skip Rowland

Second Image: By Skip Rowland

Third Image: Courtesy of Valley Road Vineyards

Wine Tasting Notes: By Stan Joynes

 

 

From Ivy Publications, online and print 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes direct mail; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book book with our popular daytrip section, as well as directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a relocation handbook and a guide to local attractions like Monticello, vineyards and the University of Virginia.

Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Three Styles to Complete your Valentine’s Day Look


February 8, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means it is time to find the perfect outfit. While there are always occasions calling for a classic look, some celebrations call for an outfit a little more casual. Here are a few of our favorite looks to rock this holiday, no matter if you are strolling through a vineyard or trying out a chic new restaurant.

Classic: As the name suggests, you cannot go wrong with this romantic look. Break out a chic red number like this Joseph Ribkoff dress for those special plans that might include an intimate candlelit dinner or an evening at the theater.

Fun & Flirty: This look is great for transitioning from daytime to evening plans and is appropriate for an array of Valentine’s Day activities, no matter whether you are enjoying a wine tasting or heading to a new restaurant. Below, these Joseph Ribkoff dresses are both figure-flattering and fun with their bold prints.

Casual & Feminine: Even when your plans call for something a little more casual, you can always keep it feminine and trendy. This look is perfect for a daytime activity like a vineyard tour, catching a matinee or visiting a favorite art gallery. The Joseph Ribkoff jumpsuit and chic jacket are perfect for an afternoon on the town.

Ready to pick out your own Valentine’s Day look? You can shop for these outfits and more at Verdigris on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. You can also find more style inspiration in the CHO•ho Style section of our magazine, as well as the perfect accessories at the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop!

 

Lead Image: Photo by Jen Fariello | Clothing by Verdigris

 

 

From Ivy Publications, online and print 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes direct mail; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book book with our popular daytrip section, as well as directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a relocation handbook and a guide to local attractions like Monticello, vineyards and the University of Virginia.

Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Celebrate Love Wine & Country Style


February 6, 2019 | Ivy Publications

Wine almost always comes to mind when we think about Valentine’s Day—whether you are looking for the perfect bottle for toasting with your candle-lit dinner, want to plan a romantic afternoon at a vineyard or perhaps are looking for that special vintage that takes you back to the early days of a relationship. And, what better place to celebrate than in our local wine country, where you can always find the perfect award-winning local wine for any occasion.

In fact, our local vineyards can do much more than just serve as the source for wine. They also make for a lovely location for a romantic outing. Plan a picturesque afternoon at a local vineyard and stroll the vines hand-in-hand. Or, attend one of the many pairing events at a local vineyard and try something new with your beau.

Tip: The vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountain vistas make for an idyllic backdrop for gift giving. Spread out a picnic blanket among the vines (on warmer days) or cozy up by a tasting room fire for an intimate gift exchange. We suggest gifting something locally and/or hand-crafted like the beautiful Ana Cavalheiro ring given at a special Barboursville Vineyards outing below.

If you prefer a more elegant Valentine’s Day, consider attending a local vineyards’ multi-course wine-paired dinner, like the Valentine’s Day Celebration at Barboursville Vineyards, and enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner with exquisite wine pairings. Some area vineyards even offer quaint cottages, inns and bed & breakfasts that overlook the rolling vines, perfect for turning a romantic evening into a mini getaway or staycation. The couple below spent a romantic weekend at Barboursville Vineyards, strolling along the vines, visiting The Ruins and staying at The 1804 Inn (a must-visit historic inn with luxury suites). Looking for an elegant gift fitting for a vineyard affair? Visit local Schwarzschild Keller & George Jewelers for timeless pieces like the stunning layered “Siviglia” necklaces completing the woman’s chic look below.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there are many local ways to make it memorable. Here are a few of our top vineyard picks:

Looking for other ways to celebrate? Check out these local ideas:

You can also check the Charlottesville Welcome Book website for a calendar of more exciting local events, as well as find inspiration for a romantic weekend at Barboursville Vineyards in Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, Book Five. To complete your plans, stop by the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop for local wines, artisan-made jewelry and more perfect gift ideas.

 

 

Image Credits:
Photography: Rachel May Photography 
Venue, Catering & Wine: Barboursville Vineyards
Florals: Tourterelle Floral Design 
Clothing: Verdigris & Brooks Brothers
Jewelry: Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry and Schwarzschild Keller & George Jewelers
Table Setting & Chairs: MS Events
Hair: Brianna B. Adams LLC
Makeup: Gohar Makeup
Female Model: Noelle S., Modelogic
Male Model: Patrick K., Modelogic

 

From Ivy Publications, online and print 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes direct mail; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book book with our popular daytrip section, as well as directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a relocation handbook and a guide to local attractions like Monticello, vineyards and the University of Virginia.

Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Uncorking the New Year with Sparkling!


December 29, 2018 | Ivy Publications

“POP!” … opening a bottle of bubbly starts the party—a sound that was heard the world over during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Charlottesville Wine & Country caught up with the winemaking team at Horton Vineyards to see the process of making sparkling wines in action and to learn about some of the exciting projects they having coming up in 2019.

While the vineyards outside slept, the Horton team was busy inside the winery during the final week of 2018 with Shannon Horton at the helm as they degorged sparkling Viognier in preparation for its release in 2019.

The traditional Methode Champenoise of making sparkling that Horton follows is a labor-intensive one that has been the practice for hundreds of years in Champagne, France. One of only a few wineries in the region that implements the traditional process, Shannon Horton explains “…..First the sparkling is aged on the lees or yeast for months, and as the yeast sediment builds, the winemaker forces the yeast to settle at the neck of the bottle through the riddling process. In order to remove the yeast, it is put in a freezing bath to solidify the yeast. We then remove the bottle’s seal which creates an explosion of the wine as sparkling is so known for. It’s a fun and exciting process!”

Once degorged, the wine is inspected then topped off to replace the wine that was lost.

After passing inspection, the bottles are quickly re-corked, cleaned and boxed for labeling on another day.

While Horton Vineyards is hoping to rename this sparkling in the coming year, wine lovers can expect highly acidic floral notes and a brioche aroma with this sparkling Viognier. Horton recommends pairing it with rich food like lobster tail or even a creamy and rich dessert.

As the wines were being boxed and stored, we were taken on a tour to see the other exciting sparklings currently being aged. “We have some that have been aging for 10 years now, and we’re very excited to introduce our sparkling Tannat, the first of it’s kind to be released locally!” Shannon adds.

The aged sparkling Viognier was put down in July of 2018 and will be released in 2028. The sparkling Tannat is expected to be ready for degorging in 6–9 months and then released. The grapes for this sparkling were allowed to get to full ripeness prior to picking, and the wine is expected to have a big tannic finish. Sparkling Tannat will be a part of the vineyards’ Gears and Lace series and the third sparkling that Horton Vineyards offers.

Horton Vineyards also produces a sparkling rosé—Erotes. This delightful bubbly rosé starts on the palette with a raspberry sweetness and finishes dry.

Stored deep in the cellar’s many caves lay more exciting vintages for wine lovers to enjoy in the years to come! We cannot wait to see how Horton Vineyards continues its innovative legacy and are looking forward to trying its newest sparklings later this year.

 

From Ivy Publications, online and print 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes direct mail; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book book with our popular daytrip section, as well as directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a relocation handbook and a guide to local attractions like Monticello, vineyards and the University of Virginia.

Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Pinterest Worthy Engagement Rings


December 21, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Charlottesville’s rolling vineyards and stunning vistas provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic proposal. In fact, many of the couples featured in our sister publication, Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, return to our area to wed after proposing here.

So, whether you are planning a proposal yourself, or are hoping to drop a hint or two this holiday season, we turned to one of our local jewelry experts, Schwarzschild Keller & George for some engagement ring inspiration and to learn more about 3 current trends:

Round Cut: 

While we saw this beautiful style emerge in popularity a few years ago, this classic look is here to stay with stunning settings, like this Split Shank Ring from the Hearts on Fire collection.

Oval Cut:

Perhaps the most recent style to become trendy, oval cut diamond rings are on the rise with brides Hailey Baldwin and Julianne Hough rocking this dramatic style, like the Precision Set Ring below.

Pear Cut: 

This style has been growing in popularity, with celebrities like Sophie Turner, Margot Robbie, Kaley Cuoco and Paris Hilton all donning pear cut engagement rings. Below, the Destiny Teardrop Halo Ring, also from the Hearts on Fire collection, showcases this vintage look.

You can find these and more engagement rings at Schwarzschild Keller & George, which has Charlottesville and Richmond locations. Looking for proposal inspiration? Be sure to check out this romantic weekend at Barboursville Vineyards from Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, Book Five. You can also learn more about weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia with Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings.

 

Ring Images Courtesy of Schwarzschild Keller & George

Lifestyle Lead Image by Rachel May Photography

 

From Ivy Publications, online and print 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes direct mail; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book book with our popular daytrip section, as well as directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a relocation handbook and a guide to local attractions like Monticello, vineyards and the University of Virginia.

Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Historic Holidays in Charlottesville


December 14, 2018 | Ivy Publications

While Charlottesville is known as a wonderful destination for history lovers any time of the year, with its various historic sites and homes that are open for public tours and visitation, experiencing these attractions during the holidays is a unique and wonderful experience. During the holiday season, Charlottesville’s historic sites join in the festivities and offer visitors the opportunity to experience decorations and traditions of holidays past. Scroll on to learn about some of the historic places you can visit this season!

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Home of our third President, University of Virginia founder, and author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello displays the holiday traditions of his time. Monticello is open daily from 10am–5pm. On December 14, 15, 19–23 & 26–30, you can also enjoy special Holiday Evening Tours.

Michie Tavern

This 18th-century tavern, named after proprietor Corporal William Michie, features colonial decorations, southern fare and servers in period attire. The tavern’s dining room is open every day from 11:30am–3pm.

James Monroe’s Highland

When visiting Highland, home of our fifth President James Monroevisitors will enjoy seeing the decorations, including greenery and arrangements sourced from plants and trees on the estate. Highland is open daily from 11am–5pm. You can also enjoy special holiday after-hours tours of Highland on December 15, 28 & 29.

James Madison’s Montpelier

Home of our fourth President James Madison, Montpelier’s mansion showcases 19th-century holiday decorations and customs. Montpelier is open daily from 9am–5pm. (Photo by Jenniffer Powers, courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation)

 

From Ivy Publications, online and print 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes direct mail; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book book with our popular daytrip section, as well as directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a relocation handbook and a guide to local attractions like Monticello, vineyards and the University of Virginia.

Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Christmas Tree Farms to Visit this Season


December 5, 2018 | Ivy Publications

‘Tis the season to bundle up and make holiday memories while hunting for the perfect tree. Scroll on for a few local farms and markets you can visit this season. Many offer hot cocoa, homemade wreaths, ornaments and other holiday festivities to make your outing even more special.

Hunt for the perfect tree at these locations:

Bees & Trees Farm (Elkwood)
540-423-9020, beesandtrees.biz

Belmont Christmas Tree Farm (Spotsylvania)
540-854-6757, facebook.com/belmontchristmastreefarm

Claybrooke Tree Farm (Mineral)
540-872-3817, claybrookefarm.com

Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm (Earlysville)
434-971-8796, chisholmvineyards.com

Christmas Trees at The Market at Grelen (Somerset)
540-672-7268, themarketatgrelen.com

Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm (Scottsville)
434-286-3445, foxfireva.net 

Greene Meadows Farm (Stanardsville)
434-990-1999, greenemeadowsfarm.com

Long Meadow Tree Farm (Waynesboro)
540-649-4307, facebook.com/longmeadowtreefarm

Saunders Brothers Farm Market (Piney River)
434-277-5455, saundersbrothersfarmmarket.com

Spruce Rock Farm (Brightwood)
540-543-2309, sprucerockfarm.com

Stonehearth Christmas Tree Farm (Leon)
540-547-2576, facebook.com/stonehearth-christmas-tree-farm-181376008540160

 

From Ivy Publications, online and print 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; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes direct mail; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book book with our popular daytrip section, as well as directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a relocation handbook and a guide to local attractions like Monticello, vineyards and the University of Virginia.

Continuing to develop our newest brands, Ivy Publications opened the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA, a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginia artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire to locally made artisan foods, water, wine, beer and cider, and more. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Thanksgiving in Charlottesville


November 21, 2018 | Ivy Publications

It’s a wonderful time to be celebrating Thanksgiving – Charlottesville Wine & Country style. From sports and holiday celebrations to special shopping events, there is plenty to do in and around town to welcome the holiday season.

Our favorite Thanksgiving tip: Serve made-from-scratch butternut squash soup inside small pumpkins! This is a holiday tradition that gets everyone talking and excited for the beautiful Thanksgiving meal to come.

The perfect local wine pairing: Sommelier Will Curley of Brasserie Saison had some great recommendations last week at Charlottesville Wine & Country’s Wine Pairing Class. He said, “A local Viognier will go beautifully with any Thanksgiving dinner.”

Popular “work it off” Ideas: To work off those Thanksgiving feast calories, these runs are always a great way to connect with the community and support wonderful causes. A few to consider are the “Earlysville Turkey Trot 2018” and the Madison County “Turkey Trot 5K and Senior/Stroller 2K Walk,” both on Thursday, November 22, as well as the “Be Thankful 5K” at Bold Rock Hard Cider’s Nellysford location on Friday, November 23.

Grand Illuminations: These delightful outdoor ceremonies showcase some beloved parts of town and include holiday activities and fun. This weekend, you can enjoy the “Grand Illumination at Boar’s Head Resort” on Friday, November 23. This free event includes horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and, of course, a tree-lighting ceremony. Be sure to also save the date for “Charlottesville’s Grand Illumination” on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall on Friday, November 30. If you are ready to have your own grand illumination, many local Christmas tree farms also open this weekend. Here is a guide to local tree farms and markets.

The Blessing of the Hounds Tradition: This annual event is held each year on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. Now in its 20th year at Grace Episcopal Church, the event will showcase our local foxhunting tradition and its English origins, as well as include a brief blessing ceremony, with bagpipes, a soloist, hounds and horses. Participants can enjoy cider and donuts and see the beginning of the hunt. Learn more about the historic sport of foxhunting in Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, Book 1.

Shopping Events: If you are ready to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, check out fun local shopping events this weekend, including “the Downtown 3-Day Mall Crawl” from Friday, November 23–Sunday, November 25, at the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, Starr Hill Brewery’sStarr Bazaar” on Saturday, November 24, and Early Mountain Vineyards‘ “Deck the Halls” holiday event on Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25. And, of course, you can check out the NEW Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop in Ivy this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11am-5pm for all your holiday needs, from award-winning local wines and artisan foods to gift or add to any holiday celebration, to our beautiful collection of servingware and custom linens.

Whether you are traveling for the holiday or will be spending it in our beloved Charlottesville, we wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday weekend. Be sure to follow our Instagram for a few entertaining and recipe ideas.

If you are looking for more local events, you can find an online calendar at our sister publication, Charlottesville Welcome 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 markets since 1998.

A Day at the Races


November 7, 2018 | Ivy Publications

It was a beautiful autumn day at the Montpelier Hunt Races on Saturday as Shannon Hill Farm’s All Out of Aces took the Montpelier Foundation Cup and Apple Equipment LLC’s Winner Massagot won the afternoon’s featured race, The Noel Laing Handicap. Among the many eight-race winners, female jockey Bethany Baumgardner and Gerard Galligan’s Mavourneen were awarded the Montpelier Cup.

We joined in the festivities and put out our own tailgating spread at Vendor’s Village while tailgaters filled the grounds with food and drink to celebrate the day. Tailgaters used vintage silver, royal plaid linens and equestrian-themed serving ware to showcase their delicious foods, while also incorporating art and other decor in their perfectly arranged spreads.

Wine & Country sponsored the Tailgate Contest again this year and tailgating entrants were challenged to incorporate the theme—French blue, old rose and silver, inspired by Marion duPont Scott’s racing silks. Linens, floral arrangements, candles and even pink champagne and food items appeared on tables alongside tempting arrays of cocktails and drinks. The panel of judges included representatives from Spaces Design Studio and Wine & Country, as well as Celebrity Chef Judge Danilo Orofino of Orofino Restaurant of Fredericksburg.

After tasting and reviewing all the entrants, the panel awarded prizes to four tailgates who stood out from the crowd. Delicious homemade foods on display ranged from crab bisque, deviled eggs and assorted quiches to tenderloin, chili, ham biscuits, chutneys and corn pudding that tasted as fresh as summer. An array of delicious desserts, from charming cut-out horse cookies sporting pink and blue sprinkle saddles (which make an appearance each year at Montpelier) to blueberry and strawberry cupcakes, demonstrated baking skills and a flair for design.

The Legacy Tailgating Prize went to Hugh Craig, who at the age of 91, has attended the Montpelier Hunt Races, now in its 84th year, since his childhood. His father had worked as groundskeeper at James Madison’s Montpelier and his family still has deep ties to the land, coming together every year to put on a beautiful spread of homemade chowder, cakes and delicious nibbles at the races.

Spectators enjoyed good food, friends and the horse racing on this perfect sunny day—a welcome respite from the recent rains. In addition to the tailgate contest, the day included stick pony races for the children, a hat contest, Jack Russell Terrier Races and even a drawing for a special Omega Watch from Schwarzschild, Keller & George Jewelers. A guest artist was also in the VIP area painting the festive scene on canvas.

We had a wonderful time at this year’s races and enjoyed meeting so many Wine & Country readers. If you want to dress up your table for the next tailgating contest, visit our new shop in the village of Ivy. And, of course, we look forward to seeing you again next year!

 

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.

Wine and Country Hosts 1st Wine-Paired Dinner in New Food and Wine Series


October 31, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Last night, our new Food & Wine Pairing Series continued with an intimate wine-paired dinner at Brasserie Saison. The affair was held in the restaurant’s private Library Room, a cozy space that harkens back to old England with its wood paneled walls.

The evening began in The Coat Room, where guests sipped Prosecco and mingled. Once seated in the Library Room, Sommelier Will Curley with Brasserie Saison took the head of the table with guests filling the seats along the farm table. The menu and wine selection were created with the upcoming holidays in mind. Throughout the evening, Curley introduced each wine as it was presented, explaining the characteristics of each selection, as well as how each best pairs with foods. The meal was carefully created for the Charlottesville Wine & Country Experience by Chef Tres Pittard and Curley.

For the first course, guests enjoyed Gravlax, a Nordic dish of thinly sliced raw salmon, topped with fennel, dill, lemon and caper. This dish was paired with three sparklings: Royal Provence “Rivarose” Sparkling Rose, Domaine Bergerie “Crémant de Loire” Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc and Laherte Freres “Ultradition” Champagne.

During the second course, guests enjoyed braised pork served in Sauce Robert, a brown mustard demi-glaze, and garnished with red onion confit. Curley selected three reds to pair with this dish: a 2016 Afton Mountain Vineyards “Tradition,” Berthet-Rayne Côtes du Rhône and a 2015 Domaine Matrot ‘Maranges’ Burgundy.

Guests finished the dinner with a pumpkin pie waffle served with foie gras and roasted figs. This was paired with Afton Mountain Vineyards‘ “VDN” Port-Style Vin Doux Naturel.

After dessert, guests were joined by Chef Pittard, who shared some insights about the evening’s selected dishes and answered questions.

We had such a wonderful time working with Brasserie Saison and Sommelier Will Curley on the first wine-paired dinner in our new series. We cannot wait to see the menu they prepare for our next dinner in November, which will also feature guest winemaker Emily Pelton of Veritas Vineyard & Winery. You can learn more about our Food & Wine Pairing Series here, and find the upcoming dinner classes below!

Class III:  Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm with Guest Winemaker Emily Pelton of Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Class IV:  Tuesday, December 4 at 6pm with Guest Winemaker Shannon Horton of Horton Vineyards

 

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