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The Road to your Dream Property: Selling Tips


September 5, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is known for year-round natural beauty and small-city sophistication. Even USA Today featured Charlottesville as a great place to invest in a home. “Take one of the nation’s quintessential college towns, throw in a big slice of American history, add golf courses and wineries, set it all in prime horse country, and the result is Charlottesville,” said Larry Olmsted for USA Today. However, when it comes to buying and selling a home, many of us are left with a plethora of questions about the process and what we can expect. So, we took some of our questions to one of our local agents, Gayle Harvey of Gayle Harvey Real Estate, to learn more about the process. Be on the look out for future posts as we continue this realty series in months to come!

Is there a best time to sell and buy?

“It depends. Most people think about the spring market, which generally means inventory will be at its highest level and more buyers will be stirring. That gives buyers a greater selection but also gives sellers more competition. Generally, inventory is at its lowest at the end of the year which could translate to a higher sales price for sellers.

Think about the buyer profile for your property. Who would want to live in your house or neighborhood? Do those people have any timelines that they would need to meet? If so, then place your property on the market about six months before those timelines begin. If your property appeal is “lifestyle” (farm, estate or historic homes) then those buyers generally have time to wait for their dream property and are ready to move, when they find their “ideal” place.”

Are there any exterior elements that affect selling a home?

“The exterior of your home is the most important element. Quite often, if buyers don’t like the exterior and drive into the property, they won’t even get out of the car to go see all the great things you have done to the interior.

Make sure the grass is cut and the flowerbeds and shrubbery are tidy. You don’t want the buyers to think about maintenance. The front door area should be clean and inviting. The exterior of the home is that first impression of how well you have taken care of your home and how much money the buyer will need to spend to address your deferred maintenance.”

How do you stage your house for selling? 

“Make sure your home is sparkling clean and you have decluttered and depersonalized it. Stand at the entryway to each room and try to imagine seeing it for the first time. What grabs your attention? Is that a negative or a positive? Sometimes it is better to ask a friend or your real estate agent to walk through with you. Quite often, it is just too hard to be critical of your own living space.

Once you have decluttered, declutter once more. Most people don’t take out enough to show how spacious the rooms can be. You are planning to move, so help your house sell faster and start moving out from day one. Don’t pack up boxes and store them in the garage or basement—rent storage space. This helps let the buyer know that you can move out in the time frame that the buyer needs, if they need to have a quick closing. So often I hear from buyers, there is no way the seller can pack up and move “all of this” in 30 days.”

(Staged country chef’s kitchen from Spring Oak Farm, listed with Gayle Harvey Real Estate)

Gayle specializes in the sales of farms, estates and historic homes throughout Charlottesville and the central Virginia region and can be reached at GayleHarveyRealEstate.com. Be sure to check each edition of Charlottesville Wine & County Living for our featured Dream Properties, as well as the blog for more posts from our realtor series with insight into the process of finding your dream home and exclusive looks at some of the premier properties and homes in our area.

Lead image: Lynn Haven Manor listed with Gayle Harvey Real Estate

 

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.

Biking Charlottesville’s Wine Country


August 29, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Jefferson’s Virginia has been attracting cyclists for years with a plethora of routes, a challenging landscape and stunning views. But, what may surprise some is that cycling has also become an exciting new way to experience both the natural beauty of Virginia’s scenic environment and the exquisite offerings of our renowned vineyards and breweries. The area’s “Tour de Vine,” as it has been dubbed, allows cyclists to try the remarkable array of wines, beers and ciders that are crafted right here in Virginia, exploring the flavor profiles of the local terrain as they traverse it by bicycle.

We caught up with Professional Cyclist Ben King, who grew up in Charlottesville, to learn what he enjoys about biking the region. Scroll on to learn more from King and for a list of biking trails and tours you, too, can try!

King’s passion for biking began as a kid in Charlottesville. After his dad, who also raced professionally, saw the growing passion and potential in his son, the two began riding together regularly. And the rest, as they say, was history. Today, and multiple national championships later, King finds that Charlottesville is still one of the best places for cycling because of the incredible businesses one finds along the way. Despite having traveled internationally for competitions, riding through the beauty of the Virginia countryside remains to be one of King’s favorite pastimes.

In fact, cycling the area offers numerous stops along the way at wineries, breweries, distilleries, charming roadside shops and eateries, and B&Bs. King himself has visited the likes of White Hall VineyardsGlass House Winery, Stinson Vineyards, and a plethora of others while cycling.

This area, with its love of wine culture and dedication to supporting cycling, indeed seems to reinforce this marriage between cyclists and explorations of local establishments. Easy access to routes such as the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail or the Monticello Wine Trail give cyclists the opportunity to take their love of wine and beer into account while exploring their passion for the outdoors.

King encourages everyone to take part in the unique experience of cycling through the picturesque back roads and explore Virginia like never before. You can learn more about Ben King in Book Six of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living

Wondering how to get in on the area’s “Tour de Vine”? Here are a few ways you can also enjoy the stunning views and trails:

  • Cville Tours offers a Charlottesville Winery Guided Tour that’s perfect for starters who want a leisurely ride through Charlottesville’s wine country.
  • Looking for something a little more intense? Enjoy a four-day ride through back roads around Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley with Velo View Bike Tours‘ Charlottesville Wine Country Tour. Traveling over 100 miles, this tour will allow you to visit the area’s finest wineries while taking in the incredible scenery of the Virginia countryside.
  • For those who are confident in your cycling abilities, skip the tour and take on a trail yourself! Bike a trail at a vineyard, like DelFosse Vineyard & Winery‘s trail, or bike the entire Monticello Wine Trail. For a long distance ride, explore the Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway .

Photos by 3 Cats Photo

Original story by Sarah Pastorek in Book Six of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

 

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.

Historic Downtown Mall: Beloved Charlottesville Attraction


August 22, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Autumn is almost upon us and it is a lovely time to visit Charlottesville. With beautiful foliage, cooler temperatures and the bustle of the University of Virginia starting a new year, our city’s hub for dining, arts, shopping and, of course, people watching is more vibrant than ever. One must-visit destination in the fall is Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall—a staple in our city. With historic buildings, performance venues and theaters, local restaurants, shops and attractions, there is much to enjoy along the pedestrian mall. While this outdoor mall is one of the oldest of its kind, it is actually relatively new to Charlottesville, which was founded in 1762. Scroll on to learn a little about the history of our beautiful mall from Purple Cherry Architects and for some things we suggest you do and see when you visit!


By Cathy Purple Cherry and Ashley Marshall

When the creation of a pedestrian mall became the topic of conversation in Charlottesville between the 1950’s and the 1970’s, the goal was to revitalize the downtown district. After more than 20 years of conversation, the City finally decided to close off five blocks of Main Street and transform the section into a pedestrian mall. On February 8, 1975, the City began construction with the Market Street Parking Garage and a year later, they officially began blocking traffic and working on the mall.

Architect Lawrence Halprin was chosen to design the mall. Recipient of the University of Virginia Thomas Jefferson Medal in architecture, Halprin utilized a number of features to create the city center visitors enjoy in this now successful pedestrian mall. From planning bricks and pavers at varying scale along the ground, to lined trees and lampposts at a ceiling level height, every last detail was planned for a comfortable experience. However, it took over 25 years for the mall to become the life center of Charlottesville. Prior to its current success, the City implemented multiple modifications of the original design including vehicular road crossings and small side street expansions. In 1983, the City itself even invested in building a $20 million Radisson hotel (now the Omni Hotel) at one end in the hopes of energizing the area.

Eventually, once mall parking and access were managed, people began to frequent the “pedestrian” street. Restaurants and cafés started putting tables outside and great meals and drinks became available to enjoy under the mall’s interior tree canopy on warmer days. Mom & Pop shops “popped” up along the street with specialty and unique items. Today, you will not see a Hard Rock Café or a Barnes & Noble Bookstore on The Downtown Mall. The shops are all local—some with histories as old as the buildings they occupy, like the New Dominion Bookshop (established in 1924) or The Paramount Theater (established in 1931).

Any endeavor needs time to be successful. It may have taken time to plan, time to build, and time for people to realize that change can be a good, but today the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall is one of the longest pedestrian malls in the country and continues to attract visitors with its charm, history and unique offerings.

Looking for ways to make the most out of your visit to the Historic Downtown Mall? Here are a few ideas!

  • Visit one of the stunning historic theaters, like the Jefferson Theater and The Paramount Theater.
    • Tip: The Paramount Theater occasionally offers tours if you do not have tickets to a show!
  • Attend the Charlottesville City Market (a local farmer’s market held beside the mall) on Saturday mornings.
  • Shop unique gifts, books, antiques, clothing, accessories and more at one of the over 120 quaint shops!
  • Write a message on the chalkboard wall on the eastern end of the mall.
  • Are you a Dave Matthews Band fan? Be sure to visit Miller’s, the restaurant/ pub where Dave Matthews used to work in the 90s.
  • Enjoy visiting one of the attractions.
  • Grab a cup of local coffee or sweet treat to enjoy while you stroll the mall.
  • Choose one of the over 30 stellar restaurants for a bite to eat.
  • Enjoy a concert or show at one of the music venues, like The Southern Café & Music Hall or the Sprint Pavilion.
  • Browse local art galleries.
    • Tip: Visit in the evening on the first friday of the month for “First Fridays,”— a monthly art event that includes exhibition openings and receptions at many of our local art galleries.
  • Stop and listen to a street performance.
  • Catch a movie at the Violet Crown Cinema or The Paramount Theater.
  • Make a wish and toss a coin into the water fountain on the western end of the mall.
  • Make it a weekend at one of the local hotels or inns!


Co-written by Cathy Purple Cherry/Founder and Principal, Purple Cherry Architects
and
Ashley Marshall/Project Manager, Purple Cherry Architects

Blog photos by Jennifer Jones

 

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.

 

 

7 Things to Love About Charlottesville


August 17, 2018 | Ivy Publications

At its heart, Charlottesville is a unique community full of love and diversity. In fact, it is this beautiful community that inspired us to take pen to paper and create the Charlottesville Wine & Country Living publication. In our magazine, we celebrate the people and stories that make this place so special. So, we took our “Charlottesville Loves,” tote around town to share and showcase a few of the many reasons we love this place known as Jefferson’s Virginia. Scroll on to see more of our Charlottesville Loves…

The foodie culture and local restaurants. From amazing farm-to-table cuisine to internationally-influenced establishments, there is much to love about the lively food scene in Charlottesville. (Pictured below: MarieBette Café & Bakery)

The vibrant art scene. Charlottesville is full of talented artisans who are creating everything from paintings and kitchenwares to jewelry and furniture. (Pictured below: IX Art Park)

The pet-friendly culture. Charlottesville is a pet-friendly city and whether you are spending the afternoon at a vineyard or strolling The Downtown Mall, you are sure to run into some furry friends. (Pictured below: Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA)

Our local vineyards. Our local award-winning vineyards boast stellar wines and stunning vistas. (Pictured below: Veritas Vineyard & Winery)

The University of Virginia. Charlottesville is a college town, with a beautiful and historic campus, also known as “grounds,” and a strong academic community.

Local Craft Beverages. From breweries and cideries to distilleries, Charlottesville’s craft beverage scene is continuing to blossom. (Pictured below: Starr Hill Brewery)

The Historic Downtown Mall. One of the largest pedestrian malls in the country, the Downtown Mall features boutique shops, restaurants, cafés, concert venues, museums and more.

While we could not possibly capture all the things we love about Charlottesville in one blog post, these are a few of the places that make our area so wonderful. Be sure to check out our magazine, Charlottesville Wine & Country Living for a deeper look at life in Charlottesville and the people and places that inspire us each day. If you would like your own “Charlottesville Loves” bag, you can find them at Roxie Daisy, Darling Boutique, Lynne Goldman Elements, Finch or Verdigris.

 

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.

Embracing the Season with Flower Arranging at Pippin Hill


July 13, 2018 | Ivy Publications

This summer, Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards hosted the first event/workshop in what is tentatively a new agritourism series. The “Cut Flower Workshop” was led by the vineyard’s expert horticulturalist, Diane Burns, and guest host flower grower Jenny Hopkins, owner of Big Arms Farm in North Garden. The delightful afternoon included a tour of Pippin Hill’s gardens and grounds, a flower arranging workshop and a farm-to-table, wine-paired lunch on the veranda overlooking the winery’s beautiful mountain views.

Burns commenced the event with a tour of the Pippin Hill grounds and gardens that supply both the winery’s kitchen and the table arrangements in the tasting room. She showcased one of her major imprints on the property thus far—a 215-foot-wide section of flowering plants she planted for the sole purpose of being harvested for displays and arrangements at the winery. During the tour, Burns also provided guests with helpful tips for flower cutting. (see below)

After the grounds tour, guests settled into the Reserve Room for a flower arranging workshop with Jenny Hopkins. After learning how to prepare stems for bouquets, including advice on creating homemade “flower food,” guests were able to peruse an array of pre-cut seasonal flowers to create their own displays.

Following the workshop, guests moved outdoors for a farm-to-table luncheon prepared by Executive Chef Ian Rynecki. The three-course meal included fresh garden greens in a nasturtium vinaigrette with radish and feta followed by Free Union Grass chicken with a poached and fried marble potato and swiss chard before concluding with a Mara Des Bois strawberry sorbet with a shortbread cookie and lavender. In addition, Pippin Hill’s Vineyard Manager Brooks Hoover charmed guests with a brief talk, providing insight into the wines guests were enjoying with their lunch.

The sold-out event was a great success with attendees not only learning practical flower cutting and arranging tips but also gaining hands-on experience with arranging before dining al fresco with Pippin Hill wines. Check out some flower cutting and arranging tips from the workshop below that you can try yourself!

Tips for Flower Harvesting:

  • Harvest in the morning when the plants are fully hydrated.
  • Use a “wiggle test” to determine if a flower is ready to be harvested—flowers are ready to be harvested when their stems are firm.
  • Cut stems 1 1/2 to 2 times as tall as the vase you wish to place them in, and cut above leaf nodes so that plants can continue to bloom after cuts.
  • Place freshly cut flowers into a flower food solution immediately after cutting and then in a fridge if possible for further cooling.
  • When harvesting, you can protect your plants from Japanese Beetles by shaking them off from stems into a cup of soapy water.

Tips for Flower Arranging:

  • Keep your hand relaxed. When your hand is too warm, it can cause flowers to wilt.
  • Cut flowers at an angle so they can get more water when sitting in the vase.
  • Make sure your arrangement is not near heat or a fan.
  • Change water in your vase every 3 days to help extend the life of your flowers.
  • Going away for a few days? Store your arrangement in the fridge.


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.

Remembering Horton Vineyards Founder Dennis Horton


June 21, 2018 | Ivy Publications

We at Ivy Publications and Charlottesville Wine & Country Living would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Horton family for the passing of Horton Vineyards’ founder and winemaker Dennis Horton. We’d also like to express how thankful we are for his influence in the growth of our local wine country.

Dennis’ journey as a winemaker began back in the 1980s after he and his wife, Sharon, moved to Madison, Virginia. Dennis saw the great potential in the area for growing grapes, which ultimately led to the planting of his family’s first vines in their front yard. While he cultivated a small home vineyard, Dennis continued to study different grape varieties and growing techniques. His search took him to France’s Rhone Valley and California, where he and his wife Sharon learned more about the Viognier grape, which Horton Vineyards is recognized for bringing to the Commonwealth.

(From left to right: Sharon Horton, Dennis Horton & Shannon Horton)

In 1988, Dennis and his business partner, Joan Bieda, acquired 55 acres in Gordonsville, Virginia. Using the open lyre system they learned in California, Dennis and Sharon established what is now Horton Vineyards on the new acreage and harvested their first crop in 1991. In 1992, the couple began constructing an underground cellar, and then in 1993, they celebrated the first crush at Horton. That same year, Horton gained national recognition for producing a superb Viognier that won first place at a California tasting competition. In 1994, the couple purchased more acreage and began planting Bordeaux, Portuguese and Spanish varietals, as well as more varietals from the Rhone Valley many of which were rare, if not new, for Virginia growers.

In 2011, Dennis was awarded the Gordon W. Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award; and today, Horton Vineyards produces 42 wines, farms 100 acres and is celebrated as a great influencer in the Virginia wine industry, having also reintroduced Norton grapes to the area. Below, Dennis oversees his last harvest, which he had faithfully done every year since the establishment of Horton Vineyards.

Dennis passed away at the age of 72 and is survived by family members who will continue the legacy of Horton Vineyards. Still a family-owned and operated vineyard, Dennis’ wife Sharon, their daughter Shannon, and granddaughter Caitlin will continue to build on Dennis’ success at Horton for years to come. We are so grateful for Dennis’ pioneering work and passion for winemaking. His larger than life presence and fierce love for the wine industry will be greatly missed.


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.

Horton Vineyards Showcased at Smithsonian


June 20, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Last night, Horton Vineyards was featured at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Winemakers’ Dinner, an annual fundraiser for the museum’s American Food and Wine History Project. This year, the museum collaborated with and celebrated the Rhône Rangers, a group of 100 U.S. wineries dedicated to strengthening the American Rhone wine movement.

The Winemakers’ Dinner followed an informal seminar held the previous day with Randall Grahm, owner and winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyard, Doug Margerum, owner and director of Margerum Wine Company, Shannon Horton of Horton Vineyards, Tony Wolf, director and professor of viticulture at Virginia Tech and Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post.

Prior to the dinner, guests were served cocktails in The Smithsonian Castle’s Schermer Hall while they learned about Rhône wines. American Rhône-style wines are made from the same grapes that have flourished for centuries in France’s Rhône River Valley. Their continued growth in vineyards across the U.S. can speak to their versatility with food and wide range of rich flavors, as well as to the skills of American winemakers.

For a winery’s wine to qualify as a “Rhône Rangers” wine, 75 percent of the content must include one or more of the 22 traditional Rhône grape varieties. Of the 22 Rhône varieties, the red include: Carignan (Carignane), Cinsault (Cinsaut), Counoise, Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro), Muscardin, Syrah (Shiraz), Petite Sirah, Picpoul Noir, Terret Noir, Vaccarese and Classic Red Blends. For the whites, Bourboulenc, Clairette Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, Picardin, Picpoul / Piquepoul Blanc, Roussanne, Ugni Blanc, Voignier and Rhone White Blends make up the list of Rhône wines.

Following the cocktail hour, guests moved to The Commons in The Castle for dinner. Tablas Creek Vineyard, Horton Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, Bonny Doon Vineyard and Margerum Wine Company were all selected for the menu. Cedric Maupillier, the chef proprietor of Convivial in Washington, D.C, designed and served stunning dishes that paired perfectly with the wines. First to be served was Horton’s 2016 Viognier paired beautifully with a bright and delicious daurade carpaccio.

As each wine was served, winery representatives introduced the wine and spoke to their production methods. A special tribute was made to Dennis Horton who passed away earlier in the day and was a long-time Rhône Ranger. Below, dinner guests toast to Horton’s life and legacy.

Horton’s first plantings for Horton Vineyards included Viognier varietals from the Rhône Valley. In 1993, just four years after the opening of Horton Vineyards, Horton gained national recognition when his Viognier won first place at a California tasting competition. As a result, vintners throughout Virginia began introducing Viognier into their vineyards—making Viognier one of the region’s most successful varietals today. (Learn more about Dennis Horton’s legacy here.)

We were so pleased to attend the Smithsonian’s annual Winemakers’ Dinner and celebrate pioneers in the American wine industry. It was equally exciting to see Virginia’s Horton Vineyards honored for their great contributions to food and wine in America.


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.

 

Fabulous Floral Creations Bloom at Caspari


June 18, 2018 | Ivy Publications

As we say so long to spring and hello to summer this week, we want to share one of our favorite events from this Spring—Caspari’s fabulous floral creations event during Historic Garden Week.

Over the past 13 years, Caspari, a local retailer of stylish paper products influenced by a variety of materials—fine art, textiles, ceramics and interior design—strives to showcase the works and patterns of established artists and museums around the world. In continuing their vision, Caspari hosted its annual “Floral Fashion” event, where local florists artistically highlighted everything spring and summer have to offer. Pulling inspiration from Caspari’s stationery and accessories, each florist brought to life their own beautiful vision of artistic attire through unconventional ideas, styles and patterns.

As guests wandered from one display to the next, they snacked on delicious cheese and crackers, crostini and fruit and sipped on wine, fulfilling all of their senses at once.

A Pimento Catering (photo above and at left below), inspired by Caspari’s lemon-print items, combined different elements for their creative display. The cleaver fascinator topped with pheasant feathers was a charming feminine accessory pulled together with garlic bulbs and lemons, succulents, moss and feathers.

Stacy Torrence of Fresh (photo at right below) played off of Caspari’s blue and white dinnerware to create a lovely setting. Inspired by spring’s innocence before leading into summer, Fresh used jade plants on ballet slippers, greenery around a simplistic, yet classic, child’s summer dress and other minimalist floral elements that are sometimes overlooked when other plants are in full bloom.

Floral Images Design Studio in Charlottesville (photos below) created a breathtaking display by using a variety of items. Their vision carries all the way from the rose hat to the moss-coated high heels topped with the same pink rose. Pearl earrings adorned the heels, complementing the stunning necklace. The bodice of this masterpiece, composed of Caspari napkins, leads into a rose festooned sash and white orchids before reaching its full-skirt, ball-gown style, crafted of white feathers. A spray of lilac was also added for a sweet spring scent.

Gregory Britt with Tourterelle Floral Design (photos below) was festive with their garden-style arrangement. Stemming off of Caspari’s pink floral napkins and tableware, Tourterelle added sprays of cherry blossom and a custom hand-crafted tulle to incorporate the pretty shades of summer. Eucalyptus, ivory trailing down the skirt, roses, candles and protea were also used to display the softness of the season.

Southern Blooms (photos below) pulled in the bold, yet soft, style of Caspari’s products to pair with this gorgeous securely fastened, floral collar necklace. By using grape hyacinth, delicate shades of lavender and purple, many hues of green and chartreuse, white roses and ranunculus, Southern Blooms brought to life an envy-worthy adornment.

Hedge Fine Blooms (photos below) inspired all with their tropical-inspired hat and ballet flats. Using orange poppy, white roses, variegated and grape hyacinths with chartreuse flowers, Hedge created botanical accessories that speak to a heavenly oasis.

Pharsalia (photo at left below) gave guests a highly structured display comprised of blue and orange hues, reminding us that the garden is beautiful year-round. Designed to show the natural growth of the stems, this dramatic arrangement of greenery, bittersweet berries, dried hydrangea and seed pods paired well with seashells, dried flowers and moss.

Whereas, Blue Ridge Floral Design’s display (photo at right below) grew from the inspiration of Caspari’s pink and green-themed paper items. A sash of pink and a white rose belt cinched the waist of a bodice of large tropical leaves before dropping to a skirt decorated with bows that resembled delectable ribbon-candy.

Once again, Caspari’s “Floral Fashion” event was a successful affair, and we were grateful to be in attendance. Movers and shakers in the local garden industry came together to celebrate not only the local florists who help lead Charlottesville’s identity in artistic fashion, but also Virginia’s Historic Garden Week, known as “America’s Largest Open House.” We look forward to seeing the amazing creations at next year’s event.

 

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.

Fathers Day CHO•ho Gift Guide


June 13, 2018 | Ivy Publications

To help remind Dad he’s one-of-a-kind this Father’s Day, pick him up something local and unique. Whether you plan to spend the holiday golfing, fishing or visiting one of our beautiful local wineries or craft breweries together, these gifts are sure to be the icing on the cake.

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  1. Stone Rose blue textured knit long-sleeve shirt from Verdigris | $125
  2. Artisan-made wine bottle opener by Grandpa Gene, available at Horton Vineyards | $52
  3. Handmade custom leather flask by Daniel Foytik of RSVPHandcrafted | $31.99
  4. Handmade Ashley Bag from Pinnell Custom Leather | $1,800
  5. The Chesapeake White Stone Oyster Shucker from Monolith Studio | $125 each
  6. Lindberg 6537 Frame from Primary Eyecare | $539
  7. Tissot Quickster Chronograph Quartz Watch from Schwarzschild Keller & George | $495
  8. Artisan-made Large Hoof Pick Belt from Wiley Brothers | $185
  9. Locally-made Monroe Cufflinks from Ledbury | $165

 

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.

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival Celebrates Local Food and Wine


May 19, 2018 | Ivy Publications

The 2018 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival celebrated its seventh year last week with an expansion of programming. This year, guests could attend a multitude of wonderful wine-paired dinners, brunches and special events during the five days leading up to the festival’s well known “Grand Tasting” event on Saturday.

The festival kicked off with the Monticello Cup awards ceremony Monday evening, an elegant gathering at the historic Jefferson Theater highlighting many of the regions best wines from the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA). Guests enjoyed award-winning wines and learned more about local vineyards, including the 2015 Petit Verdot “Paul Shaffer’s 7th Edition” from Veritas Vineyard & Winery, which won the coveted Monticello Cup Award

Throughout the week of the festival, restaurants and wineries hosted food and wine events. Chefs welcomed winemakers into their restaurants to celebrate our region’s best in farm-to-table cuisine. Below, Timbercreek Market’s Executive Chef, Tucker Yoder, collaborated with winemakers Chris Ritzcovan of Jefferson Vineyards and Gabriele Rausse of Gabriele Rausse Winery for a delectable four course dinner event at Back 40. Yoder prepared an exquisite menu that included canapés, roasted leeks, buttered crab, shaved pork and dry aged ribeye from Timbercreek Farm.

Wednesday evening, Afton Mountain Vineyards partnered with Jake Busching Wines for a dinner on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall at Brasserie Saison. The dinner featured four exquisite courses from Chef Mike Perry which featured many locally sourced ingredients that brought bright flavors to the eight beautifully paired wines.

On Friday, guests enjoyed the 3rd Annual Monticello AVA Sparkling Wine Brunch at Afton Mountain Vineyards. Winemakers (in the order photographed below) Jonathan Wheeler of Trump Winery, Damien Blanchon of Afton Mountain Vineyards, Maya Hood White of Early Mountain Vineyards, Elliott Watkins of Veritas Vineyard & Winery and Matthieu Finot of King Family Vineyards all gathered to serve their best sparkling wines that were beautifully paired with delicious appetizers from Brasserie Saison.

The festival then culminated with the “Grand Tasting” event at the Sprint Pavilion on Saturday where hundreds of wine lovers were able to meet winemakers and try wines from 25 different local wineries. We also enjoyed meeting readers and fans at the Charlottesville Wine & Country festival boutique!

The week of fabulous events also included an elegant pre-festival winemakers dinner at Fleurie with King Family Vineyards and Veritas Vineyard & Winery. Taste of North Garden, A delicious winemakers dinner with First Colony Winery, Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery, and Wisdom Oak was held at Dr. Ho’s.Taste of White Hall, a charming winemakers dinner with Grace Estate Winery, Stinson Vineyards, and White Hall Vineyards, was held at the White Hall Community Building. Forked on Main and Lovingston Winery collaborated on a lovely Winemaker’s Dinner. The popular 2nd Annual Rosé Lunch and Historic Farm Tour were hosted by Blenheim Vineyards. Loving Cup Vineyard led a fascinating organic vineyard and winery tour while Glass House Winer hosted a fun concert by the Bobby Midnight Band.

A big thanks and shout out to sponsor Mercedes Benz of Charlottesville! Cheers, and see you 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.