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Winter DIY Pizza with Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards


January 20, 2020 | Wine & Country Life

‘Tis the season for warm comfort foods. And, whether you want to entertain the kids or host a date night at your place, the winter weather makes it the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and stay in for a homemade pizza night. So, we were thrilled when Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards shared their Executive Chef Ian Rynecki’s beloved pizza recipe! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Pippin Pizza Dough

*This recipe is by weight, which will yield the best results for your dough. Yields 2 pizza doughs.

Ingredients:

  • 153 grams all-purpose flour
  • 153 grams 00 (doppio zero) flour
  • 200 grams lukewarm tap water
  • 8 grams salt
  • 4 grams of olive oil
  • 2 grams of instant yeast

Method:

In a bowl, thoroughly blend both of the flours, yeast and salt. Then, add the water and, with your hands, mix thoroughly.

Transfer to a bowl rubbed with EVOO, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rise at room temperature for 24 hours, or until it has more than doubled.

Flour a work surface and scrape out the dough. Divide it into 9 oz portions and shape them.

Mold the dough into a neat circular mound. The mounds should be slightly sticky, so add more flour as needed when rolling out. Allow the dough to double at room temperature.

Once doubled in size, roll out using your hands to a 14-inch round. Cook on a pizza stone in a 450-degree oven with your favorite toppings.

Photo Courtesy of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Pippin Quick Red Sauce

Yields about 1 QT of sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups San Marzano tomato (crushed or whole peeled)
  • 8 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly diced
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Method:

In a small saucepan, sauté the garlic for 30 seconds over medium heat.

Stir in the tomatoes, salt, sugar, basil and oregano. Then, bring to a simmer.

Turn down the heat and let the sauce reduce for about 30 minutes.

Blend using an immersion blender until smooth.

Photo by Elisa Bricker, Courtesy of Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Virginia Wine Expo


January 14, 2020 | Wine & Country Life

The Annual Virginia Wine Expo is coming up on March 3-8 in Richmond, Virginia. This popular event highlights not only premier wines but also spirits, cider, craft beer and artisan cuisine with over 30 curated events, including master-class seminars, tasting events, wine-paired dinners, lunches and brunches, and cooking classes.

This year, the expo is kicking off with a special preview event on Thursday, February 6. This 15-course Virginia wine dinner will be prepared by award-winning Chinese Chef and Restaurateur Peter Chang. The feast will be paired with Barboursville Vineyards wines and will be held at Q by Peter Chang, Chang’s flagship restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland.

The rest of the expo’s scheduled events will begin on Tuesday, March 3, and will take place in and around Richmond. The week’s signature events will be held at the beautiful Main Street Station, while other foodie and pairing events will take place at local restaurants and venues, giving attendees a chance to explore the city. Each year, the expo’s events showcase the best of Virginia wine, as well as another guest region from the United States and abroad. Along with hundreds of Virginia wines, this year’s selections will include wines from the International Guest Region Bordeaux and Loire Valley, France and the 2020 National Guest Region Washington State.

Tuesday through Friday, guests can choose from wine-paired dinners (including a dinner at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), seminars, workshops and a sparkling wine-paired lunch. Friday evening, Main Street Station will host the popular SMOKED! event, which features over 30 artisan dishes, over 35 whiskeys from Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Scotland, wines from Virginia, Bordeaux and Loire Valley, France and Washington State, craft beers and ciders.

Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a few additional specialty events before the Afternoon and Evening Walk-Around Grand Tastings and the Ultimate Brew Fest, all of which will be held at the Main Street Station. The heart of this expo, these tasting events offer guests the opportunity to try curated libations and meet and learn from winemakers, knowledgeable volunteers and distributor representatives.

The expo will conclude on Sunday, March 8, with a seminar on Rose, a farm-to-table brunch, a Sub Rosa Bakery wine dinner and the Grand Tasting event for locals.

With events featuring curated wines, brews, ciders and spirits, as well as artisan foods, the Virginia Wine Expo truly offers something for everyone and unique, educational experiences. We cannot wait to see all that the 2020 expo has in store for participants, and we hope to see you there!

You can learn more about the expo and find tickets/the full schedule of events here.

Photos Courtesy of the Virginia Wine Expo

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

Talks with an Investment Manager: Tips for Investing in 2020


| Wine & Country Life

Did financial goals make your 2020 resolutions list? When it comes to growing wealth, investing is one of the most tried-and-true methods, but knowing where and how to invest is tricky. So, we asked Sean Miller of Miller Asset Solutions in Charlottesville to share some insight into the practice.


“There is no secret to investing (this is the secret). It really comes down to not making a great deal of investment errors coupled with investing in good companies. That’s It … 100 percent,” says Miller. “That could be the whole article—don’t screw up and invest in companies that do well (or even moderately well). It is simple to say but difficult to practice and implement.” 

When investing, Miller recommends keeping the following points in mind:

  • Investment models will only get you so far and will often mislead you. The more complex the investment model/spreadsheet, the more likely you are to lose money. Analysts and investors often get lost in the micro details when it is the big picture that truly matters.
  • It is better to be approximately right, rather than precisely wrong when making investment decisions. Making decisions with less than perfect knowledge is often necessary, and you are often rewarded for bearing the risk of uncertainty. It is impossible to know everything about a security, so do the best with your current knowledge and experience.
  • No investment points are awarded for difficulty or complexity. Simple strategies can lead to outstanding returns. 
    • The success of indexing is evidence that the most simple investment approach can be successful and profitable. 
    • Or, you invest in a well diversified company like Corning (GLW – one of my favorites) that does well in three different areas:  technology (Gorilla Glass), automotive (catalytic converters and filters) and science (specialized glass and filters). 
    • Finally, it is perfectly acceptable to avoid securities you do not understand. Many famed investors like Warren Buffett call this putting investments in the “too hard” pile, and it has saved them both money and mental anguish. 

“The point is: investing is simple but not thoughtless. One must commit to making investing simple by NOT making overly complex investment models and avoiding investments they do not understand,” adds Miller. “Complexity is often used as a sales tool by banks and investment managers where they show off “the better investment mousetrap” via the use of leverage or complicated investment products. My experience is that the simple approach always outperforms the complex when thoughtfully implemented.”


You can also find more investment and financial insight in previous posts from our informative series with Miller. Just search for “Talks with an Investment Manager” in the blog’s search bar. For more information on Miller and Miller Asset Solutions, LLC, you can visit his website. 

Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in the region, are accompanied by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.