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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

 

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 Launches New Food and Wine Pairing Series


October 29, 2018 | Ivy Publications

Yesterday, on a beautiful autumn day, we launched the first class in our new Food & Wine Pairing Series. Attendees joined Winemaker Damien Blanchon at Afton Mountain Vineyards for an afternoon tasting, and learned about our region’s superb wines and the local boutique wine industry that has continued to impress both national and international wine connoisseurs.

Focusing on the old-world techniques of creating beautiful wines, Blanchon walked the class through his process of wine production, showcasing his French influences and education. His behind-the-scenes tour began in the vineyard’s fermentation room, where Blanchon explained the process of harvesting and processing the grapes grown at Afton Mountain Vineyards, and even let participants sample some of the wines in the fermentation stages. His love for the land and attention to the grapes were evident in his anecdotes describing the impact of weather and soil on the wines we drink.

The tour continued through the wine processing building, where Blanchon showed participants the winery’s analysis lab, as well as the in-house pressing process and machinery used after harvesting. During his tour of the naturally insulated underground barrel room, he gave the class tastings directly from the barrels, allowing participants to compare the unique flavors and tastes brought about by different harvests, blends and ages.

Following the tour of the wine processing facility, the class strolled through the vineyards down to the scenic tasting pavilion. The beautiful weather showcased the winery’s stunning views and fall foliage.

At the pavilion, the class enjoyed light snacks from the Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop before enjoying a formal wine tasting with Blanchon. Participants tasted the released 2017 varietals of the same wines they had sampled in both the production and barrel stages earlier.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with Winemaker Damien Blanchon and Afton Mountain Vineyards for our first class, and learned so much about winemaking and the work and passion that go into each bottle produced. We would like to thank everyone who participated, and we hope you will join us for one of our upcoming pairing classes!

The three final classes in our Food & Wine Pairing Series will be wine-paired dinners at Brasserie Saison. During each class, participants will enjoy talks by Sommelier Will Curley and will be joined at the dinner table by a local winemaker. You can find more information about the course here, and email concierge@ivypublications.com to sign up (classes available as a bundle or individually, and seating is limited).

Class II:  Tuesday, October 30 at 6pm with Guest Winemaker Damien Blanchon of Afton Mountain Vineyards (*Please note, registration for this class closes tomorrow, October 30, at 8am) 
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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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 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.

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.

 

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.

2018 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Awards


May 9, 2018 | Ivy Publications

The 2018 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival kicked off with the Monticello Cup Awards at the Jefferson Theater on Monday, May 7. We were honored to again be sponsors and to be present for such a wonderful event where winemakers and vineyard owners alike join together to celebrate the remarkable vintages of the Monticello AVA.

Prior to the evening, 10 respected wine industry professionals judged wines from the 33 wineries that make up the Monticello AVA, a subsidiary of the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society. Veritas Vineyard & Winery won this year’s Monticello Cup for their 2015 Petit Verdot “Paul Shaffer’s 7th Edition.” Winemaker Emily Pelton, assistant winemaker Elliott Watkins, Bill Tonkins, the vineyard manager, and Paul Shaffer all accepted the Monticello Cup at this year’s award ceremony. Pelton shared a few words with all in attendance, reminding us that “with every vintage, we are building the strength of our region … and telling the story of our soils.”

Overall, there were 13 gold medal winners, 27 silver and 15 bronze winning wines. In addition to Veritas Vineyard’s 2015 Petit Verdot, Keswick Vineyards’ 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate Reserve and Flying Fox Vineyards’ 2014 Petit Verdot were the other two reds in the “Top 3 Red” category. This year’s “Top 3 Whites” were Afton Mountain Vineyards’ 2016 Chardonnay Estate Reserve, Michael Shaps Wineworks’ 2017 Rosie Rosé and Trump Winery’s 2012 Blanc de Blanc. For the full list of medal winners, click here.

The festival will continue this week with numerous pairing events and will conclude with a Grand Tasting Event on Saturday, May 12, at the Sprint Pavilion on the Historic Downtown Mall. The tasting event will showcase of over 25 local wineries and will also give wine lovers the chance to purchase some of their favorites! The day will begin with a VIP catered tasting at 12:30 p.m. with the general event starting at 1:30 p.m. Click here for information on where to get tickets.

During the tasting event, attendees will be able to enjoy one flight of tastings per winery while learning about the different vineyards and their practices. Wine & Country will join in the festivities with our beautiful booth, where attendees will be able to create a wine charm as well as take home a copy of the new Book Six of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living.

Congratulations to Veritas Vineyard & Winery for winning the 2018 Monticello Cup! We are looking forward to another year of enjoying local award-winning wines.

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an 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.

Virginia Festival of the Book Returns With Exciting Programs


March 22, 2018 | Ivy Publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target market.

4 Stunning Wine Cellars to Inspire Any Wine Enthusiast


March 20, 2018 | Ivy Publications

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

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

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

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

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


Photos by David Burroughs Photography, Courtesy of Purple Cherry Architects

 

From Ivy Publications, publishers of Charlottesville Wine & Country Living, a semi-annual magazine of Life & Style in Jefferson’s Virginia; Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings, an art book celebrating elegant country weddings in Jefferson’s Virginia; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine, a monthly parenting magazine with a calendar of Charlottesville festivals and events plus stories on education, health and family fun; CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home Magazine, a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom Magazine that includes all things home, from builders and real estate professionals to insurance, landscaping, utilities and more; the CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide and Home Go-To Guide, an annual flip book with everything from daytrip ideas and home tips to directories of family & home services; and the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a guide to attractions like Monticello, vineyards, the University of Virginia as well as a relocation handbook.

At Ivy Publications, we’re inspired by the belief that by utilizing technology, working efficiently and attending to quality, we create publications that honor the reader and build a real connection with our local businesses. This belief has led to prosperous and long-standing relationships with our clients, who entrust us with their advertising and have enjoyed great success utilizing our niche publications to effectively reach their target market.