Love Is In the Air!

Well, winter is well underway and we have managed to dodge the major snow storm that hit our neighbors to the north. Here is hoping we dodge the next one on the horizon. I wonder if the winter weather had any bearing on proclaiming Valentine’s Day to be on the 14th back in the day! […]

Publisher’s Notes February 2015

Here we are moving into February. This is the shortest month of the year but always seems to be the longest. I imagine that the yearning for the warmer months makes us want time to move faster. However, if you like to sit in front of a nice cozy fireplace with a cocktail or to […]

Gerald “Gerry “ Ragland, Jr. – Attorney, Sailor, Amateur Photographer

Writing about Gerry Ragland will be a pleasure for me, for I have known Gerry since 1996 when I competed against him in the inaugural Old Town Crier Cup sailboat race…and it is the only time I ever beat him. I will address the race a little later. The 73-year-old Ragland has strong ties to […]

Get Tucker’d In Tucker County, WV

In January we were invited to Tucker County, WV for a FAM (familiarization) tour sponsored by the Tucker County tourism gurus, and decided that it would make a perfect subject for the February “Road Trip” column. Most people associate Canaan Valley and the ski areas as the places to be in Tucker County but there […]

Parallel 43 – Importing The Wines of Eastern Europe

Parallel 43 is the latitude of the wine region in Bulgaria and was the inspiration for the name of this wine importer and wholesaler based in Northern Virginia. It is also the same parallel as the city of Boston here in the USA. Parallel 43 specializes in wines from Eastern Europe and is family owned […]

On the Road with the OTC!

Behind the Bar: Sean Hughes

Sean Hughes Old Ebbitt Grill 675 15th Street NW Washington, DC 202-347-4800 How did you get started in the bartending business? Aside from changing kegs and mixing horrendous concoctions at college, I got started in the hospitality industry when I came back from college in 1999 as a server.  I was only 20 at […]

Unlock the Love at CrossKeys Vineyards!

Discover. Taste. Experience the Best of Virginia Wine. The beauty of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley was the primary inspiration for CrossKeys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford. The 125 acre property selected by Bob and Nikoo Bakhtiar was originally an old farm that was overrun with cedar, but with stunning views of Massanutten and the Blue Ridge Mountains. […]

“From the Blue Ridge to the Bay” – Jan Marthinson Mewhinney, May 2, 1931 – December 11, 2014

She was there when I took my first breath, so it was only fitting that I was next to her and holding her hand when she took her last.  After a devastating diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer that had already metastasized, I spent most of her last six weeks with her. My siblings and I took […]

Where is the vineyard?

All of the Virginia grape growers that I have spoken with lately are very glad that the words “Polar Vortex” have not been used in our weather forecast so far this winter. The danger point for many vines planted in the area is zero Fahrenheit. Last year we had -7F on our farm while folks […]