Erin Go Braugh!

By the Gastronomes Erin Go Braugh! This month’s column is going to take on a little different vent. March is the month of all things Irish in the USA and Old Town used to do their part with one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades along the east coast. Alas, the “Rona” has put […]

The Winegrowers of Horton and Early Mountain Vineyards

By Matt Fitzsimmons The Winegrowers of Horton and Early Mountain Vineyards “Great wine is made in the vineyard” is a common cliché in the wine industry. Yet no matter how repetitive this statement seems, that doesn’t make it any less accurate. While winemakers are often the public face for most wineries, the vineyard managers who […]

Lamb Shanks

Let’s Eat by Chef Charles Oppman Lamb Shanks With Easter coming early in April this year, I think it’s time to break out the lamb recipes. When we think spring lamb, most of us think of that boneless roast or a bone-in leg, but let’s try something different. Of course, French cut lamb chops are […]

Defining the Art of Winemaking

Exploring VA Wines By Doug Fabbioli Defining the Art of Winemaking Winemaking takes a lot of science, a good bit of artistic creativity and, although many don’t like to talk about it, a fair amount of challenging business sense. And it’s all based on the fruit that the winery grows or can buy and turning […]

New Orleans’ Po Boys – Laissez les bon temps Rouler

Let’s Eat By Charles Oppman New Orleans’ Po Boys – Laissez les bon temps Rouler With Mardi Gras fast approaching on the 16th, we thought it only fitting to publish the recipe for a Nawlin’s favorite.  Every so often a marvelous dish is created, one that is so special, so memorable it becomes a classic. […]

A Nice Package

Exploring VA Wine By Doug Fabbioli   A Nice Package In these writings I sometimes make an attempt at explaining a few of the different parts of my job, sharing insider tidbits and hoping to make it interesting to both the wine geeks and the non-wine geek consumers. This month I want to get a […]

Every Day is Valentine’s Day at Our Restaurant Partners!

By Bob Tagert Every Day is Valentine’s Day at Our Restaurant Partners! We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight our loyal restaurant advertisers and give you some ideas for your Valentine’s Day dining plans. LANDINI BROTHERS RESTAURANT There is a reason that Landini Brothers is listed first. This is one of the oldest and […]

Virginia Bottle Art: Crazy Labels and Great Stories

By Matt Fitzsimmons Virginia Bottle Art: Crazy Labels and Great Stories All bottle art is designed to grab your attention, but the best ones convey a message. Some           highlight a good cause. Others explain the winery’s heritage. A few just want to make you laugh. Regardless, if the art causes you to say “I MUST […]

Understanding Virginia’s “Natural Wine”

By Matthew Fitzsimmons Understanding Virginia’s “Natural Wine” Natural wine is a trendy term in the wine industry. It certainly hits several items on the hipster bucket-list. Some claim that it’s healthier for you than regular wine (unlikely to be true). Natural wine is often confused with organic wine (not the same, but somewhat in the […]


Lets’s Eat by Charles Oppman Cassoulet   Now that we’re in the cold weather months it is good time for a hearty country dish. Why not make a classic bean dish―cassoulet? Cassoulet is a rib-stickin’, slow-cooked bean stew or casserole originating in the south of France, containing meat (typically pork sausages, pork, goose, duck and […]