2019 in Virginia Vineyards, a Time to Saber

By Nancy Bauer 2019 in Virginia Vineyards, a Time to Saber Like a life raft for the forsaken after 2018, this year’s Virginia grape harvest started a little damp and unsteady, but when the sun came out in late spring, all was well. More than well, actually—splendid. Superb. All the right feels–wet, dry, sunny, cool, […]

Holiday Gifts from Virginia Wine Country

Holiday Gifts from Virginia Wine Country By Nancy Bauer If you’ve ever had to de-junk a house in preparation for a move or sale, you’ll agree with this:  consumables are the new go-to gift. They don’t put the “giftee” in an awkward position (Where the heck do I put this?) or need dusting, and if […]

Three Days of Wine on Northern Virginia’s I-95

By Nancy Bauer Three Days of Wine on Northern Virginia’s I-95 To weary DC commuters, a “3 Days on I-95” itinerary may sound like a cruel joke, but trust us: there’s gold in those exits. And wine. For this getaway weekend, make Ashland – that burg you whiz by on the way to Richmond – […]

It’s veraison season. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s veraison season. What could possibly go wrong? By Scott Elliff By the time you read this, our DuCard Vineyards grapes will be in the ‘veraison’ stage of ripening, where the berries start to soften and turn color.  It’s pronounced ‘ver-ay-zon’ but most of us have Americanized it as ‘ver-ay-sion’.  No matter – sort of […]

Three Days in Southern Virginia: Martinsville – Henry County

By Nancy Bauer Three Days in Southern Virginia: Martinsville – Henry County You already know way more than you think about southern Virginia’s Martinsville–Henry County. The region is known as the home of many household names: Bassett, Fieldcrest, NASCAR, Marshall Fields. Today, it’s also home to locally-crafted libations, plenty of culture, and lots of options […]

The Grower of Barboursville – Fernando Franco

By Nancy Bauer The Grower of Barboursville – Fernando Franco “I love the challenge.” That’s all you’ll get out of Fernando Franco about what was perhaps the most demanding growing season in Virginia wine history. No complaints, no whining, no drama. “We were diligent with the vineyards and we kept everything healthy,” he said. “We […]

Mountain Getaway: Romance the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop

By Nancy Bauer Mountain Getaway: Romance the Blue Ridge Whisky Wine Loop Like Pacific Coast Highway in California or Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee, the “curvalicious” Skyline Drive  ranks among the most scenic America has to offer, with stunning vistas and inspiring overlook pull-offs just made for necking.    On the Blue Ridge Whisky […]

30 Virginia Wineries that Lay Out a Feast

By Nancy Bauer 30 Virginia Wineries that Lay Out a Feast It’s May, so we’re talking moms. Now my mom, she loved a good lunch. She lived in Annapolis after my dad passed away, and I’d drive out every Sunday to take her to whichever restaurant had recently struck her fancy. She’d always look at […]

Walsh Family Wine: Loudoun Wine Country’s New Crush

By Nancy Bauer Walsh Family Wine: Loudoun Wine Country’s New Crush Walsh Family Wine opened last month in Purcellville, and the owners are feeling loved. What was once their side project – growing and making wine from a Catoctin Ridge vineyard just outside of Waterford – had exploded into farming five vineyards over 50 acres […]

Mediterranean Cellars Wins Big Love at Fauquier Wine Awards

By Nancy Bauer Mediterranean Cellars Wins Big Love at Fauquier Wine Awards For years now, it’s been impossible to find a ticket to the annual Fauquier County People’s Choice Wine Awards. They sell out every year, and it’s easy to see why: no queuing in crushing lines, beautiful (indoor) venue at Airlie, tasty wines, and […]