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 […]

15 VIP Experiences in Virginia Wine Country

By Nancy Bauer 15 VIP Experiences in Virginia Wine Country Frequent winery travelers are asking more from Virginia. With cupboards full of logo’d wine glasses at home and hundreds of hours of experience logged at tasting bars, serious winos have begun looking beyond the bar for more personal experiences. They want to trade stories with […]

Just Getting to Know Virginia Wine Country? Here’s What You Missed

By Nancy Bauer Just Getting to Know Virginia Wine Country? Here’s What You Missed Hartwood Winery celebrates thirty years, and its owner tells some tales When Hartwood Winery owner Jim Livingston opened his doors in 1989, after more than 15 years of growing grapes, there were only a few dozen wineries in the state. Of […]

Hand-crafted Wines for the Holidays

Hand-crafted Wines for the Holidays by Mary Ann Dancisin, Certified Specialist of Wine Giving a gift of fine wine for the holidays is a time-honored tradition. In fact, the months leading up to Christmas are always the heaviest selling season for wines and spirits. But: not at our local wineries. Visits to wineries in the beautiful […]

Loudoun County Wine Awards 2018 – Fabbioli Cellars Gets Top Honors

By Nancy Bauer Loudoun County Wine Awards 2018 – Fabbioli Cellars Gets Top Honors   I stopped going to the mega summer wine festivals many years ago. Back then, I loved the energy, the crowds, and the novelty. Now, they just make me grumpy. The sweaty scrum pushing for tiny pours, the blasting sun and […]

Three Days in Spotsylvania

By Nancy Bauer Three Days in Spotsylvania Wine, War, And Where in The World Is Stonewall’s Arm? Spotsylvania is peaceful now, but it wasn’t always that way. Union and rebel soldiers fought hard and often across these lands, and Stonewall Jackson suffered the shots that would cause his arm to be amputated and buried here, […]

Rose’ All Day in DC’s Wine Country

By Nancy Bauer Rose’ All Day in DC’s Wine Country Explore Loudoun County Through Rosé Colored Glasses So much for the notion that rosé wines are suited only to summer drinking. As the fastest growing wine in the U.S., and one of the most versatile, rose’ has stepped up to take a permanent place at […]

Three Days in Madison County: Five Wineries and A Taste of Old Country

By Nancy Bauer Three Days in Madison County: Five Wineries and A Taste of Old Country If you’ve spent any time exploring Virginia Wine Country, it’s likely you’ve met Madison County, maybe without even realizing it: her farmlands fall on either side of Route 29, the road between Charlottesville and Northern Virginia and her western […]