Three Fox Vineyards

By Frank Britt   THREE FOX VINEYARDS A Bit of Tuscany in the Heart of Hunt Country Delaplane, Virginia   At the entrance to Three Fox Vineyards are three stone foxes–Giovanni, Della and Milano. Why Italian names? Because the winery is a bit of Tuscany in the heart of Northern Virginia’s hunt country, offering visitors […]

Can the Shape of the Glass Enhance the Taste of the Wine?

Can the Shape of the Glass Enhance the Taste of the Wine? By Felicity Cloake It doesn’t seem long ago that merely owning wine glasses was enough to mark one out as a sophisticate of the highest order. Such affectations were for professional establishments like the local pub: at home we drank out of cloudy […]

Castle Hill Cider

A refreshing alternative along Virginia’s wine trail. Castle Hill earned a place in the history books on June 3, 1781, when Jack Jouett set off on his perilous 40-mile ride to Charlottesville to warn Thomas Jefferson of an impending British raid. As the story goes, it was at Castle Hill that owners Dr. Thomas and […]

Horton Vineyards

HORTON VINEYARDS A Major Player in Virginia’s Wine Industry Situated along the rolling hills of Orange County just west of Gordonsville, Horton Vineyards is one of the most innovative wineries in the country. Utilizing the latest viticultural techniques, owner Dennis Horton is charting a new generation of wines made from Viognier, the premier grape of […]

June is Wine Festival Month Across Virginia

By Frank Britt JUNE IS WINE FESTIVAL MONTH ACROSS VIRGINIA Festivals are favorite outings for Virginians, particularly wine festivals. They provide opportunities to learn about Virginia’s wonderful wines and to visit some of the state’s most interesting sites. There are wine festivals in every region of Virginia this month, and we are pleased to feature […]

Wine Recipe: Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer   This recipe has appeared in Saveur Magazine!           Ingredients: 7 oz paneer (Indian-style fresh cheese) 8 cups milk 1/4 cup lemon juice 6 tbsps ghee (clarified butter) or canola oil 4 cloves garlic 1 1” piece of ginger, peeled and chopped 1 serrano chile, stemmed and chopped 6 […]

Narmada Winery

By Frank Britt   NARMADA WINERY The Realization of a Dream Imagine you and your spouse out for a romantic 30th anniversary dinner at the world-renowned Inn at Little Washington, contemplating your future years together. “Honey, what shall we do when we retire?” After a couple of decades living in the hustle and bustle of […]

Virginia is for Wine Lovers!

Virginia is for Wine Lovers! The landscape and climate of Virginia offers countless choice sites for vineyards. Each of the state’s main regions boast vineyards and wineries. Given Virginia’s varied grape-growing sites with ideal soil conditions, fine wines now come from all over the state.   Spectacular landscapes, picturesque vineyards and fascinating people make up […]

Virginia’s Favorite Wineries Announced

By Frank Britt What makes a tasting room special to winery visitors? According to subscribers of the Official Virginia Wine Lover on-line publication who voted for Virginias Favorite Tasting Room, the answer is (1) Friendliness of the tasting room staff, (2) Attractiveness of the tasting room location, (3) Staff’s knowledge of wine, (4) Proximity of […]


By Frank Britt Naked Mountain Winery For over forty years, Naked Mountain Winery and Vineyards has been serving some of the finest wines Virginia has to offer. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Fauquier County, the winery is just under an hour west of Washington, DC. It is the perfect destination […]