It’s Bud Time!

By Doug Fabbioli It’s Bud Time! So the season has begun again! The green leaves that contain the chlorophyll are growing bigger every day, staging themselves to collect another seasons worth of the sun’s energy. That energy will be turned into the sweetness and flavors in the fruit that will make our wines something for […]

A Rite of Spring – Pasta Primavera

By Charles Oppman A Rite of Spring – Pasta Primavera Now that spring is in full swing we’re likely to see the seasonal springtime dish pasta primavera on Italian restaurant menus across America. It just makes sense―the word primavera means “spring” in Italian. But what is pasta primavera exactly, and what’s its culinary history? Let’s […]

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 […]

The Language of Tasting Wine

By Doug Fabbioli The Language of Tasting Wine Tasting wine has been a process that many have made fun of over the years. You have to admit that it is kind of an odd process, seeing that we taste different food and beverages all the time, but don’t always put words to the process. When […]

Master’s of Cuisine: Sebastien Rondier, Executive Chef

Sebastien Rondier, Executive Chef Brabo Brasserie 1600 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-894-3440 Sebastien Rondier’s love of traditional French cuisine and the communal aspects of cooking were instilled in him throughout his childhood in Southwest France. The influence of his grandparents and his uncle, a chef who brought his expertise home, even making fresh […]

Junction Bakery & Bistro

By the Gastronomes Junction Bakery & Bistro 1508 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 703-436-0025 Meet Me At the Junction……for Dinner! Junction Bistro and Bakery is now open for dinner. This Mount Vernon Avenue gem in the Del Ray section of our fair city opened in 2016 serving house made breakfast and lunch fare as […]

Mentoring Should Never Stop

By Doug Fabbioli Mentoring Should Never Stop When I look back at my career as a winemaker, I realize it started without a real mentor. I had a boss at the vineyard that overlooked one of the Finger Lakes so many years ago, but he was trying to figure out what he was doing as […]

New Orleans’ Po Boys

By Charles Oppman New Orleans’ Po Boys With Mardi Gras fast approaching in early March, 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. The famous New Orleans’ po boy is one […]