Let’s make a plan!

By Doug Fabbioli Let’s make a plan As a grape grower, I have to have some long range vision. The decision on “what grapes to grow where” is decided 4 years before any crop is harvested from those vines. If the vines don’t grow well in that location, or if the vines you planted were […]

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 […]

Where are the lines drawn in the alcohol world?

By Doug Fabbioli Where are the lines drawn in the alcohol world? Beer, wine or liquor? How do you make what, who sells it and how is it regulated? I must admit, I have learned a few things about this subject over the past few decades. When working with alcohol products that are based on […]

Cedar Knoll

By the Gastronomes “At Cedar Knoll, we aim to bring you innovative American cuisine, with elevated French influences, to complement the history and majesty of the views that surround you. Our menu features seasonal ingredients, sourced from local operations such as historic Piscataway Farm and Path Valley Farms collective. No matter what space you choose, you’re sure to have […]

Behind the Bar: Alyzabeth “Lyz” Davis

Alyzabeth “Lyz” Davis Village Brauhaus 710 King Street Old Town Alexandria 703-888-1951 Villagebrauhaus.com Lyz Conjures up her Summer in Maine cocktail. Stoli Bluberi Vodka, Bacardi Superior White Rum, blueberry lemon-honey syrup, lavender extract, lemon, club soda and blueberries for muddling! Lyz is behind the bar Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 4pm to close. How […]

Baby It’s Hot Outside!

by Judy Eichner Baby It’s Hot Outside! Try traveling through North or South America, Southern Italy and/or Provence in France in the warm and hot weather and you will find many restaurants with a variety of cold soups on the menu.  This is especially true when the weather is exceedingly hot.  People everywhere enjoy a […]

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 […]

The Westlawn Inn

By the Gastronomes The Westlawn Inn With the beautiful weather upon us, we thought that we would take the 45 minute drive to the Chesapeake Bay and the town of North Beach. North Beach is a walking town with a beautiful boardwalk and beach along the Bay. The town has shopping, antique stores and just […]

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 […]