The answer woman


The answer woman

Mr. Beard: I read with interest your recent article on the vocabulary of wine [“Red wine, please, easy on the scorched earth,” The Working Pour, November 4, 2008]. I would suggest, as a strident supporter of our Sister City in Besancon, France, that you purchase and read the most recent book on the vocabulary of wine. The author of the Dictionnaire de la langue du VIN, CNRS Editions, 2008, is Martine Coutier, who is Bisotin and an ardent Sister City supporter as well. She has traveled to Charlottesville many times and has appeared twice at the Virginia Festival of the Book. Ms. Coutier’s book goes a long way to demystify the descriptive language of wine and I believe answers many of the issues that you and some of your readers have raised.  Give it a read. And thank you for spelling “remuage” correctly. Mr. Rose’s letter [“The other three ‘Rs’," Mailbag, October 28, 2008] would have more to add if he had invested time in a dictionary (as above) or at least with Google.

Blake Caravati

That’s a yes

At the end of Jayson Whitehead’s article regarding IMPACT in last week’s issue of C-VILLE Weekly [“IMPACT targets education after dental success,” Government News, November 4, 2008] the question was posed, “Can IMPACT make an impact on education?” Here are my thoughts.

For the past two and a half years, IMPACT has brought together hundreds and hundreds of people from all backgrounds who want to make systemic changes in order to better the lives of their neighbors, friends, colleagues, fellow congregants, family members and many others. I’ve been involved with IMPACT since 2006 and each year my excitement, dedication and determination grow as I realize the influence the group has had in affecting positive change. IMPACT has done far more than simply raise awareness about injustices in our community; IMPACT has served as an impetus for addressing the root causes of these problems, promoting solutions and action. For example, around the issue of transportation, IMPACT identified gaps in service and funding sources to remedy these gaps. Around the issue of affordable housing, IMPACT recognized the need for representatives from the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia to sit around the same table and work together, and made a push for a task force rather than just for more monies to be earmarked for affordable housing.

Stephanie Austin
Albemarle County

The answer woman


I am writing to respond to the question “Where…are the Jews?” in a recent rant [The Rant, January 8, 2007].

Congregation Beth Israel was founded in Charlottesville in 1882. The congregation currently has more than 400 members who attend Reform services on Friday nights or lay-led Conservative services on Saturday mornings. CBI also serves as a center for Jewish life in Charlottesville, hosting cultural events and publicizing others through its e-mail newsletter and bulletins. For more information, visit CBI’s website at or sign up for free, weekly e-mails at The University of Virginia also hosts a Hillel chapter; there is a Chabad congregation in town; and there is a Chavurah group that can be contacted through the Gesher Center for Jewish Spirituality, Meditation and Healing.
As for Jewish food, Littlejohn’s on University Avenue and Durty Nelly’s Pub and Wayside Deli on Jefferson Park Avenue both make a respectable pastrami on rye. And Padow’s in the north wing of Barracks Road Shopping Center is another shop that makes good deli sandwiches.

Charlotte Crystal
Congregation Beth Israel

This old home

Thanks for the good article on the possibility of historically designated areas and places in Charlottesville [“City agrees in concept to expand historic properties,”, January 15, 2007]. My own home is in Belmont and was built in 1893. I bought it in 1996. It’s nothing fancy—just a big old farmhouse—but it’s beautiful and sits on one of the few Belmont double lots. In 1893 there was just the Belmont Plantation, my house, and a couple of other houses on this side of the railroad tracks. Rufus Holsinger took a picture of this house once—now in  the UVA collection.

It worries me, with all the expansion and all the big money getting spent, that this wonderful old home isn’t historically protected. So I’m certainly in favor of expanding historical designation protections to any beautiful residence over 100 years old—especially one which, like mine, was a sort of “pioneer house” in one of the Charlottesville neighborhoods.

Leo Daugherty