Andy Reagan of Jefferson Vineyards is moving on in his winemaking career after helming the vineyard and cellar, and acting as its general manager since 2005. According to a press release, Reagan wants to start his own winery and create his own “vision of Virginia wine.” A difference of opinion with the owners coupled with a desire to build his own brand is the reason for the split, said the release.
His new venture, AJUDE Wine Company, to be based in Charlottesville, will produce limited quantities of high-end wines. He is currently searching for a site and financial backing.
Jefferson isn’t the only Virginia wine spot to lose its winemaker within the last year. That list also includes Rappahannock Cellars, Boxwood, Chrysalis, and Ingleside Vintners.
A taste of luxury
Join acclaimed chef Aaron Silverman, a guest chef at Glass Haus Kitchen, on Wednesday, January 30 as he serves an inventive six-course tasting menu paired with wines. Silverman has worked stints in renowned kitchens such as Sean Brock’s McCrady’s in South Carolina, and David Chang’s Momofuko in New York City. Glass Haus will donate $1 from each dinner to the Virginia Institute of Autism. The price per person is $85, and reservations can be made by calling 244-8439.
Valentine’s field trip
Chef Melissa Close Hart of Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards will serve a six-course Valentine’s Day dinner beginning at 7pm on Thursday, February 14. Hart often features food grown on the estate as well as locally grown delights from farmers nearby. Dinner is $150 per person (all-inclusive), and reservations are required. Call (540) 832-7848 to reserve your spot.
If you choose to stay home on February 14, but still want to celebrate with Barboursville Vineyards, take a trip to Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg on Sunday, February 17. Hart and winemaker Luca Paschina will host a five-course wine dinner representing all aspects of their Barboursville estate. Dinner begins at 6:30pm, costs $95 per person, and reservations can be made by calling (571) 291-7649.