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Celebration; Madonna; Warner Bros.

Celebration; Madonna; Warner Bros.

“Who’s That Girl?” Seriously? Thirty-six songs on the two-disc version of Madonna’s otherwise groovy, career-spanning greatest hits compilation, Celebration, and she includes “Who’s That Girl?” If you’re going to bother with that largely forgettable movie soundtrack, why not include the vaguely danceable “Commotion,” instead? Upon further consideration, maybe it’s a wise number to include—if not […]

Best adult entertainment

Charlottesville? May as well call it Fertility-ville with all the discussion of pregnancy, birth, diapering, child rearing and Montessori tuition that fills the air. If it’s not the best adult entertainment it’s certainly the favorite. Do you people know there are two wars on? Have you heard of health care reform? Like the lone old […]

Veraison is a critical stage for grapes from planting to harvest

Veraison is a critical stage for grapes from planting to harvest

It may not be strictly straight, but a line connects a Salvadoran farm worker named Señor Reyes, the octogenarian British wine sage Michael Broadbent, viticulturist Fernando Franco and me. Back in the 1970s, a question about rotting beans from Señor Reyes directed at his boss’s young son led Franco, the hijo in question, to college […]

I drink, therefore I am…learning

I drink, therefore I am…learning

When the opportunity arose to take a class in “pest management,” I was mightily tempted to make jokes about how I could at last learn to deal with teenagers or—perhaps, more useful—the phone solicitors from the NYU Alumni Association. But the truth is, I’m trying to learn more about wine. Wine is not a bother […]

Albemarle Ciderworks will update an old-fashioned libation

Albemarle Ciderworks will update an old-fashioned libation

Albemarle Ciderworks is a close-knit family operation. That’s no more clear than when I emerge from the office on the gently mountainous North Garden property after a conversation with brother and sister Chuck and Charlotte Shelton (which goes nearly two hours and draws to a close on a couple cups of the brut and bright […]

Wine Guild of Charlottesville ages, but some still object

Wine Guild of Charlottesville ages, but some still object

When Will Richey talks about growth spurts he could be referring to either of two things. The first: his infant son Alston, who keeps Dad company all day while he runs his two Revolutionary Soup restaurants and the Wine Guild of Charlottesville, of which he is a founder. The other could be the Wine Guild […]

Virginia Wine: The Pop Quiz

Virginia Wine: The Pop Quiz

It’s a familiar story: The wine columnist heads out to pick up a bottle of Viognier for the whole gang and a couple of weeks go by. Knowing him, we think J. Tobias Beard might be arrested in his tracks in front of a selection of young whites that hint at apricot and spring flowers. […]