Megan J. Headley

Megan J. Headley ate and drank her way through the food and wine worlds of New York, San Francisco, and Florence before pulling up a permanent seat at Charlottesville's bountiful table in May 2006. After a few years as an accidental restaurateur, she began writing The Working Pour in June 2009, contributing to All You Can Eat in January 2011, then took on the enviable yet filling job of Food & Wine Editor in September 2011. With other writing projects and a plucky preschooler under her domain, hobbies beyond cooking, making Playdoh snails, and orchestrating weddings between Snow White and Eeyore have been shelved for the time being.

When fine dining calls for fine beer

When fine dining calls for fine beer

I rarely take a night off from wine. But after sampling Jefferson Vineyard’s Meritage 2010 trial blends (more on that next week) on a usually hot summer afternoon, I was looking forward to refreshing my purple palate at a Virginia beer dinner at the Clifton Inn, hosted by Beer Run. Knowing that the beers would […]

BYOB is now A-O.K. in VA

BYOB is now A-O.K. in VA

 As of last Friday, wine drinkers have another cellar to choose from when dining at a restaurant: their own. The newly passed “Corkage Bill” allows restaurants with liquor licenses to serve a wine brought by a customer for a fee set by the restaurant. Legislators see BYOB as incentive for consumers to dine out in […]

Life's a beach with Albariño

Life's a beach with Albariño

Just back from a week at the beach and already I miss the ocean’s cool breeze, briny smell and salty taste. On the bright side, I’ve found a wine that captures these sun-drenched glories of summer at the beach: Albariño.

Drinking from the garden

Drinking from the garden

Sometimes I wish that summer’s bounty could be spread out over the course of the year. It’s a futile and selfish wish, but I feel pressure to eat myself into oblivion during the growing season and spend more time than I ought to figuring out how many fruits, vegetables and herbs I can consume in […]

Into pickles

Into pickles

Matt Bressan’s only complaint about the pickle business is that he’s always being compared to people’s grandmothers. “Grandmothers’ recipes come up a lot when people taste my bread and butter pickles,” he says, “but they still buy mine.” Craving cukes? Nab a freshly grown few at the City Market. Fresh Crunch Pickles, which make the […]

Get your noise out of my glass

Get your noise out of my glass

We know what Pliny the Elder meant when he wrote “in vino veritas”—give someone wine and he’ll spill the beans. However, in this age of information overload, I prefer it to mean that the wine itself holds the truth. But, with all of our blogging, Facebook posting, podcasting, tweeting and re-tweeting, are we so busy […]

Alcohol rising

Alcohol rising

The alcohol in wine has been causing quite a buzz lately, and not just the kind that makes you want to hug everyone. One of the hottest issues in the industry these days is wine’s rising ABV (alcohol by volume). Certainly not a new trend, alcohol levels have been climbing for decades. However, some recent […]

I say Pinot Gris, you say Pinot Grigio

I say Pinot Gris, you say Pinot Grigio

Poor Gray Pinot. This grape with two names and two personalities is so misunderstood. It originated in France (where it’s called Pinot Gris) as a natural mutation of Pinot Noir. When it made its way into northern Italy, it became Pinot Grigio. If that were the extent of its differences, we could call the whole […]

If you build it, they will come

If you build it, they will come

  The carefree days of summer are finally within reach and unless you still get summers off, you’ll be living for the weekends when you can entertain in flip-flops and without having to clean your house. Building a basic bar from scratch is a bit of an investment, but just think how much you’re saving […]

Want to split a bottle…of beer?

Want to split a bottle…of beer?

Sharing. It’s the first lesson we learn as kids and we’re usually pretty good at it by the time we’re of drinking age. Wine has always been a beverage intended to share—to do otherwise would seem terribly selfish, not to mention intoxicating. Suggest sharing a beer with someone, though, and you’re likely to get ridiculed. […]

The wine trail less traveled

The wine trail less traveled

Five northwestern members—Glass House, Montfair, Moss, Stinson and White Hall vineyards—have branched off with a mini trail (cleverly named The Appellation Trail), giving tourers a day-trip destination for tasting quality wines that come with personalized attention and beautiful surroundings.

Nobody puts Madeira in the corner

Nobody puts Madeira in the corner

When a 200-year-old bottle treats you to everything from dried apricots to molasses to dark chocolate yet tastes as fresh and alive as a 20-year-old bottle, you can understand why Madeira-lovers hoard their vintage bottles.

An ode to pizza and wine

An ode to pizza and wine

When I really want to delve into a person’s soul, I ask him what he would have as his final meal on earth. My answer? Pizza and wine. Just writing it sends a shiver down my spine. What makes this prosaic combo so celestial for me? Well, I’m not talking your ordinary congealed-cheese, cardboard-crust slice […]

Here's to a happy Fat Tuesday

Here's to a happy Fat Tuesday

It’s too late to celebrate in the Big Easy, but you can still live it up right here in Rivanna River City by spending today enjoying decadent, earthly pleasures—especially if Lenten restriction is in your future come tomorrow.

The Barolo Wars

The Barolo Wars

Dramatically termed the Barolo Wars, this debate is more Iron Chef than Axis of Evil, with French oak, shorter maceration periods, and rogue grape varietals as the employed weapons.

The bitter end

The bitter end

The mere mention of an after-dinner drink to an American seems to elicit queasy memories of a night ending with a White Russian or shot of Goldschläger and the harrowing hangover that followed; however, unlike these sweet and viscous drinks that add to your level of intoxication, taking you from comfortably content to grotesquely gorged, Europe’s bitter digestives actually subtract from your feeling of fullness.

Bon Apéritif

Bon Apéritif

In Europe, where eating is the evening’s main event, a drink served before dinner is de rigueur and the perfect way to prime your palate (and bloodstream) to the gustatory pleasures that lie ahead.

What difference does a year make?

What difference does a year make?

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect upon your past year’s accomplishments. Perhaps you got a new job, lost weight, or quit smoking, but for wineries whose wines are biding time in the cellar before release, there is little concrete to reflect upon. The success of a vintage is projected […]

The gift that always fits

The gift that always fits

You’re down to the holiday shopping wire. Panic sets in and with a handful of Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons you choke your way through the cinnamon-scented store to buy a head massager and a brownie pan separator. And, with one trip down the wine aisle, you’re grabbing the Rabbit and the Vinturi Aerator for […]