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.

How's your turkey like them apples?

How's your turkey like them apples?

When my English in-laws recently asked me to explain Thanksgiving, I found myself stumbling over my words. They already knew the bit about the Pilgrims (they were English, too, after all), so I finally blurted, “Basically, you get together to watch football and eat a really big meal.” It sounded completely ridiculous, making me think […]

Look for nice legs and a good backbone

Look for nice legs and a good backbone

  We’ve covered sugar, fruit, and acidity, and have two last wine components in my three-week, wine-basics tutorial. Sure, there’s still some summer left to enjoy, but for now let’s replace those swim caps with thinking caps and dive into alcohol and tannin!     While most of what we know about alcohol we learned […]

Pollak Vineyards' Petit Verdot takes Monticello Cup

Pollak Vineyards' Petit Verdot takes Monticello Cup

Six judges convened on Monday, June 14, at Barboursville Vineyards for this year’s Monticello Wine Cup competition. Their task was to blindly taste 60 wines from the Monticello AVA (the American Viticultural Area surrounding Charlottesville) in 3.5 hours. But with Italy playing Paraguay in the World Cup smack in the middle of the competition, Barboursville’s […]

Malbec and the best of both worlds

Malbec and the best of both worlds

For once, France can’t take any credit for the success of one of its own grapes. Once upon a time, Malbec was from France and not given much at- tention, but the neglected grape found a happy home in Argentina where it gets to bask in both sunshine and limelight. The arrangement seems ideal: Country […]

Kill Bill: Vol. 5034

Kill Bill: Vol. 5034

As I write, wine lovers in our country are united on a single front that has nothing to do with what’s in their glasses, but rather, what might not be, if some beer and wine wholesalers get their way. A bill known as H.R. 5034 snuck onto the floor of Congress last month with bi-partisan […]

Moscato d'Asti is springtime in a glass

 Ah, spring. Birds are chirping, people are smiling, the world is alive again. And, after more than 60 inches of snow this winter, we seem to be taking the allergies, stink bugs, and re-mulching in stride. No sooner do the first daffodils peek through the barren earth than do I raise a glass to the […]

The tongue-twisting pleasures of Zweigelt

The tongue-twisting pleasures of Zweigelt

When we are young, popularity is everything. And, as all of you Gertrudes, Hectors, and Penelopes out there know, a name can do a lot to lower your standing. Think of Germanic wines as the Throckmortons of the wine world—alone in the corner with their skinny necks and cryptic labels, still struggling to overcome the […]

Now, for a brief promotional message

Now, for a brief promotional message

While working as a publicist for restaurants, chefs, and sommeliers, I got to wondering what it would be like if we all had a publicist. Especially now that I am a mother to a toddler that has yet to say, “I love you, Mommy, and think that you are doing a tremendous job,” I dream […]

Make winter bearable with this delightfully fortified wine

Make winter bearable with this delightfully fortified wine

What’s in all those barrels, found in Andalucia, Spain? It’s sherry, baby. Al Gore might not have seen it coming, but the Farmer’s Almanac predicted this would be the coldest winter in a decade. Weather this frightful calls for something more than that Snuggie you got for Christmas. Thankfully, it still leaves your hands free […]

One habit you shouldn't kick

One habit you shouldn't kick

New Year’s resolutions bug me: much too ambitious and made in haste. To ensure success this year, try these fun-to-keep wine-related resolutions. 1. Keep a wine journal. This summer, I was a guest at a dinner honoring a wine salesman and bon vivant who won his battle against cancer. We had several remarkable wines that […]

Ho, ho, ho, and a bottle of red

Ho, ho, ho, and a bottle of red

Whether due to a true holiday spirit or to the expectations of social intercourse, your December calendar probably filled up fast with invites to cookie exchanges, dinner parties and tree-trimming gatherings. Between the expected and the impromptu invitations, along with anything planned at your own home, you may find yourself reaching to the very bottom […]