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.

Beaujolais Nouveau will arrive

Beaujolais Nouveau will arrive

At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, November 19, from the little villages in Southeastern France, over 1 million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau will begin their trek to Paris for immediate shipment to all corners of our world. Banners will herald the inevitable news: “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!,” marking the beginning of one of […]

Get on the beer train

Get on the beer train

With four local breweries already established, Charlottesville has been carving out a brew trail amid its grapevines: It started with Starr Hill, where Mark Thompson has been brewing national award-winning beverages since the early ’90s. Now with a tasting room in Crozet and a recent distribution deal with Anheuser-Busch, this local favorite is bound to […]

Five Virginia wines we’re drinking now

Five Virginia wines we’re drinking now

The old adage says that patience is a virtue, but then so is drinking a wine when it’s in its prime. Here are five Virginia wines ready for the glass. Shop the City Market, plan a meal, phone some dear friends, pull up an Adirondack chair, and savor the simple pleasures of another beautiful fall […]

Something Old World, something new

Adversity builds character. At least that’s what my parents told me every time we uprooted from our home to move states, schools, and houses. They softened the blow by telling us over pizza, but it was still a big adjustment—even with the extra heese. And, while “home” will always be a nebulous distinction for me, […]

We come to praise Burgundy's other white grape

We come to praise Burgundy's other white grape

Growing up, my brother’s and my favorite movie was The Karate Kid. It was one of two movies that we had on VHS and we could recite it (and Romancing the Stone) line for line. I still get choked up at the end of the karate tournament when, with a quiet nod from Mr. Miyagi, […]

Don't call it a comeback

Don't call it a comeback

Sometimes my 18-month-old gets so excited that she doesn’t know what to do. She squinches up her nose, tightly squeezes the source of excitement against her tummy, and then squeals with unbridled glee. My reaction to certain wines is not dissimilar, much to the horror of many a wine distributor. I can’t help it—some wines […]

Make mine a cold one

Make mine a cold one

A wine teacher of mine once said that every wine would be a red wine if it could be. I don’t necessarily agree with him, but then again, I tend to like appetizers better than main courses, sunrises better than sunsets, and kissing better than, well, you get the drift. However, for those of you […]

Forgive me, Bacchus…

Forgive me, Bacchus…

My entrée into the wine world began like a fairy tale. I was 14 and on a trip with my French class to Paris and the Loire Valley. We toured a wine cellar in Vouvray, had dinner at a château, and went to a sound and light show at Azay-Le-Rideau, a 16th century castle with […]

Viva la Vinho Verde!

After a long, hot day of attentively tasting, spitting and assessing dozens of wines layered with complexity in a soon-to-open restaurant layered with sawdust, all I want when I get home is a wine that I can mindlessly gulp. Sure, the more refined word would be “quaff,” but that implies an element of restraint and/or […]