Tobias Beard



Shallow ground

Shallow ground

Journey Through Hallowed Ground, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and celebrating historical land and sites from Pennsylvania through Virginia, including a lot of Albemarle County, had a nice little present for the Albemarle Board of Supervisors at the September 3 meeting. The group presented the supes with a special JTHG commemorative bottle of Chardonnay […]

Blind faith

Blind faith

Bottle Shock is a new movie about the so-called Judgment of Paris, a 1976 blind tasting that pitted then unknown California wines against the best of Gaul.

Going postal

Going postal

I was recently in the Post Office mailing some wine-related mail, when the postal worker behind the counter stopped me and said, “Hey, you might be able to help me.” After looking him in the eye and finding no discernable signs of psychosis, I smiled and asked what he needed. “How do you guys,” he […]

One hundred pilgrims

One hundred pilgrims

Friday, 7:30am. As I walk to the gas station to buy toothpaste, I get a taste of what it is that brought me here. Everywhere I look there are pine trees, tall, deep green and swaying gently in the wind. Outside my hotel window and lining every road, they move like some verdant choir, under […]

The night drags on

The night drags on

You look fabulous, bitches! But oh, what must be done to get there. A lot of male flesh squeeeeezed into one, two, maybe even three pairs of pantyhose creating a smooth, shiny, Barbie Doll-like lower half, while the top is padded into existence and cleavage painted on. Some serious face time with the mirror, cigarettes […]

The bong show

The bong show

One of the best things about using drugs is how it broadens your cultural horizons. As C-VILLE’s Drug Correspondent, I feel proud to have purchased drugs in many far-flung, sketchy places from all sorts of wretched individuals. How can I forget the sticky paranoia of Mexican beaches, the murderous nights in San Francisco’s Tenderloin? Kokie’s, […]

Test vineyard

Test vineyard

Row 3 of the Norton Block is a mess, a tangled mat of vines, each shoot sending out tiny tendrils that wrap around their neighbors, tying the whole canopy together like some kind of mutant, kudzu Chia-beast.

Albemarle GOP welcomes Prince William anti-immigrant politician

Featured speaker at this morning’s monthly Albemarle GOP meeting at the Golden Corral was Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, who was introduced by Christian Schoenewald, the head of the Albemarle Republican party, as a “future leader of the Commonwealth.” According to Schoenewald, illegal immigration is a “growing concern” in Albemarle, and Stewart, one of the architects behind Prince William’s tough new immigration laws, was here to actively push those same policies in our area.

Outside names city among 20 groovy places to live

Outside names city among 20 groovy places to live

It just gets harder and harder to come up with an excuse to leave this town. Outside Magazine’s August 2008 issue lists Charlottesville as one of the 20 best cities in the country to “enjoy outdoor living”, along with Crested Butte, CO, Oxford MI, and Washington D.C.

Hemicellulase, cultured yeast and GoFerm

Hemicellulase, cultured yeast and GoFerm

Nowadays, everybody’s talking transparency, especially when it comes to what they put in their bodies. Wine has largely resisted this analysis, because most of us still envision winemaking as a romantic, pastoral endeavor—bottled grapes and sunshine, straight from the vines to you.

State criminalizes salvia, nobody notices

State criminalizes salvia, nobody notices

At midnight July 1, Salvia Divinorum, the mind altering Mexican plant whose use by teenagers has been sweeping the nation (or so says some media), officially became illegal, giving some Virginians out there a cool, new, felony-level, drug-using past. Last March, Governor Tim Kaine signed into law HB21, the Virginia bill criminalizing the drug. Since […]

Polyface owner purchases meat-processing plant

Polyface owner purchases meat-processing plant

Now, some of what he wants to do is legal. Joel and Teresa Salatin, owners of Polyface Farm, the Virginia farm whose grass-fed beef was made famous in the book Omnivore’s Dilemma, have purchased Harrisonburg Wholesale Meat Co., they announced in a news release last night. The Salatins, along with business partner Joe Cloud, will keep the 70-year-old meat business alive as a USDA-approved processing plant for local, grass-fed pork and beef.

Alleged SARA embezzler faces other felony charges

NBC 29.com is reporting that Damon Watson is now facing a felony embezzlement charge and a felony credit card fraud charge in Albemarle County, to go with the three felony embezzlement charges he has already racked up in the city of Charlottesville. 26-year-old Watson is accused of embezzling between $10,000 and $20,000 from the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.

The Merlot-ness of Merlot

The Merlot-ness of Merlot

“All things are numbers,” the Greek philosopher Pythagoras said, and in the wine world this often feels horribly true. Having recently returned from being a judge at the 17th annual State Fair of Virginia wine competition, I find myself thinking about the philosophy of wine tasting.