pouring red wine glass

Virginia Wine: Finding Its Own Identity

By Ken Wilson –  It’s no novelty anymore, no curiosity, no fledgling with promise. Virginia wine—more than 6.6 million bottles in 2016—has found its identity and found its fans. It may have taken a few decades—or a couple of centuries counting Jefferson’s aborted attempts—but the local vino is making us proud, and making the state […]

Cider with three sorts of apple, isolated on white

Cider Makes a Comeback

By Ken Wilson –  It was a staple of the Colonial diet, the most common drink in 18th and early 19th century America. Thomas Jefferson grew two varieties of apples, Hewes’ Crab and Taliaferro, especially suited for making it, and served it with the main course. And then, on American shores, it all but disappeared. […]

Charlottesville Is Horse Country

Charlottesville Is Horse Country

By Celeste M. Smucker –  Horse lovers, from weekend trail riders to fox hunting, racing and dressage enthusiasts, all appreciate what the Charlottesville area offers them and their animals.  Some come to participate in or watch races and other events, spend their money and go home. Others fall in love with the mountains and beautiful […]