Frank Fairfield makes a quiet return to the Downtown Mall

Frank Fairfield makes a quiet return to the Downtown Mall

Old-time-music enthusiasts who missed Frank Fairfield‘s appearance in town two weeks ago, as well as fans eager for a second helping, are in for a pleasant surprise. We spotted the distinctive Fairfield — hard to miss, with his vintage suite, pomade-ed hair, and a mustache worthy of Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood — […]

Trump Winery’s billionaire owner has hinted the estate could one day be home to a resort or golf course as well as a vineyard. As wineries become more commercialized, there’s a greater chance of clashes over rural land use. Photo: Lindsey Henry

Should Virginia wineries get agricultural tax breaks if they’re not growing grapes?

To qualify for a “Class B” Virginia farm winery or cidery designation, owners have to ensure that 75 percent of the fruit they use comes from Commonwealth vineyards —not necessarily their own. And in 2007, the legislature expanded the farm wineries’ privilege and banned local governments from regulating winery activities whose “purpose is to promote, market, sell, or educate guests about the wine produced.”