Tracey Love

Check out Tastings of Charlottesville for a selection of Thanksgiving wines for every budget. Photo: Elli Williams

What’s on the shelves at Tastings for Thanksgiving

I am thankful for…wine! And the best advice I can give for a stress-free Thanksgiving holiday is to keep a glass of vino nearby before, during, and after the big meal. It doesn’t even have to be excellent wine—just something that’s refreshing and takes the edge off. Planning a multi-dish feast for your nearest and dearest […]

Get a taste of east and west at North Garden’s Albemarle Ciderworks on November 22, when it hosts a blind tasting. File photo

An apple a day: Your guide to Virginia Cider Week

Thomas Jefferson must be smiling in his grave right about now. The resurgence of viticulture, agriculture, and hard cider surrounding his homeplace and spanning the breadth of the state is astounding. Virginia has not seen this much activity and excitement about fruit, whether it’s fermenting or not, since the early 1800s. Even during this technological […]

Whether Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, or Grüner veltliner, wines from Austria are more than just a jumbled mix of letters and umlauts: They’re dry, well-crafted, and easily pairable whether white or red. File photo.

Umlaut or not: Fill your glass with a wine from Austria

Austrian wines easily intimidate American oenophiles, who generally lack knowledge about wines from this country save for the 1985 diethylene glycol wine scandal, a.k.a. the “antifreeze scandal.” We tend to think of these wines as hard-to-pronounce grape varietals from unrecognizable regions with long names that are sticky on the tongue. So, that being said, let’s […]

Barboursville Vineyards makes a delightful barbera. It is bright and crisp with a lighter palate than other red wines. Photo: Courtesy Barboursville Vineyards

It’s all French to me: Say ‘Oui!’ to these best bets with French origins

Virginia is home to many international transplants—residents, tourists, students, laborers, and…vitis vinifera grapes. Every person and every grape planted here has been rooted elsewhere, and many have found a home amongst our mountains, valleys, and ever-changing climate. Thomas Jefferson planted upwards of 30 European grape varieties at Monticello in the 1770s, which did not yield […]

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Sweet summer sips: Go ahead and wine about the heat

Hot weather screams for cold drinks, and in the summertime, nothing wets the whistle faster than chilled white wine. There are plenty of “patio pounders” on the market, meaning an inexpensive bottle of easily quaffable wine that takes little to no effort for the brain to compute, while delivering a much-needed respite from the heat. […]