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Wine & Country Life celebrates elevated living in the heart of Virginia wine country. Each issue of our luxury print magazine highlights Virginia wine, farm-to-table food, architecture, gardens & décor, the arts and elegant entertaining, as well as Virginia craft spirits, beer and ciders.
Virginia Ham Biscuit Recipe
2024-03-20 15:17
The South is known for its many crave-worthy side dishes and snacks. And among these, the Virginia ham biscuit is one we will always crave. Nothing gets the party… Read More
Best Virginia Wines In 2024
2024-03-13 14:28
The Virginia Governor’s Cup has a rich history. It began in 1982 as a statewide competition to promote and encourage quality winemaking in our budding young wine ind… Read More
2024 Governor’s Cup Case
2024-03-09 13:27
The Virginia Governor’s Cup Awards is the state’s most prestigious wine competition. In 2024, professional judges led by Virginia wine expert Frank Morgan samp… Read More
Virginia Historic Garden Week 2024
2024-03-01 21:33
The Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) was founded in 1920. Their mission is to restore and preserve historic landscapes around Virginia. They also have a passion for sharing kno… Read More
The Beauty Of Lavender From Provence
2024-02-27 21:15
For thousands of years, the ancient herb lavender has been growing wild throughout the magnificent rolling hills of Provence, France. It is native to the Mediterranean. Mu… Read More
Multi-Grain Risotto Recipe
2024-02-18 14:30
Risotto and pasta are often compared in the culinary world, as both are versatile and can be altered to fit the season and its bounty of ingredients. We also know… Read More
How To Pair Wine & Chocolate
2024-02-07 14:12
Turn your kitchen into a culinary classroom with our Farm-to-Table inspiration! Today, let’s brush up on our pairing skills with Tim Gearhart of Gearharts Fine… Read More
Adventure In Iceland
2023-12-06 21:02
Just outside the Arctic Circle is Iceland, a dramatic landscape of massive glaciers, geysers, volcanoes and lava fields. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, this mountainous island… Read More
Christmas Tree Farms In Virginia
2023-11-21 13:00
This holiday season, Wine & Country wants to help you find the perfect tree to fill your home with cheer. Our guide for Christmas Tree Farms in Virginia provides you w… Read More
Honey Bourbon Cider Cocktail Recipe
2023-11-16 12:42
It’s Virginia Cider Week and fall is in the air! And what better way to celebrate historic Virginia hard cider and the beautiful changing of the leaves, tha… Read More
Stuffed Butternut Squash Recipe
2023-11-01 19:08
Cold weather means warm sweaters, firelit nights, cups of hot cocoa and wholesome hearty meals. But turning to comfort foods during the winter months doesn’… Read More
A Fireplace Love Affair
2023-11-01 16:38
Winter is here, and that means days and evenings spent cozying up by the fire with a glass of local wine and a great book. We teamed up with Cathy Purple Cherry, Principal and Founder of&nbs&hell…Read More
Equestrian Artist Martha Strawther
2023-10-31 20:26
Two passions that began in her childhood guide artist Martha Strawther through life. The first, horses, has played out in years of competitive riding and teaching horsebac… Read More
Decorating Your Steeplechase Tailgate
2023-10-31 12:47
For centuries, foxhunting has been an honorable hunting pastime of the elite class of Great Britain. Gentleman clad in red coats on horseback chased the ever mischievous f… Read More
Virginia Wineries To Visit This Fall
2023-10-26 14:15
In Virginia, autumn brings together all the best aspects of the season: brightly sunny afternoons, chilly, crisp evenings beneath starry skies, and vibrantly colored leave… Read More
Easy Tailgate Dish Ideas
2023-10-24 13:14
Tailgating season is upon us! Whether planning for a football tailgate, elegant equestrian event or backyard party, we want to help you decide what to bring to create the… Read More
Southwest Mountains Vineyards
2023-10-12 16:06
The newest vineyard and winery to open in the Monticello AVA is Southwest Mountains Vineyards in Keswick, VA. The “soft” opening for the trade, and official open… Read More
Linden Vineyards
2023-10-07 17:49
While owner Jim Law has had a hand in every bottle produced at Linden Vineyards since its inaugural 1987 vintage, he prefers to be called a winegrower, not a winemaker. It… Read More
Get To Know Merlot
2023-10-04 17:30
Virginia boasts a diverse viticulture scene with over 75 different grape varieties cultivated for wine. Winemakers and grape growers continue to plant more ne… Read More
Shenandoah Vineyards
2023-10-02 23:31
The long-forgotten 1800s wine industry in the Shenandoah Valley is making a comeback. Though Virginia’s wine industry can feel ‘new’ at times, Virginia w… Read More
Meet Winemaker Boela Gerber
2023-09-22 20:52
Boela Gerber is an internationally renowned winemaker from South Africa who recently made the move to Virginia. He now heads the winery at Southwest Mountains Vineyards&nb… Read More
Historic Waterperry Farm & Gardens
2023-09-20 00:11
When Katherine Kane and her husband, Olin West, first viewed the property that is now Waterperry Farm, Kane’s creative side took the lead. “I knew I would make… Read More
Elena Wittman, Milliner
2023-09-13 17:45
Elena Wittman has something bold to say, and she’s got the credentials and skill to back it up. “I am 100% sure that hats would look good on anyone,” she… Read More
Delicious Tailgate Dishes
2023-09-05 15:41
Equestrian events in Virginia are known for encompassing exhilarating horse races, exciting polo matches and, of course, an elegant tailgate to accompany the activities of… Read More
Catoctin Creek Distillery
2023-09-04 15:27
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the heart of Loudoun County, lies the award-winning Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Founded in 2009 by Becky and Scott Harris, the… Read More
Vineyard Horse Tours
2023-07-26 13:57
Experience the beauty and serenity of the Virginia countryside from a new perspective with private, guided horseback rides. From trail rides to winery tours, horse and win… Read More
Some Like It Hot
2023-07-24 20:27
My first introduction to the chili pepper came to me as an 8-year-old, when every Thursday night was pizza night for our family. My sister and I looked forward with great… Read More
The Cheese Nuns
2023-07-23 20:52
On 507 acres in a quiet valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Crozet sits Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. While known amongst church communities as being the youngest ho… Read More
Wine Festivals In Virginia
2023-07-17 15:40
With more than 300 wineries in the state, it’s almost impossible to visit all of them in just one year. However, our many annual wine festivals offer visitors a chan… Read More
Meet Winemaker Lee Hartman
2023-07-10 13:17
Lee Hartman, Winemaker at Bluestone Vineyard and President of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail is an industry leader. A passionate advocate for Virginia Wine, he has a parti… Read More
Breaux Vineyards
2023-06-28 15:44
Approximately 28 years since his first walk on the 400-acre property, Paul Breaux can still be occasionally seen meandering around the lush, hilly land, enjoying the p… Read More
Wiking The Blue Ridge Mountains
2023-06-13 17:19
Hiking trails and vineyards fill the state of Virginia. Some vineyards even offer tours through the vines, both self-guided and guided. These wine hikes and wine walks ar… Read More
Virginia Oysters
2023-06-05 12:00
In the wee hours of a colder-than-normal morning, that time of day when the sky begins to brighten but the sun is still just below the horizon, farmers of all ty… Read More
An Elegant And Artistic Home
2023-05-26 19:52
Getting tired of your decor? Need some inspiration? Step inside a local, artistic home that is brimming with style and flair, perfect for spring. Go ahead, steal an idea o… Read More
All About Virginia Mead
2023-05-22 12:00
You can thank Game of Thrones, at least in part, for the recent upswing in mead’s popularity. Before GOT, you may have read mentions of mead in the epic poem, Beowul… Read More
Tannat Wine Blend Wins The Cup
2023-05-05 11:22
On Tuesday May 2nd, the Virginia Wine Industry gathered at Level10 C’ville for the Monticello Cup awards ceremony and a celebration of Charlottesville Wine Country i… Read More
Meet Winemaker Emily Hodson
2023-05-04 16:25
For Winemaker Emily Hodson of Veritas Vineyards & Winery and Flying Fox Vineyard, winemaking is about achieving a natural, balanced expression of the fruit. Being one… Read More
Jefferson In Paris
2023-04-26 20:01
Our founding fathers were fascinated by Europe, none more so than Thomas Jefferson himself. A scholar by nature, he was delighted not only by the beauty he… Read More
Plan A Beautiful Wine Tour
2023-04-13 17:25
GOLD BOOK REFERENCE GUIDE Virginia Wine Country offers a bounty of opportunities to deepen your knowledge of wine and winemaking, whether… Read More
Caitlin Horton, Virginia Winemaker
2023-04-11 19:00
Caitlin Horton, Head Winemaker at Horton Vineyards and the youngest Winemaker in Virginia, grew up on the property. Her grandparents Dennis and Sharon Horton founded Horto… Read More
Nature Inspired Art
2023-04-06 13:00
Maria Pace’s journey to creating nature inspired art with watercolors was an unexpected surprise. After high school, Maria received a bachelor’s degree in crea… Read More
Pack The Perfect Wine Picnic
2023-04-04 14:00
GOLD BOOK REFERENCE GUIDE A trip to a winery is a great way to spend a gorgeous day and few things are more delightful than delicious food paired with… Read More
Raising Backyard Chickens
2023-04-01 16:00
In Virginia Wine Country, raising chickens is a popular homestead activity that makes farm-to-table living easy with delicious fresh eggs. Everyone from top Virginia resta… Read More
Allens Scottish Shortbread
2023-03-29 16:04
From their small commercial kitchen space, Laura and Anwar Allen of the popular Allens Scottish Shortbread are realizing a dream begun by Laura’s grandmother, Jessie… Read More
Marigold By Jean-Georges
2023-03-26 13:00
Marigold by Jean-Georges at Keswick Hall is an exciting destination for lovers of food and wine in Charlottesville. The restaurant provides an exceptional meal and dini… Read More
Virginia Historic Garden Week 2023
2023-03-23 17:10
This year’s Historic Garden Week (HGW) in Virginia marks the 90th year of the springtime event that celebrates and supports Virginia’s public gardens all acros… Read More
Tasting Wine
2023-03-23 16:54
There really is an ideal way to taste wine, and it’s about maximizing the sensory impressions you take from it, combining sensual pleasure with intellectual asses… Read More
Touring Virginia Vineyards
2023-03-17 20:41
Virginia Wine Country offers a bounty of opportunities to deepen your knowledge of wine and winemaking, whether you’re a novice, a seasoned wine professional or s… Read More
Growing Hops In Virginia
2023-03-13 15:59
Stan Driver, a native of Nelson County and Blue Mountain Brewery’s hop master extraordinaire, has a long history of horticultural success. From selling hops in his s… Read More
1865 Brewing Co
2023-03-06 17:30
Established in 1610, the city of Hampton, in Virginia’s coastal Tidewater region is rich with history. It’s the oldest continuously settled English-speaking ar… Read More
Master Of Leather Products
2023-03-03 20:21
In a former railroad depot turned peach-packing plant in Crozet, Charles “Chuck” Pinnell and his staff of five artisans turn out couture leather products for t… Read More
Best Virginia Wines In 2023
2023-02-27 19:27
The Virginia Governor’s Cup is a prestigious competition that winemakers, viticulturists and oenophiles around the state look forward to every year. Beginning in 1982 as a small, indus… Read More
Charred Brussels Sprouts Recipe
2023-02-27 19:26
Chef Victoria Cosner is the Executive Chef for Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in North Garden, Virginia. She shares her love of the region, her favorite ingredi… Read More
Pappardelle Alla Ragu
2023-02-15 16:23
Charlottesville’s own rustic Italian restaurant, Tavola, released a cookbook with all of their favorite Italian recipes to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. The b… Read More
Preserving Collards With Ira Wallace
2023-02-09 17:22
For Ira Wallace, the practice of seed saving began as a hobby before blossoming into a passion and career for preserving heirloom varieties of southern heritage foods. Ira… Read More
A Man Of Many Talents
2023-02-09 17:01
In a cozy house, just a few blocks from downtown Charlottesville, Darrell Rose—musician and painter, and all-around intellectual—and I are sitting on a sofa ta… Read More
Virginia Wineries With Fine Dining
2023-02-07 18:44
A good wine can stand on its own and be the star of the show, but even the best wines in the world can be made better with food. Cheese and crackers or fruit and nuts are… Read More
Design A Mountain Home
2023-01-23 18:04
Sunrays gleam through the clouds over the rolling foothills of Warm Springs Mountain in Virginia. Amongst the sweeping views and lush backdrop sits this stunning mountains… Read More
Travel To St. Moritz
2023-01-16 15:18
Some places emanate healing properties. St. Moritz, Switzerland, an alpine dreamland, is one such destination. Clocking in at nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, St. Moritz… Read More
Award-Winning Vocalist René Marie
2023-01-06 20:11
To see jazz vocalist and Warrenton native René Marie perform is to witness joy. You can see it in the way she moves while she sings and in the beaming smile upon he… Read More
An Elegant Vegan Holiday Dinner
2022-12-21 20:31
In today’s modern, and often health conscious culture, many of us find ourselves hosting the Holidays for family or friends who are vegan even if we haven’t ch… Read More
Elegant Holiday Party Décor
2022-12-20 21:36
Host the perfect beautiful and elegant holiday party this season with touches of rich gold, natural lighting and fir tree boughs. Mixing luminous golden touches with natur… Read More
The Big Brunch
2022-12-20 16:10
One of HBOMax’s newest cooking shows is The Big Brunch, a cooking competition that tasks 10 chefs to come up with innovative and delicious brunch dishes. Even though… Read More

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