Effingham Manor Winery

Exploring Virginia Wineries: Effingham Manor & Winery

Finally! After at least a year of waiting, Effingham Manor & Vineyards has opened! If you live in Virginia, you may have heard of Pearmund Cellars. Effingham is the sister winery to Pearmund, both of which are owned by Chris Pearmund. Chris is legendary in Virginia wine, and when Laura Beth and I found out that…

Chrysalis Vineyards

Exploring Virginia Wineries: Chrysalis Vineyards and the Norton Grape

Every weekend in October, I have been visiting a Virginia winery to celebrate Virginia Wine Month. So far (knock on wood!), the weather has been perfect. A little warm for fall, yes, but the sun has been shining and the leaves are almost at peak foliage. The views are absolutely breathtaking! It was on a…

Prosciutto, Melon, Bollo Chianti

Sometimes, I Wish I Were Italian: Chianti with Prosciutto e Melone

Do you ever feel like you should have been born in a different country? I feel like that all of the time. My maiden name is Roman, I tan well, I like wine and Italian food, I’m known to be loud, and I talk with my hands…you’d think I was Italian! Sadly, no. While I…

Virginia Wineries

October is Virginia Wine Month!

Hooray! It’s October! It’s the first full month of fall, it’s my anniversary month <3, and it’s Virginia Wine Month! Virginia is home to the very first vineyards in the United States. In 1607, colonists in Jamestown grew the first vineyards producing the first wines of America. They were weak and not any good, but…

Pumpkin spice grocery run

Top 5: Wines to Pair with Pumpkin Spice

It’s fall, so that means one thing…Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING!!! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Bagels, Pumpkin Spice Candles, Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, Pumpkin Spice Cereals, even Pumpkin Spice Pizza! I, for one, can not get enough pumpkin spice, even in the 90 degree weather that DC has been having! Pumpkin Spice is truly an American…