Fresh from Pippin Hill’s Kitchen Garden – A Field Trip with Sous Chef Allie Redshaw


Summer brings an overflowing harvest from the garden, warm summer nights and misty mornings, perfect for ripening fresh grapes on the vine and early morning strolls through our kitchen garden.

As summer draws to an end, we celebrate the season’s flavors and colors, and most significantly, the ability to pick fresh produce directly from our kitchen garden. Here on the farm we cultivate our own organic herbs and have even expanded to include sprouting beets, lemons and our very own tomatoes.

Screen shot 2014-08-21 at 11.09.54 AMCharlottesville thrives on local food production programs. At Pippin Hill, we champion the same values with a food philosophy focusing on local, sustainable produce. So local, and so sustainable, we find it right out front in our own kitchen garden.

This food philosophy determines our food sourcing and unique Vineyard-to-table cuisine and menu design.

Ketchup - Garden & Gun

In fact, “Our biggest point of differentiation from other Virginia wineries is building on the connection between food and wines,”

Pippin Hill Proprietor, Dean Andrews notes,

“Our ketchup is made from tomatoes smoked over wood chips and Pippin Hill grape vines. We’ll dry the trimmings and use them to smoke the tomatoes to create our very own grape vine smoked ketchup.

It is this trademark Vineyard-to-table philosophy that characterizes Pippin Hill, with a natural link to our vineyard with an original ‘locavore’ focus.”

Our food philosophy doesn’t stop at the tasting room door. Allie Redshaw, Sous Chef at Pippin Hill and lead culinary instructor for our Cooking School designs each menu to highlight our own ingredients that showcase the natural link to the vineyard and kitchen garden.


In an intimate, hands on setting, guests prepare entrées that feature fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients that are the cornerstone of every dish we produce.

Allie’s cooking classes are hands-on, engaging and highly interactive. She shares,

“For me, the highlight of every cooking class is venturing on a field trip to our kitchen garden to pick tomatoes, smell sage and snip lavender. There’s something about stepping on the soil and getting your hands dirty, that makes the meal that much better.”

pippin-hill-farm-eric-kelleylavender-pippin-hillpippin-hill-cooking-classesCollage photo on left by OMG Yum Food Blog
fifth photo by Eric Kelley Photography
seventh photo by Jen Fariello Photography

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Wedding Wednesday – Tips for Creating a Magical & Memorable Ceremony

pippin-hill-ceremonyWhen planning your wedding, don’t overlook the ceremony that is a touching symbol of the start of your new life together. As the most important part of your day, shouldn’t it be as unique and personal as your reception?

We have a few suggestions to make your ceremony both special and memorable:

1. Offer a Hospitality Station

hospitality-station-holland-artsFor the early arrivals, what better way to greet your guests than a cool beverage? Homemade lemonade or even a fun signature cocktail is a refreshing option on a warm day.

Tying the knot in the winter months? Warm your guests with a heartwarming mug of cocoa, or Pippin Hill spiced cider! Whatever season it is, a thoughtful beverage is an unexpected surprise pre-ceremony.

2. Create a Circle of Love

Circle-of-Love-Eric-kelleyTradition has it that the guests are seated behind the Bride & Groom during the ceremony. Unfortunately, they oftentimes miss out on the best part – your vows, and even expressions.

Consider creating a circle of love, or even semi-circle surrounding you and your groom.  The ceremony will feel more intimate, and guests will remember this setup with great fondness.

3. Invite Your Furry Friend

Is your pup a primary member of your family? Bring him along, and incorporate the pup in the ceremony. Whether as the ring bearer or flower girl, or perhaps just the honorary guest, incorporating a furry friend is a fun site for your guests, and let’s face it – makes for some pretty cute photos.

4. Creatively Comfort your Guests

holland and artsKeep your guests happy and comfortable throughout the ceremony.

For a hot August ceremony, cool off with individual fans and shade the sun with sunglasses.
Have some fun and get creative! Fan on one side, program on the other.

In the winter, warm the ladies with a cozy shawl that incorporates the wedding colors.

first photo by Jen Fariello with Soiree Events
second and fifth photo by Holland Arts Photo with Easton Events
third photo by Eric Kelley Photography
fourth photo by Elisa Bricker Photography 

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Wedding Wednesday – Countryside Romance

21-gorgeous-scenic-panoramic-mountain-views-charlottesville-virginia-pippin-hill-farm-vineyard-ceremonySummer is much more than a season, it is a magical state of mind. For many of our summer brides, it is a season offering endless opportunity. Summer is imagination. With summer quickly drawing to an end, we just can’t get enough of our summertime soirées, each so different, but all equally magnificent.

 Take a peak at this picturesque July wedding set in the charming and romantic eventscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Featuring a fresh palette of soft pastels and neutral creams, this wedding is countryside romance at its finest.

Congratulations, Leslie and Jon, we so enjoyed this brilliantly beautiful summer wedding.

Event Planner - Amore Events
Florals - Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Design
Photographer – Laura Gordon

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We Recommend: Four Fantastic Apps for Wine Enthusiasts

With new wine apps launching daily, from individual wineries to massive retail databases, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the options. So, we’ve whittled the list down for you to include four of our personal favorites.

Whether you’re perusing the aisles of the wine store, in need of a food and wine pairing for your dinner party, or on the lookout for local wine events — there’s an app for that.

1. Delectable 


Cost: Free

Delectable is a free app that recognizes a bottle of wine from a photo of the label.  After searching the database and identifying the wine, the app provides details on the winemaker, reviews, and tasting notes all with the touch of a button. The app also allows you to tag friends, add locations, and keep a journal of your own wine tasting experiences.

The best part? Order wine right from your phone and have it delivered to your doorstep. Sounds like heaven to us!


2. Wine Events

Cost: Free

Looking for a service that lists local wine events in your area?  Check out Wine Events! This app displays wine, food, beer and spirit events based on your location. With over 1,500 new events added to its database each week, you will be gallivanting around to tasting events in no time!

The app also features exclusive ticket offerings with guaranteed admission to specific events. Share the app with your friends, and check in to each event for added incentives!


3. Wine Wherever

Cost: $0.99

Featuring over 2,000 wineries, Wine Wherever lets you search wineries based on location. The ideal option for the traveling wine enthusiast, the app narrows down the list to highlight a selection of must-see wineries.  The app showcases wineries in California, Washington, Oregon, New York, Texas, and is rapidly expanding to other locations as well.  In each search, directions and contact information is provided, as well as coupons, tasting etiquette and tips.

Now we just need to get Virginia on the list!


4. Pair It – Food and Wine Pairings

Cost: $3.99

A small fee, with great benefits. Pair It is one of our favorites! You no longer need to tear out the pages of your Bon Appetit Magazine to guide you in your food and wine pairing decisions. This is a fun and comprehensive food and wine guide to make pairing decisions on the go.

Pair It features more than 20,000 wine pairing suggestions from renowned wine pairing expert, chef, and educator Bruce Riezenman. Save your favorite pairings and keep notes for future references. There’s even a pronunciation guide for when you encounter wines like Txakoli and Berger Zweigelt.

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