Pippin Hill’s Veranda Featured on Virginia is For Lovers “25 Fall Patio Dining Destinations”

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25 Fall Patio Dining Destinations
“A seat at one of these beautifully located establishments should have your name on it this fall.”

Virginia’s travel blog recently recognized Pippin Hill as one of the top 25 Fall Patio Dining Destinations this Fall. 

Among a number of captivating sceneries, from pastoral countrysides and waterside relaxations, to our very own rolling mountains, we are thrilled to be a part of this list that will give you a new appreciation for fall in Virginia.

During the month of October, we welcome you to partake in Virginia Wine Month, and embrace Charlottesville’s autumn delights right here on our Veranda.

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Join us this Fall as a quilt of rich yellows, reds and oranges pour over the Blue Ridge mountaintop in mid-October.

Cozy up to our Farm Table & Wine Bar and let our knowledgeable servers suggest some of our favorite fall entrée’s and wine pairings.

Enjoy warm, rich flavors that come alive with iconic fall flavors like apples, mushrooms and butternut squash complemented by our own estate grown wines.

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 We suggest:
Pippin Hill’s Chesapeake Bay Crab “Louie” paired with a glass of our 2013 Chardonnay Reserve.

second photo by : Tec Petaja

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Wedding Wednesday – Home Suite Home

“We wanted the bridal loft to be very serene, almost like you were walking into the calming environment of a spa.  Our furnishings are soothing, all pale tones, but lots of patina to create interesting layers.  We wanted the loft to be warm and inviting with beautiful lighting for getting-ready shots.”

-Co-Owner, Lynn Easton Andrews 

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Pippin Hill guests love our breezy veranda, rustic tasting room, stunning views of rolling hills, and vast granary both for casual days exploring the Winery and for weddings and private events.

There’s one space, though, that remains hidden from many visitors, a secret oasis of luxury and relaxation… Pippin Hill’s Bridal Suite!

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Brides adore the open expanse of this breath-taking room tucked away above our Granary. The entire bridal party can gather in this palatial room the morning of the big day.

Complete with a hair and makeup bar, bathroom, shower, multiple sinks and plush couches and chairs, the room allows the bride and her ‘maids to embrace pampering at its finest.

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But, it doesn’t stop at the pampering. Our suite is also for enjoying the company of your closest friends and family while noshing on a specialty snack from our bridal suite lunch menu.

Enjoy quality room service from our friendly waitstaff. Sip on your favorite morning cocktail and enjoy lighter delicacies of fruit and yogurt parfaits, chicken salad tea sandwiches and grilled flatbread with pimento cheese.

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Another perk of our suite? The neutral, elegant furnishings offer the perfect backdrop for “getting ready photos.” A green antique armoire is the the ideal place to hang the wedding dress. A cane back side chair is a lovely foil to shoot the wedding shoes or bouquet. A full length tri-folding mirror offers the ideal location for “the” getting ready shot.

The best part? Catching a sneak peak of guests arriving for the ceremony.

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A bride’s wedding day should be a joyous occasion, from the moment she wakes to the grand departure. On your day, don’t stress about prepping for the big moment…hunker down in our Bridal Loft and enjoy yourself; you’re in good hands, and in a pretty suite day!

photo 1, 6, 7 by: Elisa B Photography
Photos 3,4,7,8 by: Jen Fariello Photography
photo 9 by: Patricia Lyons Photography

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Pippin Hill’s Sous Chef, Allie Redshaw, Featured on The Charlottesville 29’s “Five Finds on Friday”

Thank you to The Charlottesville 29 for featuring
Pippin Hill’s Sous Chef, Allie Redshaw in its
Five Finds on Friday

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On Fridays we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Allie Redshaw, the new Sous Chef of Pippin Hill. Redshaw’s picks:

1) Scallion Bubble Pancake at Taste of China. “We all know this is a ‘chefs’ favorite,’ so seemingly no surprise that I am giving recognition to this strip mall Chinese restaurant, but T.O.C. is so much more; always a friendly face greeting Ian and I at the door, and a pot of hot tea waiting on the table. Apart from their service, the food is impeccably authentic Szechuan cuisine. I could list at least ten dishes that are favorites of mine, but the Scallion Bubble Pancakes are golden brown and delicious with duck sauce and spicy mustard; and, the spicy, crispy duck with its whole Thai bird chilis, charred scallions, and overly crispy duck skin completes every meal!”

2) Malai Kofta at Royal Indian. “This place just having moved locations is absolutely on point. Their table service is absolutely wonderful, and the food also meets those standards. The malai kofta, which is my go-to, is a vegetarian option derived of curried vegetable ‘meatballs’ of sorts submerged into a delicious creamy sauce; accompanied with the perfectly cooked basmati rice and jasmine tea, it is a wonderful meal!”

3) Chicken at Al Carbon. “This small storefront has slowly become one of my favorite places to go, not only because of the smell and sound of fresh chicken skin crackling upon the rotisserie spit just inside the front door, but you truly get your money’s worth of food here. With a choice of either a quarter, half, or whole chicken, complete with three sides and a drink, you can easily feed two or three adults for less than $30.00. The chicken is seasoned, and perfectly juicy, the esquites (sweet corn with crema, queso, and cilantro), and the saffron rice; ALL to die for!”

4) Pork at The BBQ Exchange. “This hub of pork goodness is off the beaten path but well worth the commute. The bacon doughnuts, the dopest pulled pork, and the thick-cut house made bacon, all rock my socks off! MY favorite aspect of this restaurant is that the integrity and consistency of the food never waiver, despite their exorbitant number of customers served every day.”

5) Massaman Curry with Tofu at Monsoon Siam. “Last but not least, this Thai food has been a comfort food to me since I first moved to Charlottesville. The massaman curry with tofu is my go-to, it lends a little sweetness, with a spicy finish; and the brown rice is just as well cooked as the white. All of their food is comforting, hot, and delicious, authentic Thai. And they deliver :)”

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Autumn in Full Fig – New Tasting Room Menu Item: Baby Red Russian Kale with Warm Calimyrna Figs

Today we welcome the first day of fall, and a number of Autumn inspired dishes you won’t want to miss this season!

Take it from Tom Sietsema, food critic for the Washington Post, who wrote that our tasting room lunch menu “wouldn’t taste out of place in Napa Valley.”

With a number of Autumn inspired dishes securing their spot on our seasonal tasting room menu, Executive Chef Bill Scatena highlights one in particular that will swing us right into autumn;

Pippin Hill’s Baby Russian Kale Salad featuring Warm Calimyrna figs, House-made Ricotta, toasted pumpkin seeds and sherry agrodolce.

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So, what makes this dish so perfect for fall? This particular combination of ingredients reminds us of all the cozy days fast approaching. With the warm juicy figs, decadent ricotta, and fresh crunchy kale, there isn’t a dish that could better suit the season.

Chef Scatena shares, “The kale, picked straight from Pippin Hill’s kitchen garden will offer a more mild, peppery finish to the overall salad. Paired with the sweet unctuous nature of the fig, creaminess of the house-made Ricotta and nutty crunch from the pumpkin seeds, it’s a delightful welcome to the cooler season ahead.”

Have you heard of Calimyrna figs? These figs are of the Smyrna variety, having been brought to California in 1882 from Turkey and renamed in honor of its arrival. The fig is the only fruit that is both fully ripened and semi-dried on the tree it grows on. Also, figs are flowers that have inverted into themselves. The seeds are actually the real fruit.

figs-local-pippin-hillThe warmth of the figs in this delicious tasting room dish brings out their bold flavor and floral aroma. You will have to try it to see just how incredible it is.

Baby red russian kale is surprisingly less red than you would think. The stems are purple and leaves are flat, getting its name from the deep purple veins on each piece of kale. The leaves of the baby red russian are much tenderer than most other kales.

Our house made ricotta is one of many selling points of this dish. Ricotta cheese came about when Italy’s cheese making industry experienced an environmental problem that could only be solved by using large amounts of whey. Ricotta was the perfect solution!

Come see us for lunch Tuesday – Sunday from 11 AM – 3 PM. See you on The Hill!

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