New Tasting Room Menu Feature: Rainbow Trout paired with Chardonnay Reserve


As we say goodbye to summer and welcome the cooler crisper months, our Farm Table & Wine Bar menu is ushering in seasonal lunch dishes to celebrate the bounty of the season ahead!

This weekend, we are highlighting Chef Scatena’s Rainbow Trout featuring shaved Brussels sprouts, guanciale, baby leek brodo, crispy shallots and togarashi.

The dish is an interesting and delightful version of simple seafood entrées combined with a heartwarming winter chowder. One bite will instantly recall fond memories of cozying up by the fire on a cold winter night.

Sautéed in brown butter with baby leek brodo and guanciale (just another fancy name for Italian cured meat), our trout is prepared to perfection with a crisp exterior, and tender, flaky interior. Crispy shaved brussel sprouts and fried shallot rings offer a pleasing crunch to the otherwise smooth dish. The Guanciale brings a salty richness to the dish, while the baby leek brodo adds a necessary depth of flavor. Chef Scatena spices things up with tōgarashi, a Japanese chilli pepper product that offers a slight kick to the dish, but nothing that can’t be cured with a glass of Pippin Hill wine.

We suggest pairing the rainbow trout with a glass of Chardonnay Reserve. The wine’s light fruit flavors of apricot and pair in conjunction with a slightly sweet, nutty finish make it the perfect pairing!

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Wedding Wednesday – Pippin Hill Farm June Wedding Featured in Snippet & Ink

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Thank you to Snippet and Ink for featuring this spectacular June wedding celebrating the love of two C’ville Wahoos, Courtney and Oliver.

Excerpt from Snippet & Ink interview with Bride, Courtney:

Your ceremony in three words.  Modern, Idyllic, Energetic.

How would you describe your reception? Modern farmhouse meets Southern hospitality.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Fortunately Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains are an idyllic backdrop as it is, so we didn’t have to do much décor-wise. We’re self-proclaimed foodies, so one of the most important elements (other than the scenery) was the food.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Kathy from Favorite Cakes is a true confectionary genius. Our main wedding cake had our monogram, and I had also asked her to make a cake celebrating that the UVA men’s basketball team won the ACC championship, so that was a little surprise for Oliver on the day of.

Read more about Courtney and Oliver’s wedding experience, and see the complete gallery of  images by Elisa Bricker here.

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Photography: Elisa Bricker, Event Planning & Design, Coordination: Mallory Joyce, Floral Design: Pat’s Floral Design, Cake: Favorite Cakes

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You’re Invited: Plan your Holiday Celebration at Pippin Hill Farm


You are Cordially Invited:
Plan your Holiday Celebration at 
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards  

The holiday season lies twinkling ahead and now is the perfect time to begin orchestrating your own holiday event! With its old fashioned elegance of a bygone Virginian era, Pippin Hill offers a comprehensive holiday package for your social or corporate celebration.

Email Meg Forch, to book your holiday party today!

Festive Accommodations:

pippin-hill-holiday-partyOur Tasting Room comes to life in the winter months playing host to intimate dinners and cocktail receptions. Its lofty beams provide excellent opportunities for festive decoration, and its many windows give guests a glimpse of stunning mountain panoramas. Rich wooden accents and a rustic wood-burning oven give the Tasting Room an air of refined casualty.

Or perhaps you’re searching for larger accommodations, in which case we recommend peeking into our expansive Granary, which seats up to 250 guests. Ideal for large reunions and industry events, there’s no better season to experience the splendor of this quintessential example of Virginian sophistication. One could almost picture Bing Crosby himself waltzing in through our double doors!

Heartwarming Winter Cuisine:

pippin-hill-dinnerExecutive Chef Bill Scatena offers an array of quintessential holiday menus celebrating Winter’s bounty with fresh ingredients from winter squashes, figs, and smooth cheeses. Comforting dishes like aromatic soups and chowders, roasted lamb, and maple-glazed vegetables dispel any thought of chilly winter winds.

Choose from a two-three course plated dinner, or a station dinner that enables guests to try a variety of options, such as our Carving Station (with Slow Roasted Pork) and Dessert Station (with assorted holiday-themed cookies, brandied cherries, and even Sea Salt Caramel Corn).

Signature Cocktails:

private-events-cocktailsPippin Hill offers a complete bar package to include your selection of beer, wine and liquor and also all of your bartending/service needs.

Have a speciality cocktail in mind?

‘Tis the season for bourbon and Bailey’s, eggnog and cider, cinnamon sticks and candied cherries. Now is the time to embrace your favorite holiday beverages to warm your guests’s soul.

“Exclusively Yours” Artisan Package:


Our comprehensive package is your one stop shop to cover your holiday planning needs. In addition to the exclusive use of our venue, the cuisine and beverage consultation and service, we also offer all of the tables and chivari chairs, as well as tabletop essentials to include cream crinkled linens, china tableware, cutlery and all glassware.

Your guests will be ready for the holidays with festive music, twinkling candles and wreaths adorning our venue.

Though the wind might be howling through the mountains outside, winter’s cold will be the last thing on the minds of you and your guests as you celebrate the holiday season in the warmth of Pippin Hill’s event spaces.

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and holiday magic. Our elegant spaces, delectable food, and sublime hospitality perfectly fit a traditional holiday extravaganza.

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Pippin Hill Pizza Returns: Indulge in a Little Slice of Heaven

DSC_0674THIS Halloween Weekend, Pippin Hill’s famous pizza pies return! Friday through Sunday from 11-3:00 PM our pizza masters will be firing up the wood-burning oven for your pizza dining pleasure. Every week we will feature a new pizza special with all the fixin’s to answer all of your autumnal cravings.

Here at Pippin Hill we are just as fanatical about the temperature of our wood-burning oven, as we are about the freshness and quality of our ingredients. In just seconds, watch our culinary team create a stellar wood-fired pie with charred crusts and superfresh ingredients directly from our farm partners.

As we bid farewell to fresh summer produce, we eagerly welcome robust, nourishing ingredients iconic of fall and the cooler, crisper afternoons. From warming butternut squash to caramelized onions to fig & proscuitto – the fall toppings are endless.

There’s no better way to celebrate the return of everyone’s favorite dish than finding the perfect Pippin Hill wines to pair it with. We suggest pairing our gourmet pizzas with a glass of one of our favorite reds, the Cabernet Franc.

Photo by Shannon Gillen

Topics: Charlottesville, Charlottesville VA Wine, Charlottesville Virginia, culinary, Cville, Fall Cuisine, Figs, food and wine pairing, Lunch, On the Hill, Our Food, Our Kitchen, Tasting Room Lunch Menu, Virginia, Virginia Venue, Weekend, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment