Crisp & Refreshing White Wines for your Spring Table

spring-white-wine-pippin-hillIt may not feel like spring just yet, but before we know it the bursts of sunshine will last, the beach patio will beckon, and everything around us will feel more redolent and alive. With spring approaching, it’s time to consider your white wine experience.

We suggest stocking your refrigerator with light, crisp & approachable white wines. Consider our first estate grown wine, the Sauvignon Blanc, with a fresh summer salad topped with grilled chicken. Or, try the Viognier for your sushi-themed date night.

Whatever you decide, these whites are a must-have at your Spring table.

Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc opens with tropical fruit, pear, and honeydew on the nose. On the palate, a subtle base of fruits with a hint of white flowers and a ghost of jalapeno, give way to a bright dry finish with nice minerality. The marvelous combination of fruit and acidity make this a very enjoyable wine, that pairs easily with food.

Viognier 2013

This is classic Virginia Viognier, fermented in Bordeaux style, with aromas of nectarine and white blossoms. On the palate, this wine is piquant and alive with stone fruits, kumquat, and maybe we’re a little biased, but there’s a hint of Albemarle Pippin apples in there as well. The finish is clean and mineral driven, with the acidity to pair well with a host of foods from oysters, to mild cheeses, to many simple preparations of seafood, sushi included.

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Wedding Wednesday – Pippin Hill Farm Featured in Southern Weddings

We are in love with this Spring wedding that was recently featured on Southern Weddings. A classic and elegant day with 60 degree weather, and nothing but sunshine – it was truly the fête of the year.

For Jane & Marty, music was a significant component to their evening. From the classical guitarist to the banjo player and the live band, Attraction – let’s just say, there was never a dull moment.

From the Bride:“When I first saw Pippin Hill, I fell in love with the magnificent view of the mountains and knew it was where I wanted to be married. We are from Maryland and most of our guests were coming from Maryland and DC, so Charlottesville, Virginia was a mini-destination for us.”

Read the feature here.

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Photography: Candi Coffman
Wedding Planner: Colleen Miller
Florals: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs
Wedding Cake: Favorite Cakes
Lighting: Blue Ridge A/V and Lighting

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The C’ville Hiker – Hiking Trails in Charlottesville, Virginia


Craving some fresh air?

There’s no better way to reintroduce yourself to the Spring sunshine – and say farewell to colder days – than to dust off those hiking books, and venture out on a scenic hike among the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Charlottesville has a number of hidden hiking options, from leisurely strolls, to heart-pumping climbs.

                                                     Turk Mountain Overlook 


Turk Mountain Overlook, a fitting name for a hike that is often forgotten by Virginia hikers. This 2 mile round-trip hike is a hidden gem that deserves exploring. The beauty of this trail? A quick, yet challenging hike, with five star views.

Ideal for a two-hour outdoor adventure, you’ll start with a leisurely walk on the Appalachian Trail. After about a 1/2 mile, trek uphill to discover stellar views of large talus slopes and the valley. Climb onto the summit rocks to enjoy the cool breeze and crisp air. Bring along a small nosh for an afternoon treat, and bask in the sunshine. Oh, and don’t forget your camera – these are some excellent, frame-worthy shots you will not want to miss!

Getting there: From Charlottesville, take I-64 eighteen miles west to exit 99. Head North to the Rockfish Gap entrance to Skyline Drive. To get to the trailheads to Turk Mountain, you will drive about 10 miles to the North.

White Rock Falls

White-Rock-FallsWhite Rock Falls is a moderate 4.9 mile loop just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Find your solitude on this versatile hike with cascading waterfalls and a wading pool. Continue your adventure, and discover the peak overlook with pristine views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Relax and soak in the sunshine before your venture back.

Getting there: From I-64 (or I-81), take the Blue Ridge Parkway to MP 18.5 mile, just past the Priest Trail Overlook, and park in the dirt lot on your right (north side of road).

Sugar Hollow 

Sugar Hollow

Sugar Hollow trail is a sweet escape into nature, combining swimming and hiking into a single afternoon adventure.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the sugar hollow trail and spend your Saturday skipping rocks, wading in the water and enjoying a picnic with your family. An ideal option for people of all ages –  there is something for everyone! This hike is no secret to Charlottesville locals, so plan ahead and get hiking early.

Getting there: Take Barracks Rd./Garth Rd. out of town northwest for 30 minutes to Whitehall. Go straight on to Sugar Hollow Rd. and go to the parking area, where your adventure will begin.

photography by Tom Daly Photography –

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Wedding Wednesday – La Vache Microcreamery – A Tasty Favor for your Guests


Searching for the perfect favor for your wedding guests?
Hoping to include a tasty surprise treat in your hotel welcome bags?

We recently discovered La Vache Microcreamery, and let’s just say, we’re still raving over the flavors that are true to their name. The lavender and honey caramel is a crowd favorite. The infusion of fragrant Inglewood lavender with Hungry Hill honey into a carefully crafted caramel is downright splendid. These addictive little morsels are local and organic, and a must-have at your wedding, shower, or bridal luncheon!

“Made from the best local, organic, and seasonal ingredients available, our salted caramels are handcrafted in small batches using traditional French techniques. We firmly believe that exceptional ingredients sourced as locally as possible is what makes our caramels so incredibly delicious. Share with those that you love…
if you can refrain from eating them all yourself.”

- Stephanie Williams, Owner 

Share happiness with all of your guests…

LavenderPc-smallFavor-Bag-smallFDSBox-smallProcess-smallPhotography by Karly Murphy

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