Wedding Wednesday – Pippin Hill’s Sous Chef, Allie Redshaw, Lives Happily Ever After


This past June, Pippin Hill’s very own sous chef, Allie McGrath, became Mrs. Allie Redshaw when she married fellow Charlottesville Chef, Ian Redshaw.

3Once upon a time, two students with a passion for food met at the Culinary Institute of America during a student cookout. Upon seeing Allie that day, Ian immediately thought, “I’m going to marry this girl.” Six years later, Ian made good on his promise. Channeling the perfect fairytale ending, he proposed to Allie in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World.

The following year, the couple married on the summer solstice alongside the banks of the James River in Suffolk, Virginia.

We sat down with Allie to better understand how her experience at Pippin Hill inspired her approach to her very own ceremony and reception.

“I drew a great deal of inspiration from the weddings hosted at Pippin Hill each year. From the color palettes to the floral arrangements, or the overall design, each wedding was unique in its own, and opened my eyes to the endless possibilities for my big day. In the end,  we wanted a whimsical and romantic celebration, simple, yet elegant – like a fairytale.” 


Needless to say, Allie and Ian (the former Chef de Cuisine at Charlottesville restaurants L’Etoile and Tavola, and now involved with the new Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria) took a hands-on approach to their wedding’s catering.

Mrs. Redshaw shared, “It was nerve-racking but relieving to be able to enjoy a meal that someone else prepared, but one that we heavily influenced and modified through to perfection.” 

Ian agreed, and likened his relationship with Allie to the perfect meal of ribeye steak and a fine Tuscan wine. Separately, each is good; but together, they’re perfect.

Congratulations to this talented Chef duo! We couldn’t be happier for you.

Photos 1, 3: Tara Liebeck. Photo 2: Redshaw’s personal collection.

Topics: Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fall Favorites From Your Friends On The Farm


The fall season at Pippin Hill is a favorite of many of our team members. Learn more about our team’s fall favorites:

Dean Andrews, Proprietor – Starting the day with crisp morning walks through our vineyard…Ending it over a glass of Petit Verdot and watching the early sunset with Lynn.

Bill Scatena, Executive Chef – Early, fall greens. The shift of the season and its effect on the flavors and textures of our greens — from summer’s crispy and light greens to fall’s robust and hearty greens.

Chris Uher, Wine Coordinator - Spiced mulled wine with Pippin Hill’s Winemaker’s Select Red, following on the footsteps of a successful harvest.

Scott Meynig, Director of Operations – The turning leaves and how the view, which is always beautiful, continues to change.

Matt Lovelady, Tasting Room Manager – Fall is a season that showcases the vibrant fall foliage of Virginia, but even more so, its residents.

Megan Moses, Director of Sales – The change in wedding color palettes toward warmer, deeper, more pigmented shades of cranberry, bronze and burnt orange.

Curry Uflacker, Director of Marketing – The anticipation of Pippin Hill’s homemade pizza paired with a glass of our Cab Franc.

Meg Forch, Event Sales & Marketing Manager – The smells — the smoke from our wood-burning oven, crisp autumn air, cinnamon & nutmeg.

Topics: Charlottesville, Charlottesville Virginia, Cville, On the Hill, Virginia | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wedding Wednesday – Easton Events Debuts New Website



If anyone speaks the language of love, it’s Pippin Hill co-owner Lynn Easton of Easton Events. Lynn just debuted her new website​ ​showcasing the fierce talent of th​is​​​ nationally renowned wedding and event​ design and​ planning company​​.​ From the breath-taking “first looks” to the ​decor and ​detail​s​ of table settings, perusing the site will have your heart in flutters.

The​ Easton​ website reflects the elegance, precision ​and ​passion for​ the​ details​​ that defines all Easton events. ​ But, don’t take our word for it. Click here to view the Easton Events website, and be ​swept away and ​inspired by the elegance and loveliness radiating from each of ​the ​Easton Events celebrations.

Follow Easton Events on Twitter @EastonEventsFacebook @EventsEvents and Instagram @EastonEvents.

Below are photos from a recent Easton Events wedding featured in this month’s Charleston Weddings Magazine.

004486-r1-013 004488-r1-003 004491-r1-007 004496-r1-014-1 004498-r1-005
Screen shot 2014-11-04 at 4.11.14 PMaliceandforrest-8077sm

Photography: Virgil Bunao, Floral Design and Draping: Sara York Grimshaw Designs 
Topics: Charlottesville, Easton Events, Events, Sister Property, South Carolina, Wedding Planners | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Fall Wine Tour Itinerary : One Perfect Day in Virginia Wine Country

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.”
              -Thomas Jefferson

Virginia Wine Month may be over, but at Pippin Hill, we like to enjoy the good things in life year ’round.

Interested in joining the continued celebration? Check out our wine tasting tips, then get ready to embark on the tantalizing tasting tour below!

11:00 am – Pippin Hill Farm

pippin-hill-tasting-roomSurprise! There’s no better winery to begin an adventure through the Virginia wine region than our own Pippin Hill with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Recently recognized for our memorable food & wine experience by Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post, we invite you to join us for lunch and order from our seasonal menu. Featuring several fall favorites -from homemade, wood-burning pizzas to warm honeycrisp apple crumble, there’s something for everyone.

Ask your server for wine pairing suggestions, or, order a glass of our Cabernet Franc. It’s spicy, aromatic and comforting — the perfect wine for Autumn afternoons.

1:00 pm – Blenheim Vineyards

Charlotesville Nov 2010 114Love a little wine and some Dave Matthews? Visit Blenheim Vineyards and sip on a glass of their 2013 Viognier while learning about the vineyard that is designed and owned by Charlottesville’s beloved musician.

The intimate, rustic tasting room is comforting like that of a ski lodge, and will certainly warm you up this fall. The glass panels offer a stellar birds eye view overlooking the winery below.

Ask the staff about the history of the farm, and Matthews’s story behind purchasing what is now known as Blenheim Vineyards.

3:00 pm – Jefferson Vineyards

Screen shot 2014-11-06 at 12.59.08 PMIt wouldn’t be a productive Charlottesville trip without visiting Thomas Jefferson, or for that matter, raising a glass in his name! Jefferson Vineyards is just six miles from Blenheim Vineyards, and only five miles from TJ’s Monticello home.

Enjoy a wine tasting to include ten tastings from an extensive list of wine selections. Schedule an informative vineyard tour with one of the knowledgeable employees. Pack a blanket and overlook views of Carter Mountain or snag a seat in the second tasting room for ample indoor seating and a cozy fireplace.

Drink like Jefferson, and order a dry red. We recommend the Petit Verdot!

There’s no better time to embark on a wine tour of Central Virginia! So go ahead; put off those chores until tomorrow, and take off for a mini-vacation around the rolling, autumnal hills of Central Virginia.

first photo: Pippin Hill Farm website, third photo:, fourth photo: Jefferson Vineyards website

Topics: Charlottesville, Charlottesville Activities, Charlottesville VA Wine, Charlottesville Virginia, Cville, Lunch, On the Hill, Things to Do, Upcoming Events, Virginia, We Recommend, Weekend, Weekend Plans, Wine Tasting, Wine Tasting Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment