Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards – Now Booking 2016 Weddings!

Pippin-Hill-2016-WeddingWe are thrilled to announce that Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards is now accepting reservations for your 2016 wedding celebration!

Download the 2016 wedding brochure for a peak at our venue that blends Southern elegance with rustic charm.

Ready to book your wedding? Call us at 434-218-1445 or email Meg@pippinhillfarm.com.

We look forward to learning more about your wedding plans and can’t wait to meet you in the near future!

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New Tasting Room Menu Item – Sweet Potato Gnocchi Paired with Pippin Hill’s 2013 Cabernet Franc

Winter is the most suitable season to indulge in Chef Scatena’s pillowy sweet potato gnocchi.

Our Chef goes well beyond the rich and fluffy Italian dumpling we all know and adore to create a brilliant dish full of flavor, texture and color.  Here on The Hill, our gnocchi is seared in brown butter and added to a mixture of baby mustard greens with shaved ricotta salata and crispy pancetta. The acidity in the mustard green vinaigrette perfectly cuts the richness of the brown butter and pancetta and pairs elegantly with the sweetness of the ricotta salata. We suggest that your pair the dish with a glass of our 2013 Cabernet Franc.

Join us for lunch Tuesday – Sunday from 11 AM – 3 PM. See our complete seasonal menu with wine pairings here.


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Wedding Wednesday: Erin McDermott Shares Five “Go To” Pieces for your Bridesmaid’s Gifts


Looking for the perfect Bridesmaid’s gift to suit your entire bridal party? Erin McDermott of Erin McDermott Jewelry has you covered. Pouring heart and soul into her business, Erin’s hand-crafted jewelry has drawn national recognition and it’s obvious why — each one of her pieces is truly unique. Her jewelry tells a story, shares a moment and is something special. For us, Erin McDermott Jewelry embodies the theme of our Pippin Hill…modern, but effortlessly timeless.

A former UVA Wahoo and vendor at the Charlottesville Farmer’s Market, Erin has deep roots in our beloved C’ville. Erin now resides in North Carolina with her husband, Ryan, and her lovable pup, Sukie. The only disappointing factor? Sukie doesn’t come with your order.

We asked Erin for bridesmaid’s gift ideas and she pointed us towards five perfect pieces of jewelry for the classic and conservative, yet bold and funky bridesmaid.

1. Whitney Earrings

2. Winter White Druzy & Clear Quartz Earrings

3. Caroline Earrings

4. Five Pearl Everyday Necklace

5. Rectangle Necklace

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Wonderful Winter Pasta at the Pippin Hill Cooking School – December 17th

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Pippin Hill Cooking School
Wonderful Winter Pastas
Wednesday, December 17 at 6PM

All we want for Christmas is the return of Pippin Hill’s celebrated cooking classes—and we are happy to announce the our holiday wish is coming true!

You are cordially invited to a private cooking lesson with Chef Allie Redshaw who will introduce you to two comforting pasta dishes, both perfect for a chilly winter’s night. Explore the fine art of pasta making with Chef Redshaw and then take your refined skills home to recreate these heartwarming pasta dishes for a splendid holiday feast!

The class is $95.00 per person/per class, $85.00 for wine club members and includes wine pairings throughout the evening.
**In the spirit of the Holiday Season, we are offering $10 off your purchase if you book by Tuesday, December 8th!

Claim your spot now, contact us at: meg@pippinhillfarm.com or 434-218-1445.

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On the Menu

Homemade Pasta

Bucatini with Local Duck Egg Carbonara

Ricotta and Black Pepper Agnolotti with Wild Mushroom Bolognese

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Unable to attend this date? Keep on the lookout for upcoming classes, and try your hand at Chef Scatena’s Wild Mushroom Bolognese with the recipe below!

Serves 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours

2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Unsalted Cultured Butter
2 Yellow Onion, finely diced
2 Large Carrots, finely diced
4 small stalks of Celery from the inside of the bunch, finely diced
6 large cloves of Garlic, smashed and roughly diced
3 oz. Pancetta, small dice
8 oz. Oyster mushrooms, small dice
4 oz. Crimini mushrooms, small dice
4 oz. Trumpet mushrooms, small dice
2 tbsp Tomato Paste
2 cups Full-Bodied Marsala
4 cup Rich Chicken Stock
3 cups Whole Milk
Kosher or sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

Set a wide based pot with a heavy bottom over medium heat. Add olive oil and butter to pan and when hot add carrot, celery, onion and Pancetta. Saute until vegetables begin to caramelize and Pancetta renders or about 7-8 minutes. Then add mushrooms and season with salt relatively liberally. Continue to cook until mushrooms begin to brown being careful to constantly stir so as to not burn the vegetables. Add garlic and cook for another 30 to 45 seconds. Stir in tomato paste and let caramelize for another 60 seconds. Deglaze pan with Marsala and remove tasty bits from the bottom.

Reduce Marsala to a third of it’s volume then add milk, stock and season with freshly cracked black pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for about 1 1/2 hrs, stirring occasionally. Taste and re-season if necessary.
Serve immediately, and enjoy!

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Photo 1: Justin Paruszkiewicz; Photo 3,5,6: Jen Fariello

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