Category Archives: VIRGINIA

Hamming It Up With Tommy Darden

A chapter on Virginia ham from ‘Norton Wine: Walking Off To Look For America’, set for publication in June, 2016. When in the advance planning-stages of this trip—which took about twenty minutes including bathroom breaks—I determined to write about some … Continue reading

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Monticello: Uncle Tom’s Mansion

When you do the math, slavery was legal in Virginia for longer than it has been illegal.  The ‘peculiar institution’ was such a defining force in the history of the state that even today, scar tissue is everywhere. The exploitation … Continue reading

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Chrysalis Vineyard: Hey, Hey, You, You—Lay Off of McCloud

Taking a brief sabbatical from my sabbatical, here’s a chapter from ‘Norton Wine: Walking Off To Look For America’… Back stories are the lifeblood of any literary journey, and like Lewis and Clark—whose epic river trek in 1804 was commissioned … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia; There Is A Wine Industry

I’m shocked at people who are shocked to learn that states beyond California, Washington and New York produce excellent wines, and I am shocked at myself for not knowing that Virginia was one of them. Because, in the aggregate, wouldn’t … Continue reading

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