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“Raspberries?” I said, puzzling over a pour of lightly-blushed rosé at a recent wine tasting. “I get strawberries,” my friend replied, her head tilted as if letting the wine speak to her. “It’s strawberries,” the wine rep said, pointing down at his tasting sheet.

When it comes to summer, nothing hits the spot like a cold, blended drink. Whether a piña colada served in a hollowed-out pineapple or a fruit-laden daiquiri, a well-made frozen libation can transport you to a tropical paradise.

Any way you slice it, Virginia is tomato country. From the heirlooms of Hanover County – dubbed “the most delicious tomatoes in the country” by Food & Wine magazine last year – to the lucrative tomato industry on the Eastern Shore, everyone rejoices in the siren song of those vine-ripene…

Hundreds gathered at Short Pump Town Center in June for a night of wine and yacht rock. Part of the Town Center’s Sippin’ on Summer Concert series. The event featured the music of Three Sheets to the Wind and a wide collection of wine tasting stations. Some attendees relaxed in the seating a…

A key ingredient in a mojito and a mai tai, a daiquiri and a dark ’n stormy, rum is one of the most accessible and varied distilled spirits available. But the question is, which rum is right for your cocktail? Well, that depends on the cocktail.

It’s hard to fathom truffles and caviar, the crown jewels of fine dining, as anything but products of wealth and prestige. High-end Italian truffles surged recently to about $4,500 a pound, with finer specimens fetching far more at auction – hundreds of thousands, even. The rarest of sturgeo…

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