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The Wonder Yearsnew

How real estate and gentrification changed a town for good.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  08-28-2012  |  Housing & Development

Behind the Scenes at Boyd Tinsley with Carly Gullicksonnew

Trying to rise in the ranks of worldwide tennis, dozens of professional athletes, including Carly Gullickson, descend on the Boyd Tinsley USTA Women's Pro Championship.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  05-06-2009  |  Sports

Hitchhiker's Guide to Wine: Georgia and Hungarynew

Sometimes hitchhikers have to stand in the rain for a while. Not every ride you catch takes you exactly where you wanted to go. But that's no reason to quit. Remember the hitchhiker's motto: travel to strange places, meet interesting wines, and drink them.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  03-25-2009  |  Food+Drink

Precision Dance In the Age of Obamanew

Ten step teams converged to compete for $1,500 in total prize money, with proceeds going towards a local scholarship fund. The evening was billed as a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama, and our new President’s name was emblazoned on everything from pins to scarves.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  01-28-2009  |  Performance

Is Nonalcoholic Wine For Real?new

The problem with wine is that if you heat it to remove the alcohol, you end up damaging all of the stuff that isn't alcohol, precisely the stuff you want to keep.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  01-14-2009  |  Food+Drink

Sour Grapes: If Anyone Orders Norton, I'm Leavingnew

Norton tastes terrible. There's just no way around it. I've had countless versions, from many of the 21 wineries in the state that offer Norton, and I just can't understand the appeal.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  01-07-2009  |  Food+Drink

Lush Lit: Five Great Wine Books for the Holidaysnew

A wise person once said that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. The same could perhaps be said in regards to talking about wine, an exercise so absurd it's regularly mocked on novelty napkins. Writing about wine, however, is another thing entirely. Wine is an especially literary liquid; no other nutrient gets its own section in the bookstore.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  12-10-2008  |  Books

Does Paying $20 for a Bottle of Wine Make Sense in Today's Economy?new

Virginia wine has a lot going for it. Still, for some people, it can't compete with lower-priced wine from places like Chile, Argentina and especially Australia.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  11-19-2008  |  Food+Drink

Like a Virgin? How Cops Pose as Kids to Catch Internet Pervsnew

Internet sex crimes, I was told, are like crack was in the '80s: unknown and ready to explode. So the first thing I ask Lieutenant Greg Jenkins, head of the Albemarle PD Investigative Division, is, why is all this internet sex stuff such a big deal?
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  11-19-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Can We Look into Wine's Future?new

Despite grueling conditions, barrel tasting is a time-honored way for wine critics and winemakers to get some idea how the coming vintage will measure up.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  11-12-2008  |  Food+Drink

Talking About Talking About Winenew

Many of us misunderstand the nature of wine language. You see, wine language is poetic -- a way of describing not what a wine objectively tastes like, but what it was like for the writer to taste the wine. Good wine writing presents an experience, not an analysis.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  11-05-2008  |  Food+Drink

Product Testing Wine Glassesnew

I know that wine won't taste any better out of glasses made of solidified orphan tears than it will from a coffee cup. But that doesn't stop me from having 38 wine glasses. I enjoy the ceremony.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  10-29-2008  |  Food+Drink

Taking Apart Some Common Wine Mythsnew

In my continuing quest to help my readers become obnoxious wine know-it-alls, thereby hastening my own obsolescence, I hereby present some common vinous misconceptions.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  09-10-2008  |  Food+Drink

Product Testing Wine Tools: The Vinturi Wine Aeratornew

This groovy little wine toy is a clear plastic device that looks like some kind of space-age crack pipe and promises "all the taste with none of the wait" (which is pretty much the raison d'etre of crack).
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  08-20-2008  |  Food+Drink

Why You're a Moron if You Don't Like Rosésnew

There is a certain type of wine drinker who thinks of himself (it is often, but not always, a man) as being above drinking pink wine. When offered a rosé, he makes a pained look and says, "I'm not really into rosés," and what he means is, "I know a little something about wine, you see, and I know that white, sweet, and above all pink wines are not real wines. And I drink real wines."
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  07-30-2008  |  Food+Drink

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