Cultivating wine culture in Virginia was a dream of Thomas Jefferson, and now it seems the commonwealth has succeeded in turning the whiskey towns of the state's Southwest corner into wine country, too.
Black truffles have been limited to the realm of fine European gastronomy, but a perfect storm of interest and investment might just make Virginia truffles a viable industry (truffle ice cream pictured above).
Amy Loeffler has a wide and varied background writing about lifestyle trends, food, health, and nutrition.
She cut her food writing teeth during graduate school as an intern at Northern Virginia Magazine’s food desk where she wrote about organic farming and broke news about Virginia’s wine industry.
She’s also gotten a bird’s eye view of food production, farming, and trends in food and nutrition research having spent four years writing about agricultural research in Virginia Tech’sCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Her roving food curiosity has taken her to salt works from rural West Virginia to Midtown Manhattan.