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If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

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Parallel 38 Auction: A Wine Lover’s Dream Quartet


Here is your chance to experience Parallel 38 like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, Parallel 38 has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of Parallel 38, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

The Parallel 38 signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

A Wine Lover’s Dream Quartet

The auction winner will enjoy a wine lover’s dream, in four parts.

First, the auction winner will receive fourteen bottles of Parallel 38’s most exclusive wines. Parallel 38 is well known for its wine, in part because of the background of co-owner Justin Ross. With certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers, American Guild of Sommeliers, and French and Spanish Wine Academies, Ross once oversaw a 17,000 bottle wine cellar of an Alain Ducasse protege at the historic Tidewater Inn. There he was exposed to some of the world’s most sought after-wines, and at Parallel 38, Ross keeps a special Reserve selection of such wines. For the auction winner, Ross will clean out the Parallel 38 cellar of his most exclusive rare wines, and provide them to the auction winner. If ordered from the wine list, the fourteen bottles, listed below, would cost more than $5,000.

Second, the auction winner will have the chance to show off the wines at spectacular dinner for eight that will seek to do justice to the extraordinary wines: “A Journey Along the 38th Parallel in 8 Courses,” covering the whole parallel from Greece to Asia, and back again. Any of the fourteen bottles that the group does not consume during dinner, the auction winner may take home for their own cellar.

Third, the auction winner and seven guests will be treated to a Sunday afternoon brunch and wine tasting class. Seated at Parallel 38’s bar, the auction winner’s group will enjoy an over-the-top brunch prepared just for them. Meanwhile, Ross himself and a special guest from Charlottesville’s local wine scene will help the group better understand the art of tasting and enjoying wine. 

And fourth, to help the auction winner pursue their love of wine throughout their lives, they will have “free corkage for life” at Parallel 38, meaning they may bring their own wine, without the corkage fee restaurants typically charge for outside wine.

It’s the ultimate Parallel 38 experience: A Wine Lover’s Dream Quartet.

The Wines
2 Bottles of Varner Home Block Chardonnay Spring Ridge 2013  (96 points)
2 Bottles of Neely Holly’s Cuvee Chardonnay Spring Ridge 2013 (97 points)
2 Bottles of Dumol Russian River Syrah 2012 (94 points)
1 Bottle of Salvoini Brunelo di Montalcino 2010 (100 points)
1 Bottle Hundred Acre Ancient Way Barossa Valley Shiraz 2006 (95 points)
1 Bottle Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009  (97 points)
1 Bottle Opus One 2011  (95 points)
2 Bottles Opus One 2012  (97 points)
2 Bottles Opus One 2013  (100 points) (Some call it the greatest Opus One ever made)

Note: The auction winner will schedule their experience on a date that is mutually convenient for Parallel 38.


Place your bids by email at The auction will end August 20 with live bidding at Prime 109’s Celebration of Charlottesville restaurants. Email bidding closes August 20 at 3 pm.

Current Bid: $2,600

Parallel 38 Anniversary Celebration


Parallel 38 is celebrating its one year anniversary of reopening this week by bringing back several beloved specials of the past. Wednesday through Sunday, you can find favorites like those below, plus, owner Justin Ross says, a few more surprises:

Bucatini alla Amatrice – pomodora, pancetta, pecorino, red onion, calabria chili
(Mt. Rushmore Chef Craig Hartman once named this the best thing he ate all year.)

Spicy tuna tartare – sushi grade, chili sauce, sesame, soy, cilantro, and cucumber

Mom’s fried mozzarella – herb panko, fried basil, pomodoro sauce

The restaurant is also adding sandwiches to the menu permanently this week, including the famous pork belly gyro, with shaved pork belly, pita, greens, cucumber, labneh, and pickled shallots. The pork belly gyro was the winning dish at this year’s CURED Fest.

2018 Best New Restaurant Finalists


After the final entry tomorrow, The 2018 Charlottesville 29 will be complete, answering: if there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29? To be eligible for this year’s 29, a restaurant must have been open continuously since January 1, 2017. This allows restaurants time to get their footing and prove themselves before being considered. But, many restaurants that opened in 2017 are still worthy of recognition. And, they are in the running for Best New Restaurant.

The 2018 Charlottesville 29 Best New Restaurant will be announced this Monday, March 5. The finalists are:

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