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Pippin Hill Auction: Sunset Wine Dinner for Eight


Here is your chance to experience Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with restaurants of The Charlottesville 29, Pippin Hill 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 Pippin Hill, 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 Pippin Hill signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Sunset Wine Dinner for Eight

The auction winner and seven guests will start their evening with a glass of Sparkling Blanc de Blanc in hand while enjoying a vineyard tour from Pippin Hill Vineyard Manager Brooks Hoover.

Next, the group will make their way through the gardens with Head Gardener and Certified Horticulturist Diane Burns, who will lead a tour of the kitchen garden’s planting beds, introduce the farm’s chickens and bee colony, and teach the group how Pippin Hill realizes its vision of a truly local farm-to-table experience.

After the garden tour, the group will enjoy a five-course wine dinner on the Reserve Room Veranda where Executive Chef Ian Rynecki and Vineyard Manager Brooks Hoover will offer an over-the-top feast with special reserve wine pairings, including some from Pippin Hill’s cellar, not otherwise available to the public.

Finally, to complete the experience, each guest will leave with one of Pippin Hill’s favorite award winning bottles of wine and a basket of goodies from the garden.

Note: The auction winner will schedule their experience on a Tuesday-Thursday that is mutually convenient for Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards.


Place your bids by email at Public bidding ends on August 18, when all prior bidders in the auction for Pippin Hill will have a chance to bid again until the highest donation is reached, and a winner is declared. Regular updates of the leading bid will be posted below.

Current Bid: $2,500

Five Finds on Friday: Diane Burns


Photo by Andrea Hubbell

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards Horticulturist Diane Burns, who has expanded Pippin Hill’s flower beds and added new varieties just for a Cut Flower Workshop, July 23 at Pippin Hill. After a tour of Burns’ gardens, guests will learn how to harvest, handle, and arrange flowers, using the sustainable flowers from Burns’ gardens. Next, guests will take their arrangements to the Reserve Room Veranda to enjoy a chef’s lunch featuring vegetables from Burns’ garden, with plenty of Pippin Hill wine. Each guest will take home their floral arrangement. Tickets and info here.

Burns’ picks, which include her favorite local foods from Charlottesville City Market and beyond, particularly for summertime grilling:

1) Kielbasa from Double H Farm. “I love their smoky kielbasa flavored with garlic and spices. It is fantastic with grilled peppers.”

2) Carmen and Escamillo Peppers from Bellair Farm. “There are lots of vendors that sell produce at the market, but I like visiting with Jamie, and his friendly crew of folks, for the freshest produce. I buy the Carmen and Escamillo peppers to pair with kielbasa.”

3) Ginger Jam from The Farm at Red Hill. Wendy and Richard do a great job with dips and sauces, and their new line of ginger jam is the perfect addition when preparing grilled pork tenderloin. I first discovered The Farm at Red Hill at the Charlottesville City Market, and while the team no long participates in farmers’ markets, their goods can be found at The Great Valu in Crozet, Foods of All Nations, Whole Foods and the Barracks Road Harris Teeter.”

4) Tulip Poplar Honey from Elysium Honey Company. “We actually just added an apiary at Pippin Hill, so honey is on my mind. I love to brush the honey on thick slices of pineapple — grilling it lightly, just to show the grill marks. Yes, it really is all about the grill marks.”

5) Chocolate Pecan Pie from Family Pies & Ties. “Lynette’s Chocolate Pecan Pie is to die for. I prefer to eat it straight from the pie pan. It’s made with love and lots of chocolate. We can’t get enough of their baked goods.”