October 2013 Issue


The October 2013 issue of Virginia Living is all about innovation. Our cover story focuses on Rutger de Vink of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, chronicling how de Vink went about producing a world-class wine in Virginia, and how he plans to sell it to the world. East meets West in our second feature, with VCUarts’ branch campus in Doha, Qatar, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. We celebrate education throughout the Commonwealth with our inaugural State of Education bound-in supplement, featuring our list of Top High Schools & Colleges 2013, with nearly 150 Virginia schools spotlighted for excellence and innovation.

Also inside, we meet Alexandria political comedy troupe the Capitol Steps, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce founder and CEO Michel Zajur and L’Auberge Chez François Chef Jacques Haeringer. We veg out with meatless recipes from five top Virginia chefs, walk the Wicklow Way in Ireland and look inside the One Nest Project in Delaplane—a green home design that weds sustainability with style. All that, plus Parisian bistros, the Dominion Derby Girls, black-widow spiders, poison bottles, green burials, the Virginia International Raceway and more.

October 2013 issue stories will soon be available to read online, or you can buy the magazine here.

The One Nest Project in Fauquier County could be the beginning of a revolution in green home design, transforming cold and sterile to stylish and inviting. more

Feb 6, 2015 10:01 AM Home


Megan Mullsteff

Green burials provide an ecologically sound exit strategy. more

Dec 8, 2014 9:33 AM


Gary Hovland

Cat obsession causes civic unrest. more

Oct 13, 2014 8:37 AM

The Doha, Qatar, branch campus of VCUarts may be half a world away, but kindred spirits bridge cultural divides in this desert city. more


A delightfully dangerous collection. more

Sep 15, 2014 8:39 AM Culture

Outfitting hardcore reenactors for nearly 20 years. more

Sep 10, 2014 9:17 AM Culture


Mark Edward Atkinson

From a tent at Woodstock to a table at Bouley, meatless meals have earned caché. more

Jun 2, 2014 11:35 AM


Mike Amalfitano

Virginia Beach roller derby team is hungry for Fresh Meat. more

Jan 31, 2014 12:48 PM


Dan Vaden

How one racy woman took Virginia International Raceway from cow pasture to premier motorsports resort. more

Jan 31, 2014 12:47 PM

More than 400 people (and 45 dogs) attended the 15th Annual Fur Ball at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond Oct. 5. The event raised $509,000 for the organization’s Cinderella Fund, which pays for the care of sick, injured and neonatal homeless animal more

Nov 21, 2013 8:50 AM Party Pics

A guide to Paris, by the bistro. more

Sep 27, 2013 5:28 PM Travel

Capitol Steps

David Deal

The Capitol Steps tackle the nation’s political problems one nonpartisan poke at a time. more

Sep 27, 2013 5:12 PM Culture

Walking the Wicklow Way, against the elements, toward Ireland’s capital. more

Sep 27, 2013 4:10 PM Travel

It’s time to rethink the black widow’s lethal reputation. more

Sep 26, 2013 2:48 PM , Home

Promised Land

Mark Edward Atkinson

Is it possible to make a world-class wine in Virginia? Rutger de Vink, of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, says yes. Now he has to sell it. more

Sep 13, 2013 3:21 PM Food

At L’Auberge Chez François in Great Falls, butter is brazenly mentioned in a major percentage of entrée descriptions; cream sauces nap anything from veal to crab; princely truffles and saffron are used with a liberal hand. more

Sep 13, 2013 11:49 AM Food 1 Comments

Noroflk Collegiate Sailing

Courtesy of Norfolk Collegiate

Norfolk Collegiate School’s sailing team leaves others in its wake. more

Sep 10, 2013 5:00 PM


courtesy of operation smile

Volunteers at Virginia Beach-based Operation Smile travel the world to help kids overcome physical deformities and discover that a smile is worth a thousand words. more

Jul 11, 2013 9:42 AM Feature

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