October 2011 Issue


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The October 2011 issue of Virginia Living is the tastiest yet, featuring our favorite pairings of cheese and wine, with every crumb and drop made right here in Virginia. Cheese and wine aren't the only Commonwealth couplings in this issue, as we welcome back our weddings section. We also go deep underground to bring you the story of coal in Virginia; the state's most valuable natural resource, and the cultural bedrock of towns like Appalachia and Dante. From coals towns to college town, we get the Charlottesville zeitgeist, examining the big-city vibe meets small-town charm that makes "the Hook" so popular. We also visit the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, whose mission recently expanded from studying endangered animals to actively saving them from extinction. Also inside: an interview with Virginia wine guru Gabrielle Rausse; Richmond Sports Backers' Jon Lugbill's bid to make Richmond the nation's leading sports town; a haunted school in Christiansburg; sweet treats that are actually good for you in Roanoke, and more.

Wine and cheese: what could be better? more

Coal has been one of virginia’s most valuable resources for more than 300 years. Here’s a look at the places and the people whose heritage has been shaped by the pursuit of this shiny black rock. more



Rob Ullman

And they thought Cleopatra was in da Nile. more



Robert Meganck

The Wild Grape is a Runaway with Potential. more



Tristan Elwell

A mother recovers the ability to see a world teeming with strange magic. more


Virginia’s heirloom apples are making a comeback. more


For Luke Hopkins, neccessity is the mother of aquatic invention. more

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal used to specialize in animal research. Now, its mission has been expanded to include not just studying endangered animals, but also saving them and their habitats from extinction. more


Gabriele Rausse

Sarah Cramer Shileds

Gabriele Rausse has been dubbed “The Father of the Modern Virginia Wine Industry,” and with good reason: He’s been involved in the startup of numerous wineries, including his own, since he first came to Virginia from his native Valdagno, Italy. more


Though this city has attracted a diverse and sophisticated crowd and has a decidedly big-town vibe, it hasn’t lost any of its small-town charm. more

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Kip Dawkins

Pair wine with cheese, then add one of these fine accompaniments from Chef J Frank. more


Celebrating 25 years in the saddle. more


Jeff Greenough took some beautiful photographs of Charlottesville for our October 2011 issue feature story. more

Take to the road to check out some of our favorite off-beat October occasions more



Reproduced with kind permission of Bikram Choudhury and Bikram's Yoga College of India. All rights reserved.

Bikram Yoga asana (poses) and locations. more


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