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The college football season kicks off this weekend in Sydney (#14 Stanford playing Rice in Australia), San Jose (#19 South Florida facing San Jose State) and closer to home, Sam Houston State (#7 in FCS Richmond is on the road against the Bearkats).  The fact that Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Navy plus most of the local FCS schools don’t kick until Labor Day weekend means that area college football fans have one more Saturday and one final Sunday to check out local wineries in the Commonwealth.

That’s where my friends from the University of Virginia Kippy & Buffy come in:   while the Cavaliers have tasted postseason play just once this decade, NOBODY tailgates like the fine folks at Scott Stadium.  They also are all about hitting up local wineries in the offseason.  If you see a couple wearing popped collared golf shirts with orange shorts, give them polite nod for me.

Ladies and gentlemen, we recap last year’s tailgating tour, with cheese & cracker pairings:

Richmond, September 3rd: Even in an autumn of change, the tradition of my Scott Stadium tailgating pals Kippy & Buffy endures. They’re kicking off 2016 with a Chateau O’Brien Petit Manseng“full-bodied white wine, erupting with crisp yet concentrated fruit expression, and offering a lingering yet clean finish“. Start enjoying with brie on Carr’s Table Water Crackers.

At Oregon, September 10: Kippy & Buffy are proud to announce they will be following the Cavaliers on the road this year…and instead of enjoying a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (let the record show Ponzi changed my life a decade ago), they’ve shipped cross-country a few bottles of the 2015 Pippin Hill Farm Chardonnay: “bright aromas of pear, apple and hints of toasted brioche that extend to the palate”. Perfect with selles-sur-cher on Onesto sea salt crackers.

At Connecticut, September 17: Kippy & Buffy make the trip to Hartford with the Nutmeg State in mind, enjoying the Cooper Vineyards 2014 Coopertage Blanc: “elegant and refined, 40% Viognier and 60% Chardonnay fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Hedonistic with honey tones and lingering finish of nuts and toasted oak.” Best enjoyed with Roquefort cheese on Triscuits.

Central Michigan, September 24: Kippy & Buffy wrap up their non-conference slate of white wines with Linden Vineyards 2015 Riesling Vidal: “floral, lavender and lemon zest aromas. Palate is dry and dense with good length.” Go deep on a pass pattern of Colby cheese on Club Crackers.

At Duke, October 1: ACC play means Kippy & Buffy move on to reds, and Virginia has some very interesting choices. This week they open a bottle of Ankida Ridge 2014 Pinot Noir: “a luscious, round mouthfeel lingers with a long-lasting finish of floral notes and white peppercorn”. Break out the Cantal cheese with Ritz crackers.

Bye Week, October 8: This year Kippy & Buffy toast another great summer by enjoying a bottle of Veritas Vineyard & Winery Scintilla: “Characteristically the wine is made in a Brut style (less than 12g/L). Fresh bubbles of Meyer lemon fill the palate with a delicate mousse that fades into a lasting finish”. Cheers…

Pitt, October 15: Kippy & Buffy return to tailgating with renewed vigor after the bye week, enjoying a Rappahannock Cellars Petit Verdot: “aromas of dark plum, butterscotch, and cedar with flavors of coffee, clove and chocolate”. Best enjoyed with Stilton cheese on Captain’s Wafers.

North Carolina, October 22: Kippy & Buffy continue their tour through Virginia reds with a Keswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc: “With a few minutes of aeration the secondary aromas of black raspberries, spices and black pepper come to the party”. Also coming to the party? Gorgonzola cheese on sesame Bremner Wafers.

Louisville, October 29: Good thing Kippy & Buffy will be tailgating with multiple bottles of Pollak Vineyards 2012 Merlot: “aromas of fresh, ripe cherries and blueberries burst forth…aged in new and neutral French oak barrels”. Break out the smoked cheddar and Urban Oven Crackers (try the olive oil flavor).

At Wake Forest, November 5: Kippy & Buffy celebrate their trip to Winston-Salem by enjoying a bottle of Breaux Vineyards Meritage (I know what you’re thinking-this should have been used for the Duke tailgate as the Blue Devils are the ultimate “Bro” school). Tasting notes: “flavors of blackberry cobbler and plum skins while cedar shavings mix with some earthy, forest floor and roasted coffee notes”. Who’s ready for Manchego cheese with Wheat Thins?

Miami, November 12: Kippy & Buffy plan to pass their tailgating time with a bottle of Barboursville Sangiovese Reserve: “generously forthcoming plum and luscious red berry fruit offer firm body and elegant texture”. Try a glass with Caciocavallo cheese on crispbread.

At Georgia Tech, November 19: It also takes a certain skill to tailgate with a quality Cabernet Sauvignon, as Kippy & Buffy will tell you if given the chance. The 2010 Barrel Oak is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes aged 15 months in French and American oak: “Aromas of plum and dark berries, lusciously smooth and velvety taste of stewed fruit with a lingering finish of gentle spice.” This Cab rides more like a limo. Also along for the ride? Aged Gouda on TUC crackers (special from Belgium).

At Virginia Tech, November 26: At the end of another season where the wins were rare but the great Virginia wine was plentiful, Kippy & Buffy go out in style: enjoying a Chateau O’Brien 2011 Limited Reserve Tannat: “full bodied, dense & concentrated – with black fruit flavors & a silky smooth finish.” Break out the garlic dill jack on club crackers.

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Happy holidays! As 2016 comes to a close, one looks back at the college football season that was…and wasn’t. While Maryland, Virginia Tech and Navy are all going bowling and James Madison is headed to the FCS title game, Virginia is home for the holidays. But that didn’t mean the Cavaliers 2-10 campaign wasn’t a little memorable: my favorite tailgating tandem Kippy & Buffy enjoyed themselves before every game in high fashion. There are a lot of great wines made in Virginia…and some are even listed here. Special thanks to my agent on the inside, special consultant “Winesnob Marcel“…

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado-your personal tailgating tour of 2016:

Richmond, September 3rd: Even in an autumn of change, the tradition of my Scott Stadium tailgating pals Kippy & Buffy endures. They’re kicking off 2016 with a Chateau O’Brien Petit Manseng“full-bodied white wine, erupting with crisp yet concentrated fruit expression, and offering a lingering yet clean finish“. Start enjoying with brie on Carr’s Table Water Crackers.

At Oregon, September 10: Kippy & Buffy are proud to announce they will be following the Cavaliers on the road this year…and instead of enjoying a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (let the record show Ponzi changed my life a decade ago), they’ve shipped cross-country a few bottles of the 2015 Pippin Hill Farm Chardonnay: “bright aromas of pear, apple and hints of toasted brioche that extend to the palate”. Perfect with selles-sur-cher on Onesto sea salt crackers.

At Connecticut, September 17: Kippy & Buffy make the trip to Hartford with the Nutmeg State in mind, enjoying the Cooper Vineyards 2014 Coopertage Blanc: “elegant and refined, 40% Viognier and 60% Chardonnay fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Hedonistic with honey tones and lingering finish of nuts and toasted oak.” Best enjoyed with Roquefort cheese on Triscuits.

Central Michigan, September 24: Kippy & Buffy wrap up their non-conference slate of white wines with Linden Vineyards 2015 Riesling Vidal: “floral, lavender and lemon zest aromas. Palate is dry and dense with good length.” Go deep on a pass pattern of Colby cheese on Club Crackers.

At Duke, October 1: ACC play means Kippy & Buffy move on to reds, and Virginia has some very interesting choices. This week they open a bottle of Ankida Ridge 2014 Pinot Noir: “a luscious, round mouthfeel lingers with a long-lasting finish of floral notes and white peppercorn”. Break out the Cantal cheese with Ritz crackers.

Bye Week, October 8: This year Kippy & Buffy toast another great summer by enjoying a bottle of Veritas Vineyard & Winery Scintilla: “Characteristically the wine is made in a Brut style (less than 12g/L). Fresh bubbles of Meyer lemon fill the palate with a delicate mousse that fades into a lasting finish”. Cheers…

Pitt, October 15: Kippy & Buffy return to tailgating with renewed vigor after the bye week, enjoying a Rappahannock Cellars Petit Verdot: “aromas of dark plum, butterscotch, and cedar with flavors of coffee, clove and chocolate”. Best enjoyed with Stilton cheese on Captain’s Wafers.

North Carolina, October 22: Kippy & Buffy continue their tour through Virginia reds with a Keswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc: “With a few minutes of aeration the secondary aromas of black raspberries, spices and black pepper come to the party”. Also coming to the party? Gorgonzola cheese on sesame Bremner Wafers.

Louisville, October 29: Good thing Kippy & Buffy will be tailgating with multiple bottles of Pollak Vineyards 2012 Merlot: “aromas of fresh, ripe cherries and blueberries burst forth…aged in new and neutral French oak barrels”. Break out the smoked cheddar and Urban Oven Crackers (try the olive oil flavor).

At Wake Forest, November 5: Kippy & Buffy celebrate their trip to Winston-Salem by enjoying a bottle of Breaux Vineyards Meritage (I know what you’re thinking-this should have been used for the Duke tailgate as the Blue Devils are the ultimate “Bro” school). Tasting notes: “flavors of blackberry cobbler and plum skins while cedar shavings mix with some earthy, forest floor and roasted coffee notes”. Who’s ready for Manchego cheese with Wheat Thins?

Miami, November 12: Kippy & Buffy plan to pass their tailgating time with a bottle of Barboursville Sangiovese Reserve: “generously forthcoming plum and luscious red berry fruit offer firm body and elegant texture”. Try a glass with Caciocavallo cheese on crispbread.

At Georgia Tech, November 19: It also takes a certain skill to tailgate with a quality Cabernet Sauvignon, as Kippy & Buffy will tell you if given the chance. The 2010 Barrel Oak is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes aged 15 months in French and American oak: “Aromas of plum and dark berries, lusciously smooth and velvety taste of stewed fruit with a lingering finish of gentle spice.” This Cab rides more like a limo. Also along for the ride? Aged Gouda on TUC crackers (special from Belgium).

At Virginia Tech, November 26: At the end of another season where the wins were rare but the great Virginia wine was plentiful, Kippy & Buffy go out in style: enjoying a Chateau O’Brien 2011 Limited Reserve Tannat: “full bodied, dense & concentrated – with black fruit flavors & a silky smooth finish.” Break out the garlic dill jack on club crackers.

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Happy holidays!  As 2016 comes to a close, one looks back at the college football season that was…and wasn’t.  While Maryland, Virginia Tech and Navy are all going bowling and James Madison is vying for a spot in the FCS title game, Virginia is home for the holidays.  But that didn’t mean the Cavaliers 2-10 campaign wasn’t a little memorable:  my favorite tailgating tandem Kippy & Buffy enjoyed themselves before every game in high fashion.  There are a lot of great wines made in Virginia…and some are even listed here.  Special thanks to my agent on the inside, special consultant “Winesnob Marcel”…

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado-your personal tailgating tour of 2016:

Richmond, September 3rd:  Even in an autumn of change, the tradition of my Scott Stadium tailgating pals Kippy & Buffy endures.  They’re kicking off 2016 with a Chateau O’Brien Petit Manseng“full-bodied white wine, erupting with crisp yet concentrated fruit expression, and offering a lingering yet clean finish“.  Start enjoying with brie on Carr’s Table Water Crackers.

At Oregon, September 10:  Kippy & Buffy are proud to announce they will be following the Cavaliers on the road this year…and instead of enjoying a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (let the record show Ponzi changed my life a decade ago),  they’ve shipped cross-country a few bottles of the 2015 Pippin Hill Farm Chardonnay: “bright aromas of pear, apple and hints of toasted brioche that extend to the palate”.  Perfect with selles-sur-cher on Onesto sea salt crackers.

At Connecticut, September 17:  Kippy & Buffy make the trip to Hartford with the Nutmeg State in mind, enjoying the Cooper Vineyards 2014 Coopertage Blanc:  “elegant and refined, 40% Viognier and 60% Chardonnay fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Hedonistic with honey tones and lingering finish of nuts and toasted oak.”  Best enjoyed with Roquefort cheese on Triscuits.

Central Michigan, September 24:  Kippy & Buffy wrap up their non-conference slate of white wines with Linden Vineyards 2015 Riesling Vidal: “floral, lavender and lemon zest aromas.  Palate is dry and dense with good length.”  Go deep on a pass pattern of Colby cheese on Club Crackers.

At Duke, October 1:  ACC play means Kippy & Buffy move on to reds, and Virginia has some very interesting choices.  This week they open a bottle of Ankida Ridge 2014 Pinot Noir: “a luscious, round mouthfeel lingers with a long-lasting finish of floral notes and white peppercorn”.  Break out the Cantal cheese with Ritz crackers.

Bye Week, October 8:  This year Kippy & Buffy toast another great summer by enjoying a bottle of Veritas Vineyard & Winery Scintilla“Characteristically the wine is made in a Brut style (less than 12g/L). Fresh bubbles of Meyer lemon fill the palate with a delicate mousse that fades into a lasting finish.”  Cheers…

Pitt, October 15:  Kippy & Buffy return to tailgating with renewed vigor after the bye week, enjoying a Rappahannock Cellars Petit Verdot: “aromas of dark plum, butterscotch, and cedar with flavors of coffee, clove and chocolate”.  Best enjoyed with Stilton cheese on Captain’s Wafers.

North Carolina, October 22:  Kippy & Buffy continue their tour through Virginia reds with a Keswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc: “With a few minutes of aeration the secondary aromas of black raspberries, spices and black pepper come to the party.”  Also coming to the party?  Gorgonzola cheese on sesame Bremner Wafers.   Cavaliers come up short, 30-19.

Louisville, October 29:  Good thing Kippy & Buffy will be tailgating with multiple bottles of Pollak Vineyards 2012 Merlot: “aromas of fresh, ripe cherries and blueberries burst forth…aged in new and neutral French oak barrels.”  Break out the smoked cheddar and Urban Oven Crackers (try the olive oil flavor).

At Wake Forest, November 5:  Kippy & Buffy celebrate their trip to Winston-Salem by enjoying a bottle of  Breaux Vineyards Meritage (I know what you’re thinking-this should have been used for the Duke tailgate as the Blue Devils are the ultimate “Bro” school).  Tasting notes: “flavors of blackberry cobbler and plum skins while cedar shavings mix with some earthy, forest floor and roasted coffee notes”.  Who’s ready for Manchego cheese with Wheat Thins?

Miami, November 12:  Kippy & Buffy plan to pass their tailgating time with a bottle of Barboursville Sangiovese Reserve“generously forthcoming plum and luscious red berry fruit offer firm body and elegant texture”.  Try a glass with Caciocavallo cheese on crispbread.

At Georgia Tech, November 19:  It also takes a certain skill to tailgate with a quality Cabernet Sauvignon, as Kippy & Buffy will tell you if given the chance.  The 2010 Barrel Oak is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes aged 15 months in French and American oak: “Aromas of plum and dark berries, lusciously smooth and velvety taste of stewed fruit with a lingering finish of gentle spice.” This Cab rides more like a limo.  Also along for the ride?  Aged Gouda on TUC crackers (special from Belgium).

At Virginia Tech, November 26:  At the end of another season where the wins were rare but the great Virginia wine was plentiful, Kippy & Buffy go out in style: enjoying a Chateau O’Brien 2011 Limited Reserve Tannat:  “full bodied, dense & concentrated – with black fruit flavors & a silky smooth finish.”  Break out the garlic dill jack on club crackers.

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By the middle of October, there’s often a bit of a shuffle atop the college football rankings.  Usually there are arguments over which school should be number one…and every so often the writers’ rankings and coaches’ polls are split.  Not so in 2016…as Alabama is going through its schedule like a blowtorch through butter.  The Crimson Tide rank sixth in the nation in scoring (45 points per game) and allow the seventh fewest points in FBS (15 points per game).  With the exception of their 48-43 shootout against Ole Miss (and let the record show the Tide led by 18 with three minutes left), they’ve pasted all comers. Coach Nick Saban appears to have this team in position to grab the school their fifth National Title in eight years.  The last time they lost as the #1 team?  To Texas A&M with Johnny Manziel in 2012.  This week the Tide host the rested Aggies…who just happen to be unbeaten as well.  Some games are just built for Verne Lundquist & Gary Danielson at 3:30.

Alma Mater Update- how do you top a surprising victory over Virginia Tech?  By beating a Boston College team that began the eventual Big East blowup by bolting for the ACC a decade ago.  Water under the bridge?  Hey, I have friends in Texas who are still mad at Arkansas for bolting the SWC in the 90’s.  The Eagles boast wins over Wagner, UMass and Buffalo–not exactly Colgate, Connecticut and Virginia Tech.  Hold on, with the exception of the Hokies it’s almost exactly like that.  This battle to stay out of the Atlantic Division Cellar looms lightly on Saturday’s calendar.  Thank goodness they had Orange Madness last night at the Dome.

Virginia (2-4, 1-1 ACC) vs #22 North Carolina (5-2, 3-1), 3 p.m., ACC Network.  For many old-school UVa fans, the team they really consider their rival isn’t Virginia Tech or Maryland-but UNC.  To which Tar Heel fans shrug and focus on beating Duke while saying snarking things about NC State and ignoring Wake Forest.  The defending Coastal Division champs are still smarting from a home loss to Virginia Tech…while boasting a video-game like offense with Mitch Trubisky completing 70% percent of his passes and TJ Logan averaging 6.3 yards per carry.  UVa’s defense remains a work in progress, ranking 13th in the ACC against the pass, 12th against the run and 13th overall.  They’re also second to last in the league at getting off the field on third down (allowing 47% conversions), while Carolina ranks second in moving the chains (48%).  Kippy & Buffy continue their tour through Virginia reds with a Keswick Vineyards Cabernet Franc: “With a few minutes of aeration the secondary aromas of black raspberries, spices and black pepper come to the party.”  Also coming to the party?  Gorgonzola cheese on sesame Bremner Wafers.   Cavaliers come up short, 30-19.

#24 Navy (4-1, 3-0 AAC) vs Memphis (5-1, 2-0), 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network.  One of the byproducts of Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath was the moving of Navy’s game with East Carolina from Thursday October 13th to November 19th.  After their upset of #6 Houston, the Mids probably needed a week to decompress.  So far this fall each of their three league wins have come by a touchdown or less.  The Tigers under first-year coach Mike Norvell have picked up where Justin Fuente left off…and many forget they were 8-0 and ranked #13 when Navy knocked them off last year.  I’m sure Memphis hasn’t forgotten…but they also haven’t forgotten how frustrating attempting to stop the triple-option is.  Midshipmen make it happen, 27-24.

 

Maryland (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) vs Michigan State (2-4, 0-3), 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network.  Hold on…the Terps are the 4-2 team while the Spartans are the 2-4 unit that’s dropped four straight?   Michigan State was ranked as high as #8 before crashing against Wisconsin…and comes to College Park fresh off coughing up 50 points to Northwestern.  Yes, Northwestern.  A lot rides on the shoulder of quarterback Perry Hills.  Even with the fifth-year senior in the lineup this isn’t the best passing game.  Without him, the Terps have scored 10 points in the last six quarters.  Defensively, William Likely is now out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL;  something a shorthanded secondary can ill-afford against Tyler O’Connor and the Big Ten’s third-best passing game.  O’Connor is not to be confused with the team’s previous quarterback Connor Cook…although part of me is hoping that Mark Dantonio is recruiting a kid named Cook O’Tyler to take his place.  Terrapins tumble, 21-17.

Howard loses to North Carolina A & T, Georgetown falls at Fordham, Richmond beats Elon, Towson tumbles at New Hampshire, Morgan State loses to North Carolina Central.

Last Week: 3-7.  Autumn technically began in September, but my fall is taking place in October.

Overall: 44-18.