November 18, 20135 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now
by: Jessica Stringer
Photo courtesy Fulton Alley Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news. 1. Boutique bowling in the Crescent City. Leave it to the seasoned cocktail pros
November 17, 2013Virginia Cider Week
by: Dave McIntyre
This is the second annual Virginia cider week, a promotion created last year to shine a light on the rapidly growing craft cider movement in Virginia. The Old Dominion now boasts eight cideries, drawing on the Commonwealth’s history of apple growing and rejuvenating the favorite colonial tipple. I wrote about it in The Washington
November 12, 2013Five Hard Ciders to Have Now -- Wine Enthusiast
by: Alexander Peartree
In honor of Cider Week NY (October 18–27) and Cider Week VA (November 15–24)—a slew of local events dedicated to showcasing this tipple’s versatility—Wine Enthusiast gives you top ciders to taste during festival week and beyond. Happy picking.
Cider Week features these regional farm-made and craft ciders.
North Garden, VAwww.albemarleciderworks.com
Albemarle Ciderworks is a family-run Cidery and Tasting Room that produces hard cider from heritage varieties of apples that can thrive in Albemarle County, Virginia.
Blue Bee Cider
Blue Bee Cider is the newest cidery in Virginia and the only one in an urban location. Blue Bee Cider will start selling sweet apple juice, unfiltered, unpasteurized, with no preservatives, in fall 2012 at Richmond area farmers’ markets. It will launch its hard ciders in spring 2013.
Bold Rock Cider
Bold Rock Cidery crushes Virginia apples at their farm cidery along Rt. 151 at Wintergreen beneath the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Tours, tastings and hard cider to go. Come drink in the scenery! Bold Rock six-packs are available at our cidery and a wide variety of stores and pubs/restaurants throughout most of Virginia and our Crimson Ridge premium hard cider in 750ml bottles will be coming out soon.
Castle Hill Cider
The famous ‘Albemarle Pippin’ first came to Albemarle County in a planting at Castle Hill, home of Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Albemarle Pippins and twenty-seven other varieties are now raised in accordance with the organic standard at Castle Hill Cider, which occupies a beautiful 600 acre portion of the original Castle Hill estate. CHC uniquely combines modern and ancient techniques, and creates the world’s only cider that is fermented, and matured, in buried earthen amphorae or kvevri.
Foggy Ridge Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider reinvents cider tradition in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. English cider apples like Tremlett’s Bitter and Dabinett, along with American cider heirlooms such as Ashmead’s Kernel, Hewe’s Crabapple and Roxbury Russet, contribute complex flavors to Foggy Ridge Cider’s four hard cider blends plus two apple ports. Foggy Ridge Cider’s blends are crafted from real cider apples—chosen for tannin, acid and layered flavors—fermented in stainless, tank aged and blended carefully before bottling. This clean, elegant cider has been recognized in the NY Time, Saveur, Bon Appetit and Imbibe magazines as a top drawer craft cider. The cidery tasting room is open weekends, and Foggy Ridge Cider is sold throughout the southeast and in New York.
Old Hill Cider
Old Hill Cidery is a recent addition to Showalter’s Orchard in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley where Sarah and Shannon’s family has been growing apples on their Old Hill for more than 40 years. The Showalter’s are working to revive an American Tradition…crafting cider in a way that the Colonial Cidermakers of early America would be proud to drink and to serve.
Potter’s Craft Cider
Free Union, VApotterscraftcider.com
Potter’s Craft Cider is a revival of authentic American farmhouse cider. It is made using nothing but high-quality traditional cider apples, including Virginia Winesap and Albemarle Pippin. Our apples are grown locally in family-run orchards from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Potter’s Craft Cider is available on draft and in bottles in Central Virginia and surrounding areas.
We pride ourselves on producing hand crafted english style hard cider from locally grown apples in the heart of Virginia’s apple country.
Cobbler Mountain Cellars
Standing tall ~ on the plateau above the field of Viognier vines ~ our long-time friend, the Old Apple Tree. A favorite of cousin Madison’s, where oil painting lessons and sleepy days on blankets take place. Our old tree has stood the test of time, waited for its owners to return after 40 years, fed the Black Bear & 3 little cubs, sheltered injured deer during hard winters and offered treats to visiting horses, or laughing children on a hot summer’s day.
Corcoran focuses on creating unique hard ciders from apples grown in Shenandoah. Our new cider barn is open Saturdays and Sundays offering tastings and bottles to go.