NOVEMBER 14-23, 2014


October 22, 2014

An Apple a Day for 47 Years -- New York Times
by: Michael Tortorello

DECORAH, Iowa — In the early spring of 1983, Dan Bussey started a file on his computer. The event would prove to be momentous in the annals of American pomology, though no one realized it at the time, including him.

October 2, 2014

Virginia Cider Week Proclamation 2014 -- Commonwealth of Virginia
by: State of Virginia

By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:  VIRGINIA CIDER WEEK.

September 18, 2014

Cider House Rules
by: Padillacrt


September 9, 2014

Virginia Cider Industry Grows Alongside Wineries -- Vineyard & Winery Management
by: Dave McIntyre
“Washington Post Beverage Editor Dave McIntyre writes about VA cider and VA wine collaborations.”

November 18, 2013

5 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now
by: Jessica Stringer

Fulton Alley

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 behind sleek bars CureBellocq, and Cane & Table to raise the bar on bowling. Opening today in New Orleans’ CBD, the new restaurant and bar Fulton Alley has craft cocktails and 12 lanes. For the menu, chef Mike Nirenberg has eschewed hot dogs and nachos in favor of Southern small plates like fried Brussels sprouts with a pepper jelly glaze and deviled eggs with chicken cracklin and rémoulade.

2. Southern ‘Cue Supper in Charlotte. Wednesday’s dinner held at Midwood Smokehouse will be a melding of the best barbecue minds. Armed with a wealth of ‘cue knowledge, legendary pitmaster Sam Jones of Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina, will spend the day sharing tips with Midwood’s Matt Barry and his team before preparing a whole hog atop his travel rig. Each course will be paired with a brew from local fave NoDa Brewing Company and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance.

3. Art exhibit opening in Decatur, AL. Artist Lee Nabors thinks you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their hands. In her exhibit of oil paintings opening Thursday at the Carnegie Visual Art Center, Lee has captured the personalities of 50 individuals (who have had a hand in shaping their communities) by focusing just on their 10 digits. From a former Alabama governor and NFL players to Miss Alabama, her subjects come from a large cross section of society and each set tells a powerful story. Don’t miss the opening reception on Thursday.

4. New Southern novel. All of best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson‘s books have been poignant, impossible-to-put-down reads, and her sixth book, Someone Else’s Love Story, out Tuesday, is no different. Her protagonist Shandi is caught at gunpoint at a gas station and finds herself falling in love with the handsome scientist who intervenes in a story that mixes secrets and miracles with forgiveness. In December, the Georgia author’s book is our second pick of the Sip and Flip Book Club. Visit later this month for our Q&A guide and a chance to win signed copies.

5. Cider Week in Virginia. The Commonwealth has been leading the hard cider revolution since Founding Father Thomas Jefferson made a champagne-like version at Monticello. All this week you’ll find plenty of tastings and cidermaking workshops from Richmond to Roanoke, and it all wraps up on Saturday with an all-day festival at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick. Our (juicy) pick: Using Foggy Ridge Cider, chef Jason Alley will prepare a five-course dinner at his Charlottesville outpost of Pasture (anyone for cider vinegar pie with apple butter stack cake ice cream?) at a dinner tomorrow night.

November 17, 2013

Virginia 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 Post last year, and Frank Morgan offers an excellent Virginia cider primer on his blog, Drink What You Like.

The craft or artisan cider movement isn’t limited to Virginia of course. Eric Asimov wrote about it in last week’s New York Times Dining section, and he and his tasting panel selected Virginia’s Foggy Ridge Serious Cider as their favorite. It’s mine, too.

And there are two basic approaches to making cider. Diane Flynt at Foggy Ridge thinks of herself as a winemaker using apples instead of grapes. She makes cider once a year, in the autumn after harvesting her fruit. Others take their cues from the beer industry, as my colleague, Daniel Fromson, recently reported in the Post. You can probably guess where my preference lies, but the more the better – especially if they’re working to restore heritage apple varieties.

Cider just seems appropriate for autumn, and it would make an excellent bubbly for your Thanksgiving feast. I love it with spicy foods, such as Peter Chang’s Sichuan cuisine.

November 12, 2013

Five 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.

November 11, 2013

Cider Week Virginia Compiled -- Caroline Parsley
by: Caroline Parsley

What is cider?

What is the history of cider in the United States?

What are some of the events coming to Virginia next week?

Get the answers to these questions and more in this wonderful article by Caroline Parsley.

November 8, 2013

Virginia Toasts the Apple for Hard Cider --
by: Sarah Pixley

‘Tis the season to be jolly and… celebrate the coming of Virginia Cider Week, Nov. 15-24. (Wait, what did you think we were going to say?)

Hard cider fever is spreading (the tangy drink brings in more than $50 million in sales nationally), becoming a potential adult beverage kingpin. While Virginia’s home to a seemingly never-ending list of wineries, cideries are opening their doors as well.

November 7, 2013

Virginia cider- flavored by early America -- Washington Post
by: Dave McIntyre

Diane Flynt plucks a Dymock Red from a tree, digs into it with her penknife, then hands me a wedge. The apple, a few weeks short of fully ripe on a warm, sunny early August morning, makes my mouth pucker — not with the unripe sourness of malic acid but with a searing astringency, as if the fruit has sucked my palate dry. It tastes nothing like a typical farmers market apple.