01 Foggy Ridge Cider in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Combines Innovation and Tradition – Diane Flynt
Diane Flynt, Cidermaker, Foggy Ridge Cider, Dugspur, Virginia, blends over 30 different American, English, and French apple varieties to create traditional hard cider crafted with modern techniques. Flynt own three orchards and much like blending wine-grape cultivars and vineyards, “each season is different, and ciders vary from year to year. The cidermaker is intimately involved in all aspects of the orchard and Cider House from grafting and pruning to picking and blending.” Sound familiar?
02 Reinventing Tradition at Foggy Ridge Cider—Where You’ll Discover the Orchard in the Bottle – Diane Flynt
Foggy Ridge Cider begins in the orchard with apples carefully selected for their unique flavors and grown for taste, not appearance. In cidermaking at Foggy Ridge, they aim to put their fruit in the bottle with minimal manipulation. Foggy Ridge Cider customers are a creative lot. In a Far Southwest Virginia county that doesn’t sell liquor, one sommelier created Apples and Oranges, a cider based cocktail bursting with ginger, oranges and deep spicy flavors. Table 16 in Greensboro, NC serves a Cider Royale, made with Serious Cider and Cassis. Chef Natasha Shishkevich drizzles First Fruit over her Butternut Squash Soup. Get in the kitchen and get creative.
03 California’s Central Coast Cutruzzola Vineyards—Dedicated to Estate-Grown Riesling and Pinot Noir – Francis Cutruzzola and Lisa Miller
Francis Cutruzzola, Proprietor and Founder and Lisa Miller, Partner, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Cambria, California, join us to talk about their love affair with food-friendly Riesling and Pinot Noir. The currently available Riesling has no oak contact but they are experimenting with it for the 2013 wine. They will be pouring the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Rieslings at the 9th Annual International Alsace Varietals Festival Grand Tasting, February 8, 2014, Anderson Valley.
04 The 2014 $10 Wine Hall of Fame List Now Available for Free Download – Jeff Siegel
Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon, has just released the 2014 $10 Hall of Fame list available for free download. Wines that made the list are available nationally in large metropolitan areas. Siegel rises above the national wine media and trade who “still do not give cheap wine the respect it deserves.” He has “never seen so much quality cheap wine.”
Foggy Ridge Cider in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Combines Innovation and Tradition - Diane Flynt