EAST AURORA, NY — With partial funding by the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Erie County hosted a two-day workshop taught by New York State hops specialist Steve Miller; NWNY Dairy Team Crop Specialist Bill Verbeten; and Chris Gerling, extension sssociate at the Cornell Geneva Farm. The workshop had 64 participants from three different states. [Read more…]
Luanne Mansfield credits her husband for developing a successful winery in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
“He had owned a couple of manufacturing companies over the previous 20 years and was itching to do something different,” Luanne explained, “perhaps something we could do as a couple and involve our children — and something that wouldn’t require so much travel and desk work!”
Dave’s grandparents were farmers, and both he and Luanne liked the idea of “returning to the soil”— even though neither had previously attempted to make a living at it.
“We both have always been enamored with the intricacies of wine,” said Luanne. “As a former lab scientist and health promotion advocate, I also was intrigued with the wine making process. Romance aside, we did have to consider we had four young children, with college plans in all of their futures, so Dave also did due diligence to research industries experiencing growth in the Finger Lakes region. Bam! Wineries showed up on the list!” [Read more…]
by Steve Wagner
Sometimes it seems like social media has been with us forever and that life is governed by hash tags. Chris Chislett, a speaker at the Eastern Wine Expo, told attendees that his blog, which covers wine news and views, was a creative outlet for him. “I focus specifically on website design and concept creation,” he said.
The way people use Facebook has changed, Chislett went on to say. “It used to be friends having conversations and posting photos. People using Facebook today use it almost as a search engine. Communication channels are changing.”
Many pieces of advice and questions about your involvement with viticulture call for an answer to the question, “What do you want to do?” Decide that and you can then decide how to use social media effectively. [Read more…]
CALLAWAY, VA — Within just a few months of opening, Chaos Mountain Brewing has already been noticed and honored for its place in Virginia’s craft brewing industry.
At this year’s Virginia Craft Brewers Festival, held in late August, 51 breweries submitted 221 beers in 23 categories to be reviewed by 28 judges. Chaos Mountain’s took home silver in the stout category for its Coco Borealis and gold in the strong Belgian ale category for its Agents of Chaos.
“We were pretty humbled to be honest,” said Joe Hallock, who is the co-owner of the brewery along with his wife, Wendy. “We have to keep telling ourselves it’s only been four months.”
Among the many important decisions a start-up craft distillery must make is choosing a bottle design that will stand out. Far North Spirits, located in Hallock, MN, is receiving more than local noteriety — its striking bottle design has caught the attention of New York distributor T. Edward Wine & Spirits. The company will begin distributing Far North Spirits’ products in New York and New Jersey in September.
“T. Edward found us on a design blog, and they liked our packaging,” recalls Cheri Reese, half of the husband and wife team that started Far North Spirits. [Read more…]
Blind Squirrel Brewery
“The Blind Squirrel was born and raised in Avery County, in the small township of Plumtree, NC,” the story begins. “After years of making and consuming wood alcohol, he began to go blind. After a visit to the doctor, he quickly determined that he must improve the quality of his beverages or his sight would be completely lost forever. The Blind Squirrel is now considered to be legally blind, but he still manages to brew up some of the tastiest beer in the high country.” [Read more…]
by Melissa Piper Nelson
A customer walks up to a convenience store clerk with two items — a hot pizza and a cold salad. What will the clerk do? Bag them together, or ask the customer if he would prefer two separate bags? Smiling, the clerk recognizes the challenge and suggests two separate bags — one for the hot, one for the cold.
Watching this transaction recently, I asked the clerk about his decision. “I know some people would just put them together in the bag. It is simpler and takes less time, but I thought they should be kept separate for the best quality of the products,” he said. [Read more…]