Vodka, gin and whiskey might not seem to be connected to the farm, but their ingredients begin there. In the case of Vermont’s award-winning beverages from Caledonia Spirits, distilling spirits is the quintessential agricultural act and the raw, pure ingredients are the basis for their success. [Read more…]
Paul Rinehart was working as a chef and successfully brewing beer in his basement, but his wife Ilonka wanted the space back. He found a warehouse space in Rockville, MD and moved his start-up brewery to that location.
“I started going forward with the paperwork, and was going to leave the restaurant after the paperwork came back,” said Rinehart. “I submitted everything to the TTB and the Maryland comptroller, then was laid off. That was right when I was ready to open — about three and a half years ago.” [Read more…]
After working high pressure jobs in Minneapolis — Cheri Reese as head of her own public relations firm, and her husband Michael Swanson as a business-to-business marketer with territories in Central and South America — both wanted to settle down to a slower life. [Read more…]
“Over 300 years ago, William Penn planted a vineyard in Philadelphia (now Fairmount Park),” said Jonathan Patrano, owner of Hauser Estate Winery in Adams County. “Now Pennsylvania is home to over 200 licensed wineries. It truly is wine land.”
by Sally Colby
Sugarloaf Mountain is a prominent knob that rises above the surrounding rural landscape, providing hiking trails and recreation for people in the suburban Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. It also draws people to Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, situated at the base of the mountain.
“It’s seven miles long, and quite the draw for people in the area,” said Tasting Room Manager Susan Reed as she described the well-known mountain. “They’ll hike the mountain in the morning, then stop here in the afternoon for a picnic and have a bottle of wine.” [Read more…]
Following a recent visit to Monticello in Charlottesville, VA, I was invited to visit the winery of Gabriele Rausse, director of gardens and grounds for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. Rausse, who is known throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region’s wine and grape growing industry as “The Father of Virginia Wines,” welcomed us to his personal winery located in a small building attached to the basement of his home several miles from Jefferson’s historical property.
“Healthy vines will be more cold hardy than weak vines,” said Terence Bradshaw, UVM Research Tree Fruit and Viticulture specialist.
A vine’s ability to tolerate cold depends on its physiological state and its genetics. A fully dormant plant will be much more tolerant than one deacclimating during a spring thaw. Similarly, before reaching full dormancy, vines may be injured by a sudden fall frost. Breeders select grape varieties for their tolerance of certain temperature ranges. [Read more…]
UNH Extension Field Specialist George Hamilton discussed the importance of and best techniques to calibrate air blast sprayers. Hamilton spoke to a room full of farmers at the USDA FSA headquarters in Warwick, RI. [Read more…]