Bringing to the table what’s not on the shelf

2019-02-20T16:41:48-05:00February 20, 2019|Uncategorized, Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

Vlad Novokshchenov and Rebecca Caroli are the founders of Town Under Black, a business dedicated to making quality products and honoring the history of their namesake, Tucson.

by Courtney Llewellyn

TUCSON, AZ – Ethnography is the systematic study of people and cultures, designed to explore cultural phenomena where the researcher observes society from the point of view of the subject of the study. That’s Rebecca Caroli’s official area of research – but she’s also very interested in the lost, traditional and unusual ways spirits have been made in the past. That’s how she and her husband came to found Town Under Black Distillery.


Spitter apples and the future of innovative hard ciders

2019-02-12T09:38:21-05:00February 12, 2019|Uncategorized, Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

by Melissa Piper Nelson

At question is a small, dark red, bitter apple. A bittersharp “spitter” (for spit it out) variety, the Kingston Black is nonetheless desired by innovative hard cider makers across the U.S. for its blend of acidity and tannins. Unfortunately, it also has become the metaphor for a diminishing supply chain of coveted hard cider apple cultivars.


Investing in the future

2019-02-20T16:09:41-05:00February 12, 2019|Uncategorized|

Karen Hoskins, founder of Montanya Distillers.

by Courtney Llewellyn

“When I was just starting to drink, I discovered I couldn’t drink beer, or tequila, or vodka. I had this whole experience of what I couldn’t drink,” Karen Hoskin recalled, laughing. “And then I’m in India, and I’m on the beach and I’m bummed because I’m living with this Hindu family and they don’t drink at all. I had a bartender put some rum in front of me and I thought ‘Yes, more of that.’”


Beale’s Brewery: Striking gold in Bedford, VA

2019-02-12T09:21:16-05:00February 12, 2019|Uncategorized, Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

Beale’s was the first craft brewery in the town of Bedford, brought to life with the help of tax credits and a grant from Bedford’s Industrial Revitalization Fund sponsored by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

by Rebecca Jackson

A Bedford, VA, brewery is creating a treasure of its own in a town long connected to the legendary fortune hunter Thomas J. Beale.


Turning a lack of tourism around with monthly events at Candlelight Winery

2016-01-22T16:20:59-05:00January 22, 2016|Uncategorized|

WCBN-45-4-Candlelight-winery12by Diana Barnum
The March 2014 swift-moving fire in downtown Garrettsville, Ohio, proved to be a top industry challenge for Candlelight Winery this past year. However, that devastating event hasn’t stopped their business growth and sales.
“We are currently facing an issue of lack of tourism in our town,” said Amanda Conkol, co-owner with husband Chris of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville. “As a small town, we prided ourselves on small family owned niche stores. Unfortunately a fire wiped out 1/3 of our downtown shopping area and 13 businesses. We are working on creating larger events each month to bring the tourists back to the winery and to Garrettsville.” (more…)

Building roots one draft at a time

2015-12-18T16:18:03-05:00December 18, 2015|Uncategorized|

WCBN-MR-4-COMMON-ROOTS_3q3by Sonja S. Stark
Roots are dependent on three basic tenets to grow:  water, soil and oxygen. Before long an intricate system of subterranean branches, twisting in all directions, will hold the tree securely in place. Should one small shoot die, it won’t matter, there are plenty more to sustain the tree.
Metaphorically speaking, Common Roots Brewing Company (CRBC), a microbrewery celebrating their first year of brewing, subscribes to a similar philosophy. It’s no surprise that their logo is the profile of a burgeoning sapling with roots digging deep into the ground. An outline of a mountain range, presumably the Adirondacks, is etched into the foreground. (more…)

Governor McAuliffe announces new Craft Distillery in Newport News

2015-07-24T13:48:17-05:00July 24, 2015|Uncategorized|

WCBN-MR-2-IRONCLAD21Ironclad Distillery to Open City’s First Craft Distillery, Source 100% Virginia-grown Products
RICHMOND, VA — Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Ironclad Distillery will open a new small-batch bourbon distillery in the City of Newport News. The company, the first craft distillery in revitalized downtown Newport News will create eight new jobs in the city and source 100-percent of its corn, wheat and rye needs from Virginia agricultural producers. The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Newport News and Ironclad Distillery on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).

What’s in your must?

2015-03-24T08:33:01-05:00March 24, 2015|Uncategorized|

by Michelle Sadler, Dairy One
Do you know if the nutrient additions you make during the winemaking process are correct or even necessary at all? The Finger Lakes Wine Laboratory is here to help, offering tests on must and wine to provide you with information that allows you to make informed decisions throughout the winemaking process. Early evaluation of must can help avoid delayed or stuck fermentations and later evaluation can test for the completion of the secondary malolactic fermentation. (more…)


2015-02-24T14:23:44-05:00February 24, 2015|Uncategorized|

image003Napa, CA – Held during Women’s History Month (March) the first of its kind symposium celebrates the achievements and advancement of women in the wine industry spanning the globe. As part of the two day event, the “Women of the Vine” Grand Tasting Gala will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015, 5:00pm – 7:30pm at The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa, CA.