Bringing to the table what’s not on the shelf

2019-02-20T16:41:48-05:00Uncategorized, 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

2019-02-12T09:38:21-05:00Uncategorized, 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


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

2019-02-12T09:21:16-05:00Uncategorized, 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


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


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


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?


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…)



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.

New Vineyard Survey Seeks Information on Costs to Hire Workers


home_osuJEFFERSON, Ohio – Whether it be clearing brush from the vineyard, installing wire or work as specialized as laying tile drainage, viticulturists and other experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences want to gauge how much Ohio grape growers pay farm workers and machinery operators to work in their vineyards as part of the college’s inaugural Ohio Vineyard Custom Rate Survey.
The survey is being conducted by Ohio State University Extension educators as a means of determining the cost of work completed on a vineyard by others, which is often referred to as custom work, said David Marrison, an OSU Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college. (more…)

New equipment the latest phase in Stanburn Winery’s evolution from grape growers to winemakers


WG-MR-3-Stanburn2by Karl H. Kazaks
PATRICK SPRINGS, VA — “It’s time to break it in,” said Elsie Stanley.
She stood on the crush pad outside her family’s winery, watching as her husband Nelson and son David performed a few last-minute tweaks to a new CMA crusher-destemmer.
Soon, the machine was processing its first fruit — a batch of estate chardonnay. Berries fell into a Bucher XPro press, stems collected in an adjacent bin.

Customer relations served hot and cold

2014-09-18T08:22:51-05:00Craft Beverage News Articles, Uncategorized|

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. (more…)

Vineyard nutrient management


In the eastern United States, soils are generally fertile and vineyard managers mainly focus on disease management. Soils are the basis of plant fertility and play a large part in determining vine and crop potential.
Speaking at a risk management workshop hosted by Greenvale Vineyards, Cornell University Viticulture Extension Specialist Hans Walter-Peterson shared his experience with an audience of vineyard owners and managers, extension staff and hobbyists. (more…)

Pairing wine and art


WG-MR-4-WineArt199by Emily Enger
Attracting a crowd of 3,000 people over the course of two days may seem like a high goal, but Forestedge Winery accomplished it this summer at their art fair, held Aug. 16-17. In fact, they gather about that many people every year at the annual event.
The winery is co-owned by Paul and Sharon Shuster and John Wildmo. Before becoming winery owners, the Shusters were artisan production woodworkers, creating wood-based cooking utensils. That career took them across the country, where they traveled the art show circuit. When they decided to open Forestedge Winery, hosting an art fair themselves was a natural next step. (more…)



The ninth annual Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition showcased some of the best tasting wines of New England and New York! The 240 entries from 38 wineries were judged at Eastern States Exposition on June 14, 2014 by a panel of wine aficionados from across the country.
Judges evaluated the wines based on the 20 point UCAL Davis System and the medals awarded were Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze. There were also awards given for each state and best of each category. (more…)

200 wineries from all over the world will participate in the 5th edition of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition

2013-11-14T10:32:10-05:00Uncategorized, Wine and Craft Beverage News Articles|

logoEverything is ready for the greatest exhibition in the wine business.
More than two weeks time before the launching of the exhibition, the number of professional visitors has increased by more than 50% compared to last year.
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition will be held on the coming 25th and 26th of November at Amsterdam’s RAI

Native grapes deliver great wine


WG-MR-2-cloer 2by Sally Colby
Tam Cloer is a horticulturist and second-generation owner in his family’s nursery business, but he knew that one day he’d have a vineyard.
Tam and his wife Pam of Apex, NC, had been growing grapes for about 18 years, mostly as a hobby. Like many other growers, they started their (more…)

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