Voice & Vision
Beans. They’ve been eaten by humans for thousands of years. They’re a food source that has deep roots in so many cultures. Indeed, fabada—a white bean stew—is unofficially the marque dish of the Asturias region in Spain. Some say Asturians started eating the stew in protest of the Moors (it contains pork, which the Moors […]
Let’s discuss the elephant in the room right off the bat. Me. I’m the elephant. I’m overweight. And yes, I have an undeniable desire to eat Big Macs—especially after partying a bit. Why is that? Some say it is because mass producers of food understand flavor too well—that the basic taste profiles, when put together […]
We’re an experience. Drink it up. Drink it in.
It’s early in the morning. I’m hunched over a bin of apples, scooping them up and tossing them into the scratter. The pomace will then be pressed, and what we call our liquid gold—apple juice—will be on its way to becoming a Courthouse Creek cider. It is tedious, labor intensive work. We don’t press all […]
Living and Breathing | The Birth of a Cider
As cider makers, we work in union with the transformation of living things. It begins with the physical fruit; it swings on the tree, some apples eager enough to drop, others holding on for a little more sunshine—a few more drops of rain. The fruit is harvested, either pressed by the hardworking hands at the […]
The first supermarket . . . and our opening of a second location.
The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.-Joel Salatin, Polyface […]
Trails, trials & tribulations
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” — Henry David Thoreau As we plunge head first into fall, we are delighted to tell you all about the creation of the Richmond West Craft Beverage Trail! Featuring our […]
Keeping it (real) local: Ode to Goochland.
Someone recently asked us what “terroir” meant to us. Terroir is a French term loosely meaning that wine becomes an expression of the soil in which the grapes were grown. In other words, certain areas/soils produce wines unique to that place. To us—it’s the totality of where you’re from; something more than just the soil. […]
It’s not just for drinking (well, mostly it is!)
It’s true, believe me! There are actually ciders that are no longer just the sugary, soda poppy substitute for non-beer drinkers. Indeed, there are lots of dry, complex, thoughtful ciders being produced that have earned a place at the table alongside the best wines. Because dry ciders (like ours) drink like wine or sparkling wine, […]