Vu Ja De Vineyards released four new wines recently that are a further testament to the winemaking skills of vintner Bryan George. Operating from his tiny boutique winery located in the rolling hills of Roane County, WV, George masters the art of blending like few others in the region.
Two new Vu Ja De Vineyards proprietary blends
The first two of the new releases are wines for drinking now.
His 60% estate-grown blend—Remember Your Dreams II— is a standout. In this red beauty, George shows just how lovely his estate French-American hybrids can show when balanced with a portion of high quality vinifera juice. Continue reading “New releases at Vu Ja De Vineyards”
Tamarack, the premier outlet for West Virginia artisans, will add craft beer to its already impressive line up of arts, crafts, food, and wine, Brilliant Stream has learned.
A new beer and wine sales area reportedly will be established in prime space next to the facility’s popular restaurant. The Tamarack restaurant has consistently been a big draw for travelers. Being located next door to it should prove a boon for both beer and wine sales. Continue reading “Tamarack to add craft beer sales”
Last year a new, Hampshire County, West Virginia, farm owner and his crew were out generally clearing some land when this one particular oak tree was felled. As it came crashing down, a large family of flying squirrels bailed out and scattered.
“I was mortified,” said farm owner Stephen Settimi. “I said right then and there that I would never cut down another dead tree again because there are things living in them.”
The new Wheeling Brewing Company is actually an outgrowth of the tiny Basement Brewery that was really started in a basement in 2012 by local homebrewers Chad Hill, Jimmy Schute, and Dave Cornett. It was both the success and difficulties of that start-up that led the owners to plan an expanded operation that would be a full-fledged brewpub and restaurant located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. As a result of those plans, Wheeling Brewing was born. Continue reading “Wheeling Brewing builds on tradition”
This little distillery hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains makes only one product: Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine. It’s made from the original Hatfield family moonshine recipe passed down to Nancy Hatfield, who is a great-great-granddaughter the of notorious Devil Anse Hatfield. Hence the distillery’s catchy slogan, “The Drink of the Devil.” Continue reading “Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine available online”
In late 2012 Wicked Weed Brewing introduced the world to Black Angel, its sublime black sour ale aged six months in bourbon-barrels with tart cherries. It was an immediate hit.
Fifteen batches and two years later, the brewery says the success of Black Angel Cherry Sour has inspired a whole series of “Angel” sours. Red Angel, Gold Angel, White Angel, and The Angel of Darkness will be released throughout 2015 as a unique and limited series of sours. Continue reading “Wicked Weed sours for all seasons”
Appalachian chefs and restaurateurs are well represented among the list of James Beard Award semifinalists announced yesterday. Fifteen different Appalachian region chefs and restaurateurs made the cut.
The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in the United States. Eight Appalachian chefs and restaurants became semifinalists in 7 of the 11 national categories. Seven more made the cut for Best Chef in their respective geographic regions.