tasting New Farm Brewery Opens Nelson County is happy to welcome a farm brewery that has truly embraced the “farm-to-table” ideology to provide locals with an outstanding product. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery opened its doors in September to become Virginia’s only brewery to grow, malt, and roast 100 percent of the grains used in its ales and beers. It is the first farm brewery in Nelson County. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery’s on-site Wood’s Mill Malt, spring water and fertile soil make this amazing feat possible. Even the brewery itself is built using lumber harvested from the 300-acre farm, where they also raise other grains, crops and cattle. The brewery will be using the farm’s hops and several strains of yeast developed at the farm in its product as well. Wood Ridge Farm Brewery is self-sufficient, innovative and has succeeded in its “from the dirt to the glass” philosophy. The brewery hosts regular weekend tours that share with guests everything from the farm’s fields and malting house, to the brewing vessels and taproom pints. Visitors will learn about every step of the process that goes into creating the tasty brew in their glasses.
Orange Wine Trend Just as Virginia is becoming a respected wine region in the world, local wineries are keeping up with trends from across the globe. King Family Vineyards recently introduced a small batch series of Orange Viognier. The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed into an open-top puncheon and left to ferment with their skin. The Orange Viognier, just like other small batch series from King Family, was especially created by their winemaker, Matthieu Finot, in their effort to share both a unique expression of the vineyard as well as to illustrate different winemaking techniques. Each bottle was hand-labeled, sealed and given an individual number. Veritas winemakers, Emily Pelton and Elliott Watkins are also experimenting in the cellars with orange wines. This ancient style of winemaking originated in the country of Georgia and uses a method that leaves the white grapes in contact for a short time with the grape’s skins (maceration) to create a lovely hue ranging from golden to deep orange or even rust. Known as the wine world’s fourth color, they are making a major comeback and popping up on many wine lists and sometimes described as amber wine, unconventional whites, off-whites or macerated wines.
Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Fall 2016