February 2010

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    POSTPONED: Roanoke Vineyards hosts Farnum Hill

    The recent snow that pounded NYC and environs has caused us to postpone our event at Roanoke Vineyards for a bit. We’ll reschedule this spring! Here’s our original post: Join Farnum Hill’s Louisa Spencer and Corrie Martin tomorrow, Friday, February 26 at Roanoke Vineyards. Sample ciders at the weekly tasting from 5 – 8 PM, […]

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    An Apple Grower First, A Cider Maker Second

    Another beer fan and writer for HopPress visited us at Poverty Lane Orchards recently. Steve Koenemann drove down from the Montpelier, VT area and spent an afternoon with our grower and cider maker, Steve Wood. Steve’s post, excerpted below, is a thorough account of cider apples and the fermentation process. A great reference for any […]

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    “Cider is to Apples as Wine is to Grapes”

    A few years ago, our friend Sawyer Broadley (www.sawyerbroadley.com) suggested that we continue progressing into the modern world with a cidermaking video. There are certainly others on the web to enjoy and check out, but here’s our entry, featuring fall regulars like John working the press, Steve chatting about pressing, and Jess using large machines. […]

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    NYC Tasting Triumph for FHC

    Last night, Farnum Hill’s Louisa Spencer presented to students in Columbia Law School’s Wine Club. A great time was had by all, and Louisa wowed the group with her apple slideshow, tasting notes, and stage presence. (CW) It does make me wonder what a Wine Berserker is….but that’s for another day. http://www.wineberserkers.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=17672&p=231969

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    Cider “Rebirth,” from Slate.com

    Last fall, we noticed a sudden surge in cider interest, thanks partially to this article from Slate.com by Brian Palmer. He traces the history of cider in the U.S. from colonial times through Prohibition, positioning cider as a drink for people of all ages and types. Here’s an excerpt: During the 18th century, Americans realized […]

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    Farnum Hill Cider on NPR’s All Things Considered (Audio)

    New Hampshire Public Radio’s Avishay Artsy came to the orchard in the fall to record some sights and sounds. His piece played across the country, and even made it on to “All Things Considered.” Here’s an excerpt: In New England, the tradition of making and drinking artisan cider goes back to the Founding Fathers. Now, […]

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    Cider in Cambridge, Plus Beer and BBQ

    Boston area foodies: on Saturday, February 6, plan to stop by Formaggio Kitchen for delicious samples of Farnum Hill Cider and beers from Berkshire Brewing, Dogfish Head, and Stone Brewing Company. Order some BBQ to go for Sunday’s Super Bowl, or just enjoy the selection of cheese and drinks right there. Stop by, drink some […]

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    Miz Maggie B loves Cider!

    Miz Maggie B, a Boston-area lady of refined tastes, got her hands on some Farnum Hill Farmhouse for cooking and sipping. Here’s what she thought: In lieu of wine or beer, I opted to toast with a bottle of local cider. I had been saving it for a special occasion and, gosh, what better occasion […]

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    ‘HopPress,’ Cider and Farnum Hill

    Recently, a number of nice people writing for HopPress.com contacted us to talk cider. So of course we oblige them with samples, more information about apples than they might wish to absorb, and a general introduction to cider. Joe McPhee must be a cider fan; he wrote about cider twice — once before the holidays, […]