Cider Class with Diane Flynt

We are super excited to have Diane Flynt, cider-maker and apple farmer extraordinaire, joining us for a class at The Fearrington Granary on Thursday, September 3rd at 5:30pm. Diane is one of the best producers of dry fermented apple ciders in the United States. She makes a wide range of ciders from heirloom apple to crab apple varieties all grown on her farm in Dugspur, Virginia. Diane has become a point person for many of us in the Sommelier world for information on apple farming, cider production and the history of cider-making.  She is, in terms of cider, the “Wise one on the mountain.”

As many of you know, cider is one of the original beverages of America. While beer, wine, and spirits took over in popularity through-out the twentieth century, the world of high quality American ciders looked bleak. While other traditional cider producing countries like Spain, France and England still continued their traditions of artisan ciders, there were few and far between to be found in the United States. Over the past few years though Americans have rediscovered their love for the nectar of the apple.  Cider sales have have grown at unheard of rates, 71% in 2014 alone. We have a new found love for our all-American beverage, and we owe a lot of that to the modern-day pioneers of the industry, people like Diane.

Diane, loves to get people excited about cider, and this class will be a real treat.  She will bring just picked apples and pressed cider from her farm, and of course we will taste both through her whole line-up.  Don’t miss out, this will be a one of kind tasting. More details here and call 919.542.2121 to reserve!

– Maximilian Kast, Wine Director

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