Community Spirit – A Brief Story of Apple Brandy in Appalachian North Carolina

November 28, 2017

Brandy is an important part of the American social fabric, from colonization to present day. In addition to its economic, medicinal, and cultural uses, brandy has also been important to community development. Here follows a short, entertaining story about apple brandy consumption in rural Appalachia in the mid-19th century. The Poet Laureate In 1964, James…

TOM BULLOCK & THE IDEAL BARTENDER SCHOOL

November 21, 2017

100 Years ago this year, a very fine African-American bartender originally from Louisville, Kentucky, published a book of cocktail recipes illustrating his imagination and fine craftsmanship. That book, by Tom Bullock, was called The Ideal Bartender. We’ve always been inspired by this story. It’s a story of diversity, and hard work. It’s a story of…

Keepin’ it Kentucky Y’all.

November 16, 2017

I’ve always been proud to call myself a Kentucky winemaker. I’ve made a lot of beautiful wine in this state, using grapes grown in this state that has been my home, and my family’s home for 5 generations. It is a source of pride for me that the first commercial winery in the USA was…