This post by Steve Gagner, owner and head brewer at 14th Star Brewing Company in St. Albans, originally appeared on their blog February 17th, 2014. We're republishing it here as part of our March Maple series.
7 March, 2014 - by Steve Gagner
5 March, 2014 - by Corey Burdick
Category: Seasonal Activities
28 February, 2014 - by DigInVT.com Staff
Category: Explore a Region
It may be too cold for sap to flow right now, but as daytime temperatures climb we'll be entering into the traditional start of the maple sugaring season in Vermont. At DigInVT, over the month of March we'll be providing lots of information for exploring Vermont's signature flavor. If you're new to real maple syrup then you're coming to the right state to try some. And even if you've lived in Vermont all your life, there's always something new to discover. Here are some examples of what's happening:
24 February, 2014 - by Helen Labun Jordan
It’s that time in Vermont when the sunlight gets stronger, the High Mowing Seeds displays arrive fully stocked at the local store, and my thoughts turn to the taste of the just-harvested foods of spring, summer and fall. Almost ten years ago, this time of year was also when Localvore groups around the state started challenging themselves to eat 100% local food even though it had been months since we last saw a garden. 100% local in this case meant anything from within 100 miles, not counting spices and leaveners like baking soda or baking powder (commercial baking yeast was always up for debate). Let me tell you - a lot has changed in the years since. Yeah, that’s right, things were tougher back when I was eating like a Localvore, it’s one of those stories.
21 February, 2014 - by Hunter Cropsey, UVM Farm-to-Table
This blog post is part of a series written by the University of Vermont Farm-to-Table Service Learning class - and it's a warming read heading into the weekend with mixed (unpleasant) weather, when an expedition to a good brunch (or lunch, or dinner) locale may be the perfect plan.
17 February, 2014 - by
DigInVT.com partner the Vermont Fresh Network shares news of a new executive chef at member restaurant Inn at Weathersfield. Details on the new hire and special dinners being offered for the occasion are in the press release below. You can read profiles of Vermont Fresh Network member restaurants and farms at their website www.vermontfresh.net and by signing up for the Fresh Feed.
14 February, 2014 - by DigInVT.com Staff
Category: Seasonal Activities
Just because this post is going up on Valentine's Day, doesn't mean Vermont's romantic options are only for February 14th. There's plenty of time for love and romance in Vermont, so take your time to explore these possibilities from DigInVT.com partner organizations (the list works even better if you play Moonlight in Vermont in the background while you read it).
11 February, 2014 - by Grace Meyer
It was an epically cold and dismal day last month in Burlington when I was scheduled to join the Burlington Brew Tour, which made it, in my opinion, the perfect day to get lost in the multitude of beer offerings this winter-bound town had to offer. A bit before 11 a.m., the Burlington Brew Tour’s minibus rolled up to my house to pick me up for my adventure before gathering other tourists and curious local beer enthusiasts from the Sheraton and Hotel Vermont. (The Brew Tour conveniently picks you up and drops you off at your desired location-earning them high safety and convenience marks in my book!)
4 February, 2014 - by DigInVT.com Staff
What do you expect from your weekend? Sparkling cranberry mead with chocolate toffee cupcakes? Ice cider with chocolate covered cider caramels? How about a Rose Red Wine whoopie pie? The Vermont Grape and Wine Council thinks you should have all this and more - they're bringing back their popular Wine and Chocolate Weekend this weekend, February 8th and 9th.
During the Wine and Chocolate Weekend, 15 wineries will invite visitors to come sample wines and chocolate pairings developed with help from local sweets makers (cupcakes, whoopie pies, wine jellies, and caramels are some of the items joining the chocolates). Samples are free; wines and sweets will also be available to purchase for Valentine's Day gifts or just a treat.
Sara Granstrom, of Lincoln Peak Vineyard, first got the idea for this weekend from colleagues in Pennsylvania, who organized a similar event along their regional wine trail. "It's fun to have a wintertime event," she says, "And also a chance to work with local chocolate makers and local businesses."
Lincoln Peak is working with three local chocolatiers from across Addison County to develop their pairings: Middlebury Chocolates, Daily Chocolate, and Farmhouse Truffles. Sara is particularly excited about the twists on traditional flavor pairings that are appearing this weekend. With Farmhouse Truffles, for example, she discovered that a dark chocolate grapefruit truffle pairs well with their Late Harvest white wine - she'd never expected to pair dark chocolate and white wine, but the citrus zing of the grapefruit reflects the citrus notes in the wine, making it a perfect match.
Other creative takes on the Wine and Chocolate theme this weekend include: Rhapsody Ice Wine from Shelburne Vineyard paired with Middlebury Chocolate’s spicy, habanero-laced Chupacabra dark chocolate; chocolates made using local wine such as ice cider truffles from Champlain Orchards and Eden Ice Cider or cassis-filled chocolates from Neshobe River Winery; the debut of a new chocolatier, Cacao Matteo, at Boyden Valley Winery; an entire Latin-themed weekend, with dance party, at Fresh Tracks Winery. New twists aside, there's also the basic rule that whenever you get chocolate and wine in a room together, it is a good thing. And that good thing will be happening all across the state.
Sara says that attendance has been great in the last two years and people are beginning to plan ahead for their annual Vermont wine and chocolate tours. As a self described choco-holic, she's looking forward to many years of this sweet combination.
A full list of participating wineries and what they will be sampling is available on the Vermont Grape and Wine Council's website. The wineries will be open from noon until 5:00 pm, and all tastings are free. Can't make it this weekend? Check out the place profiles linked from this post or browse the Wineries & Distilleries section of our Places page. Want to see these places on a map? Check out the Wine & Chocolate Weekend Trail.