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A.J. Downing listed 133 apple varieties in Fruit and Fruit Trees of America

Joshua Lindley's nursery in New Garden, NC offered 169 apples

Franklin Davis's nursery in Staunton, VA listed 300 apples

How many apple varieties are in your local grocery?

Our little cider house has garnered big attention.

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James Beard Foundation Award Nomination
Please join us in congratulating our own Diane Flynt on her James Beard Foundation Awards nomination for Best Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional!
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The New York Times "Dry Cider, an American Favorite, Rebounds"
Foggy Ridge Serious Cider is picked as #1 in a taste test, November 8, 2013.
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Esquire "Virginia Is The Food Region of 2014" features Foggy Ridge Cider
As part of their comprehensive 2014 Food and Drink Awards, Esquire features Foggy Ridge Cider, maker of ciders as complex as any you'll find in Normandy, in their October 2014 issue.
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Wine Enthusiast Magazine recommends Foggy Ridge
Wine Enthusiast Magazine recipe of the month pairs with Foggy Ridge Pippin Gold Cider in their October 2013 issue.
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CBS Sunday Morning features Foggy Ridge
“Resurrecting the lost apples” looks at efforts to save heirloom apples, including an interview with Foggy Ridge's Diane Flynt.
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The Post and Courier profiles Foggy Ridge Cider
The Post and Courier profiles Foggy Ridge Cider's early start among modern hard cider makers in their February 2015 issue.
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VA Cider Makers Serious About Their Craft
Robbie Harris interviews Foggy Ridge General Manger Sue Carter, Orchardist Eliza Greenmanand, and intern Megan McGuire on WVTF Public Radio.
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Vineyard & Winery Management "Virginia Cider Industry Grows Alongside Wineries" spotlights Foggy Ridge Cider
In Vineyard & Winery Management's Fall 2014 issue, Foggy Ridge Cider is recognized for igniting an artisan cider movement in Virginia that now reaches across the country.
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Beer and Brewing "Craft Cider: How The Pros Do It" features Foggy Ridge Cider
Beer and Brewing spotlights Foggy Ridge Cider in their Fall 2014 issue.
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Cider Craft "The Modern Founding Fathers of Cider" spotlights Foggy Ridge Cider
Cider Craft pays tribute to latter-day Johnny Appleseeds in their Spring • Summer 2014 issue.
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INDY Week profiles Foggy Ridge Cider
Artisan dry cider finds its place in fine dining and cocktails in the June 2014 issue of INDY Week.
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USA Today spotlights Foggy Ridge Cider
USA Today recommends Foggy Ridge Cider in the December 2013 feature on artisan cider.
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Premier Traveler Profile
Foggy Ridge's Diane Flynt tapped as one of the “industry's brightest stars.”
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Men's Journal features Foggy Ridge Cider
Men's Journal selects Foggy Ridge as one of the 5 Best Craft Ciders in America in their February 2014 issue.
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mp3 fileDiane talks about cidermaking in an interview on iWineRadio.

C-Ville Weekly interviews Diane Flynt
Diane Flynt is profiled in C-Ville Weekly's October 2013 issue.
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Afar, the Experimental Travel Guide features Foggy Ridge
Wandering Chef: Sarah Simmons features Foggy Ridge Cider in Afar, the Experimental Travel Guide September 2013 issue.
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Imbibe Magazine "Best Hard Ciders" spotlights Foggy Ridge
Foggy Ridge Serious Cider is featured in Imbibe Magazine's September/October 2013 issue.
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Blue Ridge Country "Best of the Mountains" honors Foggy Ridge
Blue Ridge Country readers voted Foggy Ridge Cider "Best Mountain-Made Spirit."
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Virginia Living features Foggy Ridge Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider was featured by Virginia Living in their "Best of Virginia 2013" issue.
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Virginia Living's first annual "Made in Virginia Awards" honors Foggy Ridge
Foggy Ridge Cider was selected by Virginia Living as one of their favorite products of 2012.
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Foggy Ridge Cider featured in Martha Stewart LivingMartha Stewart Living recommends Foggy Ridge Handmade Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider is selected as one of the favorite American craft ciders profiled in the Martha Stewart Living November 2012 issue.
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The Washington Post features Foggy Ridge Cider
The October 2012 article, “Virginia cider, flavored by early America” features Foggy Ridge Cider in their profile of Virginia ciders.
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Foggy Ridge Cider featured in Penthouse“Apple of My Eye”
Penthouse features Foggy Ridge Cider in the September 2012 issue profiling fall-friendly cider.
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Foggy Ridge Cider Cooking Light Taste Test Award WinnerTaste Test Award
Cooking Light names Foggy Ridge Pippin Black to its 2012 list of Best Local Artisanal Foods.
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Breathe features Foggy Ridge Cider
Breathe in the September 2012 issue features Foggy Ridge Cider in their hard cider spotlight.
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Food & Wine suggests Pippin Gold
The November 2011 Food & Wine lists Foggy Ridge Pippin Gold as a “Dessert Cider to Try.”
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Imbibe features Foggy Ridge Cider
Imbibe in the September/October 2011 issue features Foggy Ridge Serious Cider in their profile of American-made dry ciders.
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Esquire recommends Foggy Ridge Serious Cider
October's Esquire lists Foggy Ridge in its roundup “The Best Hard Cider for Men. No, Really.”
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“Cider Houses Rule”
The October 2011Hemispheres magazine says small cideries like Foggy Ridge Cider are putting craft beer’s little brother back on the beverage map.
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Flavor spotlights Foggy Ridge
“Comfort Me with Apples” in the Late Summer 2011 issue spotlights Foggy Ridge First Fruit as “a perfect cider for summer-autumn food pairing.”
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Edible Piedmont features Foggy Ridge Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider is featured in the Harvest 2011 issue about easy to like hard ciders.
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Food & Wine spotlights Foggy Ridge
“Cider Sensation” in the September 2010 issue spotlights Foggy Ridge's commitment to preserving heirloom varietals.
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Richmond Magazine on Foggy Ridge Cider
Brandon Fox profiles Diane Flynt in “One Woman's Mission to Bring Back Real Cider to Virginia.”
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Garden & Gun profiles Foggy Ridge's Diane Flynt
“The Hard-Cider House Rules” in the April/May 2010 issue profiles “how one woman chucked it all for a (hardworking) life among the apple trees.”
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Gourmet reviews Foggy Ridge
From the November Gourmet: "The golden-hued 'Serious Cider' has a gorgeous nose and a perfect sweet-tart balance. ' Sweet Stayman' is paler and slightly tannic, with nice fruit flavor."
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Virginia Living profiles Foggy Ridge
"Hard Cider Lifts Spirits": A profile of Foggy Ridge and Chuck and Diane Flynt.
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Saveur reviews Foggy Ridge
"Flavor of Fall" in the November 2009 issue says Foggy Ridge "cultivates more than 30 varieties of ugly and inedible cider apples, which are blended to yield beautifully balanced sparkling ciders."
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Saveur lists Foggy Ridge Open House
The November 2009 issue of Saveur lists resources and events for preserving heirloom apples, including Foggy Ridge.
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Bon Appétit Magazine features Foggy Ridge Cider
The May 2009 issue of Bon Appétit names Foggy Ridge Hard Cider “What to Buy” in Virginia in its “Best of the USA” Travel Issue.
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The Place Setting
Fred Sauceman's third book to explore Appalachian foodways includes a chapter on Foggy Ridge Cider titled “Squeezing Spitters and Pippins.”

Edible Blue Ridge profiles the Apple Corps
In their Winter 2010 issue, they cover the overwhelmingly positive response to Foggy Ridge's Apple Corps
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“The Cider Press: Foggy Ridge Cider in Dugspur, Virginia”, March 9, 2011
Chris Lehault interviews Diane Flynt about what makes Foggy Ridge Ciders unique.
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“Foggy Ridge Hard Cider: Move Over Wine…Cider Rules”, October 14th, 2010
“When Diane Flynt talks about varietals of apples and the delicacies of hard cider it would be easy to mistake her for a winemaker from the heartland of Virginia” say's Gwen Mayes.
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“Cider House Rules”
The Carolina Foodie blog discusses Foggy Ridge Cider. “True cider is the work of an artisan, and like wine, it takes a serious application of techniques.”
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“Cider Pressed from a Small-Farm Dream”
Flavor Magazine, April/May 2009
Foggy Ridge’s Diane Flynt left a corporate career to start a community-friendly cidery.
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“Cider makers taking the hard road”
The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA, October 7, 2007
Lindsey Nair profiles Diane and Chuck Flynt as they make this year’s cider, and concludes that “producing cider is serious business”.
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Foggy Ridge Website Wins Communicator Award
The Foggy Ridge website won the 2008 Communicator Award of Distinction in the Food & Beverage category.

International Eastern Wine Competition
All three Foggy Ridge Cider blends won silver medals in the 2009 International Eastern Wine Competition. The largest and most prestigious competition east of the Rockies, the IEWC is judged by wine professional from around the world.

Virginia Wine Industry Honors Foggy Ridge Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider's Sweet Stayman won a silver medal in the Virginia Governor's Cup wine competition in the fruit wine category. We are happy to be recognized by Virginia's talented wine professions. Remember, cider is the "other" wine. Read more about our ciders.

Foggy Ridge Cider Wins at National Cider Competition
Foggy Ridge Cider's Serious Cider and First Fruit won Silver Medals at the Great Lakes Olde World Syder Competition, the largest US commercial cider competition. With over 60 cidermakers represented we are happy to be among those recognized for high quality craft made cider.

Women Wine Professionals Award Gold to Serious Cider
The National Womens Wine Competition honored Foggy Ridge Cider's Serious Cider with a Gold Medal. Judged by women wine professionals, we are pleased to be recognized in this national competition. Cider is the "chick drink"!

“The Time is Ripe for Cider”
The Gazette, Galax, VA, May 26, 2007
Christopher Brook writes that “cidermaking will go on” at Foggy Ridge Cider despite two hard frosts in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwest Virginia. Orchardist and cidermaker Diane Flynt grows heirloom apples in the shadow of Buffalo Mountain near Laurel Fork, VA. Foggy Ridge provides resources for apple growers and hobby cidermakers.
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“Adding Sparkle to Life”
Winston Salem Journal, Winston Salem, VA, June 20, 2007
In the midst of Virginia wine country, Foggy Ridge Cider produces artisan hard cider from complex cider apples. Michael Hastings reports “When making wine you look for a balance of tannin, acid and sugar. It’s the same with cider.” Cidermaker Diane Flynt suggests food and cider pairings.
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“Virginia Cider and Mead Tasting”
Blog description of an orchard picnic at Foggy Ridge Cider with artisan goat cheese from Goat Lady and Meadowcreek Dairies paired with hard cider from Foggy Ridge. “Man, I love this area,” writes Laurie.
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“Parkway Couple Incarnate Moses and Betty Cone’s Apples…”
Blowing Rock Rocket, Blowing Rock, NC, May 31, 2007
Foggy Ridge Cider is featured at the “Denim and Cider’ event on June 2, 2007 as part of the Blowing Rock Stage production of Moses Cone: The Denim King. “Foggy Ridge cider begins in the orchard”, writes the Rocket. “The aim is to put fruit in the bottle with minimal manipulation.”
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