<![CDATA[Willow Oaks craft cider - Dispatches]]>Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:55:22 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[February 04th, 2019]]>Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:41:38 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/february-04th-2019Our farm was originally a land grant from the King of England to the Harley family. One of the family's decedents told us that during the Civil War the Harley's would shelter their horses along the rock ledges in Catoctin Creek. For the last several years a pair of Bald Eagles have made their nest in a Sycamore tree along our little stretch of Catoctin Creek and watched over the "keep". Linda Harrison-Parsons created this incredible image. She graces our inaugural dessert wine, "Harley's Keep", made with heritage apples from our orchard.

We grow, pick, press and ferment our apples into hard cider. Some cider we age in French Oak. Some cider our friends at McClintock Distillery distill into apple spirits for us. Then we mix the two liquids along with fresh apple juice to become a fortified wine that we age in American Oak. It becomes the magic of Harley’s Keep, our interpretation of a Pommeau. 

Now let's see when we can get these labels approved by the feds. We are hoping to have Harley's Keep ready for sale in the tasting room this spring!

<![CDATA[Art & Science!]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:21:04 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/art-science

​We are thrilled to welcome a longtime friend to show his work at Willow Oaks. Matt Zigler has woven layers of research and data into stunning digital collages. 

" My work combines nature, science and art; three aspects of the impulse to explore and create. We believe humanity exists separated from nature, either as destroyers or protectors, but we are far from outsiders. In helping one species we hurt another, by preserving an ecosystem we slow evolution, by modifying one gene we alter them all. 

For my Natura Technica series I explore the connections between humanity and nature, science and art, technology and creativity. The colors on my palette are data points, the canvas I work on is a grid of pixels, and the perfect digital image becomes an approximation through an analog process. The result is an imperfect translation of a seemingly pure idea, much like how art, science and nature play out in the real world."~from Matt's artist statement

<![CDATA[New Willow Oaks family members]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:49:05 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/new-willow-oaks-family-membersGorgeous new artwork for our divine new ciders. Linda Harrison-Parsons hits another couple out of the park. We hope you'll love the new ciders as much as we do. Picture
​Roxbury Russet is believed to be the first apple cultivated by American settlers. Roxbury is joined by its cousin Golden Russet to create this etherial varietal cider. Smooth, silky, crisp and balanced. 7-9% abv

​“The appearance of something remarkable or unexpected”, a fermentation apparition from our Asian pears. A unique bearing on a traditional perry.
7-9% abv
<![CDATA[Springing into action!]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:02:13 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/springing-into-actionWe're going to finally blow winter outta here with music by Patty & Brent on April 14, 3-5pm. Come help us celebrate spring and our return to regular hours.

​Open every Saturday and Sundays 11am-5pm. Tastings, flights, glasses and bottles of cider available for purchase. Bring a picnic, check out our farmstand, peruse the gallery of local art. Settle in with your friends and snag a board game off the shelf.
<![CDATA[Sing us home!]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:59:36 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/sing-us-homeLooking forward to tucking in to winter. As the road conditions can be so unpredictable out our gravel road we will be open by appointment and for special events after January 7. On January 7 from 2-5pm you can come out and help us celebrate a great first year in the tasting room. Patty & Brent will be here to croon the cold away. www.pattyandbrent.com]]><![CDATA[Big Week!]]>Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:52:58 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/big-week

We earned these awards in the Governor's Cup state-wide winery competition back in August. Well we are just over the moon to finally have them in hand! The awards ceremony was held at the Old Maryland Grill in College Park. The awards were presented by host Al Spoler and First Lady Yumi Hogan. Best in class and gold for 'Gloaming', silver for 'Vocare'. 
Willow Oaks is featured on Maryland Public Television's program "Maryland Farm & Harvest. They cover our work to restore the Antietam Piper Orchard using historic apple varieties that would have been grown at that time. And our sweet pup Aggie gets her close-up.

<![CDATA[Gold and Silver]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 19:48:34 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/gold-and-silverThe 29th Annual Governor’s Cup Competition was held on August 13 at The Center Club in Baltimore. Entries must be MD-appellation wines, meaning they’re made from Maryland-grown grapes and other fruit.

We are thrilled to report that Willow Oaks won best in class for "Gloaming", our apple/black currant cider. Gloaming also earned a gold medal.

"Vocare", our aged cider, won silver.

<![CDATA[Cider research]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:04:18 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/cider-research
 We were pleased to be able to tour the cider apple research facility at Washington State University in Mount Vernon, Washington. The pictures above are of some French cider apple varieties growing in their test orchard. Willow Oaks has 4 French apple varieties in the ground. Now we just wait for the fruit!                       http://cider.wsu.edu 
<![CDATA[Exploring]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:08:56 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/exploring
Eric and Lori are on a bit of a busman's holiday, visiting with wine and cider makers in British Columbia and Washington State. The photo above is from our visit to Sea Cider in Saanichton, BC. They maintain a certified organic orchard with sweeping views of Haro Straight. We also visited Silverside and Cherry Point on the east coast of Vancouver Island where they make delicious port-style fruit wines. Today we'll head out to Alpenfire, another organic orchard and cidery. 
<![CDATA[Music, celebration and cider]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:57:29 GMThttp://willowoakscraftcider.com/dispatches/music-celebration-and-cider]]>