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Distiller Andrew Shand reflects on his time in Virginia

Distiller Andrew Shand reflects on his time in Virginia

By Jim Roberts The last time Veer Magazine spoke with Andrew Shand, it was April 2015, when he was helping Virginia Distillery Co. start producing its own single malt whiskey in Lovingston, about 35 miles south of Charlottesville. Later that year, Virginia Distillery underwent an ownership change, and Shand left. He subsequently traveled around the

Dead Reckoning: Norfolk distillery aims to make waves in the craft rum market

  By Jim Roberts Dead Reckoning Distillery draws its name from the method of navigation sailors use as a last resort. “It can be said that this method is about trusting your instincts,” the distillery’s website explains. “About trusting your gut.” It has probably felt that way at times for Derek Ungerecht since he founded

Winter Wine Celebration from Domenick Fini

By Jeff Maisey Domenick Fini spent the past 20-some years working in various capacities to bring the general public such award-winning events as the Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Virginia Beer Festival, Harborfest and Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Music Festival. Fini did so as a staff member of Festevents, which programs festivities in Norfolk’s Town

Copper Fox Distillery Expands To Williamsburg

By Jim Roberts Aside from the pleasing assonance of the name “Copper Fox,” the Sperryville-based distillery draws its name from the metal its stills are made of and the fact that it was founded in the heart of the commonwealth’s fox-hunting region. “Foxes are pretty smart,” founder Rick Wasmund said during a recent interview with


By Jeff Maisey Savoring a glass of Old World vino is without question one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. American travelers vacationing in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal are accustomed to trying fine wines found at every café, brasserie and restaurant throughout Europe. Travel, of course, is a learning experience and all senses are on

Mermaid Winery Debuts Red Blend

By Jeff Maisey   Norfolk’s Mermaid Winery has debuted two new, sexy red wines for the cold winter months – the Mermaid Winery Merlot and the Norfolk Express. For both of these wines, owner Jennifer Eichert purchased juiced grapes from the Central Coast and Napa Valley regions of California. Why California grapes? “The quality we’re