Tuesday, October 12, 2021

All About Vermont

"All in all, Vermont is a jewel state, small but precious."
--Pearl S. Buck

Do you only visit Vermont in the winter, to ski and engage in other winter sports? Well consider Vermont as a destination for the rest of the year too, spring, summer and fall. Every season has something special to offer.  I've actually visited Vermont far more in the summer than any other season, and even more than I've visited Cape Cod. I've also visited Vermont more than any other New England state. It has a special place in my heart. 

Vermont's a fine destination for food and wine lovers, especially for locally produced products. You can visit farms, farmer's markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries, dairies, cheese makers, and much more. A great starting place for information is Dig In Vermont, to find plenty of interesting places to visit. Plus, while visiting Vermont, be sure to stop at the information booths and stands to pick up more local information and maps.

How much do you know about the drinks industry in Vermont?

The Vermont wine industry is about 36 years old, although the first licensed winery in the state was the North River Winery but they did not make wine from grapes, just assorted fruits and especially apples. It wasn't until 1997 that the first commericial winery that used grapes was established, Snow Farm Vineyards. There are also over 60 beer breweries and brewpub throughout the state, producing some of the country's best beers. In addition, there are at least 20 spirit distilleries in the state. 

Agriculturally, Vermont is a diverse land of numerous artisan farms, producing everything from cheese to Waygu beef, honey to Mangalitsa pork. Vermont is also the leading producer of maple syrup in the country. If you love food, there is so much in Vermont to please and tantalize your palate. 

Currently, I've posted 35 articles on Vermont drinks, food, history & culture, I've also referenced Vermont, generally as a subject, in other articles on my blog. I strongly suspect some of my most recent Vermont experiences will end up on my 2021 Annual Favorite lists. 

To help bring more visibility to Vermont, I've compiled all of the links to my Vermont articles into this single post. It shall be a repository of those articles, listed in chronological order from the newest to oldest, and I'll update it when I write a new article about Vermont. This should be helpful to my readers who want to delve deeper into the compelling state of Vermont. 

Vermont Waygu: Pure Breed, Pure Deliciousness
New Sampan Article: Balut Brings Business to Cavendish Game Birds
Cavendish Game Birds: From Quail to Balut
Vermont Raised Mangalitsa Pigs: Bring On The Lard
Social House: A Culinary Treasure in Manchester, Vermont
Chester, Vermont: Helping Hands & Wine, Cheese, Pies, Candy, Donuts, and More
Shacksbury Whistlepig Lo-Ball: A Delicious Barrel Aged Highball Cider
Backacre Beermakers: A Tasty Sour Golden Ale From Vermont
TasteCamp Vermont: When Life Gives You Apples, Make Cider
TasteCamp Vermont: Maple Syrup Wine & Spirits
TasteCamp Vermont: Distilleries, From WhistlePig to Smugglers' Notch
TasteCamp Vermont: Honey & Barrel-Aged Gin From Caledonia Spirits
TasteCamp Vermont: History, Prohibition & Today
Thirst Boston: Distillers Round Table--Dave Pickerell of WhistlePig
Thirst Boston: Craft Cider--From Orchard to Glass
Rant: Vermont, Hybrids & Respect
TasteCamp 2016: Vermont Bound!
Champlain Orchards Cidery: Heirloom Semi-Dry
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival: The Cheeses & Other Foods
Vermont Cheesemakers Festival: The Beverages
Bangkok Bistro in Burlington, Vermont

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