Black Dirt, an offshoot of<a href="http://wvwinery.com/contact/"> Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery</a>, has aged this apple jack -- a brandy distilled from hard cider -- four to seven years in charred American oak barrels.
The unveiling event will include a cocktail reception and live music, tours of the distillery and a tasting of local foods and wines. The foods will be prepared by Pane Café, Warwick Valley’s on-site artisan bakery and bistro-style restaurant. Among the foods will be pasture-raised, roasted Berkshire pig from Lowland Farm in Warwick, grass-fed beef from Kirbytown Farm in Middletown, and ice cream from Bellvale Farms Creamery in Warwick.
Tickets are $50 each, or $75 with a pre-event tour of the new distillery with tasting. Seating is limited. Tickets are available online or by calling (845) 469-0951 extension 12. The winery will also donate 10% of sales that evening to the Orange County Land Trust.
Black Dirt Distilling Company was formed in March 2012 to take over the distilling operations of the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. Co-founders and managing partners Jason Grizzanti and Jeremy Kidde have been making and selling distilled spirits since 2001, with the Warwick Valley micro-distillery.
They will continue to sell their products through the winery's store, located at 114 Little York Road in Warwick, Orange County. The distillery phone number is (845) 258-6020.
The distillery is located in the Orange County hamlet of Pine Island, the largest community in the Black Dirt Region, which is famous for the "black dirt onions." In the days before the nearby Wallkill River was rerouted to control flooding, it often became a temporary lake in the spring.
The Black Dirt Region, also known as The Drowned Lands, consists of the remains of a shallow lake that formed 12,000 years ago during the glacial period. The ebony soil is so rich and unique as to be an anomaly. In some areas the soil is comprised of up to 90% organic matter, considered by some to be “one great big compost heap,” from both the glacial lake and repeated flooding of the Wallkill River, and can go as deep as 30 feet. More mastodons have been unearthed there than anywhere else on Earth.