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Wine, Cider & Terroir: A Discussion and Tasting of Wines and Ciders from France, California, and Virginia

 Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived by Diane Flynt
Event date: 
Friday, March 22, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location

Fire Hall No. 2 (next to The Lark Winespace)
489 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA 30601

This is a $20 per person ticketed event which includes a tasting flight. Please purchase your ticket here

Join Krista Slater, sommelier and proprietor of The Lark Winespace, for a conversation with Diane Flynt, orchardist and founder of the South’s first cidery, Foggy Ridge Cider, as well as author of Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South. This event takes place March 22, 2024, from 5pm to 6:30pm at Fire Hall No. 2 beside The Lark. Learn about iconic terroirs that create both exceptional wines and ciders, and explore the grapes and apples that contribute to complex fermented beverages. Event includes a guided comparative flight of wines and ciders from France, California and Virginia, and attendees will be able to purchase an autographed copy of Diane’s book on site from Avid Bookshop.


For anyone who's ever picked an apple fresh from the tree or enjoyed a glass of cider, writer and orchardist Diane Flynt offers a new history of the apple and how it changed the South and the nation. Showing how southerners cultivated over 2,000 apple varieties from Virginia to Mississippi, Flynt shares surprising stories of a fruit that was central to the region for over 200 years. Colorful characters abound in this history, including aristocratic Belgian immigrants, South Carolina plantation owners, and multiple presidents, each group changing the course of southern orchards. She shows how southern apples, ranging from northern varieties that found fame on southern soil to hyper-local apples grown by a single family, have a history beyond the region, from Queen Victoria's court to the Oregon Trail. Flynt also tells us the darker side of the story, detailing how apples were entwined with slavery and the theft of Indigenous land. She relates the ways southerners lost their rich apple culture in less than the lifetime of a tree and offers a tentatively hopeful future.

Alongside unexpected apple history, Flynt traces the arc of her own journey as a pioneering farmer in the southern Appalachians who planted cider apples never grown in the region and founded the first modern cidery in the South. Flynt threads her own story with archival research and interviews with orchardists, farmers, cidermakers, and more. The result is not only the definitive story of apples in the South but also a new way to challenge our notions of history.

A multiple-time James Beard Award finalist for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional, Diane Flynt founded Foggy Ridge Cider in 1997 after leaving her corporate career and produced cider until 2018. She now sells cider apples from the Foggy Ridge orchards in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.


Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South By Diane Flynt, Angie Mosier (Photographer), Sean Brock (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Diane Flynt, Angie Mosier (Photographer), Sean Brock (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781469676944
Availability: May take several months to arrive, if available from publisher
Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 19th, 2023