Apple brew: Gov. Kaine dedicates hard cider operation
Promoting a new local agribusiness, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine was on hand July 13 for the grand opening of the Albemarle CiderWorks at Rural Ridge Orchard on Route 29 South, now one of only two hard cider producers in the state. Kaine declared the cider to be "spectacular" and told a funny story about serving it to his family at breakfast, unaware that the tasty stuff contained seven percent alcohol. After several speakers praised the Shelton family's new business, including County Supe David Slutzky and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Robert S. Bloxom, the crowd descended on the CiderWorks tasting room to mingle and sample the appley beverages.