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A retrospective of 2021, what an amazing year.
Monday, Dec 27, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

It has been a fantastic year in so many ways. Today, Ken, Chuck, Bob, and Merike will reflect on the year and reminisce about all our accomplishments, sip the wine we think most reflects the year for us, and enjoy a few morsels from our Deli. I hope you can join us as we look back on 2021. Share your comments as questions, or just say hello.

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The magic of mulled wine and cider around the holidays.
Monday, December 20, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

People have been mulling wine for thousands of years. Thought to have originated with the Greeks and spread widely across Europe with the expansion of the Roman Empire. Initially, people created mulled wine for two reasons. One, mulled wine offered certain medicinal advantages of adding spice and herbs to the wine for health reasons. However, probably more commonly to enhance the flavor of bad or poorly made wine.

Except for many of the Scandinavian countries, with the retreat of the Roman empire, mulled wine was largely forgotten about until the middle ages when its popularity increased across Europe. It is believed the term Mulled originates back to around 1600. Again, given that many people did not have access to fine wine and couldn’t drink the water at that time, spicing wine made what was available far more enjoyable to drink.

Mulled wine was further popularized and made synonymous with Christmas in Victorian England. It is believed that Charles Dickens is mainly responsible for this connection as he mentions Mulled wine in The Christmas Carol, written in 1843.

Today, mulled wine and cider can be found worldwide, especially in colder climates. Recipes abound, especially this time of year. Depending on your taste and what you have on hand, you can mull wine, cider, rum, port, brandy, and numerous other alcoholic beverages. Let us explore some examples of Mulled Hermit Woods Wine and Cider together. Pull out a favorite wine or cider, google some recipes, or make one up, and join us for a warm holiday toast.

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SORRY, THERE WILL BE NO SHOW ON THIS DATE DUE. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK.
Monday, December 13, 2021
5:30 to 6:30


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Meet the team that makes Hermit Woods possible.
Monday, December 6, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Join us on this date to meet some of the people who make it happen at Hermit Woods every day. The people who hold the fort down when Ken, Chuck, or I can’t. The people who cook your food check you out at the register and make hermit woods a special place every day. Today we have Travis Green, our new Chef, Stephanie Burke, our cook and aspiring chef, and Randy Romero, who you will always be pleased to have behind our tasting bar, sharing our story with you. Thank you to our club member Matt for suggesting this topic for our show and inspiring many of the questions we will be asking.


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Wine and Beer Glasses, so many choices, but what are the right choices?
Monday, November 29, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Join us on this date to discuss the various types of glasses available for your wine and beer drinking pleasure and why you would choose one over another. It does make a difference. It can be confusing. For wine, stem vs. stemless, tall and slender vs. round and bowl-like, large or small, etc. Same for beer. Pint glasses, tulip glasses, straight-sided vis shapely again, so many choices. Join us and let us know what you think.

Wine Folly provides a great down and dirty set of glass choices for most of your drinking needs.

Click here for Happy DYI Homes description of 18 wine glasses you might find useful in your collection

Click here for Webstaurant Store’s wine glass suggestions.

Click here for a great resource on beer glass styles and what beers to drink in them.


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Beer or Wine, what tastes better with what foods?
Monday, November 22, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

After Ken, Chuck, and I recently read “The Brewmaster’s Table” by Garrett Oliver, we began to reconsider our experience with pairing food with wine and give more thought to pairing food with beer. Garrett offers an extraordinary journey through the world of beer and the many ways it pairs with food. In what I would say is a somewhat controversial and biased perspective, he suggests most foods pair better with food than most wine. Although we might question some of Garrett’s assertions, he has opened our eyes to a world of beer and food pairing that I only wish I could explore to the depths he has in his book. Whether you agree with Garrett or not, there is no denying that he makes an excellent case for drinking more beer at the dinner table (not that I needed convincing).

Join us this Monday as Ken, and I dive into the subject and compare how some of our wines taste with food versus some of the local craft beer offered in our Deli. So open a bottle of your favorite wine and favorite beer and explore this subject together with us. Joining us for this show and all shows in the future will be Merike Youngs. She is now officially our Co-Host and will help us moderate our conversation with you and bring her expansive knowledge of beer and growing understanding of wine to the discussion.

Garrett Oliver is an exceptional writer with a vast amount of experience in the world of food and beer. He is the Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery in New York City and the 1998 recipient of the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing, the highest award given in the United States brewing profession.

PS. Don’t ask me why I included our cat Noir in the picture, other than when does a cute cat not grab your attention.

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A casual conversation with Ken, Bob, and Chuck
Monday, November 15, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Join us today for a casual conversation with the Hermits: no subject, no plan, no agenda (surprise, surprise). Please bring your questions and comments and learn about our future. I hope you can join us.


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A visit with Steve Allman, Founder, and Brewer at Canterberbury Aleworks
Monday, November 8, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Today we are joining Steve Allman at Canterberry Aleworks. If you have not discovered this wonderful brewery in Canterberry, NH, you need to find your way here. They are open Saturdays and Sunday’s 1:00 to 5:00, call ahead to be sure. Hope you can join us for a great conversation with Steve.

Unfortunately, our internet connection did not provide a very good broadcast. If the video quality above is too intolerable to watch, we uploaded the voice recording of the show set to images we photographed while visiting below.



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Meet Deb Lucke, the artist behind our cider labels and cans.
Monday, November 1, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Meet Deb Lucke, a graphic novelist, investigative cartoonist, and the creator of Hermit Woods cider and can labels. 

Her graphic novel series, The Lunch Witch, won starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal. It’s being developed as a movie by Amblin Entertainment with Kate McKinnon in the lead role. Deb also participated in last year’s comics anthology, World War 3 Illustrated.

She also does comics journalism on a wide variety of subjects, from the Westminister Dog Show to Sonar Oceanography to a local Infestation of Tent Caterpillars. She’s a regular contributor to her local newspaper, The Highlands Current, and has had comics in The New Yorker and Virginia Quarterly Review. She is currently working on a story about a junkyard for the latter.

She’s worked with Hermit Woods since 2015.

Deb will be joining us to talk about her background as an illustrator and how she came to be the designer of our cider labels. We look forward to speaking with her. Would you please join us and bring your questions and comments to ad to our live show? See you Monday. 

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Exploring wines from the Hermit Woods Library.
Monday, October 25th, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Today we dig into our library of wines to explore some of our earlier vintages. 2011 Old Vine, 2012 Cyser, 2013 Knot Mead, 2015 PB. Every year we place a small selection (a couple of cases) of our ageable wines into our cellar to allow them to age and mature. Thus, the collection of wines in our library will enable us to understand better how our wines improve with age as we sample them for many years to come. Occasionally, we make our library wines available to taste and purchase in our tasting room. I hope you can join us.

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There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, October 18th, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Join us this Monday as we sample our Fall Club release. We will be releasing the following wines on October 23, just five days away. We will take today to sample them with you and pair them with some of our deli selections. The release will include the following wines. Heirloom Crabapple, Petite Blue, Hermitage, Lake House White, Sparkling Winnipesaukee Rosé, and Hermit Hard Cranberry Apple Cider. I hope you can join us.

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Monday, October 11th, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Join us this Monday as we talk about the art of cellaring and aging your wine. How should you store your wines, and where? What wines should be cellared and which ones shouldn’t. How do you get started cellaring wines? The benefits of having a wine cellar. There is a lot to pick apart here. Join us with your questions and find out everything you want to know about your current or future wine cellar. Pictured here is Ken getting a closer look at our good friend @Carlo DeVito’s wine cellar.


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Monday, October 4th, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Join Ken and me this afternoon as we explore the kiwi Berry, a distant cousin of the kiwi. Unlike kiwis, kiwi Berries can thrive in colder climates as we have here in New Hampshire. Cold-hardy kiwi vines have been cultivated extensively by gardeners and novel fruit enthusiasts throughout New England since their first introduction from eastern Asia in 1876. Still, their remarkably flavorful, nutritious, berry-like fruits (“kiwi berries”) remain unfamiliar to most consumers.

We have made wine from kiwi Berries for many years in numerous different styles, from mead to a classic white, to a dessert wine. It is a challenging fruit to work with, and we have had varying degrees of success along the way. We will sample some of our former kiwi products from our library during the show today.

We have always gotten our kiwi berries from “Kiwi” Dave in Pennsylvania. This year, we have an opportunity to work with kiwis from the University of New Hampshire. UNH has been studying over 150 varieties of kiwis for over eight years now. We have collected a sample batch from three types that we will experiment with for future wines.

Join us today to learn about kiwi berries, making wine with them, and what their future might be at Hermit Woods.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, September 27th, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Today we will be talking about traveling and experiencing craft beverages. When you travel, do you type in “wineries near me,” “breweries near me,” distilleries near me”? If you do, tune in to talk about what you have discovered in your travels, and we will share some of our unique experiences with you.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, September 20th, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Every third Monday of the month, we conduct a virtual tasting of a selection of our wines. Should you wish to join us and partake in the tasting, we list the wines in advance on our website under our Facebook Live tab under events and make the wine available online and in our tasting room. Today: VIRTUAL WINE TASTING Hermit Woods Dessert wines. Deep Blue, Deep Blue Reserve, Deep Red, Melange, Deep Honeyberry. Hope you can join us.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, September 13th, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

Ask the Hermits, because there’s a story in every bottle. This Monday is your day. It’s your day to ask the three of us anything you want to know about our journey from when the three of us first met over 24 years ago through the formation of our company today and into the future.

You can ask your questions in advance by commenting on this post or send us a direct message or email. Or join us live during the event and ask you questions during the show. Of course, we can’t promise to answer every question, but we will sure give it our best. Learn everything you wanted to know about the there Hermits. Hope to see you Monday.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, September 6th, 2021
5:30 to 6:30

There’s a story in every bottle. The story of This episode will be about Elderberries. This is the season. Elderberries are ripening across the region, and we just purchased hundreds of pounds from our organic grower in Arkansas for this year’s Hermitage, Lake House Red, Melange, and of course, Elderberry Wine.

Did you know that Elderberries are the most nutritious fruit native to New England? Elderberry has a well-documented history of use in folk remedies. In the Middle Ages elderberry was considered a Holy Tree, capable of restoring good health, keeping good health, and as an aid to longevity.

All parts of the elderberry plant are considered a valuable healing plant in many folk and native medicine traditions. The flowers are used externally for complexion beauty, tone and soften the skin, and lighten freckles or spots. The berry juice made into salve aids burns and scalds. Elderberry flowers contain flavonoids and rutin, which are known to improve immune function, particularly in combination with vitamin “C.” The flowers also contain tannins, which account for its traditional use to reduce bleeding, diarrhea, and congestion.

Elderberries have twice the Vitamin C of oranges and 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries. They’re a great source of polyphenols and bioflavonoids. Join us while we sip some of the fine wines we craft with this beautiful fruit and talk about its origins and characteristics.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, August 30
5:30 to 6:30

There is a story in every bottle and, in this case, can. Typically we dedicate our time on this show to wine and wine-related topics. However, we are going to do something different this week. We are going to talk about beer. Unfortunately, Ken and Chuck will not be able to be with us in person. Possibly they will be able to call in. In their place, we have invited Merike, our tasting room manager, to join us and talk about the many wonderful beers we have on offer in our deli. Hermit Woods prides itself on offering only local small craft beers made in New Hampshire in our Deli and Wine and Beer Garden. To name a few, we represent Twin Barns, Concord Craft, Kettlehead, Hobbs Brewing Company, Shillings, Great North, Stoneface, and Henniker. Merike handles our beer selection and is reasonably accomplished in her knowledge of beer. She will enlighten with her expertise as we sample some of our many beers together. I hope you can join us.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, August 23
5:30 to 6:30

There is a story in every bottle. Today’s story is about crabapple. Yes, we have explored this topic before, but since today was the big harvest day of our Dolgo Crabapples from Stone Mountain Farm, we wanted to revisit it. We will explore the many ways we use this excellent fruit in our wine and talk about its history, both in general and for us here at the winery. I hope you can join us.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, August 16
5:30 to 6:30

Every third Monday of the month, we conduct a virtual tasting of a selection of our wines. Should you wish to join us and partake in the tasting, we list the wines in advance on our website under our Facebook Live tab under events and make the wine available online and in our tasting room. Today: VIRTUAL WINE TASTING Hermit Woods Meads, Three Honey Wine, Knot Sap Mead, and Red Scare


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, August 9
5:30 to 6:30

Join us Monday as we dissect the role that oak and oak barrels play in crafting wine. Often people think of oak barrels as simply a means of storing wine when in fact, in the modern-day, oak barrels are the least efficient way to store wine. They play a much more critical role in the wine-making process. We often refer to the Barrel Room at the winemaker’s spice cabinet. We will talk about the part oak plays in our wines and wine in general. We will also touch on the other types of containers used in aging wine.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, August 2
5:30 to 6:30

There is a story in every bottle. So join us this Monday as we go live on Facebook and YouTube. You can also join us in the Loft and watch us live from 5:30 to 6:30ish. We will be talking about some of the latest fruit Ken is working with to produce our future wines and improve your favorites. We will be discussing the following fruit, plums, nectarines, apricots, rosehips, blackberries, and peaches from Ken’s yard. As Ken would say, we are “building a grape” with all the local fruit that thrive here in New Hampshire’s terroir.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, July 26
5:30 to 6:30

There’s a story in every bottle. Today we will sample a vertical tasting from 2012 to 2018 Lake House White, and have an in-depth discussion about how the wine has evolved and where we are going with future vintages. Lakehouse White began as two wine, Lakehouse White and Whiteface, after our first year of producing these two wines, we decided that really needed to be one. We combined the best of each and have been producing it ever since. It has become one of our most favored premium wines.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, July 19
5:30 to 6:30

Join us at 5:30 for our Monday Night Live Tasting as we taste some of our favorite wines: Lake House White, Petite Blue, Winnipesaukee Rose, Deep Blue. Every third Monday of the Month, we do a wine tasting of wines available for purchase at our winery and Vinoshipper. If you wish to join us and taste along, you can see our tasting schedule under the Events/Facebook Live Events tab on our website. https://archive.hermitwoods.com/facebook-live-events/ Wines available online: https://archive.hermitwoods.com/wine/on-line-purchase/ Look for: Hermit Woods Signatures 4-Bottle Mixed Pack.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, July 12
5:30 to 6:30

Today we dig into our library wines to explore some of our earlier wines. 2014 Kiwi Berry, 2012 Rhubarb Mead, 2013 Black Oak, and 2011 Cottage Red. Every year we place a small selection (a couple of cases) of our ageable wines into our cellar to allow them to age and mature. This allows us to better understand how our wines improve with age and to sample them for many years to come. Occasionally, we make our library wines available to taste and purchase in our tasting room.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, July 5th
5:30 to 6:30

Everything Elderberry. Elderflowers, Elderberries, and all the wines we produce from this wonderful fruit.


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There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, June 28
5:30 to 6:30

Meet Dr. Jonathan Lorentz, our music promoter for the Loft and future Listening Room. We are honored to be working with Dr. Jonathan Lorentz, of NH Jazz, to create this new space and curate our new talent. Jon is a passionate performer, composer, theorist, and consultant who has been immersed in live music and music studies for most of his life. As a saxophonist, keyboardist, and vocalist, Jon pursues interaction and collaboration above all else and enthusiastically connects with other musicians and listeners to create a two-way musical conversation.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, June 21
5:30 to 6:30

VIRTUAL WINE TASTING – Join us as we sample our three Rosés, Winnipesaukee Rosé, Heirloom Crabapple, Strawberry Rhubarb and pair them with some of the fine local meats and cheeses we offer in our Deli.


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There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, June 14th
5:30 to 6:30

“Why New England Wines are starting to Attract Serious Attention”, Maine Sunday Telegram. Bob and Ken will further explore the topic as discussed in the Maine Sunday Telegram on Sunday, June, 13th.


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Monday, June 7th
5:30 to 6:30

Today, we are talking Wine and Beer Garden. We recently opened up a Wine and Beer Garden across the street from the winery. We will be hosting several food trucks, including Angry Hog BBQ, Rory Blacks, and Pours & Petals. We will be serving our wine, local craft beer and wine slushy’s. Tune in to learn more


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, May 31
5:30 to 6:30

Join us on Facebook and YouTube for a live interview with Patti Fortuna-Stannard, founder of Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market. Hermit Woods Winery & Deli has been carrying and serving Fortuna’s products for over five years. Fortuna’s is family-owned and operated by Patti Fortuna-Stannard, a 4th generation sausage maker, her husband Paul, and her son Chris. We will interview Patti at the family’s Italian Market on Main St in Manchester, VT.


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Monday, May 24
5:30 to 6:30

Discover our new Loft at Hermit Woods with us today. Will be enjoying some of our favorite selections of wine and food from our Deli as we talk about the future of Hermit Woods Loft.


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Monday, May 17
5:30 to 6:30

Chuck, Ken, and Bob explore Hermit Hard Apple Cider, Hard Apple Cider, Hard Cider Reserve, Heirloom Crabapple Cider, Blueberry Cider, Cranberry Cider, and Wild Blue. Bring your questions and settle in for an afternoon of cider.


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Monday, May 10
5:30 to 6:30

The founders of Hermit Woods Winery & Deli, Bob Manley, and Ken Hardcastle sample their well-known Three Honey Wine and the release of their latest Mead, a mead called Spring in Session. Spring in Session is a blend of Three Honey Wine and Rhubarb wine. We explore the possibilities of crafting wine cocktails with blends of Spring in Session, Campari, Aperol, and Bitters. Learn about honey production, mead making, and session meads.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, May 3
5:30 to 6:30

Join us to learn more about Hermit Woods Deli and the fine food being crafted by our Chef, Debra Urquhart, from locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients. We will sample three of our menu items and talk about where the ingredients were sourced. We will feature The Bread Peddler, Wozz!, Harman’s Cheese, Blackwater Mustard, Wayfarer Coffee, North Country Smokehouse, Picnic Rock Farms, Maple Brook Farm, and numerous other local providers.


The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine.
There’s a story in every bottle.
Monday, April 26
5:30 to 6:30

We look forward to meeting John Moulton, the owner and founder of Moulton Farm, Meredith NH. We will be broadcasting live from John’s Farm. Moulton Farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality fruits and vegetables while preserving our rich soil for future generations.

John and the Farm have worked closely with Hermit Woods since our move to Meredith in 2014. From providing us fresh locally grown fruit to craft our wine from and support our Deli to making much-needed freezer space available from time to time, Moulton Farm has been a great neighbor. In addition, Moulton Farm began selling locally crafted wines, beers, and ciders, including many of Hermit Woods’s offerings.

Join us to learn more about John and Moulton Farm and the many products and services they make available to our community.



The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine. There’s a story in every bottle.

Monday, April 19
5:30 to 6:30

Join us on the 19th as we celebrate our Wine Club’s fifth year. We will sample each of the six wines being released in our Spring Club Release and talk about the benefits of club membership. We will also be introducing a second Wine Club option during this broadcast. We hope you can join us. We will be live on Facebook and YouTube

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The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine. There’s a story in every bottle.

Monday, April 12
5:30 to 6:30

Join us on the 12th to learn about Ken’s latest releases. We have just released a couple of brand new wines and ciders and will be releasing a couple more in the weeks and months to come. We are excited about these new products and look forward to sharing them with you. I hope you can join us. We will be live on Facebook and YouTube.

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Monday, April 5
5:30 to 6:30

We look forward to talking to Mike Appolo, Founder of Appolo Vineyards.

Mike was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Northeastern PA. He got his BS in Engineering Management in 1987.

While stationed in southwest Germany (1989-1992) as a USAF communications officer, Mike became interested in craft beverages available to him at the time. Three major Riesling producing regions were each an hour away by car and every town seemed to house a brewery.

Mike found that during a trip to the Chanel factory shop in Paris ~1990 that he had an excellent sense of smell – scoring 100% on their sniff test. In 1992, he got an MS in Computer Information Systems from Boston University.

Mike continues to travel around the world talking to winemakers and learning about techniques of winemaking. He has been to many European wine regions, Chile, Argentina, Australia, and at least 10 US states wine touring.

Mike and his future wife Faith (m.2013) opened Appolo Vineyards in 2012. Mike left a software company where he worked for over 20 years to run the winery full time in April 2016. Mike is the owner, winegrower, and winemaker. He has an excellent team helping to propel this business into the future.

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Monday, March 29
5:30 to 6:30

Join us this Monday as we talk about how to best appreciate every bottle of wine you open and introduce you to the American Wine Society’s wine scoring card. We will sample a selection of Hermit Woods wines, pair them with some deli selections, and score them with you. You can join in with our wines or wines of your choice. You can download the scoring sheet here. Wine-Score-Card2-1Download

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Monday, March 22

Join us this coming Monday at 4:00 (I know, we said the next episode would be at 5:30, that will start on the 29th). The three of us will be taking a surprise adventure, tune in to join us, hope you can make it. 🙂

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Monday, March 15

Every Monday, the Hermit’s, Bob, Ken, and Chuck, will regale you with their stories and adventures in crafting and enjoying fine wine and other craft beverages.

Meet Brian Ferguson, the Distiller, and Winemaker at Flag Hill Distillery and Winery.  Brian grew up south of the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY.  He began his career at Finger Lakes Distilling on Seneca Lake and then moved to Grand Cayman to be the Head Distiller for Cayman Spirits Company.  Brian moved to NH to run the distilling operation at Flag Hill and with his wife purchased the distillery in 2015.  Since then, Flag Hill has retooled its winery and focused specifically on making aromatic white wines.  Brian believes this is the future of grape growing and winemaking in NH.  

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Monday, March 8
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Every Monday, the Hermit’s, Bob, Ken, and Chuck, will regale you with their stories and adventures in crafting and enjoying fine wine and other craft beverages.

Join us this Monday as we engage in a vertical tasting of our Deep Blue Reserve. We will sample our 2013, 2015, 2017, and a barrel sample from our 2019. Deep Blue Reserve is an intense wine full of complex blueberry aromas and flavors with deep tannins balanced with a delicate sweetness. Nearly a pound of wild Maine low bush blueberries from Merrill’s Wild blueberries are in each 375ml bottle. Aged in French Oak barrels for over two years, developing port-like depth and character.

We will also have on hand a couple of examples of traditional Rubie Ports from the NH Liquor Store to compare and contrast.

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The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine

Monday, March 1
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Every Monday, the Hermit’s, Bob, Ken, and Chuck, will regale you with their stories and adventures in crafting and enjoying fine wine and other craft beverages.

Join us this Monday as we explore cider. We will, of course, sample the four ciders we currently produce. We will also wet your whistle with a couple of new ciders coming to the tasting room soon.

Lastly, we will sample some other brands of ciders in our area and share some ideas for creating cider cocktails.

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The Hermit’s live, captivating and impassioned stories of crafting and enjoying fine wine

Monday, February 22
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Every Monday, the Hermit’s, Bob, Ken, and Chuck, will regale you with their stories and adventures in crafting and enjoying fine wine and other craft beverages. Join us this Monday as we take a deep dive into the New Hampshire craft beers on offer in our Deli. Twin Barns Brewing, Concord Craft Brewing Company, Hobb’s Brewing Company, Northwoods Brewing Company, Tuckerman Brewing Company, and 603 Brewery.

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Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
Monday, February 15, 2021

Corks Vs Screwcaps and other closure options for winemakers today.

Join us for a conversation about corks vs. screw caps and other wine closures. People have been using cork as a wine closure for over a thousand years. However, only becoming popularized in the early 1800s. Today we have many choices to consider to protect our wine. What should you consider when choosing what wine to buy, and should its closure guide your decision?


Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
Monday, February 8, 2021

Meet Nicholas Kimberly, Wine Grower, and Vintner at Mermaid Hill Vineyard

Winegrower, and Vintner at Mermaid Hill Vineyards in Concord NH, one of NH’s newest wineries. Nicholas considers himself a farmer, fermentation fanatic, and earth enthusiast. Join Ken, Chuck, and Bob as we meet with Nicholas (virtually), sample his wines, and find out what he is up to at Mermaid Vineyard.

Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
Monday, February 1, 2021

Exploring Dessert Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Join us as we sample several of Hermit Woods Dessert Wines and pair them with a variety of Chocolate from Loon Chocolate and Winnipesaukee Chocolate. We will also be sharing our Valentine’s Day special.


Facebook Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli.
Monday, January 25th, 2021

Meet Merike Youngs, our Tasting Room Administrative Assitant

Join us as we spend the hour with Merike and learn more about her and what brought her to Hermit Woods and the world of wine.


Facebook Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli.
Monday, January 18th, 2021

Interview with Ken Hardcastle

We spend this episode interviewing Ken to get to know more about Ken. From his early days growing up in CA, to practicing geology for 26 years, to eventually becoming a winemaker. Hope you can join us.


Facebook Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli.
Monday, January 11th, 2021

Taking a deep dive into Hermit Woods Meads

Join us as we discover several Hermit Woods Meads and pair them with a variety of meats and cheeses from our deli. We will sample Three Honey, Three Honey Gold, Knot Sap Mead, Honeycomb, and Flower Power. We pair these with Fortuna Sausage, Grafton Cheeses, Vermont Creamery Cheese, Wozz spreads, and Castleton Crackers.


Facebook Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
January 4th, 2021

Vertical Tasting of Petite Blue 2012 to 2020

Join us as we dig deep on our Petite Blue. We will talk about and share several vintages of Petite Blue and Petite Blue Reserve going back as far as 2012. We will explore the differences between our canned Petite Blue and bottled if any. Our Petite Blue wine is our most famous wine, having been shared on the Today Show with Kathy Lee and Hoda, selected as the best craft beverage in New Hampshire by the editor, Ray Isle, at Food & Wine Magazine, and chosen as the one thing you should not miss when visiting NH in June of 2019 by Oprah Magazine.


Facebook Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
December 28th, 2020

Discover the wonders of Honeyberry wine.

Hermit Woods has been crafting wines from locally sourced organic Honeyberries for five years. We procure our Honeberries from Wayside Farm and Great Northern Berries in North Sandwich. Honeyberries originally come from Russia and produce a very refreshing and unique wine, unlike anything you have likely tried before. Join us as we explore several vintages of our Honeyberry wine along with some new experiments for the future. The video takes place on our third floor which is under construction to become an event space and listening room in 2021.


Facebook Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
December 21, 2020

Wine tasting and pairing of our Holiday Sale wines

During the month of December 2020, Hermit Woods placed a few of our most popular wines on sale. Join us as we sample these wines and pair them with our charcuterie board from our Deli. We will be trying Heirloom Crabapple, Sparkling Heirloom Crabapple, Hermitage, Elderberry Wine, and Passion Popper, a dessert wine paired with Winnipesaukee Chocolate.


Facebook Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
December 14, 2020

Exploring Hermit Woods New Canned Wines

Hermit Woods now has four wines and ciders packaged in cans. Join us as we explore these new canned wines along with a few canned wines we purchased from the liquor store for comparison. We will sample our Petite Blue, Dolgo, Hermit Hard Cranberry Apple Cider, and Winnipesaukee Rosé in cans along with several national brands.


Facebook Live: In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli
December 7, 2020

Meet Melaney Shepard, Assistant Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli. Ken, Chuck, and Bob will chat with Melaney about her experience of making wine for 16 years at the Biltmore Winery in North Carolina. We will also share a couple of bottles of wine that Melaney helped craft and particularly enjoys.


In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli

2017 Red Scare Paired with 5 world class wines
November 30, 2020

We often talk about the fact that our Red Scare drinks like a Burgundy. Join us as Ken, Chuck, and Bob explore how our 2017 Red Scare compares with five classic world class wines from Napa California, Russian River California, Chili, New Zealand, and France.


In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli

Thanksgiving and Heirloom Crabapple wine
With Chef Debra Urquhart
November 23, 2020

Hermit Woods Heirloom Crabapple wine has always been a favorite on Thanksgiving. Today we explore how our Heirloom Crabapple, Sparkling Crabapple in a bottle and can, pairs with our turkey sandwich special, our carrot soup, and a selection of charcuterie crafted for the Holiday by our Chef, Debra Urquhart. You will also get a chance to meet Debra as she talks about her different creations.


In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli

Hermit Woods Wines vs Classic European Wines
November 16, 2020

In this episode, Ken Hardcastle and Bob Manley explore how some of Hermit Woods’s red wines hold up to classic European wines from France and Italy. We compare Petite Blue Reserve, Lake House Red, and Red Scare to a Rhone and Burgundy from France and a Chianti from Italy. Join us as we sample the wine and share our experience as we enjoy these fine wines along with a sample of salami and cheddar cheese from our Deli. Cheers.


In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli

Wines crafted from Quince
November 9, 2020

Quince is a really important ingredient in a number of Hermit Woods wines, including Lakehouse White, Winni White, Hermit Hard Cider, and Hard Cider Reserve. Join us as we explore quince, it’s history, how we make wine with it and the role it plays in our wines.


In the Cellar with Ken Hardcastle, Winemaker at Hermit Woods Winery & Deli

Mead and and Hermit Woods Deli food pairing
November 2, 2020

Ken Hardcastle, Bob Manley, and Chuck Lawrence, founders of Hermit Woods Winery & Deli sample five of their meads, also known as honey wine, along with some wonderful examples of their Deli’s foods. The following Meads were sampled: Three Honey Gold (available in the NH Liquor Stores) Honeycomb Flower power Knot Sap Mead Old Vine

Food Presented: Blythedale Farm Brie, Blackwater Mustard Co. Heirloom Crabapple Dijon, Winnipesaukee Chocolates Black Cat Island, Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market Genoa Salami, Vermont Salumi Juniper Salami, Vermont Creamery Creme Fraiche, Wozz! kitchen creations Cranberry Blood Orange Cognac and Balsamic Fig Mostarda, Harman’s Cheese & Country Store Really Aged Cheddar, Castleton Crackers Alehouse Cheddar, Grafton Village Cheese Company Sage Cheddar, Tall Ship Kitchen’s The Great American Hermit Cookie


May 31, 2020

A Winemakers discussion on the fermenting of vinifera and hybrids grapes, fruit, and honey maker
Click here to watch.

Meet Michael Fairbrother, An Internationally Renowned Mead Maker
Click here to watch

Join Ken, Bob and Chuck as they talk with Chris Boustred, Winemaker and Director of Remhoogte Wine Estate, South Africa.
Click here to watch

May 17, 2020 Facebook Live – An interview with Chuck Lawrence, Friend, Partner, and Pilot
Click here to watch


May 2020 Facebook Live – Meet Lewis Eaton, Winemaker and founder of Sweet Baby Vineyards
Click here to watch


May 14, 2023 Facebook Live – The owners of Twin Barns Brewing, Dave and Bruce.
Click here to watch


May 12, 2020 Meet Amy Labelle, Winemaker and Co-founder of LaBelle Winery
Click here to watch


Behind the Tasting Bar with Ken Hardcastle, winemaker
Click here to watch


Meet Clark Smith, Author, Musician, and Winemaker Extraordinaire
Click here to watch


Join Ken and Bob in the cellar every. Next episode Friday
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You can watch this previously recorded video here: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/833572247046347/


Facebook Live – Meet Ash Fischbein, A Mead Maker, Brewer and Serial Entrepreneur 
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Facebook LiveBehind the Tasting Bar with Winemaker, Ken Hardcastle
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You can watch this previously recorded video here: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/3244948725539948/


Join Ken, Bob and Chuck as they talk with Craig McNaught, Winemaker, and owner of Stoney Brook Vineyards
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You can watch this previously recorded video here: https://youtu.be/r2BISb4H7MM


Facebook Live – Meet Dianne Carter, Owner of Uncorked
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/1330334227157028/


Facebook Live – Behind the Tasting Bar with Ken
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/267709134391765/


Facebook Live – Visit South Africa with the Hermits
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/267709134391765/


Join Ken and Bob in the cellar every Friday at 4:00
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Visit this link to watch Friday, April 24th’s presentation on blending:
https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/545836316135366/

Visit this link to watch Friday, April 17th’s presentation on Filtering: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/1359796961075028/


Interview with Mark LaClair, Seven Birches Winery
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/252613519116166


Hard Cider Tasting
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/656326281581994


Wine Appreciation
Click here to watch in preparation for our cider tasting

Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/1025590914525867


Meet the Hermits
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/520322208655762/



Meet Carlo, an enthusiastic and prolific wine connoisseur
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/544260706465727/


Facebook live, Tasting the wines we sell in the NH State Liquor Stores 
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/2843502585765275/


LIVE with the LOCALS with Hermit Woods Winery
Interview with Lake Life Realty
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Tour our new event space
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/2589548837923872/


Wine Appreciation
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Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/640502443462386/


Dessert Tasting
Friday, April, 10th
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Click here to learn more

Visit this link to watch this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/554844365161680/


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Winery Tour with Bob
Wednesday, January 8th
This presentation has already occurred. You can watch the archived video here: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/525717598090466

As you many of you know, Hermit Woods Winery offers tours every weekend. As our tasting room is closed, I would like to invite you to join me on my wine tour virtually. My tours typically take between 35 and 45 minutes. I will start by sharing our story and a little background, then take you through the step by step process of making wine. I hope you can join us. 


Hermit Woods Facebook live Mead Tasting
Saturday, April 4th

Follow this link to watch this previously recorded event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hermitwoods/videos/221269059187608

Below are the meads that were sampled and the tasting sheet for the event if you wish to follow along. If you would like to purchase these meads, follow this link to learn how: https://archive.hermitwoods.com/2020/03/24/hermit-woods-discounts-wine-during-covid-19-crisis-and-free-shipping/

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Virtual Wine Tasting

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Follow this link to watch our first ever Facebook Live Wine Tasting.

Below is the tasting sheet for this presentation if you want to follow along.

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