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“Honey Wine”
Review of Blacksnake Meadery

Blacksnake Meadery
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Dugspur
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Owner description: Farm winery producing mead (honey wine). Tastings offered on location weekends April through November.
Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

I had never heard of mead before but my husband read that years ago monks used to make it. The meadery was near Foggy Ridge Cider and they suggested we go visit. The wine is fun and something totally different. Some of the samplings have a total honey taste. Others have fruit and one even tastes like beer as it is mixed with hops. The tastings are on the front porch at a house up a winding driveway-the owner's summer place. The lady doing the tastings was very pleasant and offered food parings like the other wineries in the area. We purchased several bottles, some for fun and different gifts. We ended loving the little glasses with the black snake on them so we bought them too.

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Reviewed October 5, 2015

The main reason this is a 3-star review is simply because it's a long way to the meadery, and I'd suggest you go only if you are already in the area. Combine it with a trip to the Foggy Ridge Cidery and the Crooked Road for music, and that would be a 5-star trip! Wind your way through deep Virginia woods, along narrow winding roads, and up a long gravel driveway. Find yourself looking at a gorgeous deep-porched log cabin made from logs that are hundreds of years old. Walk up the front steps, and cozy up to the small tasting bar on the "sippin porch" for tastes of some unusual honey-based meads, made on site, from the dozens of bee hives scattered around this mountain property. The tasting fee was $5.00, and we tasted at least 8 different types of mead - ranging from wildflower to hops to squash and raspberries infused. Favorite was Lime Bee Brew, a tart, thirst-quenching beverage that was unusual, and very tasty. It takes a while to get to the meadery, but would make a great part of a long day exploring this part of Virginia, just a tiny bit off the famous Crooked Road for bluegrass music. Of course, if you're a fan of mead - just head right here, and enjoy!

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Reviewed July 23, 2015

When you arrive, you will have gone down a long dirt road in the middle of nowhere. The meadery is in a ramshackle house, and you will likely be ominously thinking about Deliverance when you park. You will cautiously make your way up the steps, and then you will be glad you did. We'd never been to a meadery. The tastings, very affordable, were for 10 different meads, all different with the types of honey used. We left with two meads which we have thoroughly enjoyed. I'm glad they have distribution in our city, as they are most definitely remote. The meadery itself is run by two teachers who do this as a labor of love. Well worth checking out.

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Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a small meadery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southern Virginia, not a fancy yuppie Napa Valley winery, so temper your expectations for this region. The brewing equipment is in the basement of the meadmakers' home which is a small cabin up a winding gravel road in Dugspur. The mead tasting takes place on the porch of their cabin. They have a few bee hives on their property, and their honey is used exclusively in two of their meads. Many of their meads are lighter and drier (Wildflower, Tupelo, Summer Lea) which are mild and refreshing. However, they have a semi-sweet mead (Sweet Virginia), a cyser (honey and apple juice fermented together), and a seasonal melomel (Squashed). One of their non-traditional meads is carbonated and made with lime puree (Lime Bee Brew) for a unique sweet/tart taste. As an amateur meadmaker, I want to try creating my own version of this lime-flavored mead. I wish they would've had some small snacks available during the mead tasting. If you're in this area, it's worth visiting Blacksnake Meadery if you like mead or you're willing to try some mead.

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Reviewed January 10, 2014

It is down a dirt road which is well marked if you pay attention, and a GPS helps. The dog does like to jump and did scratch our new Explorer which my wife wasn't too happy about, but it is the country and with not too many visitors and him being a pup getting a 'happy' greeting is what it's all about. The owner did put him up, and the Mead Wine was nice, bought several as gifts.

Thank Kevin B
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