Kether Smith knows what most people think when they hear of fruit wine and cider. They expect a cloying sweetness, or, at best, an effervescence more suggestive of sugary soda than fruit.
“We meet people all the time at the farmers markets who say, ‘No, thanks, I don’t like sweet wines,’ ” says Smith, who operates Botanist and Barrel in a converted warehouse on the family-owned Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm in Orange County. “Once we get them to try it, they love the crisp, clean flavors.”
Where to find Botanist and Barrel
- Botanist and Barrel’s tasting room is at 105 Persimmon Hill Lane, Cedar Grove. For information, go to botanistandbarrel.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
- Products are available at Triangle bottle shops and the Eno River, South Durham and Chapel Hill farmers markets. They will be among the North Carolina beers and wines featured in the new Our State Public House at the N.C. State Fair.