Craft Beer’s the Thing, Local Wine Too!Vines as in acres of gorgeous local grapevines—and the award-winning wine they produceBines as in locally grown hops, the ingredient used to create that distinctive bitterness and a variety of flavors and aromas in delicious local craft beers.DuCard Vineyards and Bald Top Brewing, two outstanding local producers, are collaborating all weekend to offer special tastings, live music, tours, food trucks and more at both their locations. And to celebrate the good luck that it all happens to rhyme. Learn more about the event here.DuCard Vineyards borders Shenandoah National Park out the back patio, and is Virginia’s “Greenest Winery” for its environmental stewardship, solar power and sustainability. You can even recharge your Tesla or other electric cars on site. It’s the #1 top rated winery in Central Virginia on Trip Advisor and features Gold Medal winning wines, both red and white.Bald Top Brewing is Virginia’s first historic ‘farm brewery,’ located (you guessed it) on a hilltop with rows of hops on one side and vistas of farms and fields on the other. Having just completed its first year of operations, it has already developed a reputation for good times, with awards for its creative beers.The two tasting rooms are only 20 minutes apart, with Shenandoah National Park’s beautiful White Oak Canyon Falls trail (two miles to cooling waterfalls) right in the middle—for those who want to walk it off a bit during the day’s tastings. Both locations will offer samples from both producers. And customers who visit both facilities will receive a discounted tasting fee, special discounts on take-home growlers and wine bottles, plus the limited edition and highly collectible Vines & Bines t-shirtHours for the event are Friday 12-9 at DuCard (4-9 at Bald Top), and at both locations Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-6. A wide range of great local Bed & Breakfast and country inns is available.
26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Never loan money to any business when you don’t understand the nature of the business,” said Jim Devine, founder, chairman and CEO of Hipereon, Inc. Devine was lead faculty at the CUES Advanced School of Business Lending: Commercial Real Estate Lending , held September in San Antonio, where he walked students through different kinds of commercial real estate properties.Credit unions considering these types of loans need to understand the soundness of the various types of properties as a business entity and, potentially, as the collateral for a commercial real estate loan.Commercial Office PropertiesAdvantages: Commercial office buildings typically have a diverse makeup to their income streams. They tend to have several different tenants, each with a unique leasing arrangement with the property owner.Plus, the property owner can generate revenue from other sources like parking. continue reading »
The Underwater Centre, located in the Scottish Highlands, has ceased trading and it has been placed into administration, putting 50 jobs at risk.The news comes just months after Underwater Centre completed restructuring to become a not-for-profit company, which has seen support from industry and public bodies.The Underwater Centre provided a notice on its website saying that it “has ceased trading and is not taking any future bookings.”Andrew Baxter, Highland Council’s Lochaber Committee chair has expressed his concerns saying: “I am very disappointed to hear about the situation at the Underwater Centre. This is a world-class facility which is unique in the UK.“Our immediate concerns are for the 50 staff employed at the centre which is one of Fort William’s largest employers, and for the welfare of the students, many of whom are from overseas. The council will be seeking meetings on site to see how we might assist.”The Underwater Centre is a purpose-built subsea training and trials facility based on the shore of Loch Linnhe. The Centre provides year-round training and testing in an open-water environment.