Women in Wine and Spirits: Crystal Cornish

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In the summer of 2016, Crystal Cornish and Todd Cavallo moved to the Hudson Valley after living in Brooklyn for a combined total of 30 years. Their goal was to establish sustainable food systems using Biodynamic practices. Despite their limited agricultural experience, they brought their vision to life with Wild Arc Farm. As lifelong New Yorkers, they aim to produce exciting and dynamic wines on a small, permaculture-focused farm.

To achieve this, they employ guild planting, a popular permaculture technique. They planted rows of sea buckthorn, Aronia berries, and New Jersey tea shrubs between the trees. As the trees mature, they continue to plant flowers to attract pollinators and fragrant herbs to deter pests, creating a self-sufficient ecosystem within the orchard that protects and nourishes the trees while increasing the yield of other fruit and flowers from understory plants. They also design their own product labels, keeping them simple yet elegant, with witty descriptions and maximum information.

Pick up a can of Wild Arc Cider ($10) at Tipsy to get a taste of Crystal and Todd’s artistry!

Tipsy is a woman-owned wine and spirits shop in New York City. We offer more than 200 varietals for every palate and budget, as well as artisanal gifts and glassware. Want to get regular, curated wine deliveries to your door every month? Join the Tipsy’s Wine Club! Tell us what kind of wine you like and how many bottles you want each month. We pick out the bottles, personalized to your taste, and ship out the bottles either monthly or bi-monthly, whatever is best for you. Find out more about our Wine Club here.