A Very Special Cider Tasting – 11.14.2014

Foggy Ridge, Serious Cider

Foggy Ridge Cider was started by cider maker and apple lover Diane Flynt. The aim was to revive the cidermaking tradition, while improving it with modern cidermaking tools. They harvest ripe cider apples (all chosen for their balance of tannin, acid and complex flavors) from three orchards and craft small batches of carefully selected cider blends. Serious Cider, as the name suggests, is their most austere offering. This one I would describe as a table cider or a European Cider. This one is a blend of European and American varieties. On the nose you pick up aromas of apple, and apricot. The palate is lively and zippy with creamy layers as well. This would work well with sweeter Asian cuisine.

We will be pairing this with a new Triple Cream Goat Brie we just got in from Woolwich out of Ontario, Canada.

 Old Hill, Yesteryear 

Old Hill Cider was founded by husband and wife Shannon and Sarah Showalter after they purchased their orchards from Shannon’s father in 2002. For three years now Old Hill has been producing some of the very best ciders in on the market, and right here in the Shenandoah Valley. Yesteryear is Old Hill’s take on a drier style cider. This food friendly, every day cider shows characteristic apple flavors. It has a nice body with a more round finish than the Serious cider. Pair with stir-fry, white meats and seafood.

We will be pairing with the Drunken Goat from Queso de Murcia al Vino. Jumble, Spain


Old Hill, Betwixt

Betwixt is an off-dry offering from Old Hill. This one is quite unique showing interesting aromas of apple and strawberry hard candy. This one has a lovely creamy finish as well. Try with very spicy dishes, vinegar based Barbecues, cobblers or on its own.

This will be paired with another new cheese to our shop- Carr Valley’s Aged Gouda (cow’s milk). Wisconsin, USA.


Foggy Ridge, Pippin Gold

Pippin Gold is a unique blend of 100% Newtown Pippin hard cider and apple brandy from Laird and Company, the country’s oldest distiller. Pippin Gold is delicious as a dessert cider or sweet aperitif. Some have swooned over peaches soaked in Pippin Gold served with homemade pound cake. Also great with blue cheese and dried fruits.

Finally we will be pairing this with a smoked Blue Cheese called Moody Blue from Emmi Roth out of Monroe, Wisconsin.