Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of attending Taste BC, a veritable smorgasbord of local BC food and drink. We confess – we sipped, swirled, nibbled and noshed our way through a delightful array of BC bevies and chow. Over the coming weeks we will share some of our favourties with you.
First up is Sea Cider Farm. What a treat it was to discover this Vancouver Island artisan ciderhouse. Sea Cider is reviving time-honoured cider making methods, by pressing their organic heritage apples using a rack and cloth method. Juices are extracted from the fruit and then fermented slowly with champagne yeasts and then aged to perfection. The result is pure liquid gold. Flavours range from robust to delicate, still to sparkling and the accolades are piling in. Their Pippins won a bronze medal in the “Sparkling” category at the 2010 Canadian Wine Awards. And at the 2010 Northwest Wine Summit in Hood River, Oregon Sea Cider was awarded Silver Medals for its Pippins and Pomona ciders.
Back at the office, we uncorked a bottle of Rumrunners ’08. With a decidedly robust flavour not to mention quite a bang for your buck (the alcohol content is 12%), let’s just say after our tasting was completed, work was done for the day! Recently selected by Imbibe Magazine as “One Of The World’s Best Hard Ciders”, Rumrunners is slowly fermented with the aforementioned champagne yeasts and mixed with a splash of rum and then aged in bourbon barrels. You can see why this cider packs a serious punch. Pair it with a slice of pumpkin pie, some rich dark chocolate or just pour a glass to warm you on a cold, wet January day.
Shiver me timbers, the good news is you don’t need a treasure map to find it. Sea Cider Farm Ciders are available in restaurants and liquor stores throughout BC. Cheers matey.