Virginia Cider Tasting featuring Foggy Ridge Cider

November 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virginia Cider Tasting featuring Foggy Ridge Cider

Virginia Cider Week showcases locally fermented ciders from across the Commonwealth and here at the Crystal City Wine Shop, we are proud to showcase three from the awesome portfolio of Foggy Ridge Cider! Foggy Ridge Cider began in 1997 with a cider apple orchard in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. Founder Diane Flynt “grows ingredients”—bitter acidic apples like Hewe’s Crab, Harrison, Tremlett’s Bitter, Ashmead’s Kernel and Dabinett, all full of complex flavor. The Foggy Ridge crew crafts traditional cider apples into fine cider using all the skill and expertise of modern fermentation. Today, we have three of their fine ciders on the tasting bar:

  • First Fruit: An early season blend of American heirloom apples to create a rich fruity cider with lively acidity to drink, like Thomas Jefferson would have drunk, on its own or with a meal. Cidermaker Notes: “Tart apple aroma with tropical fruit notes and lemon curd notes, This fruit forward cider dominates the palate with crisp apple and pear flavors, lingering strawberry notes and a clean apple finish.”
  • Handmade: Bottled in baby champagne bottles and full of complex apple flavors, this crisp cider is made from mostly Newtown Pippin apples with a hint of Gold Rush, and has beautiful soft tannins with light pear notes. Cidermaker Notes: “This cider is characterized by apple and soft tropical fruit aromas. The entry is soft and supple with a full round mouthfeel underpinned by apple, peach and pineapple flavors. The finish is smooth yet crisp.”
  • Pippin Gold: 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. Cidermaker Notes: “Lifted aromas of honey, apple, clove and sweet spirits. The palate is supple and warm with mouth filling sweet apple layered with spice. The Newton Pippin essence is captured here with a rich almost tropical fruit and lingering spice notes on the finish.”

Don’t forget that we still have most of the ciders in stock from last week’s cider tasting, which also featured local ciders!

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