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February 25th 2012 - NWCA's 2nd Annual Cidermaker's Dinner, Seattle WA

NWCA's 2nd Annual Cidermaker's Dinner, Seattle WAFebruary 25th 2012
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Yacht Club on Lake Union
3220 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle

$80 for members of the NWCA
$85 for non-members
Price includes all pairings, tax and gratuity.

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The Northwest Cider Association's 2nd annual Cider Maker’s Dinner offers a remarkable opportunity to taste many of our beverages, while learning about the cider process from orchard to glass. The first hour of the event will feature a casual open bar with appetizers, offering tastes from member cideries, and with the cider makers on hand to answer your questions. Want to learn the technical differences between methode champenoise and force carbination? Curious about the types of apples used to create such a variety of flavors? Want to hear about the latest products these cideries are working on? This is your chance to ask the experts while enjoying the fruits of their labor.



Pig & Cider Dinner with Virtue Cider in Chicago, IL

March 4th, 2012
6:00PM to 9:00PM

A special dinner with Virtue Cider, Sunday Dinner, and the Butcher & Larder. The evening will comprise of a hog breakdown, 5 course dinner, and cider. This event has limited space. Tickets go on sale soon.


Price TBD
More details to come.


March 4th 2012 - 2nd Annual Cider Tasting Dinner, Ontario Canada 

March 4th 2012
5:00 p.m. Meet Greet Taste
6:00 p.m. Six Course Dinner

Spencer's at the Waterfront
1340 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario L7S 1B1

$95 (includes tax and gratuities)

Call or email for reservations

Ontario’s Hard Cider Makers’ & Spencer’s at the Waterfront present 2nd Annual Cider Tasting Dinner.

Sunday 4th March 2012, Chef Chris Haworth will be hosting a dinner at Spencer’s Burlington on the same lines as a ‘winemakers dinner’ but using Ontario’s finest Hard ciders. Last year we had 4 cideries participate and this year we have an astonishing 10! Coffin ridge, Bains road, Spirit tree, Beaver valley cider co, Carrick wines and cider, Applewood farm, Pommies dry, Twin Pines, County cider co, Sunnybrook farm. This just reflects how fast this sector has gathered pace in the last 12 months alone.  Last year’s dinner saw Ontario cider makers come together for the first time and as a direct result of this the Ontario cider makers association was born.


March 30 & 31, 2012 - The 7th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition

March 30 & 31, 2012

The 7th Annual Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition
THE Pro-Am Event for Apple and Pear Fermentations.

The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, a not for profit organization formed to showcase and promote the art of apple and pear fermentation beverages and provide related educational opportunities, is pleased to announce its annual “Call for Entries” for the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. The competition will be held on March 30 & 31, 2012.

This unique competition includes categories for both commercial producers (holding liquor licenses) and non-commercial producers (home hobbyists and non-liquor licensed commercial establishments like cider mills). Fermented products of all kinds are welcome: ciders, perrys, meads, beers, and commercial distillates, provided that they are made with apples and/or pears.


Happy New Years Part 2 - Uncle John's Baldwin Cider

Uncle John's Fruithouse Winery's Baldwin Single Varietal Cider is one of my all time favorites. Outside Michigan it can be a little hard to find however if you live in Michigan or if you ever find yourself there try and pick up a bottle or two of Uncle John's Cider, they are all great.

Color: Straw to Light Gold
Clarity: Clear to Brilliant
Carbonation: Petilant
Brightness: Bright+ (Above Average)

Moderately subtle soft aromas of tart cherry, mandarin, with a slightly floral finish.

This Baldwin cider is hard to get a read on for sweetness. While it is overall fairly dry it is sweet enough to bring out some flavors and balance the show out. We got flavors of lemon, tangerine, honey-suckle, and a spicy finish.

Body & Finish
Very clean, astringent, acidic, crisp finish. Honey-like body with a moderate length finish.

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