Why not cider for Thanksgiving?

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The Bottleneck Drive is home to a burgeoning harvest every autumn: the apple harvest! And we are home to some of BC’s best craft cideries producing as variety of cider styles … so why not pair your turkey dinner with a cider this weekend? We have a few suggestions from our four cideries, and suggest checking them out for something a little different to quaff.

Nomad Cider suggests its Saskatoon Berry, which is aged three weeks on BC-grown Saskatoon berries — a mild nuttiness leads into earthy tannins balanced by sweet berries, perfect to pair with a nutty stuffing. Or try their Pinot Noir Barrel; it’s fermented in neutral French oak barrels previously filled with Pinot Noir from Blue Mountain Winery. Dry and tannic with hints of vanilla, toffee, cherry and cassis, it should pair nicely with cranberry sauce. Learn more.

Millionaire’s Row is closed for the season, but it’s a good time to get on their mailing list and plan to order online. They suggest the High N Dry, a cider made from a blend of  both cider and dessert apples, and is part of their story beginning of Millionaires’ Row. Higher elevation lands of Prairie Valley sat mostly undeveloped until Lord Thomas Shaughnessy established the Summerland Development Company. As wealthy, influential investors bought in, these dry lands became bountiful fruit orchards. Your future apple crumble dessert cider? Learn more.

Dominion Cider has bottles of Castles in the Sky, a rosé-hued perry made with Burre D’Anju pears and Pinot Noir grapes, fermented on the skins for some nice body, or Nom de Plumes. English bittersweet cider apples are naturally fermented with wild yeasts on crushed Italian plums; the plums give it a deep rose colour and ripe plum  aromas on the nose with notes of blackcurrant and pepper. Full-bodied, moderate astringency, balanced acidity, it should be tasty with turkey or ham. Learn more.

Summerland Heritage CiderPorter’s Dry is its boldest cider, made from a blend of 100 percent heritage cider apples, dominated by one variety called Porter’s Perfection. With a golden colour and an earthy, rich flavour, this dry cider was produced with the West Country area of England in mind; a great cider for traditionalists, and good with rich Thanksgiving dishes. Tuesday’s Original, their flagship cider, is made from cider specific apples, and has a more robust, off-dry character, and is considered to be off dry. Well-balanced traditional type cider – just the right amount of sweetness and complexity for dinner. Learn more.

Visit the websites of these cideries for tasting hours and availability. Give cider a try with your Thanksgiving dinner, or your favourite autumn dishes this season.

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