Maker: El Gobernador Origin: Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain
Importer: Rowan Imports website: rowanimports.com
ABV: 8% Bottle: 750 ml, champagne cork
Style Notes: Asturian sparkling cider, champagne method.
Makers Fruit Notes: A blend of three hand picked PDO (Denominaciones de Origen Protegidas-protected designation of origin) certified heirloom cider apple varietals: Raxao (pictured), Regona, and Blanquina.
Tasting Notes: In The Glass: Pale straw, sparkling, dry, yeasty, winey, crisp green fruit, with “amargo”- a pleasant tart astringency.
Our Pairings – The Tasting Lab: We tried Saint Maure, a French Loire Valley goat cheese*
Cheesemonger’s Notes: Goat milk cheeses are an excellent choice. Try pairing with a tangy Boucheron, Vermont Butter and Cheese’s mixed goat and cows milk Cremont, a Catalonian Nevat, or an ash coated Mont Enebro, from Avila in Castilla y Leon. Don’t feel like goats milk cheese ? Try a young, supple, caramelly Gouda.
Overall Impressions: A sparkling cider traditionally served in Spain for holidays and celebrations. Try this instead of a cava, prosecco, or other sparkling wine. A festive drink with tapas, or mix it with blood orange juice for Spanish influenced take on a mimosa.
*This cider was part of a Murray’s Cheese tasting class, This Cider House Rules: Paring Cider and Cheese, in January of 2013. Rowan Imports was on hand to discuss this cider and Asturian cider making practices.
If you want to read a bit about apples used in Asturian cider visit this link http://www.sidradeasturias.es/variedades.php
Apple images from www.sidradeasturias.es
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