Meet Ciders Best Friend, Cheese. Hello, Cheese!

Hello Cheese !

Cider and Cheese are a perfect pair. And now our Cheesemonger’s Notes and all cheese related content will be curated by United States of Cider’s co-founder, Consider The Rind.

The Petite Reine will be waxing cheesey here, and you can follow Consider the Rind – Adventures in Cheese at considertherind.com and on twitter @ConsiderTheRind.

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Cider52: Breezy Hill, Farnum Hill, Foggy Ridge, West County, and Duche de Longueville Muscadet de Dieppe Cidre Bouche

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Cider52: A Cider A Week. The plan: 52 weeks, 52 cider tastings, pairings and postings.

For a current list of ciders reviewed so far, and links to reviews see: List of Cider Reviews 2013: Cider 52

February 2013 ciders to be reviewed:

Breezy Hill Orchard’s Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider

Farnum Hill Kingston Black Cider Reserve

Foggy Ridge Cider Serious Cider

Foggy Ridge Cider First Fruit

West County Cider Reine De Pomme

Duché de Longueville, Cidre Bouche de Cru, Muscadet de Dieppe, Normandie

Tasting notes and pairings to follow.

Cider52: Slyboro Cider House, Castañón Sidra Natural, Harvest Moon Cidery, and EM Emilio Martinez Signature Cider

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Cider52: A Cider A Week. The plan: 52 weeks, 52 cider tastings, pairings and postings.

More January 2013 ciders:

Slyboro Cider House Hidden Star Cider

Slyboro Cider House Old Sin Cider

EM Emilio Martinez Signature Cider 2011

Castañón Sidra Natural 2011

Harvest Moon Cidery Four Screw Cider with Maple Syrup

Tasting notes and pairings to follow.

Cider CSA – Community Supported Cider

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

  • CSA allows members direct access to high quality agricultural products grown and crafted locally.
  • CSA members buy a “share” of regional producers goods.
  • Members get regular share allotments, usually via pick up or at drop-off location near by.
  • CSA members generally pay for the seasons produce upfront. This advance payment helps your local producer plan and prepare for the season, and as a member you directly support your local producer.
Read more about the concept and practice at Just Food.

Some US cider makers are adopting the CSA model, creating a new Community Supported Cider, an apt turn of phrase coined by Whitewood Cider, (though they opted to go with the more recognizable term – CSA).

A few Cider CSAs:

In the Northwest, Whitewood Cider of Olympia, Washington has a 2012-2013 Whitewood CSA Subscription. Check their site to see if shares are still available and to see what ciders are on offer.

Charlton Orchards Farm & Winery in Charlton, Massachusetts, offers several CSA options, including a Farm Winery CSA which includes ciders.

Redbyrd Orchard Cider in Burdett, New York is offering a Spring Cider Share for 2013. Check their site to see if shares are still available. Options include bottle shares and keg shares.

Check with your local cider maker to see if they are offering a Cider CSA option this year. Support Community Cider.

If you know of other Cider CSAs please leave a comment.

Cider52: Shinn Estate Vinyards, Españar Sidra de Asturias, Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché, Angry Orchard, Valverán 20 Manzanas

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Cider52: A Cider A Week. The plan: 52 weeks, 52 cider tastings, pairings and postings.

More January 2013 ciders:

Shinn Estate Vineyards Wickham’s Pear Cider 2011

Españar Sidra De Asturias

Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie 2011

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, draft in a growler

Valverán 20 Manzanas Frost Cider

Tasting notes and pairings to follow.

Seared Halibut, Mussels, Slow Cooked Onions & Normandy Cider

Matt Wright of Wrightfood creates a Northwest version of the classic Normandy cider and fish stew using halibut.

Watch the video for a prep to plating view of creating the dish, meet Matt’s dear friend, Normandy Cider, and then visit the Wrightfood blog for recipe details. Enjoy the lovely photos (courtesy of Matt himself), and explore the site for other recipes that would pair extremely well with cider, the seafood and home cured charcuterie sections are good places to start.