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There’s Something About Cider (Pippins!)
Winnipeg’s Uptown wants those who are looking for something that isn’t quite wine, and isn’t quite beer, to look no further than cider. In particular, Pippins, which is noted as “…well-balanced, with brilliant juicy apple and spice notes on the crisp palate and some crisp effervescence that makes this stuff dance on your palate. It’s a really impressive cider.” Click here to read the whole article.
The Annual December “Bubbly Round-Up”: Rumrunner
The Province’s Wine Guy, James Nevison, walks us through a range of ideas for cracking open a bottle of bubbly this holiday season. Among the less traditional options (or “curveballs”), is Rumrunner:
“There are less traditional sparkling options as well. Cider makes a fantastic choice for those looking beyond wine made from grapes, not to mention we have a number of great local cideries. Vancouver Island’s Sea Cider Farm & Cider-house is one great example, and their Sea Cider Rumrunner … is one serious sparkler. Produced from estate-grown, organically farmed heritage apples, this hand-pressed cider is aged in old rum barrels to impart a dark amber colour and brown sugar aromas that go wonderfully with the rich apple flavours and fresh, off-dry finish.” Click here to read the full article.
Rumrunner Voted Best Hard Cider
The 2011 NorthWest Brewing News Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced with Best Cider awarded to Sea Cider’s Rumrunner. The NWBN Readers’ Choice Awards showcase Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. The competition runs annually, and invites its readers to vote for their favourite breweries, pubs, beer store, as well as best beers. Click here for a full listing of categories and winners from the NWBN Reader’s Choice Awards.
Sea Cider Picked As A Food Lover’s Gift
EAT Magazine: Five Courses, Five Ciders – One Perfect Night
Sea Cider and Sips Artisan Bistro team up for a fabulous fall dinner:
“I purposely held back on drink seconds when I saw the Rumrunner queued up for the main course. This award winner is aged for a year in Kentucky bourbon casks cured with rum. A crispy confit duck leg, scented with star anise and orange, was presented on Laplante’s Gramama’s sticky and sweet baked beans. I thought it was the finest pairing of the night, my justification for a Rumrunner top-up.”
See Deanna Ladret’s article here.
Writer Says Cider Right for Salad and Soup
Times Colonist food writer Eric Akis praises local cider in fall recipes:
“I was sipping a glass of alcoholic cider the other day and was amazed by its beguiling flavour. Like good wine, the blend of fruit — apples — used created a liquid that danced on my tongue and delighted my palate.
Its taste also made me certain that cider, like good wine, could bolster the flavour of a wide range of dishes. Inspired, with glass of cider in hand, I headed to the kitchen and cooked up three recipes….
In the salad recipe, I poached the pears in Sea Cider Kings and Spies. The company describes it as a blend of local heritage apples, primarily kings and northern spies, yielding a fruit-forward, sparkling cider. It infused the pears with a splendid, sweet-yet-tart taste, which married well the salad’s creamy cheese, rich walnuts and earthy spinach.”
Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/sparkle+with+cider/5716198/story.html#ixzz1dqTdTKkX
Sea Cider Earns Respect in Seattle
Sea Cider attended the NW Cider Summit in Seattle, as did Wasabi Prime:
“I personally enjoyed Sea Cider, which came all the way down from British Columbia in Canada. They had their Pippins, a more traditional dry cider, and then one unusual one, their Rumrunner, which had a darker caramel color and had notes of molasses in the flavor. It had a rich depth of flavor unusual to cider, so it definitely caught my eye, er tastebuds. While I think most ciders are perfect for a hot summer day, their Rumrunner would be good on a chilly winter night.”
For a great description of the Summit, and of cider culture, see the blog here.
Sea Cider Gets A+ from Aviawest Travel Blog
Travel writer Holly Rose enjoyed the cider and scenery during her recent visit:
“Located on a picturesque hillside in Saanichton, the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse is a thing of beauty. Not only is the view from the Ciderhouse a spectacular panoramic ocean view, but the orchard trees stretch out in front, heavy with the burden of growing apples….”.
She also offers great cider insight in the A-Life BC Travel Blog:
“I have found cider to be strangely unifying. I’ll confess, there have been dinner parties where I wanted the simplicity of serving something lovely without fussing over the beer drinkers who might be in attendance or the number of red vs white wine drinkers. Amazingly, cider has always proved to be the unifier. It’s wonderful to pair with food and even better to pair with guests….”.
Hip Hip Hooray for Sea Cider
The Hip Subscription: A Curated Guide For A Life Well Lived visits Sea Cider:
“On a sunny Sunday, we drove to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse for one of the most unexpected and spectacular lunches we have had in a long time. Sitting on the wrap around deck adjacent to the tasting room in an updated farmhouse, looking out over the rolling orchards, we were in heaven….”
See the article and photos here.
Sea Cider a Globe and Mail Pick to Visit
The Straight Goods: Rumrunner Picked as Fave BC Cider
See the Georgia Straight article “B.C. ciders worth a sip, from sweet to dry” here.
Rumrunner Takes “Best Beverage” Award at 16th Annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale
See all the details here.
Garth Eichel: “Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse Absolutely Rules”
“I have new-found sympathy for Adam and Eve: surely the pair only intended to make cider with the apple they pinched. Granted, being cast out of Eden must have left a bitter taste, but the fermented product of the forbidden fruit must have made the consequences of original sin a bit easier to swallow. And to their great credit, the folks at Sea Cider in Saanichton have a number of delightful products to comfort the rest of us sinners.”
See the rest of the article in the Times Colonist here.
Rumrunner Rewarded With Honourable Mention
Our Rumrunner cider has been recognized by the readers of EAT Magazine in its March/April 2011 issue. Voters in the 2nd Annual Exceptional Eats! Readers’ Choice Awards gave Rumrunner an Honourable Mention in the category of “Innovative Beverage”. See all the results here.
Second Saturday Club finds Sea Cider “a great way to spend an afternoon”
Local food blogger KORENA IN THE KITCHEN spends a Saturday with friends at Sea Cider:
“The cider was delicious (and even when it wasn’t to our liking, it was interesting and fun), the food was yummy (and locally sourced), and the tasting room was beautiful: vaulted ceilings, big cast iron chandeliers, long rustic trestle tables, and windows looking out over the fields and water. I will definitely put this on my list of “things to do again”!”
See full article here.
Sea Cider A Multiple Award Winner at Taste BC 2011
Our Pippins and Rumrunner ciders were awarded bronze medals at the official judging of the 17th Annual Taste BC event held at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel in January. Some the finest restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries in BC took part and Sea Cider is very proud that Pippins and Rumrunner were the only ciders recognized by the judges.
Rumrunner Is “Pirate’s Gold”
Eat Drink Be Local calls Sea Cider a “treat” and our ciders “pure liquid gold”.
Sea Cider Helps Gastown Dining Scene Heat Up
Rumrunner Picked By Imbibe Magazine As One Of The World’s Best Hard Ciders
“Hard ciders are the perfect way to toast the flavors of fall.
New to the craft cider market but already a cider-festival favorite is Canadian cidery, Sea Cider. Their Rumrunner cider is slowly fermented with Champagne yeasts, mixed with a splash of rum and then aged in bourbon barrels resulting in off-dry notes of brown sugar and spice that beg for a slice of pumpkin pie. This one might be hard to get your hands on at the moment, but the company is working on expanding distribution in the U.S., so definitely keep an eye out for it.”
See article here.
Sea Cider Brings Home Bronze Medal from National Wine Competition
Sea Cider is proud to announce that Pippins cider has been awarded a bronze medal in the “Sparkling” category at the 2010 Canadian Wine Awards.
The Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards is Canada’s leading national wine competition. The Canadian Wine Awards, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was open to all wines that are 100 percent Canadian grown, fermented and bottled. It has become the most important Canadian wine competition in Canada.
Nearly 1,000 wines from across the country in nearly 30 categories were entered into the competition. Some of Canada’s leading wine writers, journalists, sommeliers, buyers and industry professionals came together from across Canada to comprise the Wine Access CWA judging panel.
This stringent international-calibre competition provides highly respected results and Sea Cider is extremely proud of this award for our Pippins cider.
Sea Cider One of Globe & Mail’s Unexpected Delights
Superb scribbler Ian Brown of the Globe & Mail picks Sea Cider as an “unexpected delight” discovered during his epic culinary tour of Canada:
“Start with a glass of Flagship or Wild English, move on to Kings and Spies, and from there to glassfuls of Rumrunner or Pippins–oh, hell, have one of everything they make. Bracing and unforgettable, especially alongside the tasting platter at the farm itself, where you can sit outside and look at the sea.”
Enjoy the article, and Ian Brown’s incredible edible journey, here.
Sea Cider Gets High Marks At The Mark
Eat Magazine’s Treve Ring praises a “bountiful, sustainable cider and seafood pairing dinner at The Mark, in the Hotel Grand Pacific”. Ring also had kind words for our fabulous proprietor, Kristen Jordan, and for our super Ciderhouse staff:
“Luckily, people like Kristen are now starting to revitalize craft ciders and share the story of this versatile and delicious drink. If you haven’t visited Sea Cider on the Saanich Peninsula, I urge you to do so. Unpretentious and knowledgeable staff will guide you through a tasting and introduce you to a range of flavours (dry through sweet) and styles (sparkling to still).”
y.a.m. Magazine Picks Sea Cider As A Place To Escape To
In the July/August 2010 issue of y.a.m. Magazine, writer Laura Langston describes quick escapes from Victoria to places where you can lunch in style. Langston notes that the Saanich Peninsula is developing a reputation for producing quality wine and cider. On her visit to Sea Cider, she took note that the Ciderhouse “features a towering floor-to-ceiling window that frames a stunning view of Cordova Channel and James Island”. She also declares the ciders sampled “delicious” and admits that she ended her visit to Sea Cider by purchasing a bottle of “the versatile and off-dry Kings & Spies” and of “the luscious Pommeau (dessert in a glass)”. See y.a.m. Magazine here.
Sea Cider Impresses Seattle Mixologist
“I can’t believe what you guys are doing up here!” See EAT! Magazine article here.
Sea Cider Takes Silver Medals in International Wine Competition
Sea Cider is pleased to announce that it has won recognition from the judges at the 2010 Northwest Wine Summit in Hood River, Oregon. This event is the oldest, largest and most prestigious wine competition in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This year, 1,129 wines were entered from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Alberta and Alaska. Sea Cider was awarded Silver Medals for its Pippins and Pomona ciders.
Sea Cider is very pleased with this result given the stature of this wine competition, the fact that we make cider, not wine, and that we are not yet three years old.
“Living the good life in the Pacific Northwest”
Sea Cider receives kudos from Sweetlife Farm Blog article: Spring Food Foray to the Farmlands of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island.
Sea Cider A Finalist For 2010 Business Award
Sea Cider is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist for a Crystal Award for Business Excellence by the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in the category of Contribution to Community and Community Service. Sea Cider was previously recognized by the Chamber with the Crystal Award for Best New Business in 2008.
Sea Cider recognized as a Regional Food Security Champion
Sea Cider has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition for its “contribution to enhancing food security in BC’s Capital Region” by CR-FAIR (Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable). The award was announced at “Food Matters!”, CR-FAIR’s annual roundtable forum on regional food security held on March 26, 2010. Sea Cider was praised for its support of the Fruit Tree Project, an initiative of LifeCycles, a local non-profit organization promoting food security. The Fruit Tree Project provides Sea Cider with local heritage apples that are a key ingredient of Kings & Spies cider.
Sea Cider named a winner by readers of EAT Magazine
Sea Cider has been awarded the bronze medal in EAT Magazine’s 1st Annual Exceptional Eats! Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Favourite Beverage Company. As a small family owned operation not yet three years old, Sea Cider is thrilled to be rated so highly by EAT’s readers and to be in such prestigious company. See all the winners here.
Zoomer Magazine picks Sea Cider as part of a “Great Day In Victoria”
Zoomer recommends Sea Cider as the lunch stop for a day of “indulgence” in Victoria.
Kings & Spies 2009 a “Wine Pick of the Week” at Eat Magazine
“Local Kings and Northern Spies make up the bulk of the blend in this gently effervescent cider. A muted sweet pear nose leads to creamy apple, crisp pear and nutty flavours and mellow acidity. We enjoyed this with grilled pork chop and mashed yams. Bonus points for the hefty glass resealable bottles.”
Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse featured in BC Fruit Grower Magazine, Spring 2010.
Seaside Operation On Vancouver Island Is The Only One in BC To Be Certified Organic. By Susan McIver. Click here for the complete article.
The Cider House Rules–Again!!
Sea Cider ranked as most memorable “winery” visit of 2009, according to wine columnist and educator Rob Dobson of Savour Life magazine.
Sea Cider takes a Silver at TASTE BC 2010!
Liberty Merchant Company’s 16th Annual Taste BC 2010 drew hundreds of Vancouverites to the Hyatt Regency Hotel on January 19th to indulge in tastings from some of the finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and cheese purveyors in BC.
The annual celebration of local flavours and the people who create them brought together the elite in British Columbia’s food and beverage industry, while raising proceeds for the BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic.
2009 is Sea Cider’s third consecutive year of participation in Taste BC, as well as the third consecutive year to place in the judging–this year Silver for Pippins 2008. Raise a glass!!
Fig Studio Interior Design Gives A Fig About Sea Cider
A Fall visit draws praise:
“A beacon at the end of our long journey, the farm sits perched atop a hill overlooking the sea. A young orchard lined the road leading up to the tasting room and amazing outdoor deck…”. See Fig Studio here.
Slate Magazine praises artisanal cider:
“Most Americans now consider cider—if they consider it at all—to be in the same category as wine coolers or those enigmatic clear malt beverages: chemically suspect, effeminate alternatives to beer. And who can blame them? America’s mass-market ciders are comically weak and inexplicably fizzy. Many are made not from cider apples but from the concentrated juice of eating apples, which is a bit like making wine from seedless table grapes.
This is a sad state of affairs, given that hard cider was the favored beverage of America’s founding generation. Beer makers may adorn their bottles with ale-swilling patriots, and aristocrats like Thomas Jefferson may have enjoyed imported wine. But cider was the drink of the people, from farmers to fighting men, and deservedly so. Good cider is light but not boring, complex but not dominating, satisfying but not sating. Let’s get back to our roots.”
See the rest of “Get ready for the rebirth of cider in America” here.
Sea Cider Featured in Sunset Magazine
Sunset Magazine, the premier resource for achieving the ultimate Western lifestyle, visits Sea Cider in its October 2009 issue:
“What better way to celebrate fall than by sipping hard cider and popping artisanal cheese, surrounded by ocean views and 1,000 young apple trees?”
Southern Exposure for Sea Cider in The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times’ travel writer Carol Pucci describes her journey on our gourmet trail in her article “Feast on Vancouver Island’s Saanich Peninsula in autumn”:
“…drop by Sea Cider Farm for a glass of sparkling apple cider as delicate as French Champagne”.
Sea Cider Reviewed on yelp.com
Thank you Jason S., whoever you are, come back any time.
Reviewer Writes About “Wonderful experience close to home”.
Sea Cider visited by Vancouver bloggers:
Sea Cider on Vancouver Island at Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca Bollwitt
‘New Victoria’ Weekend by Duane Storey
Sea Cider recommended as a lunch stop as part of the “Vin-couver Island Roadtrip” described by the online version of Westworld, BCAA’s travel and leisure magazine:
Read the two-day trip itinerary here.
The Nation‘s Capital Learns About Sea Cider
Travel and food writer Margo Pfeiff wrote about her recent visit to the Saanich Peninsula in the June 13, 2009 edition of the Ottawa Citizen. Under the headline “Provence on the Pacific” Sea Cider features prominently in the writer’s account of the riches to be found in Victoria’s backyard. The article begins:
“And this is our Rumrunner cider,” Kristen Jordan says, setting a frosty glass before me, “aged in Newfoundland Screech barrels.”
One sip and luscious apple flavours surge around my mouth carrying — sure enough — hints of rummy toffee and brown sugar. As Kristen recites the pedigree of each local British Columbia charcuterie and artisanal cheese on my tasting plate, my eyes keep slipping back to the view from the Sea Cider ciderhouse, a stunning landscape of apple orchards sloping toward the ocean with the distant, snowy, volcanic pyramid of Mount Baker on the horizon.
How come I’ve never been in this part of the world before?”
Read more about the riches to be discovered in Victoria’s backyard here.
The Vancouver Sun jumps on board here.
Sea Cider Letter Published in Liquor Canada Magazine
The following letter from Sea Cider was published in the March/April 2009 issue of LIQUOR CANADA under the heading “Raise a glass to cider”:
Greetings from Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse in Victoria.
We read with delight the launch issue of Liquor Canada. As a new producer of handcrafted organic cider, we found your magazine’s bar and restaurant industry point of view very interesting and informative. As cidermakers, we were also pleased to see the prominent two page ad for cider appearing in the first few pages of Liquor Canada. Happily, you further reported the fact that there is a positive cider trend in the Canadian marketplace and that national cider volume is growing at 12.4 percent year over year.
You and your readers may not be aware that cider was the favourite beverage in North America prior to the Prohibition era. We believe that a resurgence of the popularity of cider is underway due in part, as you indicated, to a desire for a more natural product. However, the rise of cider is also due to the fact that cider quality, long neglected by mass producers, has been elevated by the artistry of small local cideries right here in Canada. We invite you and your readers to seek out such artisans and to raise a glass of cider.
We hope that Liquor Canada will enjoy rising success that parallels that of cider. To assist you in this regard we offer one small suggestion – change the tag line on your cover to “Wine. Cider. Beer. Spirits. Food.”.
With best wishes,
Bruce and Kristen Jordan
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
Sea Cider’s Rumrunner Cider Featured on CBC
CBC Radio One host Jo-Ann Roberts features a weekly “Time For Wine” segment on her All Points West show with guest reviewer Troy Townsin. Discussion on the March 30, 2009 show focued on praiseworthy champagne-style wines from BC. Rumrunner was singled out as a cider with “fantastic” champagne qualities. Listen to their discussion here.
Sea Cider named as one of “10 to Watch” by Douglas Magazine
The March/April 2009 issue of Douglas – Victoria’s Business Magazine – features Sea Cider as an “up-and-coming success story” and a new local business “you should definitely be watching”.
Douglas assembled an independent panel of judges to select Greater Victoria’s most notable new businesses. In selecting Sea Cider, the panel noted:
“Kristen and Bruce Jordan make traditional styles of artisan cider with certified organic apples and are setting the bar much higher in terms of the culinary tasting experience in the wine/cidery industry….
Sociability, sustainability, and community involvement are the three pillars of Sea Cider’s business philosophy. The tasting and dining room is a work of art with long wooden tables and a wooden roof all milled from the trees they cleared for the orchard.”