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Free Cider & Cheese Sampling: Vine Street Imports

  • Bottle Bar East 1308 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States (map)

Come by Bottle Bar East on Thursday evening to taste through the cider offerings in the portfolio of Vine Street Imports. Sales Representative Lili Shariati will be on hand to talk about their brands, Jaanihanso from Kaelese Village, Estonia, Scar of the Sea from Aptos, California, and Sundström Cider from the Hudson Valley, New York.

Apple wine, as it is called here, has been a natural part of Estonian culture for as long as anybody remembers. Every garden in Estonia has an apple tree, granny’s and grandpa’s garden has tens. Every second year there’s a natural disaster with gardens drowning in apples. Regardless of the regime in power, home engineered mills and presses have always been at work, shared with neighbors and passed on to the next generation. Large parts of Estonia lay on a layer of limestone and the soil is generally rocky with limestone outcrops, just like in some of the best cider producing regions of South-West England and Normandy. Estonian summer is usually short but autumns can be long, producing perfect less watery fruits full of flavors.

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With so much emphasis in today’s wine culture on singular elements of winemaking such as alcohol, whole cluster fermentation, or oak regiment; Scar of the Sea strives to shift the pendulum to focus on what is in the glass. The most important part of our wines and cider is where they are grown. Location, climate, and soils matter.  These wines and ciders are crafted with minimal manipulation.  Balance is achieved through working directly with growers at carefully selected vineyard sites, and the wines ultimately show where they are grown. All the vineyards and orchards are influenced by the sea, with maritime soils, and climates, producing wines and ciders that are unique to the Central Coast of California.

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SUNDSTRÖM CIDER is a small cider producer based in NY’s Hudson Valley, dedicated to the pursuit of vinous, age-worthy ciders reflective of varietal typicity and individual terroirs. 

We focus on heirloom varieties, many native to the Northeastern United States, as well as wild harvested apples, various species of crabapples, and traditional cider varieties. 

Traditional methods are employed in the cellar, with minimal intervention, in an effort to express the maximum potential and detail of each apple’s contribution to the ciders.

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Earlier Event: October 25
Cheese & Cider on the Main Line