In Woodinville, in the same room as the canned wine, there are also hard ciders. Goose Ridge Winery is very much expanding! These are their Goose Ridge Orchards. And, since I love hard cider, when I have the opportunity to try a new cidery’s ‘apple juice’ I can’t turn it down.
The background of this cidery —
“The Monson family has been growing apples in the Yakima Valley since the 1950s. They are well-regarded for their modern growing techniques and high quality fruit. Careful attention to natural resources and the seasonal growing conditions (much in the same way grapes are treated) allows for maximum production of exceptional fruit every year.”
Their ciders are bottled in champagne bottles with the same great corks. This is done because of the champagne yeast they use in production. Not something I’ve seen before, so interesting to see something different, and find out why it’s done.
The tasting was $8 and included the four ciders they produce:
Perry Pear – 6% ABV, $12/bottle
Our Perry Pear cider, light in color with subtle flavors of fresh cut pears and hints of citrus. Whispers of tannins are followed by a slight sweetness for a cider that is artfully balanced.
-Dry. Not much taste, but very refreshing.
Dry Apple – 6% ABV, not available in bottles, only Growler fills ($18)
Made in a refreshing, balance style this versatile cider is bubble and effervescent with flavors of fresh pineapple and citrus notes with a crisp finish.
-Not as dry as expected, and had some sweetness
Passionfruit – 6% ABV, $12/bottle
Absolutely explodes out of the glass with aromas of bright tangerines and passionfruit, followed by tropical fruit flavors and a dry snappy finish. The perfect welcome to spring!
-Sweet, but not too syrupy. Had a good fruit taste.
Berry – 6% ABV, $12/bottle
Tart and juicy aromas of blueberry, raspberry and blackberry, finishing with the slightest hint of sweetness. An incredible compliment to grilled pork chops with a cherry demi-glace.
-Yea, berries were totally there. Didn’t taste like cider at all. Pretty dry, too.
Rankings-wise for my preference I would go:
- Perry Pear
- Dry Apple
Love seeing that more and more cideries are coming about. Will be interesting to see what their seasonal ones are and/or what others they produce for their regular menu.