AUTUMNAL TREATS: WHITE, RED, AND CIDER!
Aaron Burr Cidery Homestead Cider Central Sullivan
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: N/A / Varietal(s): N/A --- Aaron Burr Cidery has become the sought-after icon of local traditional cider making, read this article from Edible Manhattan. This small homestead farm dates back to the early 1800s and is located in Wurtsboro, NY, in neighboring Sullivan County. Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian are dedicated to authentically recreating "true cider", once the most popular drink in America. This dry, unfiltered, carbonated cider is made from unsprayed, uncultivated apples foraged from the wooded roadsides of the Central Sullivan plateau–from Liberty to Bethel, Hurleyville and Loch Sheldrake. Hazy yellow in color, clean apple aromas give way to gently building acidity, with hints of candied flowers surrounding a core of pure apple flavor. Moderate tannins on the finish complete a truly outstanding cider–one of Aaron Burr's finest! Perfect with fall fare such as bacon grilled cheese sandwiches, or a plate of cured meats and hard, nutty cheeses.
Firriato Etna Bianco DOC "Le Sabbie dell'Etna" 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: ITALY / Region: SICILY / Appellation: ETNA BIANCO DOC / Varietal(s): CARRICANTE+CATARRATTO --- Firriato's philosophy is focused on producing wines with strong territorial identity, and this Sicilian white is a vivid taste of the black volcanic soil and grapes that thrive in it on the slopes of Mt. Etna. A captivating blend of native carricante and catarratto grapes, this displays the distinctive varietal aromas of ripe white peaches, pear and yellow mimosa blossom. Full-flavored, its rich texture on the palate is expertly balanced by tangy acidity and a persistent fresh finish of seaside flowers and herbs. Delightful to drink with linguine with spinach and grilled prawns.
Ferrer Ribière Carignan "Empreinte du Temps" VdP des Côtes Catalanes 2013 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: FRANCE / Region: ROUSSILLON / Appellation: VIN DE PAYS DES CÔTES CATALANES / Varietal(s): CARIGNAN --- In 1993, Denis (an experienced fruit grower) and Bruno (a wine loving civil servant) joined forces to establish Domaine Ferrer Ribière. The son of a vintner, Denis took over his family's vineyards intent on farming them more organically, and now Domaine Ferrer Ribière is one of two wineries in the Roussillon to be certified biodynamic. Although the domaine has existed for seven centuries, it was farmed conventionally until Denis and Bruno, dissatisfied with the quality of the wines, began working organically, eventually transitioning to biodynamic production. Set on 30 hectares west of Perpignan, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, this domaine is further distinguished by the age of its vines. This carignan comes from 130 year old vines! This cuvée is titled'Empreinte du Temps', which translated means 'fingerprint of time'. 100% carignan wines in the Roussillon are unusual, making this an even more unique gem! Of intense depth in color, it has an excellent rich nose of dark fruit, herbs and wild berries. Lots of plum, blueberry, and black currants on the palate are lent a rustic edge. Balanced acidity and chalky, not aggressive tannins keep this wine fresh and incredibly drinkable, just fabulous with rustic fare like grilled or braised meats, charcuterie, or cheeses.