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Kimberly, a painter, and Matt, a builder, began Metal House on an urge to do good by the land, and have worked to restore abandoned ancient orchards in the Hudson Valley to their former fruit-bearing glory days. Employing bio-intensive farming techniques, which focus on the use of naturally made fertilizers and pest management techniques (akin to biodynamics), they focus their work around the idea of sano, which they state on their website, "means healthy and sound, as in the food we eat, the environment we surround ourselves in, and the ideas we support. Complete. This is the orchard from which we want to harvest apples… An orchard free from unnecessary herbicides, fungicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers allows organisms to work with the trees, improving the flavor and characteristics of the fruit. Beneficial flora have the opportunity to thrive." The “Ammir” is made with méthode Champenoise from the first harvest at the Esopus orchards that they manage, following an organic/bio-intensive/biodynamic program. It spends 11 months on the lees before release, and that really drives the racy complex profile with notes of white flowers and nectarines on a bone-dry frame. It is a fantastic bottle of bubbles to start the evening and has the versatility to pair with a variety of courses throughout the meal. If you fancy the complexity of Blanc de Blancs Champagne, do not sleep on this cider! Few cider producers in New York are working with this kind of intent, and the results show it. Organically grown, vegan.