David and son Robert have spearheaded an organically certified cidery right in the heart of the wine country in California.
Sonoma Cider is located in Healdsburg California, a bit east and north of San Francisco in the a region well known to wine connoisseurs.
David was a commercial winemaker for 20 years and the first commercial cidermaker in California back in 1992. He and Robert opened Sonoma Cider in 2013.
Says David, “We are making cider for the Millennials.” But don’t read to deeply into that statement because Sonoma Cider is a delicious cider for all generations and new cider drinkers will be impressed by their range of offerings.
In this chat David discusses:
- Cider nomenclature and how it impacts consumer education
- US Cider Makers Association
- Cider Con
- Cider Act
- Cidermaker or Cidermaster
- The Cider Certification Program
- Sonoma Cider’s Cider Club
And Sonoma Cider’s love of good comedy…I asked David for a good cider joke and am still waiting….If you have one, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
What are Sonoma Cider’s flagship cider’s?
- The Hatchet – crisp and tart
- The Pitchfork – perry
- The Anvil – Bourbon profile
David describes Sonoma’s Anvil Cider (which I brought to the Netherlands to share back in Episode 002 ) and how they got the flavor of bourbon without adding bourbon directly.
Click on the link above to find out about their Reserve and Limited run ciders.
@SonomaCider on Twitter
Les Vergers de La Colline, Quebec.
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Here are just a few of the fun cider folks I follow on Twitter.
@RebelSeedCider cidery in Delaware
This little ditty below is from Hugh @RealCiderReview based in Australia.. When I tweeted to him what is the story behind the “squealer” or what you might know as a growler in the US. He tweeted”
“A big boar hog growls, a piglet squeals. Some who gets drunk easily is also known as a squealer.”
@DrinkingCider – great resource on craft libations
@newscotlandcidr Nova Scotia cidery
Now – Grab a glass and Join the chat and Listen to David’s chat on (Episode 007) and think sunny California and crisp cider.