Pollen Cider, wine-like, natural, and delicious

I was really impressed by this. It’s a new cider made by Ben Slater, who comes from a wine background (he works for The Sampler). He’s made a pretty natural cider that would really appeal to wine folk, with its almost vinous quality.

‘The vision for this was really to make a quality, balanced cider that [...]

Some interesting wines at cricket

On Friday I spent the afternoon playing cricket. Yes, more play. Less work. Still striving after the elusive balance. It was for the Wine Trade XI, against a touring Aussie team, Canterbury Cricket Club from Melbourne, at Hampton Wick. In a 40 over game, a relatively strong Wine Trade bowling attack kept them to 157-9, [...]

Two nice ciders, and comments on the cider market

Enjoying these two ciders tonight, both from Herefordshire producer Westons. They’re quite widely available.

Westons Old Rosie Cloudy Scrumpy
7.3% alcohol. Cloudy pale yellow in colour, this is dry but has some fruit sweetness. Nice tangy, textured appley fruit with a hint of cheesy savouriness. Very tasty. 8/10

Westons Wyld Wood Organic Classic Cider
6.5% alcohol. Aged in wooden [...]