Yesterday Zevi’s whole immediate family was together for the first time in quite a while, which was something to celebrate! We were out visiting his dad just outside Victoria where there are an abundance of farms and wineries, so we figured that we would pay a visit to a few of them. My lovely sister recommended that we check out the Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse (which I realize is neither a farm nor a winery but… bear with me), so we headed over there to see what it was all about.
We opted for two long flights and one short flight between the five of us. Zevi and I shared a long flight, which meant that we got a taste of each of the seven ciders they regularly have on offer, the seasonal cider, and a cocktail. We were told to sample them from driest to sweetest, and there were some delicious ones in the bunch. My favourite actually turned out to be the seasonal, called Ruby Rose, a “captivating semi-sweet cider infused with rhubarb”. It had a ton of flavour without being too sweet, which I found to be the perfect balance. Some of my other favourites were the Pippins, the Kings and Spies, and the Bramble Bubbly.
I’m always a sucker for a good cheese board, and Sea Cider’s completely delivered. Highlights were a semi-soft cheese that tasted like a cross between blue and feta, a spicy sausage, and a candied smoked salmon spread with berries and nuts. So unique!
I must confess to not being much of a cider fan before yesterday, but the trip to Sea Cider made me a believer! We bought a couple of bottles to bring home and I will definitely be picking some up in Calgary when I can find it. It was a great day with family, and I think that everyone walked out pretty impressed with what they had to offer. Finding more ways to enjoy alcohol is never a bad thing, right? 😉