TXOTX! Saturday, June 24, 2 to 5 p.m.
Celebrate TXOTX at the cidery, 7761 Bell Road, Windsor, on Saturday, June 24, 2 to 5 p.m.
TICKETS: SOLD OUT! $15 per person,. Limit to 50 guests. Age 21+ please.
“Basque” in the bounty of Sonoma County with the release of our 2016 Inclinado Sidra Natural at our Spanish-inspired txotx cider party!
- “Catch” tastes of our 2016 Inclinado—straight from the barrel!
- Taste traditional sidras.
- Learn about Spanish cider culture from our special guests: world cider expert Darlene Hayes (who will have just returned with our cidermaker Scott from a Spanish sidra tour!), and Ciders of Spain’s James Asbel.
- Practice “throwing” sidra with the traditional Asturian and Basque long pours (escanciar).
- Pair sidra with cheese.
- Play the traditional Basque percussion instrument txalaparta.
- And be the first to the buy bottles of our very limited release of the 2016 Inclinado Sidra Natural.
About the 2016 Inclinado Sidra Natural: Inclinado means “tilted” in Spanish, and this is our interpretation of a Spanish sidra. 100% fresh-pressed organic Sonoma County Gravensteins fermented with natural yeasts in neutral French oak barrels. No added sulfites, unfined, unfiltered, unpasteurized. Bottled natural (still/uncarbonated); only 1 barrel and 10 cases will be released as part of txotx.
About Txotx and Sidra: Spain’s Basque Country and Asturias are among the world’s oldest and richest cider cultures. Each year, from late January to April, Basque ciderhouses open their doors to the public for txotx (pronounced “choach”). Enormous chestnut-wood casks of the previous harvest’s wild-fermented sidra (cider) are tapped, and at the call of “Txotx,” drinkers line up to catch in their glass tumblers a splash of the sidra, which streams straight out of the casks in a graceful arc. This “breaking” of the sidra gives it a fleeting effervescence, heightening the acidity and brightness. In nearby Asturias, cidermakers celebrate their sidras with a txotx-like pour called the espicha, as well as festivals and competitions showcasing the escanciar—the traditional long pour.
Origin Stories and New Horizons: Apple Farmers & Cidermakers Dinner
Monday, June 19, 2017, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Union Hotel, Occidental, CA
Tickets: $30 general, $20 farmers. Click here to purchase online.
Slow Food Russian River invites you to a delicious dinner and panel discussion at the Union Hotel in Occidental. Our own Gaye Le Baron, famed county historian, writer and teacher will lead a panel of local farmers and cider makers in discussion about the history and future of the Sonoma County apple industry. On the panel:Ted Richardson, apple farmer at organic Bella Ridge Farm, Stan DeVoto, apple farmer at organic Devoto Gardens & Orchards, Ryan Johnston, cider maker at Ethic Ciders; and Ellen Cavalli and Scott Heath, owners and cider makers at Tilted Shed Ciderworks.
5:30pm appetizers and drinks
Gravenstein Apple Fair
“The Sweetest Little Fair in Sonoma County”
There’s something for everyone: live music on 2 stages, arts & crafts vendors, excellent local food, cider, microbrews & wine, contests & activities, children’s corner, chef’s tent, artisan tasting lounge, do-it-yourself arena, life on the farm arena and of course our famous heirloom Gravenstein apples.