The following workshops are ticketed events that require pre-registration. They are also all highly recommended prep-courses for the Certified Pommelier exam.
Elements of Cider
Charles and Ambrosia will present back to back sessions of their acclaimed cider sensory workshops: ‘The Elements of Cider’ and ‘Cider: Sweet, Tart, and Tannic.’
‘The Elements of Cider’ is a presentation of the basic taste and aroma molecules found in cider. It follows a reductionist approach, presenting samples on common base, spiked with one molecule at a time in 12 flights of two-three samples and a common reference. There’s no confusing one Element for another in our seminar. With moderated discussion of perceptions and associations and origins.
‘Cider: Sweet, Tart, and Tannic’ is an exercise where we attempt to teach you about the influence and mutual interaction of these basic cider taste Elements - and at the same time we collect data by polling you during the flights in order to start quantifying those interactions. Not a perfect scientific study, since we want to you learn from it, too; and have some fun. We will also share the results of the data collected during the prior session.
Speakers: Charles McGonegal, AEppel Treow Artisan Ciders and Ambrosia Borowski, The Northman
East Bay Cider & Food Pairing Tour
Learn how to pair food and cider while tasting your way around the bay. Each stop will offer a flight of three ciders paired with bites accompanied by expert explanations on how to craft your own pairings. You'll also have the opportunity to visit tasting rooms, a bottle shop, and chat with cider makers about their ciders. The tour will visit Crooked City Cider (Oakland), Tag & Jug Cider (Treasure Island), Farwest Cider (Richmond), and Redfield Cider Bar & Bottleshop (Oakland).
Guide: Jennie Dorsey, Schilling Cider House
- Panelist: Ambrosia Borowski
The Impact of Primary Food Flavor Components on Pairing with Cider
Friday 10:15am Junior Ballroom 1-2
Food pairing is an important aspect of marketing cider. This session will give you the tools to create and/or recommend particular pairings. We will examine the impact of key food elements – salt, sugar, acid, fat, chile, and umami – on the flavor of a variety of ciders, directly experiencing how they enhance or detract from a ciders' flavor.
Speaker: Darlene Hayes, Author & Cider Expert