viernes, abril 07, 2006

La Sidra de Asturias

[A bubbling alternative at parties]

How could sparkling cider replace sparkling wine in ushering the new year? Well, that was precisely what happened in Madrid on 31 December 2004. In an act of defiance due to certain political matters, the Madrileños refuse to pay the cavamakers in Catalonia for their sparkling white wines that are traditionally served during such festivities in Spain. Thus the sparkling cider from Austurias graced all the tables in Madrid at that time. I happened to be in the capital city and at the end of my stay my immune system caved in. Little did I realize how much cider I gushed down as my friends kept pouring for one another at meal and snack times. The mere 4.5 percentage of alchohol in those green bottles certainly adds up.

Asturia is the region in the northwest of Spain that is known for its cider. Together with Galicia, and Bretagne in France, celtic/gaelic tradition have trickled into Asturia through the early settlers. You could see in this particular brand of sidra, which spots a bagpiper. (Bagpiper selling cider? Beats me.) It is a traditional drink and traces of it could be found in regional cooking as well.

Another northern region of Spain known for its cider is the Pais Vasco, or Basque Country. The taste of a Basque cider is slightly harder than its Asturian cousin. To learn more about spanish cider, check out La Sidra Asturiana's DO (designation of origin) website. It has a ton of information including types of apples and the history of cider.


Note to readers:
I'm off to France for 10 days. Upon my return, you shall feast on what I come across in Paris, Valence and Marseille. Hasta muy pronto. À bientôt!!


6 Hand-picked Olive[s]:

Anonymous Anónimo picked an olive...

I love sparkling cider. Interesting post!

Have a fun time in France and a safe return.


12:29 p. m., abril 07, 2006

Blogger 7jourssur7 picked an olive...

Great link! I hadn't heard of the expression "throwing cider."

What do the Spanish eat with their cider? Here in France (I live and work in Paris) cider is traditionally drunk at Epiphany with the pastry the << galette des rois >> or at any time of the year with << galettes >>, as in the savory French pancakes.

Looking forward to stories about your discoveries in Paris and the south!

8:04 a. m., abril 09, 2006

Blogger FooDcrazEE picked an olive...

bon voyage -

8:40 p. m., abril 09, 2006

Blogger rokh picked an olive...

come back with lotsa food (pictures that's it) ya!

11:50 a. m., abril 17, 2006

Blogger *kel picked an olive...

Paz: good to hear from you again and glad that we share a little something.

Jenn: Hi, i think this term "throwing cider" is a direct translation from spanish. It does sound weird to me. But I've seen them in action, trained "cider-thrower". They kinda play with the cider for a while, throwing them in the air from bottle to glass. They have a sort of galette des rois here in Spain taken after new year's with cava (or cider i think.)

Foodcrazee: thanks for your wishes!!

Rokh: hola my tp girl, i promise to have more pics than usual ;)

12:05 a. m., abril 18, 2006

Blogger Anne Marie picked an olive...

Bagpiping music is an important part of the Asturian culture, as is the regional costume of the bagpiper. Sidra is another very important part of the history and culture in Asturias, and thats how and why it after all is not so strange that these elements come together on a lable of one of the best Sidras in Spain.

In Asturias people often drink Sidra together with "pinchos", seafood, chorizo, or nothing at all (but be aware it goes straight to your head). Chorizo fried with Sidra is a typical tapas dish in the region and is highly recomended together with one of the local "blue cheese" Cabrales (not for newbiees).

7:51 p. m., julio 13, 2007


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