I have been fascinated by Spanish culture and cuisine for over forty years. From my first visit as a student in 1974 I have been captivated by the people, environment, sounds, smells and flavors of the place. Professional assignments and the friendships that have grown out of them have made Spain’s cider region in the north, Green Spain, my regular haunt.

In Spain hospitality means sharing the pleasures of the land, the best local food and drink. For no other virtue than the fact that I keep returning to this less travelled Atlantic rim of Iberia, I have been lavished with the best the region has to offer.  

James Asbel, founder

 I HAVE SELECTED THIS RANGE OF REFRESHING NEW STYLE AND TRADITIONAL ASTURIAN SIDRAS TO INTRODUCE AMERICAN CIDER AFICIONADOS TO THE MOST REPRESENTATIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS REGIONAL DRINK BY DEGREES OF FAMILIARITY AND CHALLENGE.

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BEST SIDRA DE NUEVA EXPRESION: 2014 Best Ciders of Asturias

 

1947 SIDRA DE NUEVA EXPRESIÓN :  a petillant semi-dry cider

750 ml., 6% alcohol by volume
Produced by Sidra Viuda de Angelón, Nava, Principado de Asturias

Since 1947 the family of Viuda de Angelón has made traditional cider. A careful selection of apples from its own orchards gives this cider a generous and deep aroma, balanced flavor and a long finish.

 

 

 

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GOLD MEDALIST: 2013 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition

GOLD MEDALIST: 2013 Sidra de Gala, Gijon, Asturias

 

SIDRA BRUT VIUDA DE ANGELON: a sparkling dry cider

750 ml., 6% alcohol by volume
Produced by Sidra Viuda de Angelón, Nava, Pricipado de Asturias

Matured cider is selected from the bodega for a second fermentation to produce a naturally sparkling dry cider that preserves the original earthy flavor of traditional sidra.

 

 

 

SILVER MEDALIST: 2013 Great Lakes Cider and Perry Competition

 

GUZMAN RIESTRA SIDRA BRUT NATURE: a sparkling dry cider

750 ml., 8% alcohol by volume
Produced by Guzmán Riestra Riestra, Sariego, Principado de Asturias

Selection of only its richest matured, natural cider for a second in-bottle fermentation makes this unusually full-flavored and aromatic for a naturally sparkling cider. It is spiritous with pear and banana notes. French apples in the blend contribute an extra touch of tannic piquancy.

 

 

 

 

 

BEST SIDRA DE HIELO: 2014 Festival de Nava, Asturias

BRONZE MEDALIST: 2013 Great Lakes Cider and Perry Competition

 

DIAMANTES DE HIELO: a sweet, frost cider

375 ml., 11.5% alcohol by volume
Produced by Sidra Viuda de Angelón, Nava, Principado de Asturias

Freshly pressed and frozen, the juice of select cider apple varieties is gradually drip-thawed to concentrate sugar and flavor intensity then fermented and aged to a sweet and spiritous sipping wine.

 

 

 

 

BRONZE MEDALIST: 2013 Great Lakes Cider and Perry Competition

FANJUL SIDRA NATURAL ECOLOGICA: traditional dry, unfiltered*

700 ml., 6% alcohol by volume

Produced by Sidra Fanjul, Siero, Principado de Asturias

A traditional unfiltered sidra with licorice and banana aromas, a nutty flavor and the characteristic tannins and acidity of local apples grown and processed in accordance with the certified ecological practices of the European Union. Characteristic acidity demands pairing with cured cheese and meats.

* It is natural for traditional sidras to have a bit of sediment. Read “Source and Substance” for serving advice.

 

 

 

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SILVER MEDALIST: 2013 Great Lakes Cider and Perry Competition

 

SIDRA NATURAL RIESTRA: a natural, dry, unfiltered Spanish cider*

700 ml., 6% alc. by volume
Produced and bottled by Guzmán Riestra Riestra, Sariego, Asturias

Traditional still cider with fruity aromas and the characteristic acidity of Spanish and French apples that demands pairing with cured cheese and meats.

* It is natural for traditional sidras to have a bit of sediment. Read “Source and Substance” for serving advice.

 

 

 

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VIUDA DE ANGELON SIDRA DE PERA: a sparkling off-dry perry (pear cider)

 

330 ml., 5.2% alcohol by volume
Produced by Sidra Viuda de Angelón, Nava, Principado de Asturias

 

In past centuries in Asturias, an ancient source of excellent cider, they pressed apples or pears. Viuda de Angelon has revived the lost tradition of pear cider to produce this longed-for nectar once again, using estate grown pears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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