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NIGEL BARDEN TASTING – Wine And Cheese With A Difference! Case of 4

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  • When: Friday March 11th @ 7pm.
  • Where: Online
  • Who: Nigel Barden & Cider Is Wine
  • What: 4 glorious wines from apples & pears paired with 4 sensational cheeses (cheese not included*)
  • How: Simply order online to get a £50 delivered price for a case of 4 ciders (delivery to a UK mainland address only). The price includes a £5 charity donation to The Drinks Trust – supporting drinks industry people whenever the need it since 1886.  Use code NB22 at checkout to ensure free delivery (note: UK mainland only). You sent a Zoom invitation to the event by email 24-48 hours before the event.


We’re delighted to collaborate with our friend, and leading food and drink broadcaster, Nigel Barden. Nigel has been a supporter of Cider Is Wine almost since we began in 2018 and has talked about our producers and their products on Scala Radio, BBC Radio London and Greatest Hits Radio. He managed to elicit the comment ‘Wow!’ from the acclaimed DJ Simon Mayo, with whom he presented on BBC Radio 2 for 12 years.

Nigel’s enthusiasm is inspirational and we look forward to sharing this with you and your friends and families at 7pm on Friday March 11th for one hour of pure entertainment, tasting and food pairing with wonderful wines from apples pears & other fruits. There will be guest appearances from a cheese producer and a cider producer.

*The cheeses have been chosen so as to be widely available from most supermarkets, deli and farm stores – see food pairing notes for this offer on the website.

In case you don’t know: Nigel is also chairman of judges for The Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards, World Cheese Awards, and the British Cookery School Awards. He also works with Celebrity Chef, Tom Kerridge, and is currently championing artisan food and drink producers in his Britannia Living podcast. During lockdown, footage of ‘Cooking with the Barden Boys’ with Nigel and his 3 sons was posted on Instagram and twitter @NigelBarden. To see what he cooks weekly on Greatest Hits Radio, check out NigelBarden.com.

Riestra Sparkling Medium-Dry (Espumosa Semi Secco Cider) 2020 

The base cider is created through meticulous selection, starting with the best quality apples, then, after pressing and an initial fermentation, the best ciders to make this Sparkling Medium-Dry cider are transferred into bottles, cider yeasts are added to initiate a secondary in-bottle fermentation. The bottles are left to settle for a minimum of 8 months, resulting in a minimum pressure of 6 atmospheres before carefully disgorging.

Pilton Keeved Cider 

Made since 2010, this is Pilton’s original keeved cider produced from fresh bittersweet cider apples which are partially fermented to create a naturally medium cider without sweetening or pasteurisation. Wild yeasts, cold cellars and the low nutrient orchards of Pilton are all key elements in the process – welcome to Somerset, but not as you know it!

*Keeving is an artisan cider-making technique used to create a natural cider without sweetening or pasteurisation. Wild yeasts, cool cellars and low nutrient orchards are all key elements in the process. Only 100% fresh pressed cider apples are used, no sugar, no water, and nothing else.

Welsh Mountain Redstreak 2020 

Made mostly from the lovely, soft, bittersweet Somerset Redstreak apple, complemented by the  acidic juice and a fresh, highly-scented Brown’s apple. This makes for a perfect for early Spring bottling and a pleasant lower in alcohol cider option.

Once Upon A Tree The Wonder Pear Ice Wine 2016 

The juice of handpicked, late harvested Conference and Comice Pears is filtered, frozen and gently thawed to allow the sugars, colour and flavour to be extracted, leaving water behind as ice – a process called cryo-concentration – which concentrates the juice to a potential alcohol of 20–22%.

Tasting Notes

Riestra Sparkling Medium-Dry (Espumosa Semi Secco Cider) 2020

The colour of yellow and green straw, with a fresh and aromatic, lightly floral nose with hints of sweet baking. A palate that balances both bitter and sweet notes and a trace back to the taste of dessert apples.

Pilton Keeved Cider

Overview: Made since 2010, this is Pilton’s original keeved cider produced from fresh

Juicy, fruit forward aroma with candy, toffee apple and a generous helping of red berries. Silky smooth texture, carried by the keeved cider’s sweetness, whilst the tannins pair with a gentle bitterness for a rounded finish.

Welsh Mountain Redstreak 2020

A nose of vanilla rum sweetness with notes of apricot, juniper, jasmine and cedar. Pressed in 2020 and bottled young to allow the residual sugar to ferment in the bottle to create a light effervescence. The acidity from the Brown’s apple and the light natural carbonation complement the soft tannins of the Somerset Redstreak to create a beautifully balanced cider .

Once Upon A Tree The Wonder Pear Ice Wine 2016

Sweetness, acidity and a long, soft finish, perfectly balanced. Very powerful, big palate with intense flavours of apricot, quince and a hint of soft caramel.



Food Pairing

Riestra Sparkling Medium-Dry (Espumosa Semi Secco Cider) 2020

Cheese Pairing: A young soft goat’s cheese log (ie White Lake Tor, Somerset)

Pilton Keeved Cider

Cheese Pairing: Sheep’s milk cheese – pecorino (Olianas, Yorkshire)

Welsh Mountain Redstreak 2020

Cheese Pairing: Cheddar aged for 24 months (Barber’s or Davidstow)

Once Upon A Tree The Wonder Pear Ice Wine 2016

Cheese Pairing: British blue cheese  – (Cornish Blue)


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