El Gobernador Sidra Natural – Villaviciosa, (Asturias) Spain – Est. 1993
Since the 8th Century CE, sidra natural (natural apple cider) has enjoyed a rich history in Spain, boasting one of the longest, continuous cider traditions in the world.
Sidra maker, Martínez Sopena Hermanos, while a relative newcomer compared to the tradition itself, produces incredible sidra natural following the classic methods honed & passed down for the past 1,300 years.
El Gobernador Sidra Natural is made from only fresh apples, naturally occurring yeasts, & other micro organisms & bacteria found on the skins of the apples. Each batch is allowed to ferment spontaneously & only very lightly filtered. Roughly one kilo of fresh apples goes into each bottle.
El Gobernador is a wonderfully complex cider, having aromas & flavors of green apples & olives, musty damp earth, a distinct funkiness, acetic acid, & umami.
We recommend chilling each bottle to around 40-45 degrees, & just prior to opening, shaking the hell out of the bottle in order to mix in all of the stuff at the bottom (trust us, it's delicious!). After uncorking, if you're feeling adventurous, pour in the escanciar (meaning, "on high") method, into a short, tumbler glass. Pouring from high above the glass will help aerate & create levity, as the sidra is not carbonated. If you don't want to have cider all over the place, just pour normally & whip it a bit with a fork or whisk.
Of course the experience wouldn't be complete without food! Serve with strong cheeses & a nice crusty bread, pork dishes, dried meats, smoked salmon, shellfish, & more.
Available Formats: 700mL Bottles (6 Per Case)
A Spanish paella chef showing us how "escanciar" pouring is done at the Paella Lovers United Festival, in Austin, TX.