Sip a tasty Ace Pear Cider
Ace Pear is the desert wine of ciders. If you haven’t tried a hard pear cider (Woodchuck makes one), they are, in general, littler and sweeter than most apple ciders, crisper, and less tart. Ace is no different.
It is, however, more golden than the norm, slightly heavier (although still not as heavy as most apple ciders) and certainly sweeter, although it’s far from cloying or syrupy. It’s pours a lovely clear, pale gold color with a thin white head that disappears quickly. The bubbles remain, though, and a very pleasant champagne-like carbonation sparkles on the tongue. It has a very light mouthfeel and no feeling of alcohol warmth. The pear flavor lingers on in the finish.
It’s a little too sweet to go well with a full meal (although there are worse options out there, and it goes exceptionally well with salty foods, cheeses, and bread). It’s best sipped on its own on a supper evening, or as you might serve a desert wine. In short, it’s sweetly delicious, and well worth a try.
On a somewhat related note, I hadn’t seen Ace Pear in a while, so to be sure the reality matched my memory, I used the finder on the Ace Web site to find my local distributor, and then to the distributor’s site to find where it could be found.
For the bottles, I was forced to drive nearly half a mile … to find a six-pack at the local Candler Park Market. On my street. Of course, the draft version is a little tastier. To find that, I had to drive nearly a mile farther … to The Porter, an amazing upscale gastro pub. On my street. See, this is the trouble I am willing to go to for you, faithful blog readers and cider sippers. May your quests be even easier.
I’ll have a couple more cider reviews, a music review (Charles de Lint and Maryann Harris), and a book review (Jo Walton’s amazing Among Others) soon. So stay tuned, and let me know what you think.