When it comes to cider in British Columbia, the 20 producers behind the Farm-Crafted Cider Association make small-batch ciders with 100 percent BC apples, most of which they grow themselves. In addition to a number of initiatives, the group strives to make a stronger connection between the farm, the cider and the consumer, and that the cider must be made from at least 95 real juice.
One of the voices and members of the board is Miranda Halladay, co-owner of The Naramata Cider Co. with her husband Del, a wine country-located producer of farm-based cider. For the Cider Makers Select Spring 2017, the Halladays teamed up with another local craft producer, Legend Distilling, which foraged for the wild botanicals used in its gin. Here, the spent botanicals are co-fermented with BC apples to showcase buoyant bubbles with faint apple aromas and a palate of fruity apple, crushed herbs and vibrant acid, finishing savory and dry.