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Roman History: Even Julius Caesar Liked It

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In early 1989, when we arrived in Leavenworth WA, no licensed winery was to be found in the local area. What had we done? Why had we moved here? We complained so loudly and frequently that some enterprising people in our part of NCW decided to begin producing and selling wine (bonded, of course), as they thought they'd have at least two good customers...and they were right!  In the past couple of decades, our NCW region, with its nearly sixty wineries, has become known for its excellent wines. It's so rewarding to realize that the two of us are responsible for the upstart of the wine business here.  

Microbreweries, too, have become a popular attraction for those who favor beer, ale, porter and stout. We have had no part in that, as it is more than we can do to keep up with the growing wine industry.   

In the meantime, another beverage - hard cider - has been attracting more and more friends up here in our apple and pear country. It's ironic, too, that it seems to be of recent interest here, for In early days of the New World, and in colonial America, hard cider was the most popular drink.   

Under a dozen cideries can be found in our surrounding area, and over 24 in the state. Snowdrift, here in East Wenatchee, is the one I know best. At the recent Wine Walk November 9 I met Grace from Snowdrift and she took the picture for me.  

Because it is fall, my dinner thoughts lean toward pork and various squashes, with roasted or steamed cabbage and sauteed apples and onions. Cider seems like the perfect beverage for this. It goes well with ham, chicken and turkey, especially as holiday meals often have sweet side dishes.  

In searching for information on the history of cider, I found some interesting sites. As with making wine, there's more to making cider than squeezing some fruit and letting the juice ferment. I'd like to say I created the historical information on this website, as it is both entertaining and clever, but alas: The best I can do is post the link to it. http://www.woodchuck.com/about-us/history-of-cider.html  

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