While visiting Ovieda Spain we learned that the area is famous for their natural ciders or sidra natural as they are known in the area. The hotel suggested that drinking Sidra Natural was high on the list of “must do” while visiting the city, they recommended a Sideria not far from the hotel that was also good for lunch. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than sitting on a patio and tasting local cider. We had a great lunch and were treated to quite a show each time we wanted another pour of cider from the bottle.
We have since learned that the “pour” is not just for show, the customary method, known as escanciar, involves pouring the cider from high above one’s head and allowing the free-flowing stream, of about three feet, it to fall into the glass. But pouring this way is not just for show, it breaks up the bonds which release the naturally occurring esters and unleash the aromas, if you pour the cider normally, it ends up flat. The other important lesson, cider oxidizes quickly and the entire bottle must be drank in one sitting, on that note we were happy to oblige, twice, once for us and once on behalf of all our cider loving friends!!!