Monday, September 1, 2008
Ice Cider From Quebec
Area south of Montreal turns harsh winter climate into sweet taste of late summer.
Using Quebec's harsh climate as a blessing rather than a curse, Quebec apple cider makers took the ice wine idea and spun it into an award-winning variation using frozen apples instead of grapes. Since the first ice cider became available in stores in 1996, they've been snatching international gold medals and selling out in 30 countries.
These days, ice cider is one of the fastest-growing sectors of Quebec's beverage industry, accounting for about 70 per cent of all sales of Quebec products. Ice cider -- or cidre de glace -- is the leader of an apple revolution sweeping Quebec. But there are also many other variations that are taking the traditional fermented apple brew upmarket and into the 21st century with new equipment and new ideas.
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