DEVOTO CIDER ON ZAGAT

Devoto Orchards

The Gist: You may have tasted this cider from the adorable white camper parked inside at Eat Drink SF over the first weekend of August. But if not, you should seek out Devoto Orchards Cider, a family-owned farm and cidery. Dad (Stan Devoto) tends the orchards of over 100 apple varieties he’s planted since 1976, all exclusively California-grown, certified organic apples. Daughter (Jolie) is cider maker and marketing guru, making cider alongside her husband, Hunter Wade, who, along with Jolie, studied Basque ciders and cider making in Spain (think dry, sometimes wonderfully funky styles of cider). They both work with head cider maker, Rick Davis, who also has a long history in winemaking.

The Ciders: Devoto makes three ciders: 1976, an homage to the year Stan and his wife Susan moved the family from Berkeley to Sebastopol to work the land, farm and plant heirloom apple orchards. The 1976 cider is a semi-dry blend made from 17 of the original apple varieties they planted in the ’70s — it’s creamy, complex and ripe. 

 

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