Of all the guest host I have had on #ciderchat Gidon Coll is the only one I have personally met. I met Gidon at Philly’s first cider fest Cider Core last autumn. Although it was pretty damn busy, we still were able to chat for a few minutes.
Gidon is a pretty damn cool bloke and really rocked the cider tent that afternoon. Gidon is the cider maker and owner for Original Sin Cider, a New York award-winning cider company that specializes in refreshing and traditional ciders since 1997.
I can’t say it better than this so I took a section of Gidon coll’s beginning cider history from Original Sin’s web site:
“Coll immersed himself in the history and the craft of cider. He experimented. He brewed batch after batch in a small upstate New York winery. He sought counsel from a local wine expert and from the owners, bartenders and patrons of bars he frequented in New York City’s Lower East Side and East Village. He collected feedback from everyone he knew, adjusting and tinkering with his cider’s flavor until it was clean, crisp, and practically perfect. Then he enlisted friends to painstakingly hand-label bottle after bottle. He lugged cases and cases in and out of NYC’s subways, delivering bottles to establishments of Manhattan and Brooklyn.”
30 states and 17 years later:
Join us as we get down and gritty with the man behind Original Sin Cider on Thursday 5/29/2014 at 6 pm PST / 9 pm EST. Just follow #ciderchat and tweet along for an hour of fun with Gidon Coll.
Once a hop grower, now a cider master, rock and roll tour manager and social media maverick. Tom Oliver of Oliver’s Cider and Perry agreed to stay up late, and by late I mean 2 am, to guest host Twitter’s weekly #ciderchat on 4/17/2014.
If you are not familliar with Tom Oliver, he is the owner and cider maker of Oliver’s Cider and Perry, an artisian cidery from Herefordshire, England. Tom has been influential to both English and American cider makers. Last year Tom collaborated with Virtue Cider from Michigan to produce Redstreak cider. Did I also mention Tom is a tour manager for rock bands such as The Proclaimers. The man does it all.
As you can see from the above title, I chose Whitewood Cider to represent Dave White but that is because I didn’t have enough room to list all of Dave’s organizations. I recently identified Foggy Ridge’s Diane Flynt as one of the busiest cider producers in the country. As for Dave, he is not only the co-owner for Whitewood Cider Co. of Washington State but also the President of the North West Cider Association, a pioneer cider blogger (oldtimeydave) and a renowned cider judge. Oh, and I believe he has another full-time job. Insane right?
Last Thursday I hosted our first #ciderchat with special guest Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider. It was great. Diane is passionate and represents the true art of cider making. We had fun and learned quite a bit. We are going to give it another go and this time we will have David White as our special guest.
For more information on Dave’s background see his complete bio here
If you missed last week’s #ciderchat or are new to twitter chats, here is how it works:
Log into Twitter and type in the hashtag #ciderchat into the search window. Pour yourself a cider, a Whitewood cider if you have one, and join us as we chat with David. Learn about cider history, cider making, the cider industry and whatever else David wants to chat about. Make sure you include #ciderchat in your tweets so we all can follow each other.
I have put this off for quite a while but no more. Allow me to introduce you to the first #ciderchat. I will host our weekly chat and will feature a special guest or special theme each week.
For our first #ciderchat, we will be joined by award-winning cidermaker Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Cider. Foggy Ridge resides in the Blue Ridge mountains in Dugspur, Virginia. Diane grows over 30 varieties of French and British apples. Amongst many organizations, Diane is co-organizer of Cider Week Virginia, On the Board of directors of the Virginia Wine Board and constantly spreading the word about the cider industry.