The Austin Cider Soiree – Wednesday, October 29th,

East End Wines -On the back patio –

An informal gathering of Austin’s cider makers and cider lovers, celebrating the release of Austin Eastciders first Small Batch cider, Small Batch No. 1, at East End Wines, 1209 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78702 – From 5pm to 8pm.

Enjoy ciders from all 3 of Austin’s craft cider companies — Argus Cidery, Texas Keeper Cider and Austin Eastciders –and mingle with the cider makers and partake of food pairings from chef Ray Tatum of Three Little Pigs food truck on the patio.

In attendance will be the teams from Austin Eastciders, Texas Keeper Cider and Argus Cidery, plus apple researcher Will McClatchey of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Austin Eastciders Small Batch No.1 is a single variety Winesap cider made with apples grown in the Texas Panhandle. Winesap apples were commonly used for cider making pre-Prohibition, this is the first of a series of Eastciders releases made using rare American heirloom and cider apple varieties.


Austin East CidersAustin Eastciders – Small Batch No. 1 - Texas Winesap - Texas, US – Single variety Winesap cider. Austin Eastciders make ciders using Old World cider apple varieties and rare American heirloom apples. The celebrated Winesap variety was used in some of the finest ciders made in America during the golden age of cider. It was cultivated across the country, including in Texas, where the 1895 catalog of Ramsey’s Nursery in Hyde Park, Austin (at that time the largest nursery West of the Mississippi) offered Winesap trees for sale to Austinites, noting their value for cider making.

Made with Winesaps grown in the Texas High Plains, aged in tank for 9 months. A beguiling citrusy cider with a surprising salty/savory note, almost reminiscent of a margarita. Punchy acidity and a dry finish, with a cotton candy aroma. Highly authentic and historically intriguing, ciders very similar to this were probably being enjoyed in Texas in the 19th century.
Visual: clear, golden, straw-colored. Aroma: cotton candy, bubblegum, strawberries. Flavor: dry and tart, lemon, lime, green apple and pear, salty, slightly savory, good tannin, biting acidity and a lingering finish.. Alc: 6.5%. Residual Sugar: 25 g/l

Austin Eastciders – Eastciders Original - Texas, US – A blend of American dessert apples and French bittersweets, cold fermented and bottled young retaining good fruit esters and a very fresh flavor. Dry, light and extremely fruity, with tropical and stone fruit notes and a hint of citrus. The tannin from the bittersweets adds depth and complexity to the sprightly acidity of the dessert apples.

Visual: clear, golden, straw-colored. Aroma: tropical, stone fruit and citrus, pineapple, apricot and orange peel, honey and green apple. Flavor: dry, crisp and clean, not overly appley, tropical and stone fruit, orange, tangerine, caramel, green apple and pear. Alc: 4.8%. R/S: 28 g/l

Austin Eastciders - Gold Top - Texas, US – Made with Old World bittersweets and bittersharps, wild fermented in the traditional English style. Medium dry, full bodied and funky, with heavy tannins and a tangy acidity.
Visual: clear, deep golden, amber. Aroma: leather, spice, medicinal, apple. Flavor: medium dry, full and complex, earthy, not overly appley, orange, spice, tannic and tangy. Alc: 5.6%. R/S: 40 g/l.

Argus CideryArgus – Tepache Especial:An interpretation of traditional Tepache technique, where by the flesh and rind of pineapple are sweetened by sugar and spices, Tepache Especial is made utilizing both controlled and wild fermentation processes; allowing wild yeasts and bacteria time to contribute their flavor profiles. Straightforward pineapple and citrus notes with a dry mineral finish. 7.2% ABV

Argus – Perennial 2013: A blend of North and South Texas Fruit, this sparkling Texas Cider boasts straight stone fruit, a wild yeasty nose, and a finish of American and French Oak. 55% Blaze, 20% Gala, 10% Mutsu, 10% Johnathan, 5% Cameo. 6.8% ABV

Texas KeeperTexas Keeper Cider –

Texas Keeper No.1:  The No. 1 is a blend of five apples fermented individually and blended to craft a well-balanced, dry cider with notes of peach, pear, tropical fruit, light green apple, and a crisp lingering acidity.

Apples: Northern Spy, Ida Red, Ben Davis, Golden Russet, Golden Delicious. Residual Sugar: 12 g/L. Alc/Vol: 6.8%. Unfiltered, Lightly Effervescent

Goldrush, 2013: Our first single varietal release.  Made from 100% Goldrush apples.  This crop of Goldrush tasted like lemons and limes coming through the press.  Those characteristics mellowed into grapefruit and Myer lemon during fermentation.  .

Apples: Goldrush. Residual Sugar: 16g/L. Alc/Vol: 7.7%. Unfiltered, Lightly Effervescent

Ciderweizen, 2013:  We built Ciderweizen with witbiers and hefeweizens in mind.  Our goal was to marry the underlying citrus and fruit notes of the Goldrush and Crispin apples with the lightly hopped and spiced character of old world wheat beers.  We used select yeast strains during fermentation to accentuate the right fruit characters in the base cider and dry hopped and dry spiced the cider to finish.

Apple Varieties: 50% Goldrush, 50% Crispin. Hops: Hallertau. Residual Sugar: 4g/L. Alc/Vol: 7.4%. Gluten Free.

Free Domestic Wine Tasting with Chameleon October 24th – 5pm-8pm

GirlsArt + Farm Wine – The Messenger White Wine Number One – 15.57 – A dramatic blend of Sauvignon Blanc 69%, Muscat Canelli 18% and Riesling 13%. The aroma is wild and serves you exotic, tropical and spice notes. The finish has a hint of sweetness which is carried beautifully by the intensity and complexity of the wine. We layered vineyards, varietals and vintages.

Smashberry Red 2012 – 11.57 – This easy drinking California red table wine is mostly Merlot with some Cabernet and Petite Sirah. It has aromas of red cherries, red berries and coffee that fill the nose. On the palate, it is fruit forward with lots of Bing cherry, blackberry, and blueberry jam flavors with hints of sarsaparilla and coffee with very soft tannins and a nice finish. Merlot (40), Cabernet Sauvignon (30), Petite Sirah (30) East End Wines Top 200, #192 at one point, now #71.

Art + Farm Wine – The Messenger Red Wine Number One – 15.57 – We layered vineyards, varietals and vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon 58%, Merlot 19% Montepulciano 12% Malbec 8% and Cabernet Franc 3% to create this signature Messenger wine. Bright raspberry tickled by vanilla and with a chewy mouth feel will keep you excited and asking for more. If you have the confidence to embrace something original (really…it is such an old concept, it’s new again) you will be rewarded with each sip.

Art + Farm Wine – Girls in the Vineyard Cabernet 2011 – 19.57 – The sustainably farmed Beckstoffer Family Amber Knolls Vineyard is where the girls call home. They look like a lovely rich and elegant garnet. And the smell is a blend of cassis, currant and the deepest darkest cherry. Palate – Cassis and bramble fruit with a hint of Mother Earth and sufficient cocoa to make it interesting. East End Wines Top 200, #30!

Vine Imports – Chile & Spain – October 17

Free Tasting Friday 5pm – 8pm Damana

Lomas del Valle Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – 13.57 – Casablanca, Chile. Sourced from Loma Larga vineyards, Lomas del Valle wines are oak-free, having a generous fruit expression, freshness & great natural acidity; this wines represents the commitment of Loma Larga with its terroir. The interest in wine in the Diaz family goes back to the nineteenth century.

Damana Verdejo 2009 – 13.57 – Peñín Guide 2011 rating – Tasting notes: Color: bright straw. Nose: fresh, fresh fruit, white flowers, expressive, varietal. Palate: flavorful, fruity, good acidity, balanced – Score: 91. Located at Olivares de Duero there are 22Hs. of vineyards with all the natural & technical elements which are necessary to produce modern quality wines trying to find nice expression of the terroir.

Lomas del Valle Pinot Noir 2011 – 13.57 – Dark red wine with a young, modest nose. Medium bodied delicious wine. Carried by its fruit & making quite a big number out of it. Very pleasant. Fresh, juicy cherry, soft spice, impressive balance. This amiable Pinot Noir hails from the seaward slopes of the Casablanca Valley, where the cool climate adds lean length to the ripe grapes. A touch of oak adds some moderate, gingerbread spice, but the fresh, friendly fruit is the main attraction here. A nice value Pinot Noir for lighter fare. Serving Suggestion: Classic hors d’oeuvres: bacon-wrapped scallops, tiny quiche, Caprese crostini, Spanakopita, little risotto cakes.

Damana Tempranillo Crianza 2007 – 19.97 – 96% Tempranillo, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot – D. O. Ribera del Duero – Tempranillo – from estate vines with 15-25 years of age are cold soaked for five days for color then fermented in stainless steel for 14 days. The wine is then split into two lots for malolactic fermentation with half of it put in huge 5,000 liter French oak tuns to complete malolactic with some exposure to oxygen. After ML it is mellowed in a combination of French (90%) & American oak barrels for a year then bottled with no fining & the lightest possible filtering. Damana has a deep cherry red color with violet hints on the rim, intense notes of strawberry & plum but also anise, vanilla & tobacco notes on the nose & a long smooth finish. Grilled meats please!