Updated: May 27, 2022
In the largest cider competition in the world, Gowan's Rosé Cider has been named Best of Class for the second year in a row.
"We're thrilled that this highly respected international competition has ranked our Rosé Cider at the top of class again. It's a huge honor. This cider is so fun in so many ways! Guests that visit our Cider Tasting Orchard are treated to our Rosé cider served as a slushie or 'Frozé.' A lot of our customers recreate the Frozé at home. Plus we create a Mint Julep cider with the Frozé too! At only half the alcohol content of most wines, it's a refreshing and lighter option that many are looking for," says Don Gowan, farmer and cidermaker.
Gowan's Rosé Cider received Best of Class in 2022 and also last year in 2021. In addition Gowan's Rosé cider has won Best Cider in Experience Rosé, and Best of Class in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and a wine score of 94 points from California wine judges .
Gowan’s ciders are made exclusively from heirloom organic apples hone grown at the historic Gowan family farm in Philo California. Located in the famed Anderson Valley region of Mendocino California, the award-winning Rosé also features local pinot noir wine from neighboring vineyards, finished in french oak.
"It's fresh and jammy. You can taste apple and berry notes with the subtle vanilla notes from the french oak. It goes great with cheese, especially brie, BBQ, raspberries, and even chocolate cake."
Greater Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP) accepts cider and perry from around the world. Entrants are not only judged blind, they are also scored for attributes such as aromatics, flavor, finish, and appearance. Gold medal ciders are then compared again in a side by side flight for another round of blind judging to select the best of the best.