Part Three: Departing out the parking lot of Rustic Roots Winery we turned left onto Highway 3 heading back towards Osoyoos. On the way down to Rustic Roots we spotted a Geodesic Dome on the right hand side of the highway. More than anything I wanted to stop and pull out the drone to take a few shots of it from above.
As we neared the structure Shauna pointed out the front window dabbing her finger towards a white painted sign on the back of an old 40’s rusted out truck, “hey look at that. It’s called Twisted Hills Craft Cider. What a coincidence,” she said with a grin from ear to ear.
With the left turn signal on we pulled the Tacoma into the parking lot then I backed him into a space next to a later model silver Tacoma with a lift kit, larger wheels and a custom bumper. We piled out of the truck and inspected the Geodesic dome then headed for the front doors. Prior to entry we read through their COVID-19 procedures and noticed there were two tasting areas, separated by a partition with thirsty customers already standing in place. We would have to wait it out in the warm afternoon sun.
“How long do you think this has been here?” I asked Shauna as she perused the apples on the nearest apple tree. “It must have been built within the last 18-months since we were here in April last year, and I don’t remember seeing it then. Do you?” My head went back in time to last year and nope. I couldn’t place this dome, nor could I recall if we drove this far down. Within the moment a woman carried out two 750ml bottles of cider and vacated her spot. We hesitated a second longer than wandered into the shop.
“Hello, and welcome to Twisted Hills,” said the woman behind the partition as she sprayed disinfectant on the counter and wiped it down along with the tasting menu. “Would you care for a tasting?” We looked at each other than at her, “Yes, we sure would.”
The sever rattled off several historical comments about the orchard, and cidery;
- They were established in 2012 and are the first stand alone cidery in the Similkameen Valley
- They grow organic apple varieties specifically for cider
- These varieties are higher in tannin and acidity
- This produces a diverse and well-balanced array of organic ciders
- The proprietors planted the acreage of apple varieties in 2008
- In Fall of 2017 they purchased additional acres to build the new tasting room called CiderDome
The server informed she would be pouring us each 5-samples of a possible 8-ciders as three of them were nearly sold out and were no longer being offered as samples.
- Nearly Sold Out
- Pacific Gem Hopped
- Glo Haven Peach
- Tangled Rose Plum
- The Five Samples
- Pippin’s Fate – dry
- Midnight Cherry – semi dry
- Kingston’s Twist – semi dry
- Paradise Pear – semi sweet
- Calville Blanc – wild ferment – semi sweet
After our tasting Shauna and I stood around discussing which of the 5-samples we enjoyed the most? Shauna seemed to prefer the dry and semi-sweet varieties where as, I preferred the semi-drys. This always happens at some point in our journey where we are on total opposite sides of the fence when it comes to our tastebuds and drinking palettes.
Whilst we discussed how many of the bottles we should purchase? I spotted their merchandise hanging on the walls: glass ware, sweatshirts and baseball hats. Usually like 97% of the time I will not purchase a souvenir while on holiday as I tend to take a million photographs to remind us of the journey (along with writing this blog) but this year I was determined to find a pull-over sweatshirt to replace my old worn out one. Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed by their sweatshirt selection however I did find a pretty sweet looking fitted baseball cap which ended up in the purchase pile along with a bottle of Paradise Pear, Midnight Cherry and Calville Blanc.
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