2022 Portland Worldwide Cider Cup winners introduced


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The report variety of entries made it the most important PICC contest ever!

Portland, OR (Could 27, 2022) – The Northwest Cider Affiliation (NWCA) proudly introduced the 2022 winners of its ninth annual Portland Worldwide Cider Cup (PICC) competitors at a sold-out awards social gathering held at Swift Cider in NE Portland.

“Cider was the one craft drink that was developed within the Northwest final 12 months, so this 12 months’s competitors was very thrilling,” says Emily Richie, government director of the Northwest Cider Affiliation. “We had about 60% extra entries than final 12 months, and likewise created some attention-grabbing new classes resembling Purple-Fleshed Cider, in addition to subcategories for the flourishing Fruit Cider part.”

The NWCA unveiled 57 gold, silver and bronze medal profitable ciders from Pacific Northwest cidermakers in 20 totally different classes and 7 subcategories – from Trendy Dry to Conventional Perries. Entries come from OR, WA, MT, ID and British Columbia – the continent’s largest apple-growing area. Competitors is strict and never all classes carry medals if the standard shouldn’t be there, an uncommon method to cider competitions. Ciders are evaluated by skilled business specialists searching for excellence, flaws and decided fashion qualities.

Huge winners are…

Different notable medalists…

new sideries

  • Gold: Uncooked Cider Firm (OR) for “Semi Die” within the French class
  • Silver: Idle Cider Home (OR) for “Claystone” within the Heirloom Dry Cider Class
  • Bronze: Victoria Cider Firm (BC) for “Kieved” within the French class

Established sidries

  • Gold: Finriver cidery (WA) for “Golden Russet” within the single varietal bittersweet/bittersharp class
  • Gold: Liberty (WA) for “Garratza” within the Wild/Non-Sac class
  • Gold: Baumann (OR) for “Farmers Outdated Normal” within the Wooden Oaked class
  • Gold: 2 cities (or) for “Pacific Pineapple” within the Fruit/Tropical class
  • Gold: Scenic Street (BC) for “Peerry” within the Trendy Perry class
  • Silver: 12 Bridges (OR) for “Tilicum Tropic Thunder” within the Fruit/Tropical class
  • Silver: Longing for (or) “apricot peach” within the fruit/stone class
  • Silver: Lockhorn (MT) for “Galatin Grapefruit Mint” within the Fruit/Citrus class
  • Silver: Ragged and Proper (WA) for “Pomeau” within the Specialty Class
  • Silver: Sea Cider (BC) for “Wild English” within the Wild/Non-Sac class
  • Bronze: Tieton (WA) for “Lavender Honey” within the Botanical class
  • Bronze: Riley (BC) in “Sip and Inform Single Varietal Mac” in Single Varietal – Dessert/Culinary Class
  • Bronze: Inline within the Fruit/Citrus class (WA) “Blood Orange”
  • Bronze: Archibald James Wine & Cider (WA) “Rubus Wild Raspberry” within the wild/non-sac class
  • Bronze: Swift (or) “Blueberry” within the Fruit/Different class

2022 Enjoyable Information:

  • 57 complete medals have been awarded (17 Bronze, 21 Silver and 19 Gold).
  • Finest in Present Seattle Cider (WA) went to Honeycrisp, which gained gold in each the Trendy Candy and Single Varietal Cider – Dessert/Culinary classes.
  • Finest in Present runner up acquired Peak Gentle Cider (OR) for his or her Orchard Reserve Quince Cider, taking Gold for the second 12 months working within the Specialty class.
  • Uncooked Cider Firm (OR) gained Finest New Cider. Uncooked earned gold for the semi dry within the French cider class.

For the total listing of winners go to nwcider.com/information

The Northwest is house to 150 orchard-based, small, unbiased and medium-sized producers, and the Portland Worldwide Cider Cup is the area’s premier judging competitors.

This 12 months, PICC acquired extra cider entries than ever earlier than, with almost 100 entries from 2021. Within the 2022 contest, roughly 50 cideries from OR, WA, MT, ID and British Columbia entered 241 distinctive choices, judged by solely 50 skilled ciders. Judges touring from throughout the area to Portland, Oregon for an all-day judging occasion in early Could.

Emily Ritchie, government director of the Northwest Cider Affiliation, says, “We anticipated progress from final 12 months, however the pleasure of recent ciders in addition to established cideries coming into many ciders and people who had by no means entered the cup earlier than, exceeded our expectations.” The NWCA, which runs the competitors, is a non-profit subsidiary cidermaker in 4 Northwest states and British Columbia—a area acknowledged as probably the most revolutionary cider areas within the nation.

PICC Historical past

Began almost a decade in the past by a handful of native producers, the Portland Worldwide Cider Cup remains to be a little bit of an business insider secret. Born out of the founders’ want to hunt beneficial, blind product suggestions from judges, CUP has been an engine, driving high quality and fostering wholesome competitors and group. PICC has progressively grown in dimension and visibility because the cider class turns into extra identified and extra ciders open their doorways. In 2021, 45 medals have been awarded. In 2022, with a big enhance in aggressive entries, this quantity elevated to 57 medals.

Because the competitors continues to develop, profitable a medal on the PICC is a problem and an honored honour. “Lower than 1 / 4 of the ciders recorded this 12 months gained medals, so these wins actually matter,” says Ritchie. “Cidermaking is a well known and revered craft within the Northwest, and our ciders proceed to earn recognition each at house and internationally.” The NWCA has been working the competitors since 2016, and coaching judging is one thing the affiliation takes significantly.

In regards to the Northwest Cider Affiliation

Established in 2010, the Northwest Cider Affiliation (NWCA) brings cider and cider lovers collectively to be taught, expertise, and luxuriate in Northwest cider tradition. Representing greater than 90 industrial cidermakers all through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is devoted to supporting, selling and rising its thriving business. For extra info, go to NWCider.com and comply with @nwcider on social media.

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