South Hill Cider & Talking With Steve Selin
Chef Frank & myself were invited out to South Hill Cider to talk with Steve Selin and plant some new apple trees. Steve is a really busy guy and we were happy to get sometime to catch up with him. He is doing some really cool things at South Hill Cider. Running roughly 75 orchards, each ranges in a few trees to a few hundred throughout the local area and he always looking for more.
Steve really looks for interesting apple trees with names like Goldrush, Macoun, Northern Spy and Golden Russet. We learned that apple production for cider is like wine production. Steve picks his apple varieties for their outstanding fermentation qualities. Your similar grocery store-bought apples are not the best for making cider.
For a base understanding of apple cider (Apple Cider 101). The balance of cider is defined by sugar, acid and tannins. For more about tannins in apples. I asked Chef Frank to write his thought on the experience from that day.
As a chef I get extra excited when I can see how the process of an ingredient. Helping Steve, Leah & the team at South Hill Cider by planting some new trees, I learned more than I knew before. My hands were covered in dirt and I walked away with a better understanding what a spring day is like planting new trees in an orchard.
After washing my hands I sunk my teeth into Steve’s mouth watering pommeau and pie. Who doesn’t like pie. By incorporating cider into my cooking over the past few years, has been a real experimental experience for me. I love to use Steve’s ciders because their flavor truly comes through in the cooking process. Pairing well with shellfish to braising chickens. South Hill Cider is one of the greats. I recommend you try them out.
Steve is just one of the many stops along our journey. South Hill Cider’s providing a service that relies on the commitment to making an all natural product. I see this as an inspiration and I highly suggest buying a pint next time you are out. We will check back in with South Hill Cider and the 75+ orchards….
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