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Vine Street: Dunkerton Ciders!

Get Dunkerton'ed On.

Tonight at Vine! 5:30 PM.

Tonight at Vine Street? We dare to Dunkerton on you. No: Maria will not be attempting her 360º reverse windmill. Instead? We're opening up a full lineup from one of our favorite producers of your other favorite fermented beverage... cider!

The Dunkerton Cider Mill, one of England's greats, is set in the ancient parish of Pembridge: a bucolic wonderland of woods and hedgerows, where half-timbered medieval English villages come to butt up against the stone market towns of Wales.

It dates back 40 years, when Ivor and Susie Dunkerton fled London (was it Thatcher? or the fact that this was at the top of the London charts?) and bought a small farm in Herefordshire. At the time? Traditional cidermaking had all but vanished, and the area was dominated by two industrial producers.

Ivor and Susie upended all that: working exclusively with traditional varieties of pears and apples (i.e., ones you've never heard of - think 'Brown Snout,' 'Sheeps Nose,' and 'Foxwhelp...' and we're just getting started!), they farmed organically and made cider without chemicals or concentrates - all daring propositions at the time!

Tonight? Come taste their Dry Cider, their Medium-Dry 'Black Fox' Cider, their single-variety 'Breakwells Seedling' Cider and their pear 'Perry' to boot. And for some cross-channel fun? We're adding two other ciders to the line-up from a fave from Brittany, France: Le Brun! All organic and all-delicious, these six ciders are perfect slammers for Indian summer!

Come Slam Dunkerton.
(You wouldn't have resisted that one, either!)

Tonight at Vine. 5:30 PM.
Six Ciders. $10.

Earlier Event: September 12
Vine Street: Salcheto with Chiara Fe!
Later Event: September 26
Solano Cellars: Hits the Oregon Trail!