The UK’s First Pommelier (Cider Sommelier) Is Announced
Britain’s Beer and Cider Academy has announced the UK’s first accredited Pommelier (cider sommelier). It is award winning drinks educator and writer Jane Peyton.
Skipton-born Jane is the founder of the School of Booze and already an accredited Beer Sommelier who also has a wine tasting accreditation from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
The Pommelier accreditation scheme was devised and taught by cider expert Gabe Cook, also known as The Ciderologist. It was launched by the Beer & Cider Academy in January 2018 and entails passing three courses before sitting an assessment where a range of different styles of cider are blind tasted and must be correctly described and identified. Cider advocacy and cider and food matching ability must be proved.
The Pommelier qualification is the first of its kind in the world and reflects the growing sales demand for cider, which continues to flourish.
Jane Peyton commented “Cider is akin to apple wine – made from the fermented juice of pressed apples, but most people think of it as apple beer because in pubs it is usually sold on draught in pint glasses. The grape varietals determine what the wine tastes like and it is the same with cider and apples. Cider is so diverse and it matches food brilliantly using the tools of acidity, tannins and sweetness just like wine.
“Now I am an accredited Pommelier I can advocate for cider and enlighten people about its diversity, and its sheer wonderfulness. With qualifications in beer, wine and cider, I’m now able to provide an even more comprehensive package for public drinks tasting, education and appreciation and definitely intend to be a roving ambass-cider for the apple!”
The UK’s First Pommelier (Cider Sommelier) Is Announced, 27th September 2018, 8:04 AM