Advise on how to pour a "culete", a small amount of cider that is drunk at once
Get yourself into a comfortable position, with your back straight and legs slightly apart in line with your shoulders. Hold the base of the bottle firmly in your right hand. Hold the glass in your left hand, with the index finger and thumb around the glass and the middle finger below. Lift your arm holding the bottle straight above your head, with the tip in front of your forehead. Position the glass in line between your legs and keeping your eyes fixed on the glass, start to incline the bottle little by little, controlling the weight, until the liquid falls over the end of the glass. Guide the glass towards the flow of cider. Pour an amount just enough to be drank in one gulp, called a "culete".
Visit a cider mill
Taking a look at a cider mill can be one of the most fun experiences that you have ever had. Its impressive chestnut barrels with capacities of up to 30,000 litres, the familiarity of the cider mills and the craftmanship of the production process will surprise you. If you have the good fortune to coincide with the harvest season, between October and November, then all the better. Many cider presses combine the visit with sampling of cheese and typical products and some offer ‘espichas', an informal meal at which tortillas (spanish omelette) and chorizo cooked in cider will not be missing. Its origin dates back to the moment when new cider was tasted directly from the barrel, in Spring, a celebration that was shared with family and friends. ‘Espicha' was the small, pointed, wooden contraption which covered the hole where the cider came out.
DO Sidra de Asturias Quality Guarantee
Little by little, it has consolidated itself and the consumer is becoming more aware of the added value that it contains. It has just reached 15 years old, and it predicted to make more than 4 million bottles this harvest. It guarantees that the apple is Asturian and carries out quality inspections with the aim of offering the best cider on the market. Currently, twenty-seven cider mills make cider with Designation of Origin.