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Finnriver Pear Wine with Apple Brandy

Finnriver Pear Wine with Apple Brandy

Monday, April 2, 2012

“The elegance and sweetness of the organic pear is blended with our custom-distilled apple brandy for a luscious cordial-style dessert wine.”

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Finnriver Sparkling Pear Cider

Finnriver Sparkling Pear Cider

Monday, April 2, 2012

“The subtle orchard qualities of the fermented apple blend with the elegant sweetness of organic pear for a light and lovely sparkling cider. Refreshing before, with, or after a meal.”

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Clear Creek Pear Liqueur

Clear Creek Pear Liqueur

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Because the pear is a relatively simple sweet fruit without the tartness of a berry, the Pear Liqueur was the trickiest liqueur to make. Good balance is important. We wanted to avoid making it overly sweet, which is easy to do with the Bartlett pear, or overly fiery with alcohol. Clear Creek is famous for its Eau de Vie de Poire (pear brandy). Because the base of the Pear Liqueur is our pear brandy, you get that same beautiful nose of a perfectly ripe pear for which our Poire is famous. The taste is surprising complex, smooth, slightly floral, with a little bit of acidity, and a pear finish that lingers long after you set down the glass.

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Clear Creek Pear Brandy (pear in bottle)

Clear Creek Pear Brandy (pear in bottle)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In addition to our pear eau de vie, we do a special bottling of pear-in-the-bottle. To make pear-in-the-bottle we actually grow the pear inside of the bottle in our orchards, and then fill it with our pear eau de vie. This practice of growing pears in the bottle is traditional in Alsace where pear brandy has been made for hundreds of years.  Pear-in-the-bottle is highly labor intensive, requiring weeks of work putting the bottles on the trees in late May when the small pear will still fit in the neck of the bottle, tending them all summer, and picking them in late August. Since we use no preservatives or artificial cleaning solutions, each pear and each bottle must be painstakingly scrubbed by hand before we fill with our pear eau de vie for which we are known worldwide.  Due to the unpredictable nature of pear growth from year to year the pear in the bottle is only available certain years.

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Clear Creek Pear Brandy

Clear Creek Pear Brandy

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This is classic eau de vie de poire. We use Williams (Bartlett) pears from our own orchards in Parkdale, Oregon. We crush and ferment the whole pear and then distill the pure fruit mash in our German-made pot stills. It takes about 30 pounds of pears to make one 750ml bottle of Pear Brandy.  This is still our best product and our best seller.  The pear nose is intense, the taste is strong, but pure, and the aftertaste is clean with a surprisingly strong hint of pear.  In warmer parts of the country and in the summer, it should be served chilled.

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Adytum Honey & Pear Mead

Adytum Honey & Pear Mead

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

“Wassaile the trees, that they may beare You many a Plum and many a Peare: For more or less fruits they will bring, As you do give them Wassailing.”

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Aperitif Pear Wine

Aperitif Pear Wine

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

This wonderful wine blends Bosc, Bartlett, and Asian pears from the Asian pear tree in the vineyard. The juice is fermented and then part of it is distilled locally into a pear brandy, which in then reintroduced into the wine. The bold brandy aroma comes straight to the front of the nose, but takes a backseat to the flavor of pear.

This unexpected treat is flavorful and balanced and complements desserts, fruits, and cheese. Homer referred to pears as “the fruit of the Gods,” and with a taste of this fortified wine, you will see why.

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