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This Summer I’ll be Celebrating the birth of my baby girl with friends, family and a bottle of Thatchers Family Reserve Sparkling Apple Wine
When you think of Somerset, what springs to mind? Glastonbury festival, perhaps? The beautiful Quantock hills? The Guy Fawkes Carnivals? Apples? . . .and even better . . .Cider.
Thatchers have been making cider since 1904 and a trip to the county isn’t complete without sampling some of their finest. This summer I’ve been trying out theThatchers Family Reserve Somerset Sparkling Apple Wine – the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family.
It is widely believed that the people of Somerset drinks gallons and gallons of cider and honestly it’s not a rumour that is entirely untrue – having spent the best part of the last fifteen years working in country pubs in Somerset, I can kind of see why people might think that. Cider is certainly the drink of choice in Somerset, especially Thatchers Gold.
Having a pint of cider on your 18th Birthday is practically a right of passage here in the westcountry. This, for me, was followed by that stage in my early twenties where I was able to go out for a few ciders every weekend and forget the stresses of the working week and often enjoyed a cider at home before the big night out too.
In my late twenties, things began to change again and thoughts of buying a house, being responsible and settling down start to trickle in. But I’d still enjoy a Thatchers Cider as night’s out were replaced with a Sunday Carvery at the local pub and lazy Saturday afternoons in the beer garden soaking up the sunshine with friends anf family.
Of course, things have changed even more now we’ve started a family. With little ones around, work and family life take priority and suddenly I realize it’s been weeks, even months, since I’ve seen some of those friends I used to enjoy acider with.
I wonder they’re up to, how life has been treating them.
Eventually I decide to get in touch . . .
Drink? This weekend? Party at my place!
And as I wait for a reply, the memories come flooding back – every night spent singing, lauging and watching the sun go down, the karaoke bars, the poker nights, curries with the lads, end of skittles season knee’s ups. The birthdays, the celebrations, the commiserations.
All of which started with cider enjoyed with friends.
This summer I’ll be making an extra effort to meet up with those friends and as we see each other so much less now I want to make the occasion extra special, especially as we welcome our new baby girl to the world.
That’s where Thatchers Family Reserve Somerset Sparkling Apple Wine comes in
While I will always be a fan of a traditional cider, sometimes an occasion calls for something extra special – something designed for a celebration.
Thatchers Family Reserve is actually a ‘champagne cider’ which was originally introduced by William Thatcher in the early 1900s. More recently Thatchers have taken this recipe for sparkling apple wine and created a beautiful and elegant fizz – perfect for those, who like myself, prefer the finer things in life.
Sparkling, crisp and delicious (I should know, I sampled enough of it!) Thatchers Family Reserve makes a really lovely alternative to prosseco and for me here in the west country I love that I’m celebrating with something that has been locally produced.
My husband and I took a few minutes to try a glass to ourselves before our guests arrived and quietly toast the arrival of our beautiful baby daughter Aubrey who was born earlier this month.
I want to make every time I see my friends this summer a special occasion and enjoying a chilled glass of Thatchers Family Reserve helps me do just that – turning an ordinary meet up into a cause for celebration.
And who could enjoy a glass of Somerset sparkling apple wine without a toast?
So here’s to Family and Friends.
Here’s to Celebrating Life with those we love.
Here’s to Somerset, Apples, and of course, Thatchers family Reserve Sparkling Apple Wine.
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