A Spirited Day at Finnriver Farm and a Wine to Match

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by

Finnriver Farm and Cidery
My first day at Finnriver Farm was full of hard work (well, for a soft-handed city boy) but very rewarding. I’m already fond of the chickens and their unbridled enthusiasm for being fed. And during morning egg collection (some of them still warm), I was surprised at how many I gathered even though winter production is less vigorous.

Finnriver Farm and Cidery
And along with eating these incredibly fresh eggs, there was a host of winter produce to enjoy. Potatoes, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, kale, and the aforementioned eggs all made for a delicious skillet lunch.

Finnriver Farm and Cidery

I must admit to being surprised at so much food being available on a farm in January. I couldn’t help but think of an article written by my friend Amy Pennington about how to eat seasonally in the winter in the Pacific Northwest; the timing of its publication, days before I left for Finnriver, couldn’t have been more appropriate. When we think of farm-fresh produce, we’re probably dreaming of picking berries in the summer sun, not snipping kale in the gray and cold rain.

Finnriver Farm and Cidery

So how do you combat the dampness and chill of a winter on the Olympic Peninsula? Fortunately, Finnriver is also a cidery, and they make a wider range of ciders and fruit wines, from dry to sweet, sparkling to still. The one I am particularly fond of this time of year is the Spirited Apple Wine. It’s apple wine with apple brandy and, while it has port-like strength (18.5% alcohol), it has a certain lightness to it that I find unique. To quote the back label, it brings you “warmth and good cheer.”

So does the entire farm.

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6 Responses

  1. Marissa says:

    Jameson, this sounds amazing! There’s nothing like still-warm eggs (we had two Rhode Island Red hens in our backyard when I was growing up). I can’t wait to read more of your adventures!

    • Jameson says:


      It’s been a wonderful experience that has just begun! Thank you for reading and your comment.


      PS: They ship to California. 🙂

  2. rob bahnsen says:

    Hey Jameson, strangely enough, you look right at home with the chickens. WTF is that about? 😉

    Making Kale/White bean tuscan soup tonight, must be the season.

  3. sippitysup says:

    I am stealing that top photo. I know it will make me smile countless times. But my question is does “a spirited apple wine” mean that it is fortified with the brandy, kinda like port, right? Have patience I am just learning. GREG

    • Jameson says:


      Steal away! I have Farmer Janet to thank for the ace photo; so glad it will make you smile! You’ve got it right: it’s apple wine fortified with apple brandy.


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