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For our first tasting of the New Year, we are revisiting some of the ciders that we found over the last year that were our favorites, whether or not they made it to the Tasting Bar! We hope you enjoy this selection of ciders as much as we have over the last year …
- Domaine du Verger Rosé Cidre Bouche: Since 1983 the Val de Rance cooperative has brought together the cider-making experience of 300 passionate local growers from Brittany. After recent investments, the cooperative has expanded and modernised its equipment. The cider from Domaine du Verger is produced from 100% apple juice. All the apples are harvested 90% from Brittany (bitter-sweet) region and 10% from Normandy (bitter). After being cleaned, the apples are gently crushed; they are then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, and carefully filtered with the addition of Co2 for the carbonation. The pink coloration is natural from the use of a specific variety of apple with red flesh: Baya Marisa. This is a perfect brunch cider that, because of it’s lower alcohol content, you can drink all day long!
- Mandoir de Grandouet Fermier Brut Cidre: A third generation family farm located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, Normandy. With 28 hectares of cidre apple orchards, they graze 80 dairy cows under the trees to have their milk used for AOC Camembert cheese production. The grow about twenty varieties of cider apples that are used in the production of cider and all fermentation is done using native yeasts. This farmhouse cider displays complex aromas of stone and tree fruits along with dried hay, smoky leather and rustic overtones. On the palate, it shows flavors of bruised apples and pears. It has a good balance between a subtle sweetness, tannins and acidity. Lovers of traditional cider will appreciate this cider of authentic character.
- Wyndridge Cranberry Cider: Wyndridge Farm Crafty Cider is York County, PA’s first and largest cider company. They utilize the local bounty of Central Pennsylvania’s apples and don’t add excessive amounts of extra sweeteners. Their Cranberry Cider is crafted in the spirit of a traditional cider. It is made with local Pennsylvania pressed apples, yeast and real cranberry juice. No candy-like sweeteners leave this as a fresh, clean cider with just the right amount of cranberry tartness.
- Sonoma Cider “The Pulley” Absinthe-Style Cider: “Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder…of this surprising hard apple cider with a hint of anise. It’s not obvious that tart, crisp cider would pair with the black licorice flavor of Absinthe, at least not until you try it, and then it makes perfect sense.” Made with organic apples and anise flavoring, this is a unique cider from the heart of wine country!