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Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Talks Hard Cider and Business

Diane Flynt of Foggy Ridge Talks Hard Cider and Business

In November of 2013, the New York Time’s wine critic Eric Asimov reviewed American craft ciders and determined that the “Serious Cider” From Foggy Ridge in Virginia was his panel’s number one pick. The article did a great deal for American craft cider, exposing the growing category to many who had no idea of its… Read more »

A Plan For Turning the Wine Snob Into a Cider Lover

A Plan For Turning the Wine Snob Into a Cider Lover

It is an occupational hazard of the cider aficionado to have to confront the wine snob who instinctively turns their nose up at cider. Turn the average wine snob on cider in their most lucid moments and you are more than likely to hear something like, “I don’t drink cider” or “I’m not into simple… Read more »

Top Five Reasons To Drink Hard Cider on the 4th of July

Top Five Reasons To Drink Hard Cider on the 4th of July

Independence Day is one of my most favorite holidays primarily because it provides Americans with a unifying reason to celebrate: The founding of our country. Additionally, the celebrations across the country tend to be social, communal and region specific. And, importantly, it’s a perfect excuse to eat and drink well. All that said, there is… Read more »

Cidercraft Magazine and Craft Cider’s Identity Crisis

Cidercraft Magazine and Craft Cider's Identity Crisis

I got my first look at the new “Cidercraft Magazine” and it looks good. Looking good is a prerequisite of print magazine publishing in this age of dumping pulp in favor of electrons. However, Cidercraft Magazine not only looks good but it is also a lively spokespiece for the cider revival. Among the “What is… Read more »

On Eric Bordelet Ciders—Among The World’s Greatest Refreshments

On Eric Bordelet Ciders—Among The World's Greatest Refreshments

By Randy Kemner, Proprietor, The Wine Country This article first appeared at the blog associated with “The Wine Country”, an outstanding source of wine and cider located near Long Beach, California. The Wine Country carries an excellent selection of ciders, as well as Eric Bordelet Ciders including his Sidre Tendre Doux, the Poire Authentique, and… Read more »

The Top Five Cider Producing States in the U.S.

The Top Five Cider Producing States in the U.S.

Apples, be they of the cider or dessert variety, can grow throughout the continental United States. The same can be said for grapes. However, like grapes, apple trees tend to produce higher quality fruit in those regions where the climate (and to some extent, soil) are better suited to the fruit. Certain states/regions in the… Read more »

Sonoma County’s Cider Revival is Here

Sonoma County's Cider Revival is Here

Sonoma County, in the heart of the California wine country, has become a destination for craft cider enthusiasts and it should be no surprise given the county’s past. At the turn of the 20th century more than 11,000 acres of Sonoma County land was devoted to apple orchards. Many of those acres were devoted to… Read more »

American Hard Cider and the Idea of Nostalgia

American Hard Cider and the Idea of Nostalgia

Nostalgia.(nos-tal-gia) no-stal-juh a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time. Nostalgia is a powerful sentiment, particularly in our current age when moments tend to move quickly past us, the new thing is ever present and the future hovers over us always. That desire to trap oneself in a nostalgic moment is a… Read more »

Top Rated Recently Reviewed Hard Ciders

Top Rated Recently Reviewed Hard Ciders

Over the past two weeks of tastings and reviews at The Cider Journal, these ciders have stood out above the rest and deserve your special attention. Click on the name of the cider to read the full review. Tilted Shed 2012 Lost Orchard Cider * * * * “This is high quality, well-cared for juice… Read more »

Vintage Variation and Aging Hard Cider—The Cider Journal’s EZ Orchard Interview

Vintage Variation and Aging Hard Cider—The Cider Journal's EZ Orchard Interview

Kevin Zielinski is the proprietor of EZ Orchards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. His one and only cider, a French inspired bottling, is produced from primarily traditional French cider apple varieties growing on his family’s farmland. The 2011 vintage is the only domestic cider yet to earn 5 stars from The Cider Journal.  Zielinski approaches and… Read more »