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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 »

Cider, Hard Cider, Artisan, Craft

Cider, Hard Cider, Artisan, Craft

I was recently taken to task by a conscientious commenter who took the time to lightly scold me for nomenclature I’ve deployed here at The Cider Journal. The gist of the scold went this way: 1. Don’t use the term “hard cider”…everyone else in the world calls it “cider” 2. Don’t use the adjective “Artisan”….it’s… Read more »

The Top 5 Reasons to Drink Artisan Hard Cider Now

The Top 5 Reasons to Drink Artisan Hard Cider Now

According to Nielsen, during the 12 months ending March 31, retail sales of Hard Cider in the U.S were up 85% over the same 12 month period from a year ago. This should confirm that the hard cider boom remains well under way with steam on its heels? So why is cider taking off? There… Read more »

Tilted Shed Ciderworks and the Tip of the Cider Spear

Tilted Shed Ciderworks and the Tip of the Cider Spear

Despite now having worked in the wine industry in California for 25 years, I did not have the opportunity to witness that unique burst of energy and creativity that took California from producing just wine to producing fine wine. That moment happened before my time in the 1970s when a small group of passionate and… Read more »

Beer and Cider Don’t Mix Like Wine and Cider

Beer and Cider Don't Mix Like Wine and Cider

The craft cider culture in America, and for that matter the craft cider trade, embraces today a distinctly beer-centric perspective on this rising drink and rising business. I find this puzzling given the fact that cider itself is distinctly more wine-like in character. • One is far more likely to seek out craft cider, or… Read more »