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It was a typical weekend – grilling, sipping cold ones and watching the game with friends. Just after halftime, I started thinking it would be great to find a beverage we could enjoy all afternoon. Something satisfying like craft beer but not as heavy, and refreshing like good wine, but with less alcohol. The idea of a clean, fresh hard apple cider crossed my mind, and the whole gang liked the idea (especially the ladies).
Monday, I tracked down my winemaker brother Paul. I harassed him for weeks. It took some persuading, but eventually he caved, and we set out together to craft the perfect hard apple cider.
I’m not exactly sure how many batches we tried, because I was nearly burnt out tasting Paul’s experiments. Then in February, he nailed it and Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider was born! Not only is it refreshing, it has the same subtleties and complexities as some of Paul’s award-winning wines. It goes down clean and smooth with less than 7% alcohol, so we can all enjoy it from kickoff to the final whistle. (Michael Scotto, Cider Brother I)
Dry Hard Apple:
Beautiful, clean and effervescent with a wisp of pale gold and a tint of green on the edge. The tiny bubbles are very active with enticing apple aromas that jump out of the glass. Green apple, and lemon and lime notes round out the aromatics. Hits the palate with carbonation, tartness and a hint of tannin balanced by ripe green apple and lime, leading to a creamy richness in the finish.
Pairings: Oysters, Charcuterie, Aged Cheeses, Session-Style Drinking
HIGHEST RATED STANDARD CIDER, California State Fair
Dry Hard Apple w/Pinot Grigio:
With pale straw color & perfect clarity. The candied apple aromas are layered with hints of crisp Pinot Grigio. Significant effervescence hits the palate with candied apple flavors and lime, citrus and Pinot Grigio accents, followed by a soft, lingering finish and a little tannic bite.
Pairings: White Meats, Asia-Themed Pork, Crab and Shrimp
GOLD MEDAL, 91 POINTS, Beverage Testing Institute
Dry Hard Apple w/Strawberry:
Resembles a crisp Rose wine in color and taste. Fruity aromas of fresh strawberries, vanilla cream and honey lead to sweet citrus, melon and mineral flavors. Medium bodied and very well balanced. Starts slightly sweet but finishes dry, soft and lingering.
Pairings: Fresh Fruit, Goats Milk Cheeses, Spicy Latin and Asian Appetizers
DOUBLE GOLD, Finger Lakes Int’l Wine Competition
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Apple Mango Muscat Cider:
Cider never tasted like this crisp, new creation: our unique blend of hand crafted hard apple cider, delicately floral Muscat wine and lush, tropical mango. Crack open a can today for instant sunshine and a perfect pouring partner!
Pairings: Spicy treats, well seasoned meats and almost any tasty sweets!
Dry Hard Apple w/Wild Cherry:
Very complex flavors with a light cherry color. The generous effervescence carries aromas exploding with sour cherry and cinnamon. Flavors continue on the palate with spice and oak tannins. Medium bodied with rich mouthfeel and a hint of cinnamon.
Pairings: Hard Cheeses, Fatty Duck, Smoked Meats, Burgers with Blue Cheese