It’s autumn, probably my favorite season, and my thoughts turn to autumn things, like apples. Speaking of which, have you ever tried really good cider? No, not Mott’s, but the stuff from places like Normandy and the Berkshires. You know, the slightly hard stuff that is so great with meals like Thanksgiving? Low alcohol, slightly fizzy, refreshingly refreshing. The ciders from Normandy are fabulous and legendary, but my experience with them is that they don’t travel well. They’re great in France, but after a long ocean voyage and time in a warehouse somewhere they just lose their oomph.
Cut to domestic cider, and West County Cider from the Berkshires, just two hours up the road from us. Wow, what a difference. These ciders are fresh, crisp, sparkling and a pure delight. They’re also the only ones I know that are made 100% pure varietal, meaning, all Baldwin, all Macintosh, all Redfield. Redfield? Yeah. This apple has red flesh, so the cider is pink. The rosé of ciders, if you will. You can find the Baldwin and the Redfield at our brand new web store, and of course in our store-store as well.
There are also some amazing pear ciders, but I’ve only found them from Normandy. They’re still very much worth a go. Whatever cider you discover, now is the time to enjoy it, so give it a try. You’ll be hooked.