Take a Walk on the Wild Cide-r: An Introduction to Wild Apples

When you stare deeply into your glass of cider and wonder why it tastes so good, the McIntoshes, Golden Deliciouses and others you savor were probably genetic accidents discovered by a farmers on their properties. The appeal in color and flavor is why they were cloned over the generations. But pre-cultivation, they were very wild.…

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Heirloom, Cider, Wild & More: A Case for Apples

If you know a little about apples, you may be familiar with descriptors such as heirloom, cider, cooking, wild or dessert. But what’s in a name? Would an apple by any other name still taste as sweet? Nope. The flavors of this remarkable pome, let alone the colors, are so wonderfully varied that we might…

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Hard Cider Producers Only Tour with Penn State Extension (March 18)

Looking to up your hard cider game? Wondering what innovations others in the industry are working on? Join Penn State Extension for a Hard Cider Producer’s Only Tour on Friday, March 18. Registration for the event closes on Friday, February 26. The one-day tour will leave from Allentown and take a behind-the-scenes look with Ryan Burk…

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Dorset to Welcome Rare English Cider Apples

More than 300 traditional British cider apple trees have been purchased by the National Trust from Henry May, owner of Tidnor Wood Orchards, in an attempt to keep the collection in Britain. May had recently considered moving the trees to Normandy, France, because he couldn’t find a suitable buyer to tend to the trees in their…

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VIDEO: Inside Look at New Hampshire’s Farnum Hill Ciders

If you’re a cider fan, you’ve most likely heard of the famed Farnum Hill Ciders. In the video below, owner Stephen Wood takes you through the cider-making process from the tree to the barrel for aging. Wood has worked on the farm since 1965 when he was 11 years old. He was there in the…

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What You Need to Know About Feral Cider & Its Makers

Have you heard about feral cider? It’s a recent trend in which cider makers are foraging for apples on the side of the road as well as the local forests of rural America. Their goal is to find new strains of apples that have gone rogue and grown outside of human control. The Tasting Table compiled…

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The 411 on Cider Apples & What You Should Know About Them

Unless you’ve been off the grid for awhile, you’ve probably noticed the substantial growth of fermented, alcoholic cider across the country. Much like wine and craft beer, you can enhance your tasting experience by understanding the complexity of the ingredients and the variables across different brewers and wineries. If you enjoy cider or want to get…

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