The Normandy region of France is home to one of America's best-loved international ciders. Duché de Longueville comes from a 50-year-old orchard near Dieppe, France where 15 carefully chosen apple varieties are used to produce this exquisite cider. Many of America's finest restaurants honor Duché de Longueville by offering it as the only non-alcoholic option on their wine lists. My favorite steak house will provide you with a bottle for $35. We offer it at a more reasonable price!
KUDOS: "Cider vinegar dominates the aroma of this deeply golden, clean-filtered cider. The taste is pleasant and sweet . . . This cider from a 50-year-old orchard in Normandy is considered a classic." IMBIBE Magazine, September/October 2006
In 1961, when Russel W. Knudsen began bottling fruit juices from his organic grape vineyard, he did so on one condition: his fresh pressed and blended juices would never have artificial flavors, preservatives or sugar added to them. This commitment ensured that customers who came up the hill to Knudsen's Paradise, Calif., Concord grape vineyard could always buy the finest juice available. Little did R.W. Knudsen know he was starting a tradition of innovation in health-conscious products. Today the innovation continues with Knudsen's Organic Apple Juice, bottled in a celebratory champagne-style bottle.
KUDOS: A light amber, minimally carbonated organic sparkler with a unique, earthy aroma of oats and barley. The flavor is sweet and full, reminiscent of very ripe apples, and beer-like in heaviness." IMBIBE Magazine, September/October 2006
Cider Master David H. Cordtz dropped out of the hard cider business in 1999 to begin Sonoma Cider Mill -- a producer of non-alcoholic juices. In less than two years his entire product line was awarded gold and double gold medals at the prestigious 2001 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Sonoma's sparkling organic apple juice blends six varieties of fresh organic apples to balance the natural sugars and acid and thus enhances the juice's character and flavor.
KUDOS: "Pale and quite clear with light carbonation, this organic sparkler has a very sweet, ripe apple and raisin aroma. The flavor is full and refreshing, with a zing at the finish and a slight cider vinegar character." IMBIBE Magazine, September/October 2006
Keror's highly-refreshing Sparkling Apple Cider is make from a combination of sweet and bitter apples. Looking for a homework assignment? Keror cider apples include Kererrien, Douce Moen, Bedan, and others.
This small boutique winery on Chicago's doorstep reaches into neighboring Michigan for the apples for its cider.
KUDOS: A "very pale yellow-gold, lightly carbonated, highly acidic cider. It's tart and bright, with a slight sparkle. Sweet apple favor lingers on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Almost wine-like in its complexity." IMBIBE Magazine, September/October 2006
If you are looking for an all-Canadian product, Ontario has you covered. The Cider Keg, producer of a wide variety of non-alcoholic ciders and ciders blended with other fruits, has created its own tradition. It's sparkling Christmas cider is a great holiday hostess gift, perfect for Christmas dinner, or just the right nightcap after the kids are in bed and Santa is enroute. And maybe, just maybe, he'd enjoy some cider to go with those cookies!