Cider Review: Hogan’s Dry Cider from England’s Westmidlands

Cider Review: Hogan's Dry Cider from England's Westmidlands

Hogan cider out of England produces ciders and perrys from the famed orchard growing areas of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire counties. The various cider varieties are fermented separately at Hogan, then a blend is composed with the goal being to produce a cider that balances alcohol strength, tannins, acidity and sweetness. The Hogan Ciders win numerous medals at competitions across the globe. Proprietor Allen Hogan is active on Twitter and well worth a follow at: @HogansCider. Hogan Dry Cider Alcohol:…

Apr 15, 2014

Celebrating The Best Defined Wine Growing Region in California

Celebrating The Best Defined Wine Growing Region in California

One of the criticisms of the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system (our appellation system) in the U.S. is that it imposes so few rules on the use of a place-name that buyers can have few expectations of what they will be tasting when they buy a bottle of wine with “Russian River Valley”, “Sonoma Coast”, “Dry Creek Valley” or any other AVA on the label. Beyond requiring that a certain percent of the grapes used to make the wine must…

Apr 12, 2014

A Single Varietal Cider For Wine Lovers

A Single Varietal Cider For Wine Lovers

The Kingston Black apple is a renowned English cider apple that provides cider blends with the bitterness and acid that well-balanced cider will possess. The Kingston Black falls into the “Bittersharp” category of cider apples. It’s quite rare to find a cider, like the one reviewed here, to be made with nearly 100% Kingston Black apples. The producers are the folks from West County Cider, who have been producing Ciders from their Massachusetts location 30 years now. They use their…

Apr 11, 2014

Top Rated Ciders of the Week

Top Rated Ciders of the Week

Three bottlings make into my Top Ciders of the Week Category this friday. Two come from France and both are pear ciders—in France known as “Poire” and here in America most often referred to as Perry. The third on the list is a very unique cider produced by one of America’s most famous winemakers. Bonny Doon Vineyards Sparkling ¿Querry? * * * * of 5 Stars Eric Bordelet Sparkling Pear Cider * * * * /* * * * *…

Apr 11, 2014

The 1st Rule of Tied House Laws and Alcohol Sales

The 1st Rule of Tied House Laws and Alcohol Sales

It is useful to return to the topic of the ongoing political debacle currently playing out among Florida craft brewers and wholesalers. It’s an opportunity to examine the most efficient and beneficial way alcoholic beverage can be sold today and why reform to the tied-house laws and three-tier system makes tremendous sense. As a reminder, a bill is currently making its way through the Florida legislature that, if passed, would require Florida’s craft brewers who sell their cans and bottles…