The Great Post-Baby Wine Debate

The Great Post-Baby Wine Debate

It has become an ongoing conversation in our home as Our Little Project is nearly done fermenting inside the womb and is set to arrive in just a few short weeks: What shall be the wine that Mother Kathy pops when, after 9 months of abstaining from the nectar, she finally returns the world of the swilling? I’ve been lobbying for champagne, since I too will likely be joining the new mother in her celebration of her return to real…

Apr 17, 2014

New Wine, Beer, Spirits, Cider Legal Blog Launches

New Wine, Beer, Spirits, Cider Legal Blog Launches

A new blog focused on Alcohol Beverage Law has launched: “Lawful Libations” from the New York firm of Farrell-Fritz. Begun in March, Lawful Libations has a certain focus on New York legal happenings connected to the alcohol beverage world, but has also focused on federal issues. It’s a welcome addition to this particularly narrow niche of blogs. Back in 2010 I wrote a post listing the various alcohol beverage legal blogs, in which I profiled 15 different blogs reporting on…

Apr 16, 2014

California Winemakers Go Wild For Hard Apple Cider

California Winemakers Go Wild For Hard Apple Cider

The Troy Hard Apple Cider is a collaboration of Troy Carter and Tony Coturri, one of Sonoma’s organic winemaking gurus. The bottling is apparently the product of an old apple orchard in Sebastopol in Sonoma County. It is made unfined and unfiltered, with no added sulfites and entirely with wild yeast. This is some of the most interesting and unique cider I’ve yet tasted. it will be fascinating to see what the duo of Carter and Coturri do to continue…

Apr 16, 2014

Review of America’s Most Popular Cider

Review of America's Most Popular Cider

Angry Orchard is America’s most popular cider brand, holding something in the vicinity of 40% of the cider market. Owned and produced by The Boston Beer Company, home of Sam Adams Beer, Angry Orchard is the cider you are most likely to find on store shelves and even on beer and wine lists in restaurants. Among its ingredients is “natural flavor”, according to the bottle. I don’t know what “natural” flavor means, but I guess I’m happy it doesn’t include…

Apr 16, 2014

Wine vs Cider—An Exploration Beginning in Berkeley

Wine vs Cider—An Exploration Beginning in Berkeley

My continued exploration of hard cider here at Fermentation is a bit of an experiment as much as it is a personal pursuit. What I wonder as I mix reviews and posts on Cider with my coverage of wine is the extent to which there is any interest in cider among the primarily hard-core wine folks that have read this blog for the past nine years. The jury is out. However, on April 26 I will get a first hand…