Where Wine and Beer Meet: Cider

It’s the middle of harvest and we all have been rather busy with picking grapes and the numerous wine festivals this time of year. All that being said, I never got to write a blog for last week…  

So without further ado: Cider

While I was at Cornell, one lecture was devoted to the topic of apple cider. One point brought up was, “What exactly is cider? Would you call it a wine or would you call it a beer? It doesn’t really fit either category…”

Cider, to me, is where the brewing world and the wine world meet. It is sold like a beer, often with crown caps, carbonation, and generally has the same alcohol level as a beer. From the wine end the apple juice is fermented like any other fruit wine, just with a shorter fermentation since there is less sugar in apples. The line really blurs when one starts to consider carbonation, some cider is flat like most wines others have CO2 like most beers. Legally though, cider is simply fermented apple juice with a final alcohol level below 7%.

Enough of that debate though; let’s get into what makes a good cider. Surprisingly, the answer is sharp (highly acidic) apples. Well, a blend of those and sweet apples. Most of a good cider’s structure comes from the acid that found in the sharp apples. Too few sharp apples and the drink feels watery and flat. Too many sharp apples will produce a cider that will make someone pucker in an instant. The key is finding the right blend of sweet and sharp apples.

Lastly, I’m proud to say that our Artisan Orchard Cider, just released this past weekend, is my first creation as a winemaker! I hope you enjoy it.

-Brian Tomasello 4th Generation Outer Coastal Plain Winemaker Tomasello Winery

 

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Appel Farm Music and Wine Festival

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Editors note: The Appel Farm Festival was cancelled due to weather and will be rescheduled for June 4, 2016. We at Tomasello Winery will be there!

Hello wine lovers. We here at Tomasello winery are very excited to tell you that we will be attending the Appel Farm Music and Wine Festival. It will be June 4, 2016. 

The wineries that will be there are Tomasello Winery (us), Amalthea Cellars, Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery, Bellview Winery, Coda Rossa Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Harvest Ridge Winery, Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Paradocx Vineyard, Penn’s Wood Winery, Plagido’s Winery, and Wagonhouse Winery. That’s New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania wineries in attendance.

Not only will there be a plethora of delicious wines but there will be great toe-tapping music as well. Performances include a female blues and roots trio from Philly called No Good Sister, a southern Jersey swing band called Swing that Cat, Nancy Micciulla a songwriter and guitar player, and a roots-reggae-rock band named Steppin’ Razor. There are enough musical styles here to make everyone happy.

There are even great things for the kids to enjoy. There will be a Discovery Arts Tent where kids can create their own art to take home and a Kids Zone where kids can play and have fun with their families.

The coolest thing about the Appel Farm Music and Wine Festival also has an overnight experience for those who want to turn their wine festival trip into a mini vacation. Guests are invited to stay overnight in Appel Farm’s modern housing facilities to enjoy additional festivities including dinner, private concert by Joe DiVita Steel Drums, dessert wine pairing with s’mores and breakfast the next morning. Stay in South Jersey Sunday for WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft. Show your Appel Farm Music & Wine Festival admission ticket and receive 1/2 off one general admission for Festival of Fine Craft that Sunday.

The whole Appel Farms experience sounds like it will be a lot of fun. You can buy your tickets HERE. Don’t forget to say hello to us at the Wine and Music Festival and share any pictures with us on Facebook.