Hard Cider Is Creeping in Among the Vines


Hard cider is hard to miss these days. Edible featured Woodside Orchards in this year’s Low Summer issue and Peconic Bay has been making True Believer since last year turning cidre into something as American as apple pie. New to the game is Wölffer Estate in Sagaponack, which bottled Wölffer No. 139, in two varieties–sparkling dry rosé and a sparkling dry white–earlier this year from apples grown on Halsey Farm in 2012.

Many, including myself, got their first taste of the cider at HARVEST last month. And when Wölffer says dry, it means dry. These ciders have no residual sugar left over from the apple juice before it is fermented, and it has a sturdy spritz, more than beer but less than a full-throated sparkling wine. The juice comes in clear 355 ml bottles, which are sold in four-packs for about $16. A good alternative to the 64-ounce refillable growlers from Woodside and the Champagne cork-topped 750 ml bottles from Standard Cider Company, which produces True Believer and its sidekick True Companion.

The cider is always for sale at the winery’s tasting rooms and at these establishments on Long Island and in New York. Start drinking your apples.