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Staff Pick

Aaron Burr Cidery, Appinette - NV

Item # 31289 750mL
$26.96/ Single Bottle
$323.52 $291.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A sharp, dry cider of Traminette grape and apple. Complex, with a creamy texture and focused apple personality, this cider is best served chilled. Aaron Burr Cidery, located in Wurtsboro in New York's Hudson Valley, is a small, homestead farm, dating back to the early 19th century. Their goal is to re-create "true cider," which was once the most popular drink in America.

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Staff Pick Notes

We keep the Appinette with the ciders because it doesn't really "fit" anywhere in the store. About 70% of the blend is fermented from cider apples from upstate NY. The remaining 30% is made from Traminette, a wine grape descended from aromatic Gewurztraminer. Husband and wife team Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian are dedicated to doing everything for their ciders themselves. That goes for every step of the process: maintaining orchards, harvest and foraging by hand, and long, slow maceration/fermentation in open topped barrel. As a result, their production is capped at 30 barrels a year, with no plans to ever increase. The Appinette is tart and more than a little reminiscent of a good pet-nat, and while it will throw some sediment it's a fairly clean flavor, with beautiful florals and citrus from the grape must rounding it out.


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New York

No longer is our fair state synonymous with Concord grapes and Manischewitz. New York winemakers have embraced international varieties and hit the ground running. The Hudson River Valley is home to the oldest vineyards in New York State. Lake Erie is still dominated by bulk production for grape juice, though a few small, serious wineries are beginning to crop up. Long Island’s maritime climate...

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