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10 Little-Known Facts About Cider

Alicia Butler Monday, March 25, 2019

Cider is one of the unsung heroes in America’s alcoholic beverage industry. It’s both cheap and easy to produce. And it’s also just plain tasty.

So why don’t we see more cider in bars in the U.S.? Why don’t we see any cider bars for that matter?

  1. Cider Was America’s First Alcoholic Beverage

    Cider first landed in America in the 1600s. English settlers were the first to make this sweet-tart beverage in the new world and used New England apples to do so. You think today’s cider craze...
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How to Drink Fine Cider

Alicia Butler Monday, March 18, 2019

There’s no arguing the fact that both beer and wine are equally popular in the U.S. You’ll find these two alcoholic beverages in grocery stores, bodegas, liquor stores and specialty shops. Americans are obsessed with both fine wines and budget ones.

But what about beer’s and wine’s other, more exotic relative — hard cider? A beverage that has been around for just as long as its fruity and hoppy cousins?

Lately, we’ve been seeing a resurgence of cider, and we’re not surprised. This light and fruity alcoholic beverage is just as tasty and versatile as both beer and wine. And lucky for you...

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Is Your Wine Bad or Just Not for You?

Alicia Butler Monday, March 11, 2019

Finding your wine sweet spot isn’t always easy. You need to be willing to try some wines you won’t necessarily love before finding ones that seem like they are basically made for you. Finding the right wine can sometimes feel like finding a life partner. You need to find out what you don’t like before discovering what you do.

But what if your taste buds aren’t the problem? What if a wine is simply just bad? While we love bad boys, bad wine? Not so much.

Luckily, there are few red flags...

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March 2019 Wine Reading List

Alicia Butler Monday, March 04, 2019

What’s better than drinking wine? Reading about it. Just kidding. Drinking it is always better.

Sometimes being a wine connoisseur can get a little confusing. Luckily, we’ve got a few books that will help you navigate this sometimes-confusing world of wine, so you can get back to the important stuff: drinking it.

Trevor’s Picks: “Gallo Be Thy Name” and “To Cork or Not To Cork”

Have you guys met Trevor? He’s the one at the helm here at Terrific Tours. When it comes to wine books, the guy knows what he’s talking about. If you happen to run into him on one of your wine tours of Sonoma County, he’ll be more than happy...

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What to Do With Leftover Wine?

Alicia Butler Monday, February 25, 2019

Here in Sonoma Valley, we don’t even recognize the phrase ‘leftover wine’ as a legitimate concern. We can’t remember the last time we didn’t finish an open bottle (hey, we’re completionists, OK?).

Yet, we know that not everyone is as wine obsessed as we are. And we can’t bare the thought of any wine wasted because of improper storage. We get it, parties happen. Sometimes we open the wrong bottle. Maybe you’re just not as thirsty as you thought.

Which is why we are imparting some vital knowledge: a few ideas...

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