Big Apple Juice: where's a good French cider selection in NYC?
December 6, 2013 9:29 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a merchant in NYC who sells a good selection of French sparkling hard dry ciders (from Normandy and Brittany). Also great if said merchant has more diverse hard cider options (UK or Scandinavian etc.)
Downtown would be ideal, but I'm open to options anywhere in the NYC area. Finally, among NYC-available ciders you have tried, I would be glad for recommendations.
I recently renewed a long-ago love for the sparkling ciders (apple or pear) of the Normandy and Brittany styles. I was not aware they had undergone an artisanal revolution, with organic producers and traditional techniques etc., but apparently it's a thing in Paris, where I recently encountered several that were stunningly good and had a distinctiveness I'd call terroir if they were wines, paired differently with food, came in varying levels of dryness, still had sediment and yeast lees, that kind of thing.
30 years ago, when I first fell for them, only the good but generic Purpom was imported to the US. Is anyone in NYC developing this, either a wine store or a bar/restaurant, as a niche?
I would also be curious to hear more about artisanal cider in general -- surely there is also a US (and more to the point perhaps, Canadian) version of this happening somewhere? Where can I follow this world online?
Would also take recommendations either in Seattle or the SF Bay Area, by the way, since those are places I go that have better wine and beer and artisanal food scenes than NYC.
Does Washington State or Oregon have a Cider Trail?