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Cider 101

A blend of hand-selected, locally grown apples, fermented in stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels, our Cider 101 is delicious, crisp and award-winning!

Available exclusively at NCT Winery



2016 U.S. Open Cider Championship- GOLD medal
New World Cider category

2016 Ontario Cider Awards- BRONZE medal
Traditional Apple Category

  • History:
    The ancient Greeks & Phoenicians enjoyed cider. It naturally spread throughout all of Europe, becoming very popular under the Normans during their conquests.
  • Carbonation:
    Natural carbonation sometimes increased under pressure with CO2. There are also still & petillant varieties.
  • Colour:
    Pale straw to golden yellow, salmon, apricot, or amber.
  • Alcohol:
    Typically 5%-8%.
  • Made from:
    Traditionally apples, other fruits can be added for colour & flavour. This cider is a blend of these apple varieties: Ambrosia, Ida red, Spy, Matzu, Red Delicious.
  • Aroma:
    Apple fragrances - altered by added yeasts, other fruits, sprices, adjuncts.
  • Flavour:
    Apple flavours, sweet to tart.
  • Mouthfeel:
    Refreshing & thirst quenching.
  • Pairs with:
    Pork chops with apple sauce, mild curries, cheeses.

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