This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Ardiel Cider House Premium Dry Apple Cider

Oddly enough, ciders are classified as wines in Ontario! This week we have embraced this fact and the Ardiel Dry Apple Cider is the perfect way to expand our horizons past the nectar of the grape. Apple cider is a big deal in Ontario – we happen to grow a lot of apples, so it’s a natural match. Over the years, ciders have evolved from a simple, sweet style to drier, more refreshing ciders that please the palate and can pair very well with food. With Mother’s Day on the horizon, why not pass on Prosecco and go local with a cider to pair with brunch, lunch or dinner. Mom will thank you!

Tasting Notes: Ardiel Cider House Premium Dry Apple Cider is made in a classic style showing full, fresh apple flavours with a clean, refreshingly dry finish. This is achieved by adding a splash of unfermented juice and even a touch of apple ice wine!

Enjoy With: Pork chops or roast ham with roasted vegetables for a classic match, but also great for brunch or lunch fare like BLTs, quiche or summer salads, especially with an apple cider vinaigrette dressing!

Style: A fruity, full-bodied, dry apple cider.

Terroir/Region: The Beaver Valley, in the heart of the Blue Mountains, is known for its cool northerly climate where orchard farmers have been growing unique varieties of apples for nearly a century. The Ardiel family preserves and nurtures their older apple orchards to ensure that only the best goes into their artisanal craft ciders.

Producer: Nearly a century ago, Leonard Ardiel planted the first apple trees on the family farm. Since then, his legacy has lived on through the Ardiel family with the goal of producing the elusive “perfect orchard”.  They preserve and nurture their oldest orchards in order to use heritage apples to create delicious, traditional dry ciders.

Availability: Ardiel Cider House Premium Dry Apple Cider is available year-round at the LCBO.  Don’t hesitate to pick up this fine “wine” for the long weekend!

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Price: $3.45

LCBO#: #497214

Size: 473mL

Alcohol Content: 6.0% alc./vol.