Dinner last night was pork chops with sauteed apples. I decided to go with apples to drink as well. The apples in this case were a bottle of Christian Drouin sparkling Cidre Pays d'Auge, the same area that produces Calvados. This is a natural cider from 100% apple juice with no sugar or yeast added, just the natural yeast from the apples.
The color was a beautiful pale gold and the cider smelled like fresh baked apple pie with slight hints of smoke. The taste was tart and fresh with just a suggestion of sweetness. The bubbles added another great dimension.
Just about a perfect drink for the pork and apples. It was light enough in alcohol (4.5% ABV) that it remained refreshing throughout dinner, and there was a glass to sip with some Gruyere cheese after dinner.
Christian Drouin Sparkling Cidre. 4.5% alcohol and $9. Very much a bargain.