Tuesday, February 24, 2015


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.

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