Cider for wine lovers—
Cider can have just as much provenance as great wine, with orchard and apple varieties echoing the roles of vineyards and grapes. Our UK regionality is deliciously diverse and as far as food pairings go, cider with just about any pork dish is scrumptious, but try pouring cider with your next cheeseboard for mouthfuls of miracles. Fizzy, flat, funky or fine, UK cider is set to soar in 2021 and make you pop with glee.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
HENNEY’S DRY CIDER (6%), £2 for 500ml, Waitrose. Truly the best-value cider on the high street. No additives, only excellence.
SXOLLIE GRANNY SMITH CIDER (4.5%), £2.10 for 500ml, Sainsbury’s. A sparkling, zingy alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
HUNT’S CROWMAN CIDER (6.4%), £2.75 for 500ml, Butlers-wine cellar.co.uk. Gorgeous! If you like fruity Vouvray, this is the cider for you.
PILTON KEEVED CIDER 2019 (5%), £19.99 for a magnum, Piltoncider.com. The finest drinks pairing with blue cheese on a bagel.
CIDER OF THE WEEK
OLIVER’S FINE MEDIUM CIDER 2018 (5.4%), £9.90 for 750ml, Oliversciderand perry.co.uk. Appley vitality! Put down your Prosecco and try this.
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