It’s not very often that two 5th generation vintners stray from their family’s craft to start their own business ventures, but that’s just what two brothers from Lodi, California did when starting the Cider Brothers company. Michael and Paul Scotto create gluten-free, craft ciders produced from a five-apple blend of Golden Russet, Gala, Fuji, Red
Delicious, and Granny Smith apples.
It is with their wine-making knowledge that the Scotto brothers craft their various ciders, making them aromatic and well balanced. The apples they use are cold pressed and then the juice is fermented for 9-10 days three times, each with a different champagne, wine or ale yeast, depending on the types of flavors they are seeking to gain.
Cider Brothers currently have four craft ciders available: the William Tell Hard Apple Cider, the William Tell Pinot Grigio Apple Cider, the Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider and the Pacific Coast Pinot Grigio Apple Cider. Both Pacific Coast Ciders are branded under the parent company name, Pacific Coast.
The William Tell Hard Apple Cider is crafted from apple juice and other natural flavors. It is dry and tart with some champagne-like qualities. The William Tell Pinot Grigio Apple Cider is 85% cider and 15% California Pinot Grigio. Right from the pour, you can distinctly smell the white grapes thanks to the process the brothers invented called “Frost Fermentation.”
The Pacific Coast Hard Apple Cider is a very light yellow, slightly sweet cider with a bright carbonation and a dry finish.
The Pacific Coast Pinot Grigio Hard Apple Cider is also made with a base of 15% California Pinot Grigio and a finish of their apple cider, which adds complexity and body that a cider normally wouldn’t have. It’s perfect for any wine drinker or craft cider drinker as it pairs just as wonderfully as a normal Pinot would with food.
Each 22-ounce bottle retails for $8.99. Click here to see where you can buy the cider near you.