“Hard” Cider is Not “Hard” to Enjoy

“Hard” Cider is Not “Hard” to Enjoy “Hard cider” is the term given to the alcoholic beverage that is made from fermented apples in order to distinguish it from the non-alcoholic version that is known simply as “cider.” Hard cider is made in virtually the same way that wine is made, via the conversion of simple sugars in the fruit into ethanol, by adding yeasts.

Viognier (“Vee-Own-Yay”)

Viognier (“Vee-Own-Yay”) Viognier is a grape that is as hard to grow as the name is to pronounce. The variety is early ripening, leaving it susceptible to late spring frosts that can burn the delicate buds that would ultimately form all the green growth including the grapes themselves.