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060: Nicole Todd | Santa Cruz Cider Company, CA

060: Nicole Todd | Santa Cruz Cider Company, CA

Scrumping, gluten intolerance and the ingenuity of two sisters helped launched Santa Cruz Cider Company in 2010 and licensed in 2013. Scrumping: Taking apples from a forgotten orchard and one that is owned by someone else. When Nicole Todd and sister Natalie Henze found a forgotten orchard loaded with apples, they decided to go scrumping. That orchard is now owned by a friend and since then they have been offered to use an even larger family orchard dating back to 1880! The apples trees from both orchards are at least 100 years old and you can taste the terroir. The sisters and family hand pick all the apples and press using a Bladder Press. Nicole and I did a vertical tasting of the Barrel Aged Gravenstein Cider. We discuss the use of champagne yeast and the competition that took place in the barrel between the champagne yeast that was pitched and the wild yeast culture that was already in the bottle. What's an Apple Pretzel? Taking a shoot/sucker on an apple tree and wrapping it arou