If Eve Tempted Adam with an Apple…

what could she do with a good hard cider? I have tried and enjoyed a few hard ciders, but usually think that one is enough. They are just a little too sweet for me. But, I have now tasted Original Sin. And I loved it. Light, refreshing, appley effervescence.  I was as intrigued by the story as the cider. I spoke with the founder, Gidon Coll, during a recent tasting at Central Market in Austin. His family’s farm, located in upstate New York, went out of business twenty years ago. Instead of giving up, he used this as an opportunity to change gears and start growing apples and producing cider. Educated at Cornell’s School of Agriculture, he enlisted the help of a local winemaker and, after much trial and feedback, Original Sin was born. Can you think of a better name for hard cider? Another product he let me sample was a Newton Pippin Single Heirloom Varietal Cider. The Newton Pippin was a favorite of our founding fathers and makes a brilliant cider. Hoping to indulge in Original Sin? Their website has a list of distributers…and you won’t even have to go to confession.

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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