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Now’s a fine time to make wine!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2010 in blog, Cider, Featured | 1 comment

Cider flavor is at its peak right now. We are currently using 6-8 different varieties of apples each time we press a new batch of cider. This means that now is also a great time to try your hand at making some apple wine. There are a number of reasons that you want to choose our cider to make wine with. The first reason is due to the fact that we recently were awarded the blue ribbon for having the best cider in Michigan! The second reason is that our cider is 100% free from any added preservatives. Our cider is made from tree ripened, handpicked apples which means that we don’t have to add any sodium benzoate or potassium sorbate. The third reason is convenience. Just drop off the pails, or jugs that you plan on using and we will fill them for you. So, if you plan on making some wine, give our cider a try. After all, the best cider in Michigan is bound to make the best cider wine. Do you make cider wine?  If so, we’d love to hear from you.  In particular, maybe you could post your favorite wine recipes in the comment section below for all of our readers to benefit. Happy Holidays to you...

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Blue Ribbon Cider!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2010 in blog, Featured | 0 comments

The second week of December marked the annual Fruit and Vegetable Grower Expo held in downtown Grand Rapids.  This expo includes informative education programs, a trade show with over 400 exhibitors, as well as a statewide cider competition.  This year 40 cider entries were submitted for the competition.  The cider is judged by a panel of expert judges who are looking at several different characteristics of the cider.  These include appearance, color, aroma, sweet to tart blend, sugar to acid ratio, flavor, body, and overall impression.  The cider is sent through several rounds until it is narrowed down to the remaining three from which the judges pick a first, second, and third place.  This year we were awarded with first place!  This makes it the third time in which we have been awarded with a first place finish.  After three first place finishes you are also granted the award of the “master cider maker.”  A big thanks goes out to all of our customers who have made it possible for us to achieve these two awards! If you’re wondering where you can purchase this blue ribbon cider, click on the “Retail” link on the menu bar above, and visit any one of these fine Michigan venders that carry our cider.  If you are a retailer yourself and interested in offering Michigan’s very best cider to your customers, give us a call @ 616-889-1864. If you’re already a satisfied consumer of Engelsma Apple Barn Cider, we want to hear from you as well!  Feel free to leave a comment below or on the Apple Barn Facebook page. Season’s...

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