Podcast: Hard cider is making inroads into Sonoma County

With the apple harvest upon us in Sonoma County, we turn to the subject of hard cider in this edition of “Drinking Stories with Bill Swindell.”

Our guests are Darlene Hayes, author of the book “Cider Cocktails – Another Bite of the Apple,” and Ellen Cavalli, co-owner of Tilted Shed Ciderworks in Windsor. They provide a cider 101 tutorial about the drink and its history in advance of the Gravenstein Apple Fair this weekend at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, where local producers will be pouring.

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Bill Swindell

Business, Beer and Wine, The Press Democrat  

In the North Coast, we are surrounded by hundreds of wineries along with some of the best breweries, cidermakers and distillers. These industries produce an abundance of drinks as well as good stories – and those are what I’m interested in writing. I also keep my eye on our growing cannabis industry and other agricultural crops, which have provided the backbone for our food-and-wine culture for generations.

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