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Todd Cavallo and Crystal Cornish left Brooklyn in the summer of 2016 to try their hand at building sustainable food systems in the Hudson Valley. The couple had limited experience in agriculture, mostly confined to growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and hops on city fire escapes, fending off the depredations of spiteful neighborhood squirrels. The fertile Hudson Valley has been a center of New York State's food production for hundreds of years, with a winemaking history to match. Having grown up in NYS, Todd and Crystal wanted to show that the granitic soils and Atlantic/Catskills-influenced microclimates of the Hudson Valley can produce world class wines. Beginning with ten acres, this small, biodynamic, permaculture-focused farm is making outstanding wines and ciders from locally sourced apples and grapes while waiting for their own vineyards to come of age (likely around 2020.) This "Sweetheart" cider is made from 100% Northern Spy apples from Ontario County. The cider was fermented to dryness, then aged for two months on teroldego grape skins (a deeply-pigmented red grape native to northern Italy) sourced from the North Fork of Long Island. Minimal sulfur was used, and the cider was bottled unfiltered and unfined. Beautiful rose-petal pink in color, this offers up lovely aromas of brambly red fruit while retaining the bright acidity characteristic of Northern Spy apples on the palate. Add in some tropical fruit flavors and hints of pink lemonade and Hawaiian punch, and you've got the perfect aperitif! Sustainably grown, low-intervention/natural cider, vegan.