Naturally, as apple lovers, surrounded by apple orchards, our spirits are made from apples. New York is the second largest apple producer in the United States, home to more than 700 apple orchards.
The apples that go into our products are all harvested from local orchards producing the state’s signature sweet apples like Spy Gold, Cortland, Kingston Black, and Liberty. The more varieties, the better. Each varietal has a different tannin profile and the tannins are critical to the quality of the final product.
After the apples are pressed we add champagne yeast. This step initiates the fermentation process, converting the fruit sugars into alcohol to produce hard cider. With apples, fermentation takes at least three times longer than with grains.
Here we come to a fork in the road. For Comsi Comsa, our artisanal sparkling wine, carbonation is added until we achieve a sophisticated effervescence. The final step is bottling, corking, caging, and foiling.