2017 Seminars

Learn more about cider during the event in these FREE seminars!


Single Varietal Ciders: Tell Me More!
Presented by: Gidon Coll of Original Sin Cider
Session 1: 1:30pm
Session 2: 6:30pm

Most ciders available in the market today are made from a blend of apples since there are very few apples that provide the right amount of flavor, tannins, acidity, and sugar. Therefore, the hard cider you're drinking is likely developed from a base juice combined with aromatic apples and cider/crab apples. However, as cider making continues to evolve cider makers are testing themselves to produce ciders from a single type of apple. These ciders are called "single varietal ciders," and they require attention and craft. In this seminar, learn about the leading apples used to make single varietal ciders and take the opportunity to try some single varietal ciders.

About Gidon Coll:
Gidon Coll is the Founder/President of Original Sin Cider. Established in 1997, Original Sin is one of the pioneers of the modern day cider revival. Today the product is distributed in 30 states, the United Kingdom, Japan and Hong Kong. In 2012, Mr. Coll set-up a small orchard on his family's old dairy farm in Upstate New York. The orchard features over 120 varieties of cider, heirloom and endangered apples.


DIY: Make Quality Cider at Home
Presented by: Ronald Sansone and William Grote
Session 1: 2:30pm
Session 2: 7:30pm

In this seminar, two award-winning New England home-based non-commercial cider makers will be offering their views and insights on cider making on a small scale at home. They will go over the necessary equipment and where to acquire it, local sources of quality apple juice for fermenting, the importance of yeast selection and more. They will also provide samples of unique homemade ciders and what you need to have to make them on your own. Attendees will have plenty of time for Q&A while sampling.

About Ronald Sansone:
Ronald was living in London in the late 80's when he first came upon cider. By the time he returned stateside his taste for cider had grown, but he found that the states were seriously lacking in their offerings. Back home he was able to find some "hard cider," but it wasn't like the ciders in the UK, so he took up home brewing and cider making. This led him to further his cider skills by attending cider making classes at Cornell and also Oregon State University's Craft Cidery workshop. Ronald have been blogging about his cider experiences at DrinkingCider.com; has become a cider column contributor at the beer newspaper, The Ale Street News; and is part of the Cider Culture team. He's an award-winning cider maker and judge at GLINTCAP, a judge for the Franklin County CiderDays amateur cider competitions and one of the first recipients of the United States Association of Cider Makers' cider certification.

About William Grote:
William Grote is a cider maker and orchardist from Boston whose ciders have won multiple First-Place awards at Franklin County Cider Days, including two in the Best of Show; and several medals from the prestigious GLINTCAP (Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition). William developed a deep knowledge of - and thirst for - real cider during the 10 years he lived in Frankfurt am Main, the cider capital of Germany, and he brought that passion back to New England, where he is currently working with a number of historical orchards and commercial cider makers to develop hyper-local farm based ciders. William received a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - and an MBA from Boston University. William is a member of the United States Association of Cider Makers and is CCP-Level One certified.