California Cider Association


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  • 18 Aug 2017 10:52 AM | Deleted user

    On Sunday, September 3rd, from 12 to 5pm, this promising new event will feature fall’s favorite fruit — apples! This day of seasonal libations, delicious eats, and a live band includes a number of California ciders, including:

    More information and ticket packages can be found here.

  • 14 Aug 2017 12:47 PM | Deleted user

    Don't miss your chance to enter your cider in the 4th annual California Cider Competition!

    • East to enter
    • Well designed entry classes
    • Great panel of experienced judges
    • Unique opportunity to be judged as a single varietal
    • Winners will have the opportunity to submit samples to TasteTV and be featured on a roundup of the competition's best hard ciders for their television show!
    Entries are due to Thursday, August 24th. Bottles should be shipped to arrive no later than Friday, August 25th. For more information, visit

    Award-winning ciders will be poured at Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show, September 16th-17th. 

    Apple Jack welcomes you to the 2017 Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show!

  • 27 Jul 2017 3:25 PM | Deleted user

    The 44th annual Gravenstein Apple Fair has something for everyone! Presented by Farm Trails, this weekend-long event on August 12th-13th, 10am to 6pm, celebrates the best of Sonoma County with local chefs, farmers, artists, entertainers, craft cidermakers, craft beer makers, and winemakers. Other attractions include live music on 2 stages, arts & crafts vendors, contests, activities, children’s corner, a do-it-yourself tent, life on the farm arena, and of course our famous heirloom Gravenstein apples.

    Cool off from the heat and check out the hottest new trend in Sonoma County: the Gravenstein Apple Fair’s annual craft cider tasting tent, featuring a spread of local cider makers and their artisanal Gravenstein-based ciders!

    Participating cideries include Apple Garden, Ace Cider, Ethic Cider, Devoto Orchards, Gowan's Heirloom Cider, Horse & Plow, Sonoma Cider, Specific Gravity, Tilted Shed, 101 Cider House, and more, all of whom support local apple farmers.

  • 14 Jun 2017 12:13 PM | Deleted user

    The Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition (MASICC) began in 2015 as an inclusive opportunity for ciders made from apples, juice, or concentrate from around the world a chance to shine!

    Now in its 3rd year, the MASICC features the same well thought out entry classes as the its sister competition, the California Cider Competition. Ciders are accepted from both commercial and non-commercial cidermakers, whether they are available to the public, pre-release, or still in the cidery-in-planning stage. 

    This year's classes include Modern, Heritage, Traditional, Sour, Modern Perry, and Traditional Perry for Standard styles of cider, and Fruit, Hopped, Spiced, Wood-Aged, and Fortified for Specialty Styles. There is also a label competition. 

    At the Grand Tasting of the award-winning ciders at the Mendocino County Fair, cider drinkers of all experience levels can taste and learn about the varietals, terroir, qualities, flavors, and techniques behind the finish product in their glass.

    Entries will open soon at, so stay tuned!

  • 05 Jun 2017 11:55 AM | Deleted user

    The California Cider Competition was instituted in 2014 as a way to help consumers find ciders they love and get to know the California cidermakers who craft them. This annual event, now in its 4th year and the state’s only cider competition, is hosted by California’s one and only Apple Show at the Mendocino County Fair. It’s the only fair anywhere with Apple Jack as a mascot!

    We wanted recognize the craft and dedication of California cidermakers who are bottling excellence, while at the same shining a spotlight on ciders made from California-grown apples. Much like premium wine grapes, apples develop different flavor profiles depending on the climate and other conditions in which they are grown. Apples grown in California are packed with flavor and are perfect for fermenting the very best fruit-forward ciders.

    In colonial times, cider was America’s drink of choice for everyone from the Founding Fathers to pioneer families. Hard cider was commonly enjoyed with meals and also used as currency for trading. Now there is a cider renaissance spreading across the country, reaching the hearts of craft beverage enthusiasts as well as people who don’t have a lot of experience with cider yet. At the Grand Tasting of the award-winning ciders at the Mendocino County Fair, cider drinkers of all experience levels can taste and learn about the varietals, terroir, qualities, flavors, and techniques behind the finish product in their glass.

    Entries will open soon at, so stay tuned!

  • 23 Jan 2017 11:25 AM | Deleted user

    Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Good Food Awards! We’d like to recognize the California cider companies who received honors this year.

    We raise our cider glasses to you. Cheers!

  • 31 Jul 2015 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    As promised in January, a board was elected at the first ever California Cider Association general membership meeting held in Santa Clara in May.

    Board members include

    Paul Scotto at Cider Brothers

    Vince Sterne Two Rivers Cider

    Eric Rider Rider Ranch Cider

    Paul Killing at Specific Gravity Cider

    Sharon Gowan at Gowans Cider

    Our association is built from the ground up. Our board volunteers their time to lead our association forward and that is much appreciated. All members contribute to the success of the association and our industry in general. Your input and involvement are not only welcome, they are the foundation on which our success is built!  Please feel free to contact your board members!

    The board will make announcements here from to keep everyone informed. Don't hesitate to keep us informed too!

  • 03 Apr 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for the The California Cider Association Organizing Committee Meeting

    Join us April 17 from 11:00-3:00. Thank you to TricorBraun WinePak, for hosting our meeting in their state-of-the-art boardroom at 2280 Cordelia Road Fairfield CA. (The results of the poll indicated that this was the better time to meet for most. If it doesn't work for you, don't despair! There will be more meetings for you to join in. We want you!)

    We will begin with a general meeting, break up into focus groups/sub-committees, and then return to a general meeting to report and wrap up.

    TricorBraunis providing lunch. Please RSVP so we can plan for you. Thank you Tom and Tricor Braun!!! If there's interest, Tom has offered to give us a tour after the meeting.

    Any questions contact me at:

    direct: 707-205-2538

    cell: 707-280-8374

  • 20 Mar 2015 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Choose your best date for the meeting here.

    California Cider Association Organizing Committee is planning a half day meeting at TricorBraun Winepak in Fairfield.  A big thank you to Thomas Deegan for  has offered his company's boardroom for us for the day.

    We have two dates selected for the first CCA organizing committee meeting . Tell us which date/time works best for you. Voting closes next Tuesday!

    The current plan is to
    1. meet together
    2. break up into workgroups/committees
    3. reconvene the whole group
    4. adjourn

    Agenda items include: mission, members, governance, services and budget, committee reports. (Associate Members, Bylaws, Annual Meeting)

    Choose your best date for CCA organizing committee here

    Voting closes Tuesday!

    Questions? Call Sharon Gowan 707-205-2538 or email

  • 29 Jan 2015 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Cider Summit SF, produced by SBS Imports and Settle Beer Collective, have named California Cider Association a beneficiary of the event, along with Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

    Find out more about the event at

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Address:California Cider Association c/o Augment Media:

134 Lystra Court Ste.A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Phone: +1 (707) 234-3446
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