Not Beer, Not Wine, Hard Cider

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

You might mistake this fruity effervescent drink for Belgian fruit Lambic, or a champagne cocktail made with pear liqueur. But this is neither beer nor wine, it's hard cider. It's only 4 percent alcohol, so it's just a little stronger than near beer. But the flavor isn't like you typical English pub hard cider.

Normandy cider maker Eric Bordelet was once a rock star on the Paris wine scene. As the sommelier at l'Arpége, a Michelin Three Star restaurant in Paris, he presided over one of the city's best wine lists. But everything he learned about the trend toward biodynamic wine made him want to return to his family's pear orchards in Normandy.

Bordelet began making apple and pear ciders, the traditional beverages of Normandy, with the assistance of the best minds in the French wine business. His pear cider is made with fruit from 300-year-old trees. And he waits until the fruit is so ripe it falls to the ground. The result is cider with the complexity of fine wine.

At $35 a bottle, this cider isn't cheap, but it's very interesting as an aperitif, or instead of wine with a cheese and fruit tray.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.