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Sonoma Is the Apple of This Producer's Eye

Dana Nigro
Posted: August 21, 1999

A new tasting room has popped up in Sonoma County's wine country -- but this one is serving up hard cider, not Chardonnay. The California Cider Company has set up a pub in Sebastopol, which not long ago was better known for apple orchards than for vineyards.

Open since late July, The Ace in the Hole combines the atmosphere of an English pub with that of a California winery tasting room. The cider pub showcases Ace Premium Hard Ciders, a line of apple, pear and honey ciders made at the companys on-site mill from Sonoma County fruit.

Visitors to the wine region who tire of imbibing too much Pinot Noir can take a break with a drink at The Ace in the Hole, located on Highway 116 en route to the California coast and the Russian River Valley wineries and resorts. In addition to its three regular bottlings, the pub will feature a changing roster of different ciders, such as mango and English "scrumpy." Visitors can also tour the cider mill and learn about the history and process of cider-making.

The Ace in the Hole
3100 Gravenstein Highway N.
Sebastopol, Calif. 95472
Telephone: (707) 829-1101
Open: Daily, 10:30 a.m.  5:30 p.m.

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