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150+ attend cider tasting, tours at Cornell Orchards

More than 150 people flocked to Cornell Orchards Sunday to sample cider from six local producers (Black Diamond CiderGood Life CiderRedbyrd Orchard CiderRootstock Ciderworks,  South Hill Cider and Star Cider), tour cider apple research plots, and mix their own juice blends from apple varieties grown expressly to enhance cider flavor. The event was part of Finger Lakes Cider Week, which continues through October 9.

If you couldn’t make it, here’s what you missed:

Horticulture professor emeritus Ian Merwin pours a sample of his Black Diamond Farm cider.

Horticulture professor emeritus Ian Merwin pours a sample of his Black Diamond Farm cider.

Multiple cider hues ready for tasting.

Multiple cider hues ready for tasting.

Slicing cider apples for sampling.

Slicing cider apples for sampling.

Horticulture graduate students Adam Karl and Nathan Wojtyna juice cider apples for hands-on 'make your own blend' tasting activity.

Horticulture graduate students Adam Karl and Nathan Wojtyna juice cider apples for hands-on ‘make your own blend’ tasting activity.

Assistant professor Greg Peck began the orchard tour in front of historic 100-year-old trees.

Assistant professor Greg Peck began the orchard tour in front of historic 100-year-old trees.

Later on the walk, participants viewed cider apple varieties newly established in a  modern, high-density planting.

Later on the walk, participants viewed cider apple varieties newly established in a modern, high-density planting.

' Ellis Bitter' a traditional English cider apple, is one of the many varieties in the trial.

‘ Ellis Bitter’ a traditional English cider apple, is one of the many varieties in the trial.

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