In our house we agree that Martinelli’s makes the best apple juice outside of Germany and the local farmers market. For special occasions we always have Martinelli’s sparkling cider as the non-alcoholic choice.
When I learned that Martinelli’s has a tasting room in Watsonville I had to go!
They are open Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.
There is some information about the history of Martinelli’s and you should look around the pictures and bottles before you sit down for the tasting. This makes for excellent conversation, because you can quiz your attendant about all things related to cider and apple juice. The pours are free and you get deals on the cases.
We ended up with a few cases of our favorites. Did you know they have a blood orange cider? Well, it is only available in Watsonville!
As a special treat for women’s history month you can read up on Martinelli’s women: https://www.martinellis.com/company/the-women-of-martinellis/
Have you ever taste-tested cider before?
If you like to read about local apple varieties I recommend : Harvest some Community Fruit.