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Get your tickets to the Corto Natural Cider Tasting

That’s right! We’re hosting a cider tasting at Corto on Thursday 9th September from 7pm and you’re invited.

Natural cider is one of our favourite things. It’s made from apples grown on orchards free from pesticides by folks who are so passionate about cidermaking that they’re even doing their own apple and pear conservation work.

Did you know? Apple and pear orchards are being pulled up at a scary rate in Britain. According to Henry Johnson in The Traditional British Orchard: A Precious and Fragile Resource: “For the past 50 years the acreage of traditional orchards has been steadily decreasing, with an estimated loss in area of 60 per cent nationally since 1950, and with some counties, such as Devon, seeing losses of up to 90 per cent.”

That’s why it’s super important to support cider and perry makers who take good care of their orchards. They are precious natural resources for wildlife, biodiverse areas of our ancient countryside, and besides their importance within our landscape, they’re just excellent, beautiful places. And they are where cider comes from, which is also excellent.

Corto Cider Tasting — Thursday 9th September

At the first Corto cider tasting, you’ll taste four different natural ciders by four different producers. The aim will be to figure out the differences between different cider styles — but more importantly, it’s to help you fall in love with cider!

A few snacks will be provided to help you on your merry tasting way.

  • Learn about some of the top cidermakers in Britain
  • Find out what natural cider is and how it’s made
  • Discover the differences between cider styles
  • Learn about different cider apples and what their unique flavours lend to the ciders they make
  • Have a lovely time tasting cider

Join us on Thursday 9th September from 7pm!
Tickets are £25 and you can get yours here.

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Amazingly Delicious Ciders by Oliver’s, Find & Foster and Wilding Cider in Stock Now

Cider is having a moment, and we are really keen to push that moment as far as it can go. We love how diverse it is, and we’re so happy that so many of you have been trying and enjoying our ever-growing cider selection. It makes us smile!

Real, natural cider is a beautiful thing, full of gorgeous aromas, textures and flavours. One thing that’s really special about the cider we sell is that it’s made by cidermakers who are passionate and totally obsessed with producing the best possible cider from the fruit they grow, pick, find and forage (we’ll get on to that in a bit).

This week we’ve had a major cider update on our webshop, and we wanted to introduce you to some of the cidermakers and producers we’re now stocking. We know you’re gonna love them.

Oliver’s Cider

World renowned and highly regarded as one of the best and most talented cidermakers on the planet, Tom Oliver is as close to a cider celebrity as it’s possible to get.

On the Oliver’s Cider farm, cider is made from pure pressed apples and wild yeasts, and the whims of the cidermaker – we have Mayflower #3 for example, which alongside a blend of finely-tuned cider blends has dried fruit and ice cider added for complexity, deliciousness and, well, for fun.

Take a look at all the Oliver’s Cider bottles we have in stock.

Wilding Cider

Wilding Cider like to express the true flavours and energy of their local fruit in their ciders. Former restauranteurs from Bristol, Beccy and Sam Leach started Wilding Cider out of a love for heritage varieties, and you can really taste their care and attention in every bottle.

Now based in rural Somerset, they hand pick apples for every batch using techniques like keeving and stretched out seasonal blending to take in the changing flavours and tannins of the seasons. 

If this sounds like winemaking, you’re not wrong. Often people talk about cider as wine, just made with a different fruit. Mind = blown.

See our full range of Wilding Cider bottles

Find & Foster

Down in Devon, Find & Foster do exactly what their name suggests – find old and heritage orchards that have been lost, forgotten or just a bit ravaged by time and foster them into providing delicious fruit for the coming generations.

This eco-conscious approach and a total respect for the land and the fruit they use means each bottle of cider Find & Foster produce is as much about the place it comes from as it is the juice it’s made from. We just LOVE that.

Buy Find & Foster

Let us choose your cider!

Not sure what to pick? It’s difficult when you can’t pick up the bottles and have the time to decide – we know. Internet shopping is hardly the tactile, personal experience we’d hoped to be providing!

Our “What’s In-Cider There??” mixed bag is only £20, and gives you the chance to taste three fine ciders, delivered to your door. What’s not to love?
We’re here to help. We can offer recommendations via the chat box at the bottom right of the page there, or you can DM us on Instagram or Twitter. If you’re more of an emailer, we’d love to hear from you: hello@cortobar.co.uk

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Cosy Boxes! Take Corto Home and have a Cosy Night In

Like every hospitality business in the country, we’ve been pulling the most interesting faces trying to figure out how best to get our delicious drinks to you this week.

We’ve made a few changes to how the shop looks, and we’ve also made a few additional changes to make it a bit easier for you to pick some ideal things to drink for your Big Cosy Weekends In.

We might be back in lockdown, but we can’t let that beat us. We’ve had a bit of a yell and a bit of a strop, and now we’re ready to get back to spreading positivity. LET’S DO THIS!

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We’re Still Open! Get the beers (and ciders and wines) in for New Year’s Eve!

So it’s not the NYE we’d hoped for. But one thing’s certain, and it’s a really good thing: 2020 IS ALMOST OVER.

Let’s ring this year out good and proper. Make sure it never comes back again. SEE YOU NEVER, WORST YEAR EVER!

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Woohoo! The Corto Shop is Opening on Saturday 19th December 2020

We’re OVERJOYED and OVEREXCITED to tell you that we’re opening Corto as a shop on Saturday 19th December from 11am – 6pm.

Has anything good happened in 2020? Well, lots of great beer, wine and cider was made. So we want to share it with you.

We’re getting a temporary wall in place so you don’t get covered in building dust or fall down any holes, and the front of the bar is being turned entirely into a shop, selling natural wine, natural cider and perry, and a whole massive selection of brilliant beers.

We’ll also be serving hot and cosy mulled cider, made by us with cider from Udders Cider in Huddersfield.

Come in, say hello, don’t be shy. Have a little nosey. Ask a bunch of questions. We’re here for you!

Whatever you like, we’ll find you something you’ll love!