It was a bumper year for apples and that means an epic year for cider, according to the food writer and MasterChef critic William Sitwell. ‘Apples love sunshine and 2015 had plenty of it,’ says Sitwell, a co-founder of leading cider brand 3Cs.

‘And while the winter of 2014/15 was mainly benign and we had a cool summer we had many months of sun.’ Sitwell also adds that while orchards where 3Cs cider apples are picked missed the famous floods of that year, ‘their apples,’ he says, ‘were drenched in sunshine’.

So with sweet and bulbous fruit 3Cs, which uses the varieties of Harry Masters and Chisel Jersey, has decided to deckare 2015 as a vintage year. ‘Our cider is dry, but the fruit from 2015 has given it a sweeter edge,’ adds fellow 3Cs cider co-founder, the musician Toby Grafftey-Smith.

The third chap in the 3Cs cider business, Jasper Galloway suggests that a vintage 2015 will be great for business as consumers start to drink it in greater quantities over the summer months of 2016. ‘We like to pick our years in the same way that winemakers bottle wine,’ says interior designer Galloway. ‘2015 3Cs is drinking better than any previous year since we founded our company. It’s a happy time for apples, cider and cider lovers.'

3Cs cider is proud to announce its sponsorship of a major new exhibition to be held in the showroom of the legendary interior designer Nina Campbell. Artist Jasper Galloway’s colourful figurative paintings will be on show in Walton Street, South Kensington, during the summer after a private view on June 22. Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to drink 3Cs cider while perusing the works of Galloway. ‘It’s a great opportunity for 3Cs cider to be tasted by the cognoscenti of the London art world,’ says 3Cs co-founder, the food critic William Sitwell. ‘And a sip of our refreshing and dry cider will no doubt encourage discerning collectors to invest in and own a Galloway for their home or office.’

3Cs cider came out on top this week during a tasting on Channel Four's popular show Sunday Brunch. The programme, hosted by Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer, featured a range of ciders introduced by resident expert Rebecca Seal. Guests Dawn O'Porter and comedian Matt Richardson commented on the drink's very British taste and flavour, its fantastic nose and how well it would go with roast chicken or pork. Finally when asked to pick their favourite from the line-up the result was an overwhelming thumbs-up to 3Cs.

'Time and time again 3Cs cider is winning plaudits,' says 3Cs cider maker Jasper Galloway. 'And to win a tasting when you're up against other very well-known brands is a brilliant result. This comes at a perfect time, just as the sun starts to shine and people are once again turning to cider. Except this year, for the first time, many are turning to 3Cs!'

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As well as getting the thumbs up from a growing number of chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers in London, 3Cs cider got a glowing review during a live tasting on Lincoln radio station Siren FM. Masterchef judge and 3Cs partner William Sitwell joined Siren FM presenter Alex Lewczuk and his radio crew as they opened a bottle of 3Cs cider live on air. The drink was declared a triumph as William joined the discussion from a street off Sloane Square in London. 'It was good fun,' says William, 'although in the excitement a van almost ran over my foot.' 

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3Cs vintage 2011 cider is now available to buy from London's premier food store Fortnum & Mason. The bottles, with their beautiful, eye-catching label and design, can be found in the Food Hall. In the run up to Christmas the 3Cs founders, William Sitwell, Toby Grafftey-Smith and Jasper Galloway will be giving tastings of their cider on the shop floor (dates to be announced soon) so customers can try the delicious drink before they buy. The cider, which is made from classic English apple varieties, was an immediate hit with Fortnums buyer Jamie Waugh who commented: 'It is rich, and full of substance.'

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As featured in the Daily Telegraph: "Three apple-growing amateurs, including the writer William Sitwell, have teamed up to make cider - and early auguries are impressive. Boys will be boys. In a farmyard in Oxfordshire, two fortysomething men are demonstrating, with the help of an ancient-looking press, how to turn home-grown apples into home-brew." Click below to read on...

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Our blend of apples, which includes the classic English varieties Harry Masters and Chisel Jersey, is pressed and fermented to create a rich and delicious vintage cider.

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