Somm Survival Kit: The Ciders of Eric Bordelet



WINE TASTES BETTER WHEN YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT IT. That’s what the Somm Survival Kits are all about.

This kit: a change of pace! Six of the best ciders on the market, five from the Jedi Master of cider himself, Eric Bordelet.

All ciders are from family-owned and sustainably/organically farmed estates. A few of these ciders come from trees over a century old. One comes from pear trees over 300 years old!

The value of the Somm Kit: INSTANT access to tasting notes, cellar tags, food pairing ideas, articles, links, and a video of sommelier Jason Kallsen tasting through these six wines. Buying the wines through the Somm Kit is cheaper than going to the store and finding them yourself.

A $99 value. Only $12 to buy in (this pays for The Wine Workshop’s work on the project, and is made up through discounts on the wines selected — see here for more explanation), then $84.94 plus tax when you pick up the wines at North Loop Wine and Spirits (or have them delivered or shipped for a small charge).


The Sommelier Survival Kit! Independent sommelier-picked gems of the wine world to keep you stocked up with exciting juice. 

This particular pick:

  • Six incredible CIDERS! Five from the cider Jedi Master himself, Eric Bordelet, plus one fresh and bright natural cider from northern Spain, produced from organic apples with zero intervention … a natural wine lover’s dream!
  • INSTANT access to detailed tasting notes, maps, cellar tags, and a video of Jason and Angela tasting through and explaining all the cider.
  • Features six selections including:

    • Two pear ciders of the highest regard, including one from 300+ year-old organically farmed pear trees.
    • Four apple ciders (three from France, one from Spain)
      • Three from Eric Bordelet, made from over 50 different heirloom apple varieties from his estate in Normandy.
      • One from a traditional home for cider: Asturias, in far northern Spain. Organic, natural, as pure as can be.

It’s time for a change of pace. We can’t wait to introduce you to some of our favorite non-grape beverages. Eric Bordelet is a legend, and I was introduced to these ciders in the late 1990s when they were reviewed in The Wine Advocate. “Expressive” and “amazing” do not do them justice. These are head-spinning products that won’t leave your head spinning: average alcohol content under 7%.

$99 worth of cider for only $84.94 plus tax, exclusively through North Loop Wine and Spirits wine shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you live outside of Minnesota, shipping is often available. If you live in Minnesota and wish to pick up at a different shop, options are often available. Email us with your request.

Questions? Email Jason Kallsen at