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TORONTO, Aug. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eden Grove Cider debuts its line of alcoholic beverages, beginning with Perfect Pear, a pairing of Ontario’s star pear varietals Bosc and Bartlett. Using only pears hand-picked at the peak of their ripeness, Perfect Pear Cider combines the Bartlett’s smooth buttery texture with the Bosc’s juicy sweetness to produce a well-balanced, gluten-free and vegan friendly cider.

Founded by mother and son duo Pat Macdonald and Ian Macdonald Jr., Eden Grove is made in partnership with farmers. Fruit for each cider is harvested and handpicked from Puddicombe Farms located in Winona County, less than 100 kilometers west of Toronto. In an effort to stay as local as possible and adhere to the ‘farm to table’ concept, the fruit is pressed, fermented and packaged on-site at the farm, which has been in the Puddicombe family since 1797.

“We are proud to work with the Puddicombe family to produce the best cider possible,” says Ian Macdonald Jr., co-owner of Eden Grove Cider. “The first in our soon-to-be line of ciders, Perfect Pear, fills a need in the market for a deliciously pure and simple cider, made with all locally sourced ingredients.”

Best served cold, Perfect Pear has a crisp taste, semi-dry in character. With a light palate profile and balanced acidity, the refreshing cider is a subtly sweet alternative to radlers and white wines. Ideal as a thirst quencher on its own, the cider also pairs well with salads, fried foods, grilled meats and vegetables, burgers, sausages, creamy cheese, curries and spicier fare.

Perfect Pear is now available in more than 60 LCBO stores across the province, with additional varieties of Eden Grove Cider making their way to shelves soon.