I will admit I have not been a cider fan. The cider that is available locally here in Canada is a lot like soda pop. It is very sweet and fizzy. However, I have just returned from a trip to Ireland and England. Cider can be done right!
My first exposure was to Bulmers Cider in Dublin. It is dry and crisp with a light sparkle. Then, in Killarney, I tried Magners, just a bit sweeter but still crystal sharp in its flavour.
Then I went to England. Of course, I tried Strongbow. A very strong apple flavour without being sweet. Another pub had Aspall Cider. A light apple flavour and very refreshing.
What I learned is that you have to be willing to try something new despite past experiences. I was shocked at how good the cider was. It was terrific when you were dry and thirsty. It also went good with pork and all the wonderful sausage dishes they serve in England and Ireland.
Cider may not be wine but it is good.