6/30/2016

Quick Sip: The Winery at Bull Run 2015 Chambourcin Rosé

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Today’s Quick Sip is The Winery at Bull Run’s 2015 Chambourcin Rosé. The Winery at Bull Run is located in Centreville, Virginia and borders the historic Manassas National Battlefield Park. Situated on over 225 sprawling acres, The Winery at Bull Run is the largest operating farm in Fairfax County.  The winery crafts Virginia-grown wines from its two on-site vineyards; over 8 acres are planted in Centreville and approximately 42 acres are planted at their second property in Little Washington, Virginia.

Rosé shines and shines brightly during the warm summer months.

Chambourcin is a hardy French-American hybrid grape variety that’s fairly prevalent on the east coast. It was first introduced by French hybridist Joannes Seyve in 1963, but its true origins and parentage are all but a question mark. What we do know, however, is Chambourcin is more than capable of producing some very nice full-flavored, deeply colored red table wines. And clearly, Chambourcin is quite proficient at making thirst-quenching pink wines too! While rosé is good anytime, it truly shines brightly and refreshes during the warm summer months. If you’re local, The Winery at Bull Run is approximately 30 minutes from the nation's capital, so get out and enjoy the atmosphere, views, weekend entertainment, all the sunshine you can stand, and the wine! For further information and where you can find this rosé, please see my tasting notes below.

The Winery at Bull Run 2015 Chambourcin Rosé

The Winery at Bull Run 2015 Chambourcin Rosé (SRP $29): The Chambourcin fruit for this wine was sourced from the producer’s Rock Mill estate vineyard in Little Washington, Virginia.  This rosé pours a vibrant, ruby red color with lifted aromas of fresh red berries. In the mouth, it is light-to-medium bodied with waves of up-front red fruit notes redolent of raspberry, tart cherries and cranberry. The flavors wrap around a nice spine of acid and are rounded out by a delicate wisp of sweetness. The finish is medium-long and pleasingly fruity. It’s refreshingly satisfying all on its own, yet a nice partner to summer salads, Mediterranean fare, or finger foods. I’ve been on a barbeque kick of late, so I enjoyed it with pulled pork & sliced brisket sliders with all the fixings. Approximately 406 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Little Washington, Virginia. Other info: ABV 13%, 100% Chambourcin, all stainless steel, screw cap enclosure. Click here to find this wine.


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6/27/2016

Quick Sip: Pedroncelli 2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel

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Today’s Quick Sip is Pedroncelli’s 2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel. Pedroncelli was the third producer to join Protocol Wine Studio’s month-long ‘Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution!’ program known on Twitter as [hashtag] #winestudio. This wine themed program runs every Tuesday at 9PM EST and is highly interactive and a whole lot of fun [so tune in!]. Pedroncelli Winery is situated in Sonoma County, and the Pedroncelli family has called the region home since 1927. Today, four generations of the Pedroncelli family oversee winery and farming operations. Pedroncelli has produced a Zinfandel-based rosé since the mid-1950s. Back then and through the 1970s, their rosés were fruit forward and sweeter in style. In the last ten years, however, their rosés have become drier and zippier. This is a style largely in demand nowadays as these rosés are enjoyed for their versatility, refreshing nature, and food-friendliness.

This rosé is an excellent choice for barbeque fare. 

Rosé can be made in a variety of ways and the 2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel employs two.  The first uses free run juice from grapes picked early (to preserve freshness and acidity) and this makes up 60% of the blend.  The remainder is juice bled from a fermenting tank of fully ripened Zinfandel – this is known as the saignée method. The resultant wine is ripely fruited, even a bit fleshy, with mouthwatering acidity. This type of rosé pairs wonderfully with barbecue fare, which is what I enjoyed it with. There’s a smidgen of residual sugar on the back-end that serves to complement thick, sweeter sauces, too. This rosé is affordable, fun, and ripe for summer sipping! For further information and where you can find it, please see my tasting notes below.

Pedroncelli 2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel

Pedroncelli 2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel (SRP $12): This medium-bodied rosé is produced from 40 to 65 year old Zinfandel vines grown in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley.  The wine sports a vivid, brilliant pink color, offering succulent fruit intensity, driven by fleshy red berry flavors that are underscored by juicy acidity. There are trailing hints of grapefruit and a delicate kiss of sweetness filling out the refreshingly, crisp finish. Overall, a very satisfying, no-fuss and affordable rosé suitable for picnics, cookouts, and summer pleasure. As with most rosés, the producer recommends enjoying this bottling in its youth while it is fresh, vibrant and fruity. Approximately 2,000 cases of this pink juice were produced. Region: Sonoma Country, Dry Creek Valley, California. Other info: ABV 13.9%, all stainless steel, screw cap enclosure. Click here to find this wine.


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6/21/2016

#SummerSips with Vinkara Wines, Villa Maria Estate, and Biokult

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Just about every day, as wine o'clock approaches, you can find me uncorking or unscrewing a new wine adventure. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine writer, and someone who appreciates the liquid expression of place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I find wine to be one of the most intriguing beverages out there. It is an area of interest where you never run out of great people to meet and new things to taste and learn.

#SummerSips with Vinkara Wines, Villa Maria, and Biokult

The summer heat is finally here, and the selections for this post are all ideal warm weather wines for lunch, picnics or just to keep cool on the porch or poolside. All three recommendations are fun, affordable, and guaranteed to refresh! For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below.

Vinkara 2013 Narince

Vinkara 2013 Narince (SRP $15): Narince means “delicately” in Turkish. This white grape variety is indigenous to Anatolia in north central Turkey. It is one of several ancient varieties – all native to the region, that Ardic Gursel of Vinkara seeks to introduce to the rest of the wine world. The wine pours a pale yellow, with aromas and flavors suggestive of citrus blossom, lemon peel, and dried floral notes followed by stony hints. It is medium-bodied with a refreshing lift of acidity that extends through the finish. A particularly good food wine, I enjoyed a glass with an Old-Bay seasoned shrimp salad. For those of you who have not tried a Turkish wine, this producer is a great place to start. Region: Black Sea Region, Turkey. Other info: ABV 13%, cork enclosure, imported by Winebow Inc. in NY, NY. Click here to find this wine.

Villa Maria 2016 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

Villa Maria 2016 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $14.99): Villa Maria is a well-known family owned New Zealand winery that was founded in 1961. Year-in and year-out, you can count on this producer to deliver solid and affordable Marlborough wines made from the noble Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. The 2016 growing season was relatively cool with a prolonged Indian summer providing ideal ripening conditions. The resultant wine is pale straw in color, with aromas of fresh cut herbs, lemon oil and lime. It is sleek and racy in the mouth, brimming with vibrant citrus fruit and guava flavors alongside chives, cut grass and lemongrass, ending with a lively, slightly tart finish. This is a very nice summer refresher for which the food pairing possibilities are endless. Unscrew, pour, and enjoy! Region: Marlborough, New Zealand. Other info: ABV 12.5%, screw cap enclosure, imported by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates LTD in WA. Click here to find this wine.

Biokult 2015 Zweigelt Rosé

Biokult 2015 Zweigelt Rosé (SRP $13.99): The Biokult brand is produced by the Michlits family. They are one of the most influential and creative organic wine-growing families in Austria. Zweigelt is Austria’s most widely grown red grape variety and the fruit for this rosé comes from a Demeter-certified Biodynamic vineyard in the Niederösterreich - Qualitätswein appellation. Pale cranberry in color, flavors suggest ripe cherry pulp and fresh raspberries elevated by a springy, citrus-tinged acidity. This wine is fun, straight-forward and lively, with just a smidgen of residual on the back-end. For that reason, it paired very well with my batch of moderately spicy jerk wings and fixings. Overall, this is a rosé that won’t break the piggy bank that you’ll want to pack in your picnic basket or cooler for outdoor get-togethers. Region: Niederösterreich, Austria. Other info: ABV 10.5%, all stainless, cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.


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6/13/2016

Quick Sip: Passaggio 2015 Merlot Rosé

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Today’s Quick Sip is Passaggio’s 2015 Merlot Rosé. Passaggio is based in Sonoma County, California, and owned by winemaker & certified social media rock-star, Cindy Cosco. In 2004, Ms. Cosco retired from a fifteen year career in Law Enforcement to pursue her passion for winemaking. Her winery specializes in small lots of handcrafted wines that are sourced from some of the area’s top vineyards. Last Tuesday, Ms. Cosco kicked off Protocol Wine Studio’sSonoma’s Rosé Revolution!’ program. This rosé session runs four weeks and is an open discussion about the pink wines of Sonoma County with some of the people who produce them. To join this highly interactive, Twitter-based wine education program use hashtag #winestudio.  I recommend following the hashtag and tuning in every Tuesday at 9PM EST. The subject may vary from month-to-month, but it is always wine-themed, informative, and a whole lot of fun.

Here’s a bottle that won’t disappoint on a warm, sunny day. 

The Merlot fruit for this rosé was sourced from a single vineyard in Sonoma County. Rosé is made in a variety of ways, but the fruit for this wine was picked with the intent of making rosé. After Ms. Cosco and a group of friends picked the fruit, the berries were taken straight to the winery, pressed, and fermented in cold stainless steel tanks to preserve its fresh, fruity character. For many of us, the warmer weather means a lot of outdoor parties, events and activities. This rosé is an ideal refresher to complement such summer get-togethers. Ms. Cosco says, “I believe something magical happens when you bring wonderful friends, awesome food, and great wines together." And I wholly agree with that! For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Passaggio 2015 Merlot Rosé

Passaggio 2015 Merlot Rosé ($28): Simply put, this rosé is pretty to look at and fun to drink. A brilliant bright pink in color, this refreshing wine delivers waves of fresh red berry fruit and plum aromas and flavors. It is succulent and juicy with round acids, giving way to a slightly gripping, clean and textured finish. Delicious on its own, this wine is versatile at the table as well. I enjoyed it with Mediterranean fare, but think grilled chicken salad, tapas or picnic fare (like a ham sandwich, potato chips, and deviled eggs). Only 48 cases of this wine were produced, so get it while the getting is good. Region: Sonoma County, California. Other info: ABV 13.2%, screw cap enclosure. Click here to find this wine.


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