Lots of wine season excitement!
Wine Season is rapidly approaching, and growers and winemakers are prepping for the busy season. Leo dropped in on a grower in the Umpqua Valley, and was impressed with the plentiful, tight clusters of Sangiovese grapes hanging heavy on the vines. It looks to be a great start to the season for this grape. This vineyard is on a latitude matching almost perfectly with that of Tuscany, Italy; the premier growing region for this variety. Its bold tannin and rich color make it a key component for the ever popular super-Tuscan blend and we are excited to take advantage of this wonderful blending grape. We are currently taking pre-orders for these and other great varietals of wine grapes. Grapes are available in 100 pound increments, which will make 5-6 gallons of wine.
Don’t forget to sign-up for our Wine From Grapes class, offered on two days only: Saturday, September 14th and the following Saturday, September 21st. Space is filling up fast. Topics include but not limited to: selecting/sourcing quality fruit, selecting varietals, equipment usage, sulphite usage, measuring and adjusting pH / acidity, the details of fermentation, malo-lactic fermentation and troubleshooting. Space can be reserved for $60 per person.
Wine-kit makers have cause for excitement too. The positively decadent Chocolate Raspberry Port and Chocolate Orange Port wine ingredient kits are once again available in limited quantities.
A description of the raspberry version from Winexpert:
Bursting with rich, intense flavours and aromas, has traditional Port character of warm, rounded cherry and plum, supported by a racy zing of bright raspberry. Perfumed and gently tart with luscious liquid chocolate, beguiling with dark, bittersweet aromas of coffee and vanilla. Toasty hints of oak guide the way to a long, rich finish. Excellent within three months, this wine will age gorgeously—if you can keep any that long!
Food pairings: Delicious on its own or with any dessert, or serve with toasted nuts or shortbread.
Oak: Toasted Sweetness: 7 Body: Full Alcohol by volume: 15% – 16.5%