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They produce fruit brandies, liqueurs and distilled spirits that capture the true essence of the fruit and are reminiscent of the finest French and German fruit brandies.
The process of producing American Fruits Apple Liqueur is the same method as port. Because of the similarities they tried to call it an Apple Port, but due to regulations, changed the name to Apple Liqueur.
The difference between producing a port and apple liqueur is they use apples and apple brandy instead of grapes and grape brandy.
The process, taking slightly fermented sweet Hudson Valley cider and blending it with their apple brandy. It is then aged in once used bourbon barrels for one year and released to the public.
The type of apples that are used for the Apple Liqueur are Jonagold and it takes about 10 pounds of apples to make a bottle of the liqueur.
Tasting just like apples with a caramel bourbon finish this is a great aperitif and will go great with and enhance your apple pie!
It was one of the few beautiful March weekends and I was having what is becoming a yearly get together with friends from high school. I do the cooking and smoke a turkey, it like Thanksgiving but not with all the hustle and bustle that comes in November.
In celebration of all of us reaching a milestone birthday this year, I thought I would share a bottle of Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rosé with them. (or so I thought) A few minutes before everyone was scheduled to arrive we opened the bottle.
What happened next will teach everyone to be on time!
This bubbly was truly wonderful for the occasion. A beautiful nose that had hints of fresh baked bread and aromas of strawberries. You could smell the freshness of the minerality and it went perfect with the afternoon.
The palate was bursting with fresh strawberries yet dry with crisp acidity. A soft red berry touch rounded out the mid palate with a soft creamy finish.
This Cremant was a great pairing for the day and evening ahead. In fact one glass let to two and by the time everyone arrived Paul and I had drank the bottle. Ha! That will teach them to arrive on time.
Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir. Whole cluster hand picked grapes. The SRP is $19.99.
Disclaimer: I received this wine as a media sample from Pasternak Wine Imports.
Since 1993 Bonterra has been producing wine from 100% organic grapes. For those wondering what that means, they use certified organic practices, which include composting, cover crops and biodiversity.
All of their wines must pass Demeter Certification before it can carry the Biodynamic designation. What is the Biodynamic designation? They have to be certified by Demeter and live up to the Biodynamic farm and processing standards. The farm standards are a comprehensive organic farming method that requires the creation and management of a closed system minimally dependent on imported materials.
The Demeter Biodynamic processing standard fundamentally ensures an unbroken chain of accountability from the farm to the finished product. The standards protect against manipulation of the Biodynamic agricultural ingredients as much as possible and allow for the integrity to define the product.
This Bontera 2011 Chardonnay was suppose to get to me in time for a winechat, but unfortunately UPS didn’t receive the memo and the packaged arrived 2 days late.
The Chardonnay fruit in this wine comes from Mendocino and 54% we fermented in a combination of neutral French and American oak, 16% was in new oak and was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The remaining 30% was fermented in stainless steel. This is was reserves the crisp fruit flavors you get in this wine.
The wine had aromas of melon, pineapple and hints of floral and honey. The palate showed green apple, citrus and lime. It had a nice rounded mouth feel due to the malolactic fermentation and there was a slight bitter note on the finish.
This wine retails for $14.00
Disclaimer: I received this wine as a media sample from the winery.
Can you believe it, we are coming up to Memorial Day weekend, the beginning of the summer. Time goes by to fast these days! What will you be doing this weekend?
I’ve been very fortunate to be able to go to Cape May for many years and now have my own home to go to there. I’ve written before about the wineries of that region and have watched the region grow, but I plan to explore them in more detail now that I will be visiting the region more than once or twice a year, but making the region my second home.
The wineries of Cape May are part of the Outer Coastal Plain AVA. Yes there is actually a designated AVA. The Outer Coastal Plain AVA wine appellation covers the counties of Cumberland, Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean, and portions of Salem, Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Monmouth. They have well drained sandy or sandy loam soils with moderate fertility and a long growing season. There are 27 wineries and growing in this region.
I will admit first things first when I head down to the region – it’s the beach for me. I am a sun worshiper at it’s best baking on the beach. But there is always time on my way home to stop at a winery and I plan on taking part in some winery events along the way.
I plan on visiting new wineries and the older ones and am looking forward to seeing how they have grown.
Also on the agenda is New Jersey Craft Beer. Yes there is a craft beer movement in New Jersey and the first brewery on my list to visit is the Cape May Brewery. I even purchased a NJ Craft Beer membership.
Let the summer begin!
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A few weeks ago I was a guest blogger for The Wine Key. It’s a post I have been waiting to write, because how many times do we open a bottle of wine we have been aging and it’s on one side of the other of that bell shaped curve. Not the side we were expecting. Does it change again?
Join me on my journey with 12 bottles of Syrah.
A couple of Saturdays ago I drove up to Tousey Winery for their Rose & Riesling Release Party. I had found out about the party when I was attending an event at Cru Club Wine Bar in Rhinebeck.
On this beautiful Saturday I set forth for the ride to Germantown to do some Rose and Riesling tasting.
We began the tasting with the 2012 Rebellion Rose that was 100% Blaufrankisch. Aromas of red berry and strawberry filled my glass. It was quite delightful! The palate was just bursting with bright red fruit.
Many of you may know that I have been trying to find a Rose that I like. I can tell you this is up there and I’ve personally been quite pleased with the Rose wines that Ben has been making.
Rebellion Rose retails for $16
Now we moved on to the Riesling wines. There were two, one dry and one semi-sweet.
Stone fruit filled the palate with slight minerality. I was really enjoying the taste of this wine when I noticed it was time for the next Riesling. This is a great summer Riesling.
This Riesling retails for $21 and is made from Estate Grown 100% Hudson Valley Riesling
The last wine tasted was the Semi-Sweet Riesling. These grapes were picked 3 weeks later than the dry Riesling grapes. They were left out there longer so that their sugar content would be a bit higher.
I didn’t find the aromas in this wine quite as strong as the dry Riesling. It was almost like the sweetness in the wine took away from the aroma. The wine had aromas of apricot and soft peach. Flavors of apricot filled my mouth and it had a nice creamy texture and didn’t show as much minerality as the dry Riesling.
I am a bit sensitive to sweetness levels in a wine and guessed the residual sugar was between 1.5% and 2%. Well I think Ben was quite surprised when I approached the subject because the residual sugar is 1.7%.
The wine isn’t overly sweet and was quite enjoyable. Would pair very well with a spicy seafood dish!
The Semi-Sweet Riesling retails for $19 and is made from Estate Grown 100% Hudson Valley Riesling.
Now that Spring has finally arrived we are itching to hop in the car and go wine tasting. Travel with me as I travel through Hudson Valley Wine Country.
I’ll take you to Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery and Benmarl Winery.
Enjoy the wine!
I am retiring my wine tasting notebook, I think. I like writing everything down and having something to look but sometimes, depending where I am my tasting notebook isn’t available.
I searched for a wine app that I can have on my phone and tablet, knowing I will have at least one of them with me. I found “Wine Notes”
With this app, I can rate the wine, and put just about all the information about the wine including pictures in the app. It will even allow me to export to blogger which is the platform I use for this blog. However, I would suggest using that feature as you will still have to go into your blogging platform and personalize the post.
With the above being said, I can email the notes to myself and even share them on various social sites if I wanted to.
Not only do I have a list of the wines I’ve tasted at my finger tips, I’ll know what to look for when I go to the liquor store. Society today, we don’t leave home without our phones. That would be a naked feeling.
What wine apps do you use? Does anyone have a good wine cellar app. That’s the next app I’m looking for.
Hearts & Hands is one of my favorite wineries on the Finger Lakes. It’s actually on the East side of Cayuga Lake. They are a small boutique winery that produces around 2000 cases a year. Those cases are of great quality and you can taste the TLC (tender loving care) that goes into each bottle, from crafting of the wine to the glass closures.
Lately we’ve been digging through our wine cellar looking for older bottles to open. This 2008 Hearts & Hands Pinot Noir was pulled.
The grapes for this wine were harvested on September 26 – October 2, 2008. Fermented in 100% French Oak of which 27% was new.The wine was bottled September 29, 2009 and 251 cases were made.
The Pinot Noir was a tad brickish in color. The aromas evaporating from the glass were strawberry marmalade with essences of vanilla. The palate was bursting with fresh strawberries, cloves and a hint of spice on the finish.
A wonderful wine from a wonderful winery!
So often I get caught up with the blogging that I don’t take time to reflect and look at the year in review. I am humbled to know that many of you seek out some of the noted selections I review and enjoy the wine. I want to thank Tyler Philp for inspiring me to dig deep into the past year and come up with my most memorable moments and wines.
I got to travel this year to Napa, Oregon,Virginia New Jersey wine country. Napa is Napa and I was only up there for one day as I was visiting some friends. I really enjoyed my time in Oregon and Virginia learning about the region and their wines and hanging out with fellow bloggers. I can not say one was better than the other, but learning about the wineries their history and what brought the owners or winemakers into wine industry, the grapes of the region and tasting the wine was truly enjoyable.
I have seen such growth over the years in the South Jersey wine industry. When I began going to Cape May in the ’80′s there weren’t many wineries. Now there are 6 wineries and 2 breweries in the area. I hope to report on them more, as I will be down in the region more frequently this year.
This year I had three wonderful tasting experiences in NYC. The most fun was had at the Rutini lunch where it was very laid back. Almost to laid back as I was disgusted to see a distributor rep attend the lunch in shorts as if he was stopping in on his way to the beach. A little professionalism goes a long way buddy. I have become a fan of Rutini and both their Rutini and Trumpeter brands are well worth the purchase. Both are reasonably priced and the Torrontes is a great summer sipper.
I was so honored to be invited to the Barons De Rothschild Champagne launch. What an honor it was to meet and have lunch with Philippe. Their Champagnes….outstanding!
Great wines to come in the Hudson Valley with the addition of Nostrano Vineyards! Nic and Kayleigh should have their first vintage out in 2013. I am looking forward to tasting it! So nice to see new, young winemakers getting involved in the local wine industry! My interview and tour with them shows great commitment to region.
Most improved Hudson Valley winery goes to Brimstone Hill Vineyards. I have reviewed various wines this year from Brimstone and was very impressed at the improved quality of winemaking. Kudos to Dick.
I am going to end with a post to look forward to in 2013. Ever purchase a wine on futures? We did back in 2006 in Santa Barbara and slowly drank the Syrah. There was a point in time that we didn’t think the Syrah was tasting to good. In fact it got real sweet. Opened the last bottle a few weeks ago and……….
Have a wonderful New Year everyone and Thank You for your encouragement and for hanging out here with me.