Taste of Kutztown June 10th, 2017
TREVERI CELLARS SPARKLING GEWÜRZTRAMINER
Gewürztraminer is originally from northern Italy, near the small town of Tramin. Germany adopted the grape centuries ago and refer to it as Gewurz ("spicy"), hence the name. It is often described as being fruity like a Lychee and floral like a rose.
Treveri Cellars has been open since 2010 and Washington State's only Sparkling wine House. It is run by Jeurgen Grieb, a German winemaker who studied his craft in Trier, and his family.
Sparkling wines are almost always fresh, zesty and palate-cleansing. They are hugely versatile and pair especially well with salty snacks. We're pairing it up with Popcorn and Potato chips (really), but if you want to go deeper you can try crusty bread appetizers, with goat cheese spreads or even cream cheese and cured salmon. Don't forget to salt generously!
HERITAGE WINERY SIGNATURE CHARDONNAY
Chardonnay originates in Burgundy, France, but is grown all over the world for its versatility and "neutral" palate. Wine makers can approach the wine in myriad ways, from heavy oak and butterscotch flavor coming from barrels, to a lean and crisp version that is citrusy and clean.
Heritage Winery has been operating for almost twenty years in the Metuchen, NJ area. The land was family owned (the family surname is actually Heritage) since the 1850s, and originally a peach and apple orchard.
Chardonnay is most often a light and refreshing white with notes of white fruits, peaches, pears, apples, and citrus hints. For this reason, it goes well with light and simple foods. We're pairing it up with pasta in garlic aioli, the hint of lemony citrus in the wine will act as a fresh-squeezed lemon on the pasta.
SHELDRAKE POINT CABERNET FRANC
FINGER LAKES, NY
Cabernet Franc is an ancient red variety that hails from the Bordeaux, France, region. It is one parent of Cabernet Sauvignon and tends to make a full-bodied, herbaceous red wine. People often describe flavors of sage and tarragon in Cabernet Franc. In this case, it was restrained a bit in order to make a paler shade of rosé.
Sheldrake Point is located on Cayuga Lake (Pen Yan) in the Finger Lakes, and has been there for almost twenty years (1998). The 260 acres of land used to be a dairy farm and peach orchard. Like many wineries in the region, they practice safe/sustainable agriculture so as to not pollute the lake, which tend to be downhill from most wineries.
Rosé is very versatile, as it runs somewhere between a light and fresh white wine, and a bolder red with more complexity. People often describe fruity flavors like ruby red grapefruit and strawberry when they taste a rosé. For this reason, it's great with fruity foods, especially candied beets and things like melons wrapped in Proscioutto. It's great with salty foods, soft cheeses and charcuterie plates. For that reason, we're partnering it up with Ring Bologna.
EOLA HILLS PINOT NOIR
Pinot noir has been around for thousands of years; originating from the finest vineyards in Burgundy, France. It's considered by many win makers to be the hardest grape to grow and requires the perfect balance of cool and hot weather. The Eola Hills in Oregon are just the place.
Eola Hills opened 31 years ago, and has been family-owned and run since then. Tom Huggins was an agriculture Insurance professional who had a desire to make wines that reflected Oregon's special climate and soil. Starting from scratch, they are now the largest winery in the area, with 327 acres.
Pinot noir is one of the lightest red wines, almost see-through clear in some cases. It's also light in body, and low in tannins, which makes it an excellent entry point wine for people who only drink whites.
Pinot is a great partner for roasts, stinky cheeses and hard cheeses. It's often paired with roasted poultry, and in Burgundy France, you'll see it served alongside Roasted rabbit, Pheasant and duck. Also great with Thanksgiving turkey and all of the sides. We're pairing it up with a Variety of Cheeses.