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There are days where you are looking for a different adult beverage. In the summer you are looking for a cool and refreshing drink. Have you ever tried a glass of wine on those certain occasions? There is a new wine on the market called Honeyvine.
This wine is light and crisp. Honeyvine white wine is a modern twist on the ancient honey drink, called mead, which dates back to early civilizations. Honeyvine is a proprietary blend of premium white wine, natural honey and honey essence for a crisp, more refreshing-tasting take on honey wine.
The natural flavors of honey and wine offer intrigue because both are influenced by their place of origin. The same grape variety grown in different soils, site exposure, climate and vintage yield wines of different flavor profiles, just as flavor of the honey depends on the source of flower pollen that the bees bring back to the hive.
The wine gives off scents of honey and orange blossom. The taste has honey that complements apple and pear, rounding out the taste profile and providing just a hint of sweetness with a juicy and lingering finish.
This new twist on mead is not as sweet as a dessert wine and makes a refreshing aperitif or complement to lighter entrees. Winemaker Reggie Hammond added natural honey and orange blossom honey essence to enhance the flavors of wine, rather than the ancient practice of fermenting the honey. He selected premium California vineyards, pressed the grapes and cool-fermented their juice in stainless steel tanks, resulting in a dry, white wine similar to an unoaked Chardonnay. This wine, with its fresh varietal flavors and crisp acidity, acts as a backdrop for the natural honey and orange blossom honey essence. The honey rounds and balances the wine, giving it a light sweetness and a lingering honey finish.
Ever since my trip to Napa Valley back in 2009 I started to have an appreciation for wine. I found out that with wine there are many great ones to choose from. Recently I was able to check out a few dark wines from a new company called Motto. Each one has a bold flavor to them that you will not miss when enjoying them with your friends.
Their wines are a collection of distinct, dark, rich wines from California that deliver a definitively bold wine experience. The taste, aroma, and flavors were unlike any others. Motto wines try to see California winemaking from a new perspective. Yet they learned from the renowned winemaking team at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, known for producing some of the best-selling wines from Washington State. The Motto wines are available in three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Red Blend.
“We wanted to put a Washington spin on California wines, so we implemented the same approach we use for our Washington wines, but with California grapes,” said Motto winemaker Reid Klei, who has worked in the Washington winemaking industry for Ste. Michelle Wines Estates for 10 years.
Here is the list of the three wines and what you can expect from each one.
The 2013 Backbone Cabernet Sauvignon has a strong, determined flavor with dark, concentrated notes of red plum, caramel and bright raspberry that explode out of the glass for a lasting finish.
The 2013 Unabashed Zinfandel boasts proud and striking scents of soft leather, revealing flavors of chocolate covered raspberries and a touch of spice.
The 2013 Gung Ho Red Blend excites the palate quickly, full of zealous and enthusiastic fruitful flavors of blueberry, pomegranate and spice.
Motto wines looks to set themselves apart from by keeping wine lots separate throughout fermentation and aging. They determine the final blends right before bottling, once the wines have evolved to reveal all their true character and complexities. The practice of fermenting at a higher temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit, for a shorter period of time of 6-7 days on skins. At this point the wine is moved off of the skins and the juice finishes fermenting without any skins present, therefore not extracting anything else. This helps the wines stay more balanced and lends a more elegant flavor profile. Oxygen is added at various points during fermentation to help create the fresh aromas and dark, rich color of Motto wines.
The Motto collection is now available nationwide and at www.MottoWines.com. They also are on social media at Facebook.com/MottoWines. #WhatsYourMotto
Chateau La Paws Wines, a newly re-launched wine brand from Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines (DC&E), was released recently combining the company’s love of dogs with delightful wines to create a delicious, easy drinking wines with a purpose. The mission is simple: wine lovers joining DC&E in supporting rescue dogs in need, helping them find a permanent chateau of their own.
With three varietals, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Red Wine Blend, Chateau La Paws Wines are perfect for pairing with everyday meals, enjoying while spending time with your best friends or sharing with fellow dog lovers. However, with a mission to help the thousands of rescue dogs across the country find fur-ever homes, Chateau La Paws is more than great wine.
Through an official national partnership, Chateau La Paws Wines proudly supports North Shore Animal League America (NSALA), the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Since 1944, NSALA has placed more than 1MM animals in happy homes, an effort that will be further bolstered by a $100,000 donation from DC&E. As part of the NSALA partnership, Chateau La Paws™ Wines will also support the Tour for Life, mobile rescue & adoption units that travel to cities across America partnering with local shelters to encourage and facilitate adoptions. In 2015, NSALA will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Tour for Life, partnering with 40 organizations and visiting 26 cities across the country from March through May.
The three California varietals are available nationwide and have a flavorful portfolio of distinct fruit notes. With a soft, supple nature, Chateau La Paws Chardonnay opens with ripe melon, orange blossom and spice aromas. On the palate, flavors evolve into fresh, tropical fruit and crisp, green apple notes. Partial oak aging imparts depth and layers, leaving nutty, vanilla accents to join the lemon meringue finish. The Pinot Noir’s expressive varietal character delivers Bing cherry, strawberry and blackberry briar aromas with long, heady accents of vanilla and caramel notes. Lastly, the Red Wine Blend’s blueberry, raspberry and black forest cake aromas open the nose, followed by dark berries and sage notes on the palate. Soft and velvety in texture, the wine has a fruit-driven profile that pairs well with a variety of foods.
The launch of Chateau La Paws Wines will be supported through social activations on Instagram (@chateaulapaws) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/chateaulapaws), in-store promotions, point of sale materials, public relations efforts and a cause marketing campaign in early 2015. Chateau La Paws Wines will be available in stores nationwide and sold at the suggested retail price of $12.99 for a 750 mL bottle. Just as owners of rescue dogs show great responsibility towards their four-legged friends, please always enjoy Chateau La Paws Wines responsibly.
And remember give your dogs hugs and treats, but please don’t feed them wine.
Plus here are some great cocktail ideas that you can make with the Chateau La Paws Wines.
3 oz Chateau La Paws Chardonnay
1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
2 oz Club Soda
New Yorkie Sour
2 oz Bulleit Rye
¾ oz Organic Syrup
Float of Chateau La Paws Red Blend
3 oz Chateau La Paws Pinot Noir
½ oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Orange Juice
1 oz Fig Syrup
Top of Club Soda
If you read our Wine 101 for Dudes article here on MANjr, you would know wine is not just for the ladies. Plus that article gave you some useful knowledge to help you with your wine selection. To carry that forward a new app just hit the App Store. It is called the Winery Passport It is a mobile travel companion app to help you discover local wineries. It has the ability to let you record the details of your visit and share your newly acquired knowledge to all of your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.
With the Winery Passport you can search for wineries near your location or find them by state. Then you can see details for each, including directions, phone number, website and a wealth more of information. As you use the app you will be able to “stamp your passport” at each winery to record your tasting visit and track where you’ve been.
You also can store details of your visit in your Certified Passport journal. These details include rating the winery, favorite wines by type, additional notes and even a photo.
Winery Passport features wineries in the following 17 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The developers of this app expect to reach 25 states by August as we continue to refine the app and head towards Napa and the rest of Wine Country.
“We wanted to build a product for wine lovers to interact and share feedback regarding which wines excite their palates,” said creator Scott Stanchak. “You just may find those perfect pairings for your next food and wine meal with Winery Passport.”
Winery Passport is also featuring certain wineries at the top of their state search. “There are several opportunities for wineries to stand out in our app,” Stanchak added. “The Authorized listing is a great way to get noticed in a crowded state list, as well as provide some insightful info to potential tasters.”
Another reason that you should download this app is that it is free. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Food & Drink category.