Trinitas Cellars Blog
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As you know, the Napa Valley was struck by a 6.1 earthquake in Sunday, August 24th at 3:20 in the morning with the epicenter only a couple miles from our winery and tasting room in Napa. Overall, we experienced a few broken bottles and glasses at our Estate Cave Tasting Room at the Meritage Resort and at the Trinitas Library, but no major damages and nothing to keep us from opening for normal business hours and wine tasting. If you had a trip planned or were planning a visit, the Meritage Resort and both Trinitas tasting rooms are open and operating normally, so no need to be alarmed. Unfortunately, our winery facility suffered much worse damages and we are in the process of cleaning up and evaluating the extent of our loss there as many of our barrels toppled and spilled. We are incredibly thankful that no one was injured and appreciate the outpouring of concern and help that we received from many of you.
Please continue to pray for all of our friends and neighbors in the Napa Valley who experienced greater losses. Over these next few weeks, we will continue to clean up and prepare for our 2014 harvest. Thank you for your prayers and continued support and we hope to see you back in Napa soon.
In 2013 Trinitas added Amarone to its portfolio by working with the Fumanelli family in Verona, Italy. This year, Trinitas is taking it to the next level and bringing you another unique and exquisite wine from the North Central region of Italy. This new wine is a Franciacorta Sparkling wine and we call ours "BB" short for "Busch Bubbles".
The Franciacorta region is attracting quite a bit of attention as it was the first Italian region to specify that the sparkling wines here must be made in the method champenoise. This is the traditional method used in Champagne in France and is known for producing the finest sparkling wines. Like Champagne, the name “Franciacorta” refers to both a geographic area as well as the sparkling wine. Awarded the prestigious DOCG designation in 1995. It is a small area with relatively low production compared to the Champagne region of France, and sized about one-tenth of Champagne's growing region. Its total annual output of about 13 million bottles is minor compared to Champagne's annual production of some 320 million bottles, with 90% of the wine never leaving the country.
Earlier this year, Garrett and I visited Franciacorta and explored this lesser known wine region and fell in love with the quality of wines made there. We knew we had to bring these wines to Trinitas to share with our friends and family. Because our family loves a little sparkling to celebrate not only special occassions but our daily blessings, we named the wine "BB", short for "Busch Bubbles". The sparkling that we chose to bring back to the Trinitas portfolio is a 2008 Brut Rose, made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes and I even got to help riddle some of the bottles at the winery!
Unbeknownst to me, Garrett dedicated this wine to me as he and his family offiically welcomed me to the family as "Betsy Busch" in June. When the first bottles arrived from Italy, Garrett announced it at our wedding, with quite a special showing by using a saber to open it!
We are more than excited to share this wine with all of you and hope that you will come try a taste as part of our Archive tasting at the Trinitas Library or grab a bottle to share with your friends and family. Cheers!