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Halloween. Ghosts and goblins, witches and costumes, candy and …. wine? Yes, wine! Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. Whether you are looking to give a new twist to your frightful adult bash or want to liven up your tasting group meeting, try wine and Halloween candy pairings. The options are endless but we’ve included a a short list of what we are pairing with our current wines.
Pairings with Trinitas Cellars Wines
2011 Apprentice Chardonnay with milk chocolate with orange
2010 Proprietor’s Reserve or 2011 Carneros Chardonnay with Butterfinger or buttered popcorn
2012 Rose’ary with Skittles (the red ones) or strawberry poprocks
2010 Mysterium with KitKat Bars
2010 Pinot Noir with a Milky Way (beware of this one as you may become addicted!)
2009 Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel or 2008 RatZinger with Red Vines
2007 Cabernet Sauvigon with Dark Chocolate with Chili (it may sound weird, but the chili in the chocolate is enhanced by the tannis and makes the Cabernet taste sweeter).
2010 Petite Sirah with Dark chocolate with black currant (talk about opulent).
2010 Moscato with traditional Candy Corn
I picked the 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel Mendocino for the soft sweet characteristics within our Zinfandel collection. The powerful Bing cherry, raspberry and sweet plum entice my palate with these delightful fruit forward sensations.
I am no wine expert, but I have come to know what I enjoy to drink and what I do not! One of my favorite current releases at Trinitas is the 2010 Mysterium, which is a red blend of 6 different varieties. While pouring at various wine events and in the tasting room, I have come to learn that there is a large misunderstanding around the word “blend” with wine consumers today. I often find that there is a negative connotation with the word “blend”, as if the wine is not as good if it has been blended. Would the winemaker blend the wine if it were not going to result in a better wine? While there are many amazing and coveted single vineyard, single varietal wines, there are also some lesser-known, under-appreciated blends and I am here to share my love for them!
According to dictionary.com, one definition of blending is “to mix (various sorts or grades) in order to obtain a particular kind or quality”. When we think about blending wine, this definition is extremely relevant, as the main purpose for blending is to obtain a particular flavor or improve the quality of the wine. The winemaker is entrusted with the difficult task of determining which blend will enhance the quality of the wine and bring all of the best flavors, aromas and palates together. Too much of a certain variety and you might overpower the wine with that variety, but in the right ratio, the various varieties can truly complement each other to create a quality blend!
Among red blends, Mysterium is my favorite Trinitas blend, as I find it pairs well with almost anything, including itself! I also find that it is a fun wine to introduce to friends and family just because of the unique blend and smooth, fruity flavors. Each year, Mysterium, the Latin word for “mystery”, is truly a mystery to all, until the final blending is done about a month before bottling. Each grape variety is fermented and aged separately and based on the complexity and flavors, Kevin, our winemaker, will try several different blends of these varieties before deciding on the final magical “recipe”. This blending gives the ability to create a consistent Mysterium wine year after year even with a different blend because of the ability to choose those particular varieties in a certain year that are giving the desired flavors and characteristics and leave out others.
What I find most fascinating about blending is that each variety can bring something different to the blend, and sometimes even the slightest addition of one particular variety will make the difference for that wine. Sometimes we add a wine to a blend for the beautiful floral aromas, or fruity palate or even for the rich color. At the end of the day, I trust the expertise of the winemaker and look forward to the next mysterious vintage of Trinitas Mysterium!
With great excitement, I share the news that today we have begun harvesting our Estate Vineyard.
This is a very exciting event for everyone because this particular vineyard covers the 7 acres that are above our Estate Cave that many of you have visited!
In this vineyard, we grow all five Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. Today we began picking the Malbec and the Merlot and tomorrow we will pick the remaining grapes.
We use these grapes to make our Estate Meritage blend. We could not grow, harvest and make this wine without help! Thank you to everyone who helped care for and pick these grapes!
And don't worry, our assistant winemaker, Steve, is up in the vineyard supervising!
I spent the day yesterday with our winemaker, Kevin, at the winery. I am excited to report that 2013 will be a year full of fun when it comes to our Sauvignon Blanc wines. This harvest we have a trinity (pun intended) of Sauvignon Blanc. Kevin took me around to taste the three types of Sauvignon Blanc that we currently have in our winery: Sauv Blanc in stainless steel tank, Sauv Blanc in Russian oak barrel and late harvest Sauv Blanc grapes that are just in from the vineyard.
First, we tried some of the Sauvignon Blanc from grapes that were brought in almost 4 weeks ago, which have already been pressed and fermenting in a stainless steel tank for a few weeks. We keep the Sauvignon Blanc chilled during fermentation so that we get a slower fermentation. This slower fermentation helps maintain the esters in the wine, which contribute to the aromas in the wine and the fruit flavors on the palate.
After we tried the Sauvignon Blanc that was in the stainless steel tanks, we moved over to our oak barrels to contrast the flavors. The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc that is in barrel right now was brought in at the same time, but due to the oak, it starts to develop different flavors. The oak provides a broader mouth feel and mid-palate and really lengthens the finish on the wine.
Last, but not least, we tried the late harvest Sauvignon Blanc grapes that we just brought in this week. Unlike the Sauvignon Blanc grapes that we brought in previously, we have not yet pressed these grapes, so we got to taste them right off the vine. Right away, you can see that some of the grapes have already started to raisin since we harvested them about a month after the majority of our Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The higher sugar content and unique flavor of these grapes at harvest makes them ideal for creating a different kind of Sauvignon Blanc experience. I am excited to see this late harvest Sauvignon Blanc wine develop and looking forward to a new offering for all of you from our 2013 harvest.
I hope you are all as excited about the 2013 harvest as we are at Trinitas! More updates to come!
Ayed’s wine of the week is the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley. Ayed particularly loves the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc for its strong citrus essence and slight orange blossom fragrance. This varietal reminds Ayed of the closing summer season in the beautiful Napa Valley and the start of our breath-taking autumn.
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