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September is Vermont Wine Month

September is Vermont Wine Month

September 1, 2017| Categories: News, Published Articles, Wine Tastings

FRUITY, CRISP, REFRESHING…

Wine in the Green Mountain State is a growing industry. More and more vineyards are gracing fields and hillsides throughout the state.

We, at Farrell Distributing, are proud to represent some of the best wineries in Vermont.

 

Flavorful, cold hardy grapes like Frontenac, Marquette, and La Crescent are key ingredients to Vermont’s delectable wines. Hand-crafted varieties of reds, whites, and dessert wines offer a wide range of styles, as do fruit wines made with blueberries, rhubarb, apples and raspberries. Also, dessert ice wines are not to be missed. These are made from grapes harvested after the arrival of winter, when the juice of the grapes is highly concentrated and super sweet.

 

For the month of September, our focus will be on some of our Vermont wineries. You can always check out our entire Made in Vermont Portfolio as well. Another great resource is the Vermont Grape and Wine Council, A Guide to Vermont Wines: Growing, Vinting, and Drinking.

But first, check out Donald on #winedownwednesaday –  Donald MacDonald is giving a taste of Vermont wines from all around the state.

First Up…….

 

Lincoln Peak

It all started back in 2001 with a shoebox full of grapevine cuttings from a fellow in Minnesota.  I had heard about these new, winter-hardy grape varieties and I sent him an email.  I stuck the cuttings in the ground; they grew.  Within a few years, grapes took over our strawberry fields, and now we find ourselves one of the largest grape producers in the state of Vermont.

In 2006 we made our first batch of commercial wine. Now we’re making about 25,000 bottles of wine a year– all strictly from grapes grown on our farm.  We’ve entered the International Cold-Climate Wine Competitions four years now, and we’ve won three best-in-show awards along with several gold and double-gold medals.     –Chris Granstrom

 

La Crescent White     

La Crescent is an aromatic white with vibrant flavors of pear and citrus. It is semi-dry with a refreshing finish.

 

Marquette Red     

It is a robust dry red wine. Marquette has rich notes of black currant, black cherry, and ripe dark plums. With smooth tannins, it finishes with a lingering spice.

 

Black Sparrow 

A bright and lively dry white wine with hints of spring flowers and fresh tart apples. With a refreshingly crisp finish.

 

Ragtime Red   

A velvety semi-sweet red wine, fruity and smooth with bass notes of ripe blackberries and sweet dark plums.

 

Ragtime White   

A jazzy and bold sweet white wine with rich notes of apricot and juicy peach. Ragtime White is delicious on its own. Pour a glass, put up your feet, and relax. Or, if you like, serve it with your favorite boldly-flavored cheese.

Next Up……

Snow Farm Vineyard

Snow Farm Winery and Vineyard began as a dream in 1996 – to preserve Vermont’s agricultural land in the face of rapid development by providing an alternative for farmers. Our location, on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain permits us to grow cooler climate vinifera grapes, Pinot Noir and Riesling, as well as the more cold hardy French Hybrids, Vidal Blanc and Baco Noir. Thanks to Vermont’s cold winter temperatures, Snow Farm also produces an ice wine, a product that cannot be made in many other places in the world.

Lookout for the below offerings,

Reserve Leon Millot

Naked Mermaid

Crescent Bay Red

Seyval Blanc

Vidal Blanc Ice

Rose Red

Baco Noir

Snow White

Vidal Blanc

Riesling

 

Charlotte Village Winery 

 

Founded in 2001 by fourth generation Vermonters, William & Colleen Pelkey and their son Will Pelkey.
“We started to produce blueberry wines with the blueberries from our 10 acre field in 2001. Our winery was completed in 2004 and we began producing several different types of wines.
Charlotte Village Winery, in Vermont’s Champlain Valley, is a unique boutique winery. Our winery features both fruit and grape wines. The fruit wines are made from fresh Vermont fruits. Our selections include a Strawberry Riesling Wine, Raspberry Wine, a Peach Chardonnay Wine and three styles of Blueberry Wine. The grape wines include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, and Pinot Grigio. All these wines are made here in Vermont.”

Peach Blossom

Made with peaches from the Hudson River valley. This wine consists of chardonnay and peaches which results in a smooth blend. Serve chilled. Silver medal winner.

Strawberry Blush

Fresh strawberry wine blended with 40% Riesling white wine. This strawberry wine has a soft strawberry nose with a slight tart finish. A very nice sipping wine. Serve chilled.

Raspberry Delight

This wine is made with 100% fresh raspberries. This wine can be used as a picnic wine, after dinner wine or served with a strong cheese. Enjoy with a group of friends. A gold medal winner with great aroma and strong raspberry flavor. Serve chilled.

Cabernet Sauvignon

A Charlotte Village Winery Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted by forth generation Vermonters and made with hand selected grapes from California. This medium bodied red wine is aged in French Oak and will add flavor.
                  
Merlot

A medium bodied red wine that goes well with all red meat dishes. Aged in French oak for two years. This wine won a silver medal from Tasters Guild.

Chardonnay

Hand crafted by wine makers at Charlotte Village Winery. It is not aged in oak thereby bringing you the true flavors of the chardonnay grape. Serve chilled and goes well with any fish dish.

Pinot Grigio

This is a dry white wine produced by Charlotte Village Winery with grapes from the Lodi region of California. It has a particularly nice bouquet and goes well with fish and white meat dishes.

Buddy’s Apple Crisp

A blend of 4 different variety of apple from Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, VT. with a touch of cinnamon. Serve warm to get a taste of apple pie or chilled to get a real apple crisp. Double gold medal winner.

 

EDEN SPECIALTY CIDERS

Our specialty ciders reflect the cold winter climate and apple heritage of Northern New England. We make ciders that are unique and innovative, but that also respect the rare and expensive apples we use, and refrain from aggressive manipulation and industrial beer and wine processing techniques.
We work with traditional New England heirloom varieties, local seedling varieties, and Old-World varieties, including bittersweet cider varieties that originated in France and England. We press once per year after harvest. We use the natural winter cold at our farm to concentrate the flavors and sugars of the apples before fermentation. The highest concentrated juice we use to make our famed Eden Ice Ciders. It takes over 8 lbs. of apples to make one 375ml bottle of ice cider! Lesser concentrations form the base for our Orleans aperitifs and our naturally sparkling ciders. We never use sugar, colorings, acids, or industrial flavorings in our ciders.

These are top quality ciders that feature top quality apple varieties. Explore and enjoy!

  • Sparkling Dry Cider 375ml 
  • Sparkling Dry Cider 5 gal 
  •  Semi Dry Sparkling Cider 
  • Semi Dry Sparkling Cider 
  •  Heirloom Blend 187ml 
  • Heirloom Blend 375ml 
  • Brandy Barrel Aged Heirloom 375ml 
  • Orleans Herbal 750ml 
  • Northern Spy 375ml (
  • Orleans Bitter 750ml 
  • Honeycrisp 187ml 
  • Honeycrisp 375ml 
  •  Imperial Rose 375ml 

CELLAR SERIES CIDERS
These are unique, one-time-only small-batch ciders.  Quantities are limited

Guinevere’s Pearls 750ml 
Guinevere’s Pearls 20L 
Imperial 11% ABV Semi-Sweet Cider made from 100% Northern Spy apples. Rich apple pie flavor with balanced acidity.

Treebeard 750ml 
Treebeard 20L 
Cider made from heirloom varieties infused with our own orchard-grown organic hops.

Juliette 750ml 
Still, dry cider aged in used French oak Chardonnay barrels for 8 months. Crisp delicate cider with bright acidity moderated by gentle oak aging. Pairs beautifully with fish, chicken breast, and light pasta dishes.

Entire September Featured Portfolio

Stay Tuned For More Vermont Wine Features ………

 

FOR OUR VERMONT DLC LICENSED RETAIL PARTNERS ONLY

UPCOMING TASTINGS

FALL BEER & CIDER PORTFOLIO TASTING
Monday, September 18th – 2pm-5pm
at The Essex Resort & Spa

(70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT 05452)

FALL WINE PORTFOLIO TASTING
October 23rd – Noon-4pm
at Taconic Hotel

(3835 Main St, Manchester Center, VT 05255)

 

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