The winners were just announced from the 2016 Cal State Fair and we’re pleased with the results. We entered 10 wines and got 9 awards. The one that didn’t win was an experimental Zinfandel that we crushed with our feet and fermented on the stems with indigenous yeast. It’s a funky, aggressive Zin and I love it, but you don’t win awards based on how much you like your wine. You win awards for making sound wines that display varietally correct characteristics and our beloved Zin Naturale does neither.
On the other hand, Steve Tankersley’s Double Gold winning 2013 Durell Vineyard Syrah is a true show horse of a wine. It’s beautifully made and offers a check list of everything you expect in a Syrah : grippy tannins, black and blue fruit, with aromas of smoked game and white pepper. This wine was in serious contention for the most coveted award in home wine making , the Best of Class Golden Bear. I’m told that each of the elusive Golden Bears requires both hands to lift, but have yet to experience one in person.
Looking ahead, The Winemaker Magazine Conference and Awards Dinner in Santa Rosa is only two weeks out. We’ll be pouring our Gold Medal winners all weekend and I’m told Steve Tankersley may even bring one of his Double Golds. See you there.
Then why not add in a pail of frozen juice or must from Wine Grapes Direct? We’ve got premium frozen grape juice and must for sale year round that is proudly sourced from the finest wine growers on the West Coast. Knowing where your fruit comes from is an essential part of your wine’s story which is why we strive to connect you with the people and places that grow our grapes. So since you’ve already cleaned out your fermentors and carboys for your fresh Chilean Carmenere juice from M and M Wine grapes or your fresh Chilean Sauvignon Blanc juice from Presque Isle Wine Cellars, be sure to also make space for a batch of Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg or a Sonoma Merlot.
Interested in learning how to make real wine anytime of year from frozen grapes and juice? We’ve got you covered with the best fruit and all the ingredients and instructions you’ll need to get started making your own award winning wine at home.
With every pail of frozen grape juice or must we ship in our custom insulated packaging through FedEx Ground, we also include selected Lallemand yeast strains and all the pre fermentation additions you’ll need to get started.
So whether you’re looking to craft a heavy-hitting Durell Vineyard Syrah / Napa Valley Merlot or just looking to make some super-crisp Clarksburg Chenin Blanc in time for summer sipping we’ve got what you need.
And if you’re worried about stepping away from the safety of kits don’t be. With a little bit of extra knowledge and patience, grape winemaking will actually prove more intuitive and satisfying than making a box wine. And of course the results are more impressive for sharing with friends and family.