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30 Days of Rosé | #16 | Boyden Valley Winery | Rosé La JuJu | Frontenac & Cayuga

30 Days of Rosé | #16 | Boyden Valley Winery | Rosé La JuJu | Frontenac & Cayuga | $15.99

Our friends at Boyden Valley Winery produce friendly, easy drinking wines with great care and expertise.  We are pleased to be highlighting their crowd pleasing, every-day-rosé right along some of our favorite seasonal vin.

Drink locally (and deliciously!) by exploring Boyden Valley Wines – we’ll happily point out the 10 table wines we have in stock PLUS the 4 dessert / Ice Wines, PLUS their 5 ciders AND their liqueur!

In case you didn’t notice… we’re not just big fans of their liquid portfolio, but our warm friends who make VT increasingly delicious.

Salut!

From boydenvalley.com:

Rosé La JuJu:

David and Linda Boyden started milking grapes in 1997 with the founding of Boyden Valley Winery.  Three generations of Boyden€™s had been milking cows at the Boyden farm prior to that. Rosé La JuJu continues the tradition of fine wines produced at the Winery. Named after their daughters, Juliette (JuJu) and Laurence, this Rosé is crafted from estate grown Frontenac and Cayuga White grapes. Rosé La JuJu is a fun and delicate dry wine, appealing to the pallet and to the eye with a soft pink hue.

Tasting Notes:

A dry French, Provential style Rose with nice tannins, vibrant acidity and flavors of black raspberry and raspberry.

Pairings:

  • Salmon
  • Sushi
  • Strawberry & Chevre Salad

Details:

  • Varietals:  Frontenac & Cayuga
  • Alcohol:  12%
  • Residual Sugar:  0.50%
  • Total Acidity:  0.77 TAR
  • PH:  3.4

Cultivation:

We carefully tend our vineyards throughout the year from pruning in late winter to cultivate the most fruitful buds, canopy management mid-summer that will expose the leaves and produce the most healthy fruits, and harvesting our bounty in the fall.  Learn More …

Land and Soil/Terrior

Our unique location in the Lamoille River Valley provides us with a unique climate and soil to produce a range of fruit that varies from delicate white wines and robust reds to rich and decadent Vermont Ice wines.  Learn More …

Old World Wine Making Tradition:

We make our wines, ciders, and spirits using traditional, old world methods from hand harvesting our fruits to aging in French Oak barrels.  Every product  is crafted with care and attention to detail resulting in outstanding quality to please your palette.  Learn More …

Meet the Winemaker

Tom Lambert, our winemaker and vineyard manager works tirelessly to create delicious wines, ciders, and spirits.  His passion for the process from vine to bottle is evident in every sip, and he loves to experiment with new and unique fruits to our list of products forever growing!  Learn More …

 

30 Days of Rosé | #14 | A Tribute To Grace | Rosé of Grenache | Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard | 2016

30 Days of Rosé | #14 | A Tribute To Grace | Rosé of Grenache | Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard | 2016 | 13.1% ABV | $23.99

Number 14 of our 30 Days of Rosé is one of the most sought after Rosé wines we get – A Tribute To Grace.

Only a handful of cases of this muchly sought after Rosé make it’s way over from Angela, most of it is instantly snapped up by people in the industry and repeat customers waiting for it.

This wine quickly sells itself every year without marketing it so if you want a bottle (which you do!!) of Angela’s Rosé, get yours before they are gone!

From the bottle:

This wine is a tribute to Grace, my Grandmother, whose quiet strength and guidance has taught me the true meaning of her name.  As my own journey unfolds, grace has become me most revered of nature’s atributes, thus making Grenache the perfect medium.

To grace and Grace,

–  Angela Osborne | Winemaker

 

From gracewinecompany.com:

A Tribute To Grace Wine Company is dedicated to crafting authentic expressions of Grenache.

All wines are single-vineyard sourced to maintain authenticity, and remain 100% Grenache.

Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard, Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard is situated 33 miles east of Santa Barbara, in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Sitting at 3200 feet elevation, the setting is home to sand, brush, exposed rock, and the odd dingo-type wild dog. And grapes. On my first visit to the vineyard (as pictured in this photo), my mother and I were driving the 33-highway route north from Ojai and were beginning to wonder if we had indeed entered the famed Ojai vortex, so foreign was the setting. We hadn’t seen a single soul in over an hour – in fact nothing living save the odd Matilija mountain Poppy. Upwards we continued to climb, until finally we rounded yet another hairpin-bend and both gasped. Nestled below, amidst a vast sea of sand, were row upon row of vibrant vines.

And so is the setting for this incredible vineyard. Arid and blazing hot in the summertime, snow-laden and sleepy in the wintertime. Not that the summer months see an influx of people, I believe the permanent population of Ventucopa is 59…

I have an ongoing lease of three rows in this remarkable vineyard, which is owned by Laetitia Vineyard and Winery, and nurtured by their famed vineyard manager Lino Bozzano. The entire vineyard is managed sustainably, and planted according to particular site-specificity. Although there are a total of 12 varieties planted, the Grenache plantings represent only 4% of the total vineyard – with five different Grenache clones planted. I am one of five winemakers currently producing wine from this block, and the difference in the wines we each produce speaks volumes as to the part man plays in winemaking.

~ Grace’s Story ~

I am a New Zealand born winemaker who moved to California in 2006 with the dream of making Grenache. In the land from which I stem, the climate is too cool to ripen this sun-loving beauty. And so began my search: northern Spain, southern France, southern Australia, California…

Abundant sunshine and entrepreneurial spirit led me to the latter, and in 2007 I sourced my first Grenache fruit from the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard. Nestled high above the Pacific Ocean and 33 miles inland, this high-desert vineyard provided the perfect balance of heat and light I sought.

I chose to name my label after two of my favourite things: my Grandmother Grace, and my most beloved attribute. My winemaking intention is to capture this spirit, and stay as close to nature as humanly possible. The trio is completed by the grape itself, which to me encapsulates grace.

To grace and Grace,

 – Angela Osborne

 

~ The Day My Toe Took Over ~

My first Thanksgiving in California in 2006 saw me strolling the sands of Moonlight Beach, Encinitas. I was thinking of my Nana Grace, and how much she would love this american tradition ~ and was drawn to write ‘grace’ in the sand with the big toe of my right foot. When I stood back and looked at it, I realized this would be my label: a tribute to grace.

Luckily for me, my dear and most talented friend Nicole Sykes advised me against using this actual image for my label, and instead provided the graceful design that has adorned each bottle since 2007. The Queen Anne’s Lace motif comes from a dried flower she found in a Dublin vintage market, symbolizing simplicity, femininity and the circle of grace.

30 Days of Rosé | #13 | Sokol Blosser | Estate Cuvée Rosé | Pinot Noir | Dundee Hills, Oregon | 2016

30 Days of Rosé | #13 | Sokol Blosser | Estate Cuvée Rosé | Pinot Noir | Dundee Hills, Oregon | 12% ABV | 2016 |17.99

Lucky number 13 is one of our favorite non-sparkling rosé wines!  We’ve been to multiple industry tastings, and we both agreed it was a solid top 3 rosé for both of us, and a number 1 for one of us.  At under $20 a bottle, this fresh, stunner of a rosé is one of the outstanding gems in our 2017 selection.  Enjoy this invigorating rosé – we sure do!!

From sokolblosser.com:

 


2016 Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir

Our classic dry rosé is made from organic pinot noir grapes from two different sections of our Estate. The grapes were hand harvested and de-stemmed, and we soaked the juice on the skins for four to six hours before pressing. We maintained an extended, slow, cool fermentation to preserve the lively fruitiness and delicate floral aromas. The fermentation was stopped with just a hint of residual sugar to balance the firm acidity, resulting in a wine that is crisp, vibrant, and refreshing.

Dedication, Quality and Concern for People, Planet and Profit –

From the start, the Sokol Blossers were aware of the impact that farming and wine production would have on the environment. Before it was popular, the winery did everything it could to give back to the land. Today, the second generation winegrowers of Sokol Blosser continue this ‘good to the earth’ policy through certified-organic farming, sustainable business practices and low impact packaging. In fact, in 2002 Sokol Blosser became the first US winery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. In April 2015, the company went through the rigorous process to become a Certified B Corporation.

Sokol Blosser Is Now A Certified B Corporation –

Sokol Blosser has always strived to be a leader in sustainable practices and is proud to be a Certified B Corporation. For many years, we have evaluated our business success through a holistic approach to managing our bottom line: the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit. Achieving B Corp certification further establishes our commitment through measurable high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. To achieve this certification, we underwent a rigorous evaluation to measure the social and environmental impact of our business. As a Certified B Corporation we are proud to join a community of 1,200 companies from more than 121 industries in 41 countries.

  •  Our devotion to world class quality is paralleled by a desire to achieve it sustainably.
  • We pursue sustainable practices in all phases of our business, as our B Corp Certification supports. This commitment to the earth, people and business will continue as long as the winery is in operation.
  • We farm our estate vineyards organically and received full USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) organic certification in 2005 and are certified through Oregon Department of Agriculture.
  • We use 50% biodiesel in our farm tractors and trucks.
  • We have a 25kW solar panel system and purchase renewable wind power from PGE.
  • We use a no-waste, energy efficient crossflow filter on our white wines.
  • We recycle everything we can, from office paper to pallet shrink wrap.
  • We use unbleached paper products for labels, wine boxes and gift bags whenever possible.
  • We are a member of the Prescott Western Bluebird Recovery Project.
  • Vineyard plantings of lavender, yarrow, rudbeckia, and Russian sage help to provide habitats for beneficial insects and expand our vineyard ecosystem.
  • Our underground barrel cellar, built to US Green Building Council standards, became the first winery building in the country to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

30 Days of Rosé | #12 | Effusion | Moussé Fils | Champagne Rosé | 2016

30 Days of Rosé | #12 | Effusion | Moussé Fils | Champagne Rosé | 2016 | $47.99

We sift through well over 1,000 wines a year to pluck the best to share with you – it’s hard work!

We have an extensive selection of sparkling Rosé and were not looking at all to add another one, especially if it would retail at over $500 a case.

Moussé Fils whipped our heads around, sent us into a tizzy, and we HAD to have it.

We mulled over dozens  of reasons to not buy it, head, heart, and palate battled – our visceral senses won over our brains because Moussé Fils was too delicious to not bring in.

With only a couple exceptions, we’d rather drink this any other sparking wine we’ve ever had under $150 which is saying a lot considering everything we’ve had over the years.

Skip the big commercial brands, and grab a bottle of Moussé Fils for brunch, special celebration or casual occasion.. or hint hint nudge nudge… the next time you want delight your partner (or treat yourself – we know you deserve it!).

At $47.99, Moussé Fils punches twice above it’s weight class for flavor and pleasure.  To say the least, this one is a stunner.

It’s hard not to be too enthusiastic about this wine. We’ll stop talking and let you explore it.

In case you didn’t notice, we plainly hardcore ♥ Effusion Moussé Fils Champagne Rosé.

 

Moussé Fils | champagnemoussefils.com

You’ll find Champagne Moussé Fils in the heart of the Marne River valley in the village of Cuisles where, since 1923, perfecting the art of growing Meunier and bringing it to the peak of its potential has been the guiding principle of everything we do.

Our vineyards are spread out across 4 different villages yet all of them are on the same hillside; an unusual characteristic that is reflected in all of our champagnes.

Our family has been making champagne for 4 generations now and we’ve been growing vines from as long ago as 1750 so you can understand why we attach so much importance to looking after the environment. We want to ensure that our champagnes reflect all the character and personality of our vineyards and to achieve that we pay the most scrupulous attention to each stage of the wine making to ensure that everything is done as naturally as possible.

Our Principles

  • Use of the natural light
  • No chemical weeding
  • We use plants to protect other plants
  • Horse ploughing
  • Wood diseases treatment with perfusions of essential oils
  • We use the latest light-weight bottles to reduce CO2 emissions
  • Much of our water comes from natural springs
  • When old vines are dug up they are used for household heating
  • The cellars are temperature controlled using a soil-air heat exchanger
  • Protecting the vines and taking care of the environment
  • Each building produces its own hot water from solar panels
  • Chilling of the wine in a natural way
  • Planting seeds following the moon’s cycle
  • Tractor’s decontamination in a specialized washing station
  • Growing grass in the vines in Autumn to improve soil quality
  • Mirror-finished tank to save water
  • Self-sufficient in electricity
  • Eco-conceived storehouse

« We do not inherit the earth from our parents,
we borrow it from our children ». – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

Moussé Fils | Champagne Rosé | 2016

  • Cépage:  92% Meunier 8% Pinot Noir
  • Assemblage:  Blend of solera 2003-2014 and 12% red Wine from Meunier
  • Info/Source:  Sourced from vineyards in Cuisles, Jonquery, Châtillon-sur-Marne and Olizy.
  • Vines:  25 years old on average.
  • Malo:  Yes
  • Elevage:  Oak and stainless steel tank
  • Sur Lees:  16 months
  • Region:  Champagne
  • Appellation:  Vallee de la Marne
  • Color:  Rosé
  • Farming Practice:  Practicing Organic

What are the origins of Meunier?

It’s a more rustic variation of its genetic parent Pinot Noir and was called Meunier, without the word Pinot, so as to avoid confusion between the two.

Where does the name Meunier come from?

According to reference books about grape vines it seems that the name comes from the characteristic, soft, white coating on the leaves that makes them look as though they’ve been covered in flour, hence the name Meunier which means Miller in English.

These days Meunier has a good reputation, but that hasn’t always been the case. Why is that?

Meunier was often disparaged when used on its own and for years it was shunned by the big champagne houses. It was only Henri Krug who sang its praises. In the 1970s there was even a premium paid for what were called ‘Noble Grapes’ but it applied only to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Fortunately, for the past few years, Meunier has been regaining its reputation and today it’s considered to be the perfect varietal for blending. You only have to look at the great Meunier champagnes of René Collard to see the truth of this.

Why is Meunier the preferred varietal at Champagne Moussé Fils ?

Our family has been growing Meunier for 12 generations and every generation has believed in its vast potential. I wanted to give Meunier the respect it deserves and to show lovers of fine champagne that Meunier can produce wines of the utmost finesse. Our motto “Deeply Meunier” is the perfect illustration of that ambition and the perfect reflection of our wines: fine, elegant, and fruity.

– Cédric Moussé

 

30 Days of Rosé | #10 | County Line | Pinot Noir Rosé | Anderson Valley | 2016

30 Days of Rosé | #10 | County Line | Pinot Noir Rosé | Anderson Valley | 2016 | $23.99

It’s hard to believe we’re already 1/3 into our ’30 Days of Rosé’ feature when we have so much more delicious wine to share with you!  The best is still yet to arrive, we look forward to the bulk of our Rosé pre-orders coming in.  Yes, that’s right, the wines we’re most excited about haven’t even rolled in yet!  Clocking in at No.10 is County Line Rosé from Anderson Valley, California.

 

30 Days of Rosé | #05 | La Vie en Rosé | Pays d’Oc | Cinsault Rosé | 2016

30 Days of Rosé | #05 | La Vie en Rosé | Beverage Warehouse, VT

30 Days of Rosé | #05 | La Vie en Rosé | Pays d’Oc | Cinsault Rosé | 2016 | $9.99

Rolling in at number 5 of our 30 Days of Rosé is La Vie en Rosé – a wine we like so much, that every year, we acquire stacks of it!

La Vie en Rose is wonderfully evocative, almost ‘fin de siecle’ approach. La Vie en Rose is off to a stylish start. With just a faint blush of color, a hint of red fruits and a fleeting brush of subtle, spicy wood, this is a supremely balanced, savory food-friendly style of wine that will help even the most hardened of skeptics see the wine through rose tinted specs.

Read about Pays d’Oc:

content from www.paysdoc-wines.com

Cinsault: a delicacy

This grape variety is the ultimate Pays d’Oc rosé wines par excellence! It produces fresh wines with a pronounced taste of strawberry and rose petal, becoming slightly tile-red when assembled with Grenache where the rosé takes on its roundness.

Pays d’Oc grape varieties

Pays d’Oc wines are fruity and new, elegant and modern or refined and contemporary. They are perfect for every occasion, fulfil every desire and are ideal for every table. They have a well-defined French character, bathed in sunshine and the Mediterranean, which makes them easily recognisable.
Excellent value for money, Pays d’Oc wines are resolutely appealing.

Pays d’Oc: IGP – Protected Geographical Indication – a quality label

Pays d’Oc IGP is attributed to a wine that is exclusively produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon and has been accepted for approval by the Pays d’Oc Wine Producers Union. The label is awarded to wines that meet strict production quality criteria. The wine must also display typical Pays d’Oc characteristics. 92% of all Pays d’Oc IGP wines are varietal wines.

Between Land and Sea

The Pays d’Oc territory winds along the Mediterranean Sea, weaving itself along 4 departments in the Languedoc-Roussillon : Pyrénées-Orientales, Aude, Hérault and the Gard. The Pays d’Oc boasts 200 km of beaches and vast expanses of vineyards bathed by the sun.  A rich and natural combination of steep slopes, hilly peaks, vineyards, garrigue vegetation and the sea, the Pays d’Oc territory is embraced by its Mediterranean climate that comfortably enfolds the vines with its dry and windswept soils.

Having always embraced the vine, Pays d’Oc has adapted its vineyard and adopted grape varieties from different regions in France.  These grapes have embraced the Pays d’Oc and taken on the region’s charm.

The terroir effect

The terroir effect is noticeable upon tasting wines from the different Pays d’oc zones.  The Languedoc-Roussillon’s wealth of diverse soils and climates are exemplified by its *** terroirs. As grapes embrace the land from which they are grown, the grape varieties express themselves differently depending on the climate, exposure, relief, and soils. Pays d’Oc’s patchwork of wine-growing areas creates an expression of these grape varieties that is unique.

Pays d’Oc men and women

In the Pays d’Oc, mankind and vineyards tell one of the most beautiful stories of life and passion. Throughout the centuries and eras, passion for wine has always stayed alive.  Despite all the ups and downs of history, it remains, more than ever, connected to its territory. Over the past 30 years, the men and women from Pays d’Oc have understood the importance of adapting regional viticulture to economic and regulatory changes. Their heartfelt commitment to the regional viticulture tradition has created a strong motivation towards optimising the use of the vineyards. Using a savoir-faire passed down through the centuries, they create high-quality wines that reflect Pays d’Oc’s typicity.

As a result, Pays d’Oc wines embody wine growers’ passion and commitment and reflect the producers’ ability to combine tradition and modernity.