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Champagne, Harvest and the Holy Spirit
Buttonwood Wins NY Governor’s Cup
On August 8th& 9th, 21 judges sampled 915 wine, 27 hard cider and 16 craft spirit entries, and have the tough task of choosing which are their favorites in each category. The top prize at this competition is the prestigious Governor’s Cup, a large silver chalice that recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all the entries in the Classic. This year's Governor's Cup winner is Buttonwood Grove, a member of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. Their 2016 Riesling came out on top, among 958 entries.
Ferrari Trento Is Official Sparkling Wine At Emmys
Ferrari Trento returns as official sparkling wine of the Emmy® Awards Season for the third consecutive year, bringing a touch of Italian style to the long - awaited event of American television scheduled for September 17 in Los Angeles.
The theme chosen this year by the Television Academy for the Governors Ball, which follows the awards ceremony, is the match between elegance and sustainability. This choice is in concert with the practices of the winery. Ferrari makes elegance the distinctive feature of its Trentodoc bubbles and pursues sustainability throughout its activity both in the vineyard and in cellar.
Michter's Distillery Offers First Release of US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye
This month Michter's Distillery is releasing a limited amount of US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye for the first time. Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye is made by taking Michter's US*1 Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye at barrel strength and then aging it for an additional period in a second custom-made barrel. This second barrel is assembled from 24-month air dried wood and then toasted but not charred. The toasting profile was specifically designed to enhance the spice character in the rye while adding hints of dark toast and smoke. Because Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye is a barrel strength product, the proof varies a bit from barrel to barrel. The average barrel proof for the toasted rye barrels bottled for this release is 108.6. Because Michter's does not have adequate stocks to meet demand for its items, the release will be on a limited basis. SRP is $75.
Giò and Wine Trees Partner to Introduce Pinot Grigio Rosé and Pinot Grigio
The strategic partnership brings Giò’s unique Pinot Grigio Rosé (Rosato in Italian) to the U.S. for the first time. Although Pinot Grigio is a red-skinned grape, few Pinot Grigio wines are made into Rosé; the Giò Pinot Grigio Rosé is macerated on the Pinot Grigio grape skins for nearly 48 hours, giving it a lovely pale pink color and imparting the generous palate with ripe red fruit and a bright minerality (SRP $11.99). The Pinot Grigio (SRP $11.99) is delicate yet complex; round with bright acidity, generous citrus notes, and nice structure. Giò is short for giòvane, the Italian word for “young”. dates back to 1948 and, today, helps support 1,300 families. They are farmers first and take great pride in the land and vineyards behind Giò.
Winesellers Ltd. Celebrates 40 Years
Vendange Carmel Inn Announces Wine-Themed Room by Carmel Road Winery
Gray says they wanted to bring to life the coastal, peaceful vibe found in Carmel, as well as in their tasting room, so they created several large photo canvases showcasing the nearby ocean, with a wine-themed twist. There’s also a beautiful nook under a wine rack where guests can sit and simply relax with a glass of Carmel Road Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.
To really give guests a sense of what Carmel Road Winery has to offer, in the room they will find a selection of Carmel Road wines for purchase, information about their wine club as well as the winery, beautiful etched glasses, stone coasters, plush throw blankets, and complimentary tasting cards for up to four people.
Carmel Road joins 14 other wineries in partnership with Vendange to sponsor wine-themed rooms. Inland from Monterey’s rugged coastline, the winery tailors its viticulture and winemaking techniques to capture the compelling character of this windswept area.