Bourbon and Wine: A Perfect Marriage?
When the lineup for this month’s Wine Studio educational program was announced, we were pleased to see an opportunity to taste and discuss 1000 Stories. We first sipped and enjoyed 1000 Stories during the Wine Bloggers Conference last fall in Sonoma. That was a “speed tasting” and we looked forward to trying the wine in a more relaxed setting.
Bison Burger Stampede!
The 1000 Stories features a bold bison on the label and a the robust flavor of a Zinfandel or Petite Sirah would pair dreamily with a juicy burger, no matter how the wine is aged.
The resulting meal was a gourmet Bleu Cheese Stuffed Bison Burgers with caramelized onions on brioche bun, herb sautéed zucchini ribbons and hand-cut Yukon Gold frites kissed with truffle oil.
This was a culinary work of art that I admired for several long seconds before wanting to devour it!
A Powerful Pair Of Wines
1000 Stories currently offers two wines, the 2015 Zinfandel Batch 038 with a California appellation, and the 2015 Half Batch Petite Sirah from Lake County. Both are priced at $18.99 and have a potent alcohol content of more than 15%.
The 1000 Stories Zinfandel is a very good one. Dry farmed Zin grapes from Mendocino County, Lodi and Paso Robles form the basis for this wine, which also has a dash of Lake County Petite Sirah. The wine is first aged in traditional American and French oak barrels – which introduces smoke and vanilla flavors. The wine then is introduced to new Bourbon barrels. This adds another layer of complexity, with roasted caramel and spice notes. This wine had an enjoyable toasted flavor.
This small lot wine has 83% Petite Sirah, 12% Zinfandel and 5% Syrah. The Half Batch moniker comes from selecting 100 of the best Bourbon barrels, half the amount of barrels used on their Zinfandel.
This is a big bodacious wine that has fruit and savory notes. Blackberry, raisin and smoke flavors mix together in this big wine. This needs time to decant and settle down .
Were we trampled by the 1000 Stories buffalo? Maybe just a bit, but in a way where we appreciated the power and finesse of well crafted wine. They paired magnificently with our bison burgers and Bleu cheese.
These wines would earn our favor even without the Bourbon barrel aging, but the BBA, done in just the right way, adds complexity and a unique “story.” You’ll enjoy telling it again and again!