South Eastern New England AVA
It seemed wrong that Marguerite was heading out on a new adventure in a new AVA without a map. So, I got my geek on and made one for her. Obviously this is not to scale…so please don’t use it for navigation purposes.
Merci and enjoy.
Well, not completely unexpected; I had threatened bodily harm to Gretchen if I wasn’t gifted with a bottle of the fruits of her first foray into home winemaking. But I was still surprised…
I came home from a really long day at work about 10 days ago to discover a large box on my front porch. I didn’t remember ordering anything, and couldn’t imagine why anyone would be sending me something in mid-February – so you can guess my delight when I saw the return label said “Gretchen Neuman.” I knew – just knew – it was a bottle of the first Neuman vintage – Rebel Girl.
But actually it was even better – it was TWO bottles of Rebel Girl and a very large bottle of Cider of Eden – along with several jars of lovely home-made sauces and jams. Yum!
A few days later, I opened my first bottle of Rebel Girl. A pale yellow, almost straw color, it has a very delicate nose. There are notes of citrus, but they are very subtle. The wine is delicate, light,and has notes of grapefruit; all in all it’s a very nice sipping wine.
No oak – not surprising given Gretchen’s preference for low-oak whites. I later learned that “to oak or not to oak” was a matter of great debate in the wine-making process. Gretchen ultimately won that argument, and I think it was a wise choice. This wine is a bit too light to handle much oak, which would very likely have overpowered the wine.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I wasn’t expecting much – I’ve tried other home-made wines – but was very pleasantly surprised. It’s a charming wine.
So, I have a second bottle in the wine rack for another day – as well as the Cider to look forward to. Christmas will extend well into the spring!
And I understand there are two new wines in the offing… Congrats, Gretchen!
I may not be able to drink the wine for the next 5 weeks but that doesn’t mean that I can’t think about it constantly, right?
That being said, I have gone ahead and purchased supplies to vint (is that even a word?) some more wine.
I have purchased two additional kits from The Home Brewery in Ozark, Missouri. The first is a Spanish Rose. Yes, I am making pink wine. You have an issue with that? You can take it up with someone else. This is a blend of Tempranillo and some sort of white. I love French Roses from Provence and had some amazing roses at the ENYE wine tasting last week, which I will be writing about in the near future. So this is a perfect choice for me. Sophie will be naming this wine. Or it will be named Sophie Bear in her honor.
The second wine I will be making will be Chilean Carmenere. I have had this type of wine before and loved the story of a wine called, Ooops! Carmenere is the lost Grape of Bordeaux. It turns out that in Chile the grapes that were traditionally viewed as Merlot were really Carmenere… or essentially.. a Bordeaux grape that all but disappeared after phylloxera ravaged France. Anywho! The point is that is wine number two that I will be making. And it will be named by Celia. She is, naturally, thrilled to tears at the honor that I am bestowing on her.
Now I just need the materials to arrive.