“At the end of the day,” state the founders of Little Difficulty Red Wine Co., “we’re two finest friends who are enjoyed share our labor of love and sweat and roadside sandwiches with you.”
If that does not sound like a red wine to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon or night, I don’t know what does. Friends. Labor of love. Sweat. Roadside sandwiches. All wrapped up with red wine.
Count me in, particularly for the 2021 Technicolor Table Wine from Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino County, created by Jennifer Reichardt and Sara Morgenstern of Little Trouble Red Wine Co.
. A few of you might acknowledge Reichardt from her popular Raft White wines along with her family’s Liberty Duck poultry business, and Morgenstern from Killer Quail White wines, all based in California’s North Coast, an hour or two north of San Francisco. The thread going through those business, directly into Reichardt and Morgenstern’s collaboration to create Little Problem White wine Co., is a sense of delight and relationship, with white wine as a lorry to connect those things together.
It sounds both picturesque and romantic, and understanding those details certainly contributed to my own experience earlier this week of opening the bottle, putting a taste, and tasting the wine: it’s a break from the rigors of the day, a hiatus from Zoom and screens, and a welcome reprieve from the general weight and anxiety frustrating our news feeds.
Simply put, it’s a breath of fresh air in the kind of red wine and metaphor. Images (romantic though they might be) of the California coast? Acknowledgment of the effort and sweat occurring in the vineyards? Pulling over for roadside sandwiches with friends?
I’m here for it, even in my creativity, 2500 miles away. It is, as the caption on the bottle’s front label checks out, “A Location to Feel Good.”
Coastline sea stacks at Wilson Creek Beach, False Klamath Cove in Redwood National Park California … [+]
understanding of the wine might very well end right there, at the level of imagination and the excellent vibes that go along with it. If you wished to also ground the experience in the truth of the wine’s production, here are three styles with additional details to understand. Blend of Thirteen Grapes Have a look at this list of the 13 grapes that consist of the 2021 Technicolor Table Red Wine
: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Trousseau, Mencia, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Albariño, Alvarinho, Pinot Meunier, Vermentino, Picpoul, Greco di Tufo and Verdejo. The number of are currently familiar to you? The number of names had you never heard before? What exactly is the
distinction between Albariño and Alvarinho? Could you also think the grapes’ origins, and how they became grown or sourced throughout California? There’s a story to them all, combined together in the glass. Low Intervention”Low intervention”as a descriptor of red wine has ended up being a point of argument and contention that’s quite contrary to
the intent and spirit of the phrase. At its most necessary, I comprehend”low intervention”to indicate that the grape growers and wine makers have interfered just possible as they shepherded the red wine from vineyard to glass. For this Technicolor Table Wine, low intervention is expressed on the label as unfined and unfiltered, with an alert that a small deposit of sediment might naturally happen. You might have also noticed in the list of 13 grapes above that some grapes are red and some are white; for this white wine, the red grapes were direct pressed while the white grapes were divided into direct press and skin contact. Alder Springs Vineyard Here’s where the remarkable northern California coastline can be found in, and all that idyllic, romantic imagery settles in reality. The Alder Springs Vineyard is located 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean(believe steep terrain and extreme conditions)and about 150 miles north of San Francisco. It’s where owner/farmer Stu Bewley selected to plant and grow a number of different (and lesser-known)grape ranges. Reichardt and Morgenstern source their fruit from 2 experimental nursery blocks on the vineyard, which enables them to deal with a broad range of ranges.