March Beer Club: Iowa

Malus-Danica-375-bottleCold Hand Winery
2015 Malus Danica 375 ml
Iced Cider / Apple Wine

Malus Danica perfectly balances the wonderful aroma, sweetness and acidity of apples. The aroma of honey, sweet applesauce and fresh apple peel pours out of the glass, and the taste is fresh and rich.

ABV: 8.7-9% alcohol / volume
Style: Cider / Apple Ice-Wine

Beer Style at WineStyles: Fruity & Spicy
Recommended Pairings: Enjoy with cheeses, desserts, or as a treat in itself. It is also very good for fatty dishes such as foie gras and rillette. 

Malus Danica is produced using the cryo-concentration method. It contains Danish apple varieties: Ingrid Marie, Filippa, Elstar, Jonagold and Belle de Boskoop. Each apple variety was picked at optimum ripeness, is immediately pressed into must after harvest and frozen immediately afterwards. The must is then dried outside at sub-zero temperatures, where the frost binds the water in the must, while sugar, acid, aroma and color drip off like thick raw syrup. After thawing, the concentrated “apple syrup” is slowly cold-fermented for 18 months into an intense wine, and finally aged for 3 months in barrique. This is the winery’s flagship that started their “Cold Hand Fruit” wine adventure.

“Cryo-concentrating gives us cold hands to that extent, but the technique is nevertheless the basic substance in all our apple, pear and quince wines. With this technique, we can extract the aroma, the towering sugar content and preserve the intense acidity from the fruit in our wines.” – Cold Hand Winery

Located out in the countryside between Rangers and Viborg, Cold Hand Winery is surrounded by an apple orchard and picturesque fields. Here, the winery continues to experiment with new tones and flavors of apples, pears, cherries, blackcurrants, currants, rhubarb, quinces, plums and blackberries to bring you closer to the world’s best fruit wine. Their fruit wine adventure is based on a “down-to-earth-ness”, curiosity and a a desire to share the good story. Learn more about the winery here, and follow them on Untappd.

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December Sweet Club

Sweet Wine ClubKiona Red Mountain Ice WineKiona Vineyards
Chenin Blanc Ice Wine
Red Mountain AVA


While the Red Mountain AVA is known for big, powerful red wine, it’s also an exceedingly good place to grow white varietals. The Kiona Estate Vineyard has four acres of Chenin Blanc planted in a depression, ensuring a consistent freeze year-in, year-out. We don’t pick Ice Wine until the grapes are naturally frozen in the vineyard, typically picking in the early morning hours before the sun rises.

Ice Wine is one of the world’s most elusive and delicious elixirs. Kiona prefers to use Chenin Blanc, a varietal that allows for robust acidity and intense green and tropical fruit flavors. Kiona’s philosophy with this wine is to emphasize acidity over outright sweetness, a tactic that ensures a balanced, crisp wine that dances on the tongue.

Food Pairing Recommendations: Ideal with fruit desserts, including pastries and tarts.

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an herbal cheese, such as a gorgonzola. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

9% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.26
8.63 g/L
Residual Sugars: 175 g/L
Vineyard Source: 100% Kiona Estate, Red Mountain, Washington
Vineyard Blocks Planted: 1976, 1983
Varietal Composition: 100% Chenin Blanc
Winemaking: 100% Stainless, 31.3º Brix @ Harvest

PRODUCTION: Heat accumulation tracked slightly behind the previous vintage on Red Mountain. Bloom occurred slightly ahead of historical averages, and during ideal weather conditions. Crop loads were heavy going into the summer, resulting in the need to perform additional thinning. Weather during harvest (September-October) was ideal. It’s a stellar high acid and high sugar vintage.

Photo by John Vitale of Washington Tasting

Photo by John Vitale of Washington Tasting Room Magazine

While Red Mountain is known for big, powerful red wines, it’s also an exceedingly good place to grow white varietals. The Kiona Estate vineyard has four acres of Chenin Blanc planted in a depression, increasing the likelihood that we are able to produce Ice Wine. They don’t pick the grapes until they are naturally frozen in the vineyard, a process that concentrates the sugar and flavor to unprecedented levels.

In 1975 John Williams and Jim Holmes’ families planted the first vineyard on Red Mountain, an area now known for producing some of the world’s most powerful, opulent wines of distinction. For three generations their families have worked side by side, hand in hand to craft exciting, vineyard-driven wines that capture the essence of Red Mountain. Learn more about Kiona Vineyards here.

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