January Bubbly Club Iowa

Bubbly Wine ClubThree-Feathers-Pinot_Pop_bottleThree Feathers Estate & Vineyard
Pinot Pop!
Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This refreshing, lightly sparkling red wine is a playful product of the Pommard clone of Pinot Noir. It has aromas of strawberry and bramble-berry fruits. This wine is a fun accompaniment for potlucks and barbecues. 

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis:
11% alcohol / volume
Sugar: 18.8 Brix
pH: 3.09
Clones: Pommard
Appellation:
Chehalem Mountains, Laurelwood District AVA
Vineyard:
Torio Vineyard
Aging:
9 months in Stainless Steel
Production: 96 cases

WINEMAKER’S NOTES:
“2020 was an excellent growing season on Chehalem Mountains. Following bud break, we had dry weather for the next 10 weeks; the only rain came mid-September and harvest was sunny and clear. Fermentation and aging was in stainless steel, the fruity flavors were laid bare. Not too high in alcohol, we added carbonation to create this sparkling wine.” – Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard.

VITICULTURAL AREA:
In the heart of the Chehalem Mountains, at the Northern end of the Willamette Valley, the Three Feathers’ high-elevation vineyards are part of Oregon’s most recognized appellation of cool-climate wines. Their 155-acre Estate comprises of rolling hills from 700-1000 ft. in elevation – which form a natural heat sink, sheltered from winds, capturing summer warmth in its own natural microclimate. Ancient marine soils and respectful farming practices result in rare wines that embody this distinctive region and each growing season.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Three Feathers Estate & Vineyard produces handcrafted small-lot wines using only grapes grown on their estate. Their passion for growing and commitment to authenticity contribute to their mission of creating the best Oregon wines that reflect their terroir. Learn more here. >

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Clover Hill_Cuvee_RoseClover Hill
Tasmanian Cuvée Rosé
Tasmania, Australia

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

Delicate salmon pink in color, this wine has a soft and creamy mousse. Attractive stewed strawberry and dark cherry notes marry perfectly with the wine’s fresh brioche characters. The wine is well structured, with sweet, red berries and cream enveloping the palate. This fresh and vibrant wine is best enjoyed young, but will also reward a few years in the cellar.

Varietal: 54% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier
Analysis: 12.5% alcohol / volume
Acid: 8.6 g/L

pH: 3.17
Residual Sugar: 7.5 g/L
Winemakers: Robert Heywood & Peter Warr
Critical Acclaim:

  • Best in Class ‘Best Australian NV Rosé’ – 2017 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • Perpetual Trophy, Blue Gold, Top 100 – 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition
  • 93 points and Runner up ‘Best Sparkling Rosé of the Year’ – 2018 Australian Sparkling Report
  • 94 Points – 2018 Halliday Wine Companion
  • 92 Points – 2020 Halliday Wine Companion
  • View all awards here.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
“The Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvée NV Rosé is made from grapes sourced from Clover Hill’s vineyards in Tasmania. Expressing the freshness and vibrancy for which the apple isle is renowned, this rosé offers elegance and refinement. The winemakers used classic techniques, such as delicate grape handling, followed by cool temperature alcoholic fermentation, and then a partial malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity of the grapes.

Clove Hill Tasmanian Cuvée NV Rosé is crafted according to traditional methods. Fermented in the bottle, this wine is aged on yeast lees for a minimum of two years which, in addition to a careful dosage of Tasmanian Pinot Noir, ensures the premium quality that is the hallmark of Clover Hill.” – Clover Hill Wines

ABOUT CLOVER HILL WINES:
Created to rival the wines of Champagne, Clover Hill is acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest sparkling wine producers. They blend the finest traditions of Champagne, France with their own distinguished Tasmanian style, using only the traditional varieties of Champagne – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Learn more here. >

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Bubbly Wine ClubPhilippe Fontaine Champagne RosePhilippe Fontaine Champagne
Champagne Brut Rosé de Saignée NV
Champagne, France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

Markedly different from the oceans of light and fruity rosé Champagne out there.  Grower Champagne producer Philippe Fontaine harnesses the powers of the Aube’s clay soils and the saignée method to deliver a powerful, deep auburn colored bubbly that’s cause for rethinking the possibilities of pink fizz. Similar in structure to the Rosé des Riceys – for which the region is famous – its ducky, earthy red and black fruit carries an undercurrent of savory and even meaty flavors that gird the full palate and give the drinker something to contemplate as well as enjoy. Tight perlage lightens things to an utterly balanced whole, accentuating stunning depth and complexity.

Varieties: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Pinot Meunier
Analysis:
12% alcohol / volume
Terroir: Balnot sur Laignes and Les Riceys: 30 year old vines and marly soils from the superior Jurassic era
Elevation:
590 feet
Farming:
Sustainable farming
Aging:
36 months sur latte
Bottled:
At the estate, minimum 3 months before release
Food Pairing: Pair with a juicy bone-in ribeye, roasted game, smoked salmon, ripe Époisses, or the Panna Cotta and Raspberry Coulis from JPB Culinary Labs.

ABOUT PHILIPPE FONTAINE:
Located in Balnot-sur-Laignes in the Côtes des Bar region, Champagne Philippe Fontaine is all about history of family and tradition.  The Fontaine family has indeed been cultivating their land for centuries.  Nowadays, Philippe, his daughter Salomé, and her husband Louis-Antoine run the estate.  Most of the vineyards are located in the prestigious Les Riceys part of the region.  All of Philippe Fontaine Champagnes are handcrafted at the estate, small production, sustainably farmed, and represent a tremendous value in the Grower Champagne category. Learn more here.

Panna Cotta dessert dish

Panna cotta and raspberry coulis

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November Premium Wine Club

Greywacke_PinotNoir-bottleMellow style logoGreywacke
Pinot Noir 2019

Marlborough, New Zealand

MELLOW WINE STYLE

Imagine a black forest cake, chock-full of juicy cherries and Black Doris plums, served up with a generous dollop of blueberry compote, laced with nutmeg and cloves. This is a deeply colored Pinot Noir, exuding lush, ripe fruit – highly fragrant with a cedar-like spiciness and hints of hot-smoked nuts. The palate is dense and generous with rich fruit, fine tannins and a delicious spicy finish.

Analysis: 13.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Total Acidity:  5.2 g/L
pH: 3.70
Aging: Individual clones were barrel aged separately for 11 months, prior to blending in late February.
Bottling:
November 2020

VITICULTURE:
All fruit was grown in Marlborough’s southern valleys and principally sourced from the Yarrum Vineyard, situated on the Brancott/Ben Morven ridge. Typical of this sub-region, the wind-blown loess soils are comprised of clay-loams with differing degrees of gravel content. The various source blocks are cultivated to a mixture of Pinot Noir clones, predominately the Dijon clones 115, 777 and 667, with smaller parcels of UCD5 and AM 10/5. The vineyards are primarily hillside plantings trained to two-cane VSP (vertical shoot positioning) with a high vine density of 3800 plants per hectare.

WINEMAKING:
The grapes were hand-harvested and chilled overnight prior to hand sorting. Most of the fruit was then destemmed into open-top fermenters, the majority of which also had a percentage of whole-bunch inclusion. The fruity was left to soak on skins prior to the onset of indigenous yeast fermentation, then plunged daily. After fermentation, the wine was pressed, racked and filled into French oak barriques (30% new).

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Established in 2009, Greywacke (pronounced Grey-wacky) is the Marlborough label of the Judd family and the name of New Zealand’s most abundant bedrock – an understated grey river stone that is found throughout Marlborough’s rivers and alluvial vineyard soils. While the company now exports their wines all over the world, the winery is still very much a family affair; the ethos remains ‘keep it simple and hands-on’ with a small, dedicated team running the company at their headquarters, located in the heart of Marlborough’s Omaka Valley. All vineyards are sustainably managed and their fruit is sourced from mature vineyards in prime viticultural sites across Marlborough’s sunny South Pacific climate. Learn more about the winery and its team here.

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Bold wine Style logoPenley-Helios_Cabernet_bottlePenley Estate
Helios Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Coonawarra, Australia

BOLD WINE STYLE

This Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful, yet restrained with incredible depth, complexity and finesse. The dark fruits, combined with the savory notes and focused tannins result in a pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is complex, supporting French oak and full of cassis, mulberry, violet and licorice. The palate is quite bold and generous, driven by notes of succulent fruit and savory, textural tannins with great length.

Analysis: 14.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acidity:  6.6 g/L
pH: 3.5
Critical Acclaim: 95 pts. Wine Enthusiast; 94 pts. Wine Spectator

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located in the center of Australia’s most famous Cabernet region, Coonawarra, the Penley Estate continues a family tradition that spans five generations. Owners and sisters, Ang and Bec Tolley have 240 acres planted atop the Terra Rossa soils, where they constantly strive to make wines with carefree souls, that celebrate the fruit and honor the vine. In words of their mother, they want every bottle of their Coonawarra wine to… “Grow up and be fascinating”.  Learn more about the family history and winemakers here.

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November Bubbly Club Iowa

Bubbly Wine ClubPhilippe_Fontaine_Champagne-brut-millesime-bottlePhilippe Fontaine Champagne
Brut Millésime 2015
Champagne, France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

A bright yellow hue with subtle reflections of copper, this elegant and fine Champagne offers aromas of lychee and peach. On the palate, this wine is lively and bright with a soft texture of almond paste, brioche, and subtle notes of blueberries.

Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Analysis:
12% alcohol / volume
Terroir: Balnot sur Laignes and Les Riceys: 30 year old vines and marly soils from the superiors Jurassic era
Elevation:
590 feet
Farming:
Sustainable farming
Aging:
48 months sur latte
Bottled:
At the estate, minimum 3 months before release
Food Pairing: Enjoy with this Smoked Salmon Tart recipe. Or serve as an apéritif, with sushi, Oaxacan food, or desserts.

ABOUT PHILIPPE FONTAINE:
Located in Balnot-sur-Laignes in the Côtes des Bar region, Champagne Philippe Fontaine is all about history of family and tradition.  The Fontaine family has indeed been cultivating their land for centuries.  Nowadays, Philippe, his daughter Salomé, and her husband Louis-Antoine run the estate.  Most of the vineyards are located in the prestigious Les Riceys part of the region.  All of Philippe Fontaine Champagnes are handcrafted at the estate, small production, sustainably farmed, and represent a tremendous value in the Grower Champagne category.

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Jan Harmsgat Pinot Noir

Creamy Leftover Turkey SoupCreamy Leftover Turkey Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 4 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups turkey broth OR chicken, OR vegetable
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ pound baby potatoes, halved or quartered
  • ½ cup wild rice blend
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 4 cups cooked Turkey meat, shredded
  • ½ cup corn
  • salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook aromatics: Heat butter and oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook until softened, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Cook mushrooms: Stir in mushrooms and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms have softened. Stir through garlic and cook for one more minute.
  3. Season: Reduce heat to medium-low. Sprinkle Italian seasoning and flour evenly over mushroom mixture, stir well for 1 minute.
  4. Add broth: Gradually pour in broth, stirring constantly, to keep any lumps from forming.
  5. Simmer: Stir in carrots, potatoes and rice. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until rice is nearly done (about 20-25 minutes for parboiled rice, about 35 minutes for regular).
  6. Finish soup: Once rice is nearly ready, open lid and stir soup well. Add half and half, cooked turkey meat and corn. Stir well, then simmer over medium heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Serve: Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve immediately.

© Recipe courtesy of Nora from Savory Nothings.

 

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Mellow style logoJan-Harmsgat_Pinot-NoirJan Harmsgat
Pinot Noir
South Africa

MELLOW WINE STYLE

This Pinot Noir is light and soft in style. On the nose, there are notes of dark cherries and strawberries with a slight earthiness. The palate has a soft tannic structure and smooth texture.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Analysis:
13% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.75
VA:
0.64
VS02:
26 mg/L
TS02:
62 mg/L
RS:
2.23 g/L
Wood Maturation: 3 Months, 225L French Oak, 4th fill.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
The newest addition to the JHG boutique wine collection is the Pinot Noir. The very first attempt at making this wine, JHG won the trophy for the best Pinot Noir in the Robertson Wine Valley at the Young Wine Awards.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the coastal regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information and Photos provided by Jan Harmsgat.

Jan Harmsgat Winery South Africa


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October Bubbly Club Iowa

Bubbly Wine Clubgerard_bertrand_cuvee_thomas_jefferson_BottleGérard Bertrand
Thomas Jefferson
Cremant de Limoux Brut
France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The Chenin and Chardonnay grapes bring texture and balance, with the Chardonnay also providing the fine bubbles. The Chenin adds vivacity and enhances the impressive longevity of the Cremant. This wine reveals a beautiful, golden yellow robe. It has a complex, aromatic nose with hints of white flower, honey, green apple and toast. It is crisp with elegant structure on the palate, where the fine texture of the bubbles complements the wine naturally.

Varieties: Chardonnay, Chenin, Pinot Noir, Mauzac
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume
Appellation: AOP Crémant de Limoux, France
Serving Temperature: 50ºF
Pairing: Enjoy as an aperitif or with goat’s cheese (Cabecou, Pelardon, Rocamadour), and sweet desserts.

VINIFICATION AND MATURING:
The grapes are harvested early by hand, in order to retain a good level of acidity. Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit is immediately pressed in a pneumatic pressing machine. The must is transferred to the vats for alcoholic fermentation, using the same process used for still wines. The wine is then transferred to sealed bottles for fermentation, in accordance with the champagne method. To finish, the winemakers will disgorge the bottles and perform the traditional dosage, which is very precise in order to keep a real freshness and wine balance.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Limoux is the area where sparkling wine originated. In 1531, the monks of Saint Hilaire discovered the first wine with bubbles. Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, these vineyards benefit from the cool conditions required to make sparkling wines of quality. This exceptional quality had even found an echo across the Atlantic at the White House. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson, was Limoux’ greatest admirer, and he discretely cultivated his love for France and for Limoux sparkling wine. Actually, wine from Limoux was the only sparkling wine to be found in his personal cellar. –  Gérard Bertrand Winery


gerard_bertrand_cremant_rose_825Gérard Bertrand
Heritage Cremant de Limoux
An 825 Brut Rosé
France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This wine is beautiful, salmon-pink in color with glimmering reflections. The nose has a complex bouquet with long-lasting aromas of red fruit (such as strawberry and raspberry), backed with hints of toasted bread. The bubbles are delicate with an extraordinary vivacity on the palate, with a rich, indulgent texture.

Varieties: Chardonnay, Chenin, Pinot Noir
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume
Appellation: AOP Crémant de Limoux.
Serving Temperature: 50ºF
Pairing: Perfect served as an aperitif, or accompanied with delicately smoked fish, both savory, sweet or spicy dishes, or even with red fruit desserts.

VINIFICATION AND MATURING:
The grapes are harvested when their acid-sugar balance reach their best. The fruit is transferred to the winery and immediately pressed in a pneumatic pressing machine. In addition to the reinforcement of the perception of freshness and balance, the dosage is very precise. The Pinot Noir grapes are not macerated, in order to preserve their color. The must is transferred to the vats for an alcoholic fermentation, using the same process used for still wine. After the malolactic fermentation in the vats, the wine is blended and then transferred to the barrels to mature for 8 months.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Gérard Bertrand reveals the history of the great terroirs of the South of France. The first written trace of the Abbey of Saint Hilaire date back to 825. The Abbey is located near Limoux and is famous for having housed the monks who discovered the secrete of effervescent wines. Gérard Bertrand Winery

ABOUT GÉRARD BERTRAND WINERY:
Now in the fourth generation of winegrowers, in 1987 Gérard Bertrand took over the family business at Domain d Villemajou after the unexpected death of his father. Five years later, Gérard founded the Gérard Bertrand wine company to develop a range of wines from the South of France. Today, the Gérard Bertrand group is comprised of 15 different wine estates. Since 2002, Gérard Bertrand has been committed to biodynamic viticulture, as it allows him to reinforce the balance of the vine and its environment. Learn more about his story here.

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October Sweet Club Iowa

Sweet Wine ClubRobert-Mondavi-Private-Selection-Naturally-Sweet-Pinot-NoirRobert Mondavi Private Selection
Naturally Sweet Pinot Noir
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The Naturally Sweet Pinot Noir is made sweet naturally by pausing fermentation early in the winemaking process, so 100% of the sweetness comes from the grapes’ naturally occurring sugar. This means the wine is made with no added sugar, and it is also lower in alcohol to offer a more thoughtful indulgence.

The wine shows off rich color, fruit-forward aromatics, and exceptionally soft tannins. There are notes of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, followed by notes of vanilla and spice due to the judicious oak aging.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Analysis:
9% alcohol / volume
Food Pairing: Grilled steak, barbecue brisket sandwiches, or spicy Thai dishes.

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with a sharp cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY:
Robert Mondavi built his winery in Northern California in 1966, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and other key grape varieties to create some of the world’s finest wine. Today, Robert Mondavi Winery produces critically acclaimed, top-rated, world-class wines adored by industry experts, master sommeliers and consumers alike. Robert Mondavi Private Selection captures Roberts 26 years of legendary winemaking expertise in a different way to seek depth and substance. By balancing longstanding traditions with a forward-looking approach, the winery is able to explore what wine can be, not just what it “ought” to be to offer the most flavorful of wine experience. Learn more here.

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Sugar-Sweet-Wine-Wine-Bottle-ImageJaM Cellars
Sugar Sweet White
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This soft, sweet, delicious Californian Moscato has just the right kiss of sweetness. It is super fruity and refreshing with a lower alcohol content. There are notes of honeyed citrus blossom, lush peach and sweet Meyer lemonade with a bright and refreshing finish.

Varietal: 100% Muscat
Analysis:
8.5% alcohol / volume

Serving:
Chilled straight from the fridge, or kept cool in an ice bucket
Food Pairing: This wine pairs well with a variety of flavors:

  • Have a little salty-sweet moment with your favorite bag of potato chips (nothing fancy).
  • Look for something spicy such as a Spicy Pad Thai, or Kung Pow Chicken.
  • Take a bite of bitter with pickle, or a batch of Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts
  • Double down on dessert and pair with your favorite sweet treat.

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an herbal or spicy cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT JaM CELLARS:
Second-generation Napa Valley vintners, John and Michele (the “J’ and “M” in JaM) are the master-minds behind JaM Cellars. After a decade of crafting ultra-premium wines in the Napa Valley, the husband & wife team decided to launch a line of super-approachable wines that could be enjoyed anytime. Learn more about their story here.

Information © JaM Cellars – All Rights Reserved.


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Winery Spotlight Series: September 21, 2022

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The Duckhorn Portfolio
with Guest Speaker, Kyle Lee
California and Washington State Wines

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
6:00pm CST / 7:00pm EST

Join us for a wine tasting event featuring Duckhorn Portfolio wines and guest speaker, Kyle Lee, joining us live on the big screen. Kyle Lee, District Manager for The Duckhorn Portfolio and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), will be sharing the six wines below from The Duckhorn Portfolio.

Wines Tasted:

  1. Decoy Sparkling, Brut Cuveé NV, California
  2. Decoy Limited, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California
  3. Calera, Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California
  4. Migration, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California
  5. Postmark, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California
  6. Canvasback, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, Washington State

To reserve a table and attend the wine tasting in person, please call your local participating WineStyles store. Or, if you prefer to attend remotely, pre-order a wine tasting kit to-go and watch/taste along with us on Zoom!

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About The Duckhorn Portfolio:

One of North America’s premier luxury wine companies, with ten renowned wineries, eight state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, seven beautiful tasting rooms and more than 1100 coveted acres of vineyards spanning 24 sustainably farmed Estate properties. Established in 1976, when legendary vintners Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded Napa Valley’s iconic Duckhorn Vineyards.  Today, their wines are sold throughout the USA and 50 countries around the world. Learn more here.

About Kyle Lee, CSW:

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Kyle Lee, CSW

Kyle Lee is the District Manager for Wisconsin and Minnesota for The Duckhorn Portfolio. Responsibilities include managing sales, distribution, trade education, hosting events, and sharing the Duckhorn Portfolio family of brands. After graduating college, where Kyle was a 4-year letter winner on the university’s baseball team, he began a career in the wine industry as a Sales Representative for a distributor in Wisconsin. Kyle’s many accomplishments include numerous performance recognitions and completion of requirements to become Certified Specialist of Wine. When not working, Kyle enjoys spending time on the lake or in the mountains, golfing, skiing, and hanging out with family, including his wife and his adorable 3 year old daughter, Raegan. He and his wife are also expecting their 2nd child any day!


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Jan Harmsgat Pinot Noir

Flat,Breads,With,Lamb,Meatballs,,Yogurt,,Cucumber,And,TomatoesGRILLED LAMB MEATBALLS WITH MINT YOGURT

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ¾ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • few cracks fresh black pepper
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbs tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 8 lemon wedges, for serving
  • grilled pita, for serving
  • Mint-Yogurt Sauce:
    • 1 cup Greek yogurt
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1/3 cup chopped mint
    • salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Begin by making the yogurt-mint sauce. Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix until combined. Season with salt to taste. Cover and set aside until ready to use.
  2. For the meatballs, add all of the ingredients for the lamb meatballs to a large bowl. Gently mix everything together with your hands, taking care not to over mix (this will ensure the meat stays tender).
  3. Roll the meat into 16, two-tablespoon-sized meatballs.
  4. Heat an outdoor grill to high heat. Lightly oil the grate, then place the meatballs on the grill and cook for 12 minutes, 6 minutes on each side. Alternatively, you can cook these meatballs on a lightly oiled grill pan set over medium-high heat, and cook for the same amount of time.
  5. Serve the meatballs with a large dollop of the mint-yogurt and with a wedge of lemon.

© Recipe courtesy of Kristan Raines from La Crema.

AUGUST WINE CLUB:

Mellow style logoJan-Harmsgat_Pinot-NoirJan Harmsgat
Pinot Noir
South Africa

MELLOW WINE STYLE

This Pinot Noir is light and soft in style. On the nose, there are notes of dark cherries and strawberries with a slight earthiness. The palate has a soft tannic structure and smooth texture.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Analysis:
13% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.75
VA:
0.64
VS02:
26 mg/L
TS02:
62 mg/L
RS:
2.23 g/L
Wood Maturation: 3 Months, 225L French Oak, 4th fill.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
The newest addition to the JHG boutique wine collection is the Pinot Noir. The very first attempt at making this wine, JHG won the trophy for the best Pinot Noir in the Robertson Wine Valley at the Young Wine Awards.

ABOUT JAN HARMSGAT:
Founded in 1723, the Jan Harmsgat Farm (JHG) is situated on the most southern tip of the Robertson wine valley, along the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is locally known as the “valley of wine and roses”. JHG’s philosophy is to create delicious single-block wines — the smallest production unit for vineyards that may not exceed six hectares per cultivar. Their unique position borders with dry conditions of the Karoo (semi-desert region), along with cool sea breezes from the coastal regions. Learn more about the winery’s history here.

© Information and Photos provided by Jan Harmsgat.

Jan Harmsgat Winery South Africa


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August Bubbly Club: Strandveld

Strandveld-Skaamgesiggie-Pinot_noir-sparklingStrandveld Vineyards
Skaamgesiggie
Pinot Noir Brut 
South Africa

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The delicate Cap Classique is made in the traditional method from Pinot Noir grapes. It highlights notes of strawberry, cherry and oyster shell and has a fine, lingering mousse that delights the palate.

The wine is named after the very rare and beautiful Protea pudens, affectionately known as the Skaamgesiggie or in English the “Bashful Sugarbush”, because of its unique downward hanging flowers. This shy Protea is endemic to the Strandveld. It is endangered and is categorized as a ‘red data’ species.

Analysis: 11.23% alcohol / volume
Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Residual Sugar: 6.1 g/L
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.27
Appellation: Elim, Cape Agulhas, South Africa
Bottling: En tirage for second fermentation on August 3, 2018. Disgorged August 16, 2019.
Pairing Recommendations: Oysters, salads, sushi, salmon, trout, duck breast or a yogurt dessert (recommended recipe below).

VINTAGE:
Winter of 2017 was one of the driest in the Western Cape in the last century; fortunately, the winter rains were within average range. The winery received very late cold fronts with icy rain in mid-September. The storm did extreme damage to the young shoots, so while they received water for irrigation, the price paid was the loss of half of their potential crop almost overnight. In late November, they had a further blow with a hail storm that caused more vineyard damage – resulting in the final harvest crop being on average a very low 3.5 ton/ha. The conditions during the rest of the growing season were moderate with cool, dry weather and the small crop was handled with care to make the most of it. The result was a small, concentrated vintage, comparable to 2015.

VINIFICATION:
Specially selected Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at 65.3ºF, and were cooled to 35.6ºF before being loaded whole bunch into the press for 5 hours with skin contact. Only the first 550l of juice per ton obtained from gentle pressing was used. The clear juice was cold fermented with selected year strains. After fermentation, the base wine was matured in 500L French oak barrels for 7 months. The base wine was then reinoculated with yeast and a small amount of sugar, then bottled under crown cap for a second fermentation.

ABOUT STRANDVELD VINEYARDS:
Driven by a deep passion for premium, quality wines, and the spirit of discovery, Strandveld refers to the coastal belt of land which straddles the coastline around Africa’s southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas – where the vineyard proudly stands. This confluence of maritime climate, varying sites and soil types creates the diversity of terroir that distinguishes their unique and remarkably complex wines. Learn more about their history here.

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Recipe Recommendation:

Yogurt,With,BerriesBAKED YOGURT WITH FRESH BERRIES:

  • Makes 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Fresh Cream
  • 2 cups Double Cream Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 3 granadillas (or fruit of your choice)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix the cream, yogurt and condensed milk together and stir until smooth
  • Divide evenly among ramekins
  • Bake in a preheated over at 140ºC (284ºF for about 10 minutes)
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool at room temperature (or refrigerate for later)
  • To serve, scoop out the pulp of half a granadilla onto each baked yogurt
  • Finish with a generous scoop of berries

© Information provided by Strandveld Vineyards.
© Recipe from Liezie Mulder’s Book “île de païn-anytime”


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