Monday, May 1, 2017

Husch Vineyards/Anderson Valley/Spring In Wine Country

It's one of the first warm days this spring,and I'm pulling into Husch Vineyards.We have three wines and a great new feature.This winery does make many wines but today we will open three and decide which direction we should go to make three great pairings with these wines.First let's check out a little history and a little on the wines. Founded in 1971, Husch is the oldest winery in the picturesque Anderson Valley. The vineyards are comprised of some of the earliest varietal plantings on the valley floor. In 1967 Tony and Gretchen Husch bought the 60-acre Nunn ranch between Philo and Navarro on Highway 128. The land was well known for growing apples and grains. They soon planted eight acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer grapes on the cool slopes of the property. The plantings sweep down towards the pristine Navarro River. The first official crush was in the fall of 1971. In 1979, Hugo Oswald Jr. bought the 6,000 case Husch Winery from the Husch family. The Oswald family had been growing pears in the Santa Clara Valley, but when the area was expanding they sold the land and headed for the southern tip of Mendocino County. Today Husch Vineyards remains owned and operated by the 3rd Generation of the Oswald family: Zac Robinson and Amanda Robinson Holstine. Winemaking is under the direction of Brad Holstine and Jeff Jindra. Al White, in charge of all viticulture operations, has been with Husch since 1974. Through the years Husch has modernized and expanded, but it has never lost its initial rustic charm or reputation for great wines. Now let's open our first wine. Hard to pronounce, yet easy to drink, Husch’s 2015 Dry Gewurztraminer is an instant classic. Lovely aromas and flavors of rose petal, grapefruit zest, juicy fruit, lychee, ginger, and allspice make this wine joyful to sniff and sip. Each taste provides a crisp refreshing mouthfeel and sustained enjoyment. Perfect on its own, but will match beautifully with Asian cuisine, chicken habanero sausage, Muenster cheese. Take a sip then say "gu-werz-tram-eener".We also have open a great Pinot Noir! Enrich your life with a bottle of our 2014 Pinot Noir. Layered aromas of black cherry, cranberry, blood orange, cedar, sweet herbs and toffee continually unfold with every swirl of the glass. Savory and delicious, each sip of wine fills your whole mouth with flavor. Bright fruit flavors add length to the finish. Tasty on its own, or pair with food such as mushroom tortellini, stuffed pork chops, cured meat, or Toma cheese. Cheers! We may end up drinking our dessert tonight,although...Pineapple upside down cake does sound very good..... One of the four noble grapes from the Alsace region of France, Gewurztraminer has a long history as a late harvest wine. Yet for any given year, a successful late harvest is far from guaranteed. Only in those years when the weather is cooperative, the fruit set ample, and the winemaker patient will a successful late harvest wine be possible. Extravagant notes of honey, dried apricot, orange marmalade, jasmine, and clove spice dominate the aromatics of this wine. The sweetness is balanced with brilliant acidity. Husch’s Late Harvest Gewurztraminer will continue to gain complexity and richness over the next 7-10 years. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif with strong cheeses such as Roquefort and Munster, or roasted walnuts, pineapple upside-down cake, or apple crème brûlée tart.Incredible food and great wines have made this day a wise.....Let's take a few minutes and enjoy this new feature!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy great wines from Husch Vineyards.

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