Joan of Arc lived a short, eventful, and ultimately tragic life in the 15th century AD. She was famous for her piety, her seemingly brilliant military strategy, and the witty repartee she exhibited at her heresy trial. She is also famous for her death, which came at the tender age of 19, when she was burned at the stake. She was declared a martyr, beatified, cannonized, and is a patron saint of France. We’ll follow her history as we always do… circuitously, and with wine.
The Grape(s): Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault… There are many grapes in this blend, but what links them? Winemaker Bo Salling specifically wanted to make a Provence-style red, and he sourced grape varietals from Texas’ High Plains that are quite at home in that land between the Rhone Valley and the Mediterranean.
The Wine: Yellow City Cellars Dead Flowers Rosé High Plains AVA Texas is the only wine the producer makes. It is a bold (think Bandol) cherry and strawberry stunner, with great mineral, and tinged with a Texas garrigue of wild herbs.
Fun Fact: Bo Salling worked with winemaker Kim McPherson to make this wine. Kim is the son of pioneering Texas winemaker, Clinton “Doc” McPherson; the latter was among the first to plant grapes around Lubbock in the 1960’s, and opened the Llano Estacado Winery in 1976 (with Bob Reed). There are now over 70 vineyards planted to commercial production in the High Plains.
Pairing: Try it with our truffle tremor cheese, or our smoked salmon BLT.
The grape: Pinot Grigio is a popular, widely-planted grape. It likely originated in France – as a mutant of Pinot Noir. It is generally called Pinot Grigio in Italy and California, Pinot Gris in France and Oregon.
The wine: Scarbolo Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave DOC is made from 100% hand-harvested Pinot Grigio. It is aged on the lees for 6 months, which gives it a creamy texture and added depth. The wine has the crisp minerality and fullness of fruit for which the area is known, along with almonds and fuller, honeyed notes. This delightful wine is from the famed Scarbolo estate, found in Friuli Venezia Giulia, near the border with Slovenia.
Fun fact: Scarbolo is located in the town of Lauzacco, in Pavia di Udine. Lauzacco lies roughly equi-distant from Forum Iulii (Cividale del Friuli) and Aquileia; the two towns succeeded each other as primary Roman centers in the 1st half of the 1st millennium AD. The strategic region has episodically been part of the Roman, Lombard, Byzantine, Venetian, Lombard-Venetian, and Italian Kingdoms, Empires, and Republics.
Pairing: Perfect with the prosciutto bruschetta, or chilled Thai noodle salad!
Join us as we hit the road to visit three wineries in our backyard!
We’ll travel to Chester and Delaware Counties to visit Grace Winery,Stargazers Vineyard, and Galer Estate. Our Wining Archaeologist and Jet’s owner, Jill Weber, will lead us on a journey to great-tasting local wines. Our stop at Grace Winery will include lunch.
The Grape: Pais is a vigorous, red grape that was once Chile’s most commonly-grown varietal. While it was long associated with plonk, it is now being produced into quality wine; like the one found here.
The Wine: Pais Pipeño Cacique Maravilla, Chile is made with 100% organically-grown hand-picked Pais, from vines planted in 1766 – or 10 years before the birth of America! Fermentation is done in open tanks with natural yeasts. The wine is unfiltered. The wine is light-bodied, juicy, tannic, and decidedly rustic. Find all the wild herbs and fruits!
Fun Fact: The history of Pais in Chile is significant, and dates to the Spanish conquistadors and missions of the 15th century. The vines brought to the New World by those colonizers gave rise to North America’s Mission grape, Argentina’s Criolla, and Chile’s Pais.
Pairing: Very food-friendly, try it with gouda, deviled eggs, or our steak salad!