When Andrew Quady, owner of Madera, Calif.-based Quady Winery, set out to make a better vermouth 10 years ago, the former chemical engineer envisioned more than just a martini or Manhattan ingredient.
Wine From India "We thought that if we could make it taste good enough, people would drink it straight," Quady said.
Wines Of India He succeeded. After languishing for a few years, Vya — which comes in sweet and extra dry — has become a growing favorite of mixologists. At about $22 a bottle, it is also one of the most expensive on shelves. But Vya — available in 12 states; the list can be found at vya.com — is sure to give your holiday cocktails a boost over the cheap stuff.
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Tickets for all these events can be bought online at Seneca Lake Wine Trail or purchased directly from the Trail office by calling toll-free (877) 536-2717. Limited numbers of tickets are available..
Red Wine In India The Polar Passport, which costs $10 plus tax, is valid at 29 participating wineries through March 31. Passport-holders will receive a free flight of wines at each winery, and the winery will stamp or mark the appropriate space in the Polar Passports. It is not valid for groups of 10 or more.
Wine From India Bargain Bash, a non-ticketed event, will be held Jan. 9-18. Participating wineries take the opportunity to clean out their inventory and drop prices on select items ranging from wine, to wine glasses and clothes.
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Less is more to Jason Drew. Quite literally. He's willing to give up big flavors and sugar in his Pinot Noir grapes in order to get more structure and acidity from careful farming.
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Thirteen years ago, Nick and Andy Peay set out to make wine from their own grapes, grown on their own land. They had no established family estate, no angel investors. What they had was time to hunt along the California coast for the perfect site: a cold, marginal spot that would force grapes into an excruciatingly slow growing season.
Vineyards India They discovered a parcel on the remote Sonoma coast just as that slice of the state was transforming from post-timber backwater to ground zero for Pinot Noir. It could be had for something shy of $4,000 per acre, less than one-tenth what similar land now costs. For the brothers, there was no question they had to own the land; Nick cared too much about the particulars - endless combinations of clones and rootstocks applied to the soils - to leave that responsibility to anyone else.
India Vineyard "You really want to be able to control the quality of the grapes," he says, "and the best way to do that is to grow them yourself." In an era when acreage is dear and most new winemakers huddle in a warehouse, Peay is that rare exception. The family's timeless wines come from its own vineyard, planted, grown and picked just as they want it. It is the very model of the modern wine estate. And that's why Peay is The Chronicle's Winery of the Year.
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