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Long-time Grape Sense readers know of my passion for dry rosé. The latest numbers show more and more Americans are enjoying the dry pink passion.
Vineyards In India The Nielsen growth statistics have been rather astounding the past few years. The last reporting period covered May 2013 to May of this year showed 20 percent growth in volume of imported Provence Rosé. If that’s not impressive enough, consider mid-summer sales ending June 21 for the previous 52 weeks showing an incredible 55 percent growth in Rosé imports.
Wineries In India But anecdotally I’ve witnessed growth beyond the French sales. At least two of the more prominent Indianapolis-area wine shops had a considerably larger rosé selection this summer than previous years.
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When Ed Boyce and Sarah O’Herron were blending their 2007 wines, the second vintage for their Black Ankle Vineyards in Mount Airy, Md., six barrels refused to play well with the others. The wines tasted awkward and didn’t add value to the various blends the couple were crafting. So they put the barrels back in storage and forgot about them.
Winery In India After a few years in barrel detention, however, the wines had “come around,” as wine lovers like to say of late-blooming vino, like troubled teenagers who mature into successful adults. So Boyce and O’Herron blended them with some wine from 2008 and a bit from the super-ripe 2010 vintage. The result was Slate, an unusual melange of Bordeaux grapes — cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot — with syrah comprising a third of the blend. Labeled without a vintage date, the wine was so successful that it won the Maryland Governor’s Cup competition in 2011. It was Black Ankle’s third cup win: Its flagship Bordeaux blend, called Crumbling Rock, won in 2008 and 2009 for the 2006 and 2007 vintages, respectively. The 2010 Crumbling Rock took top honors in the 2013 competition.
Vineyards In India Today, Black Ankle offers Slate 2, a blend primarily of wine from the rainy harvest of 2011 (a year when Boyce and O’Herron decided to “declassify” wines and not to make a Crumbling Rock blend) with some from the successful 2010 season blended in.
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Michael: I grew up in the wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties of California. That's where I acquired the “habit.” I began picking grapes when I was about eight years of age in one of the vineyards in northern Napa County, and also in southern Lake County near Middletown. As I got older, I was able to work the harvest. Kids were actually let out of school for some of the harvests because sometimes the Braceros laborers from Mexico didn't make it there in time and the growers were short handed. Later on, I was able to pick up summer jobs working the vineyards and wineries in the Windsor and Sebastapol area. So that's the imprint for me.
Wine From India Michael: Having been around wineries, wine making and some of the best grapes on the planet, I figured I owed it to myself to try making my own. I probably made my first wines when I was away at college in Sacramento. When I moved to Reno in the early '70s, I got more active about making my own wine. I even took a jab at making brandy.
Wines Of India Michael: I was so young when I began working in the vineyard that it seemed more like torture than wonderful. There were snakes in the vines. There were spiders as big as my hand. Wasps, sticky stuff, and I only got 10-cents per tub. Later, when I was able to work with the pruning crews, I gained more of an appreciation for what the grape vine is, and how the care with the pruning produced a direct effect on the quality of the grapes and therefore the wine. Now I view the vineyard work as the key ingredient in the making of the wine. This is a complete reversal of my early disposition.
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