Sunday, June 10, 2007

Whitcliff Vineyard & Winery

I attended Community Day in LaGrange yesterday. What a wonderful day, that concluded with some fantastic fireworks. The LaGrange Farmers Market kicked off their season at Community Day. Although the Market will be located at the Town Hall on Stringham Road every Saturday, they had their products at Community Day. I had the opportunity to taste some wonderful wines from Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery.

They had 4 of their wines available for tasting. I started with the Awosting White, which is a blend of Seyval and Viognoles and stainless steel fermented..it taste like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It's a wonderful summer white. Next was their 2005 Chardonnay Reserve. This wine was a nice oaky Chardonnay. It had some tropical fruit notes on the end.

The reds they were tasting were a Ridgewine Red and Cabernet Franc. The Ridgewine Red was a beautiful purplish color. It's a blend of 5 grapes...3 of the grapes are cold weather hybrid grapes that grow well in cold climates. The other two in the blend were Merlot and Malbac. This wine was fruity, with soft tannins, a hit of pepper and cherry the end. The Cabernet Franc was a bolder red with lots of tannins, spice and pepper on the end.

I am looking forward to see what other wines they bring to the farmers market. I might have take a ride to Gardiner where they are located and visit their tasting room.
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