GSN Review: 66° Beverage Co. Dealcoholized CBD Wine

Health Advance Inc. is spearheading the production of CBD-infused, dealcoholized wines by 66° Beverage Company. The 66° Beverage Company has found a way to fuse cannabis and wine in a compact, palatable and alcohol-free state that isn’t milky. The CBD-infused wine beverages contain 25mg of broad spectrum Cannabidiol (CBD), formulated to take effect within 10 to 20 minutes of consumption. 

Each 66° Beverage comes from the non-GMO grapes from California and include dealcoholized red wine, white wine and rosé, each with its own unique flavor profile. Twenty-one states have already permitted the use of cannabis and cannabis-based productsfor adult consumption.

The 66° Beverage Company is helmed by father-and-son duo David and Michael Katz who have over 40 years of experience in the field of food and beverage manufacturing and are both avid wine connoisseurs. 

GSN’s Remarks: Each of the cans have a sweet, fruity character. These are more akin to the style of wine you would find in a box than a $15+ bottle. But, then again, these wines are more about the relaxing, non-alcoholic buzz. N/A wines have been around for a long time, but this the first we’ve been aware of infusing them with CBD. 25mg is a decent amount for one can. The chill is mellow and relaxing, but certainly not trippy. You can easily enjoy the effects for a few hours without worrying about how you’ll feel the next day. GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: 66 Bevs 

#66°BeverageCo #DealcoholizedCBDWine

GSN Review: Champagne Telmont Reserve Brut

Founded in 1912, the Telmont Champagne House is located in Damery, near Épernay, France. Created in the wake of the champagne riots by Henri Lhôpital, a brave local winegrower, the House remains familial and visionary: Bertrand Lhôpital, Cellar Master and Head of Viticulture of the Telmont House, today represents the fourth generation. Commitment to the respect of its terroir has led the House to embrace a highly demanding environmental approach. In 2017, it earned its first AB Certification (organic agriculture) for part of its vineyard, proving once more the House’s vow to preserving the environment. The Rémy Cointreau group identified with the values of the House and purchased a majority share in October 2020.

GSN’s Remarks: Loads of bubbles with a straw-like color in the glass. The nose has a buttery, yeast laden, tree fruit, and marzipan quality. Nothing too complex, but lightly sweet, with some savory notes. Finishes with a medium long fade. A really nice and affordable Champagne. Cheers! GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Champagne Telmont

#ChampagneTelmont

GSN Review: JETWAY Wine Seltzers

At 100 calories per 8.4 fl. oz. can, JETWAY wine seltzers are 5 percent alcohol by volume. No sugar added, gluten free and vegan friendly, the drinks are presented in cans with artwork that evokes the golden age of travel.

Investors in JETWAY include Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Robert Schwartzman, and the cans will first be available in stores and restaurants in the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego.

The first two offerings — a Sauvignon Blanc and a Rosé of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, are sourced from the McNary Vineyard, which overlooks the Columbia River in Washington state. Both are blended with ingredients including elderflower, yerba mate, Fijian ginger and yuzu – all of which were chosen by founder Albert Hammond Jr. as inspired from his travels and childhood. Hammond Jr. is a member of the rock band The Strokes.

Hammond Jr. tapped Ben Parsons as JETWAY’s Chief Operating Officer. A renowned winemaker and brand builder, Parsons pioneered the canned wine category. Throughout his 20-year career, he has worked to dispel elitism and mysticism in the world of wine while bringing a quality, disruptive product to the masses.

GSN’s Remarks: The Sauvignon release has a slightly citrus entry, and a very dry mouthfeel. Not sweet in the least, this is a surprisingly contemplative sparkling wine. The yuzu and elderflower add most of the flavor which overshadows the wine base, but this is actually a welcome surprise. If the ginger has any bearing on the affair, it is only towards the very end of the experience where a minute heat comes into play. The Rosé leans more toward a true wine, but the peach is blended so well into the expression that they vie equally for dominance. More summery and more relaxed, we think the Rosé is a perfect evening after dinner beverage, while the Sauvignon lends itself to a picnic lunch or Sunday brunch. GSN Ratings: Sauvignon B, Rosé B+

For more information go to: Drink Jetway

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GSN Review: The Vice Los Carneros “The Rams” Cabernet Sauvignon

“Los Carneros (Spanish for The Rams) was the first established Sub-Appellation of Napa Valley in 1981. Los Carneros is mostly known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Batch #52 reflects the potential of Los Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon, the underdog of Napa Valley to achieve a breakthrough in a region where Cabernet reigns King” -Malek Amrani

This 2019 release is 100% Unfiltered and Un-fined Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 22 months in 2 New Medium Toast Oak barrels (1 French & 1 American). It features sustainably grown fruit with minimal winemaking intervention and is a limited edition release with only 600 bottles crafted.

GSN’s Remarks: Released earlier this year to mark the Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl appearance, this limited edition wine is a perfect tie-in to the Rams victory. Los Carneros means the ram in Spanish. Produced in an area of the Napa Valley that has a cooler and less sun driven vinticulture, this Cabernet excels in both flavor and expression. An unfiltered wine, there are a plethora of berries and cherries tempered with dry tannins. A fruit forward wine, we enjoyed this with red meats, charcuterie and strong cheeses. If you are so inclined, this would be a great bottle to cellar if you have the patience. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: The Vice

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GSN Review: Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Sonoma-Cutrer has been crafting wines since 1981 in the esteemed Russian River Valley growing region of Sonoma County, California. Released in September 2020, the wine is aged in a mix of new, one-year and two-year old French oak barrels for 11 months. This vintage of the Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (13.9% ABV) has a deep ruby-purple hue and aromas of exotic spice, blackberry fruit, and sweet vanilla, resulting in an elegant flavor. With a balanced acidity, juicy core, and a long finish, it is sure to be a favorite of pinot noir lovers.

GSN’s Remarks: Fruit forward, with a hefty dose of oak tannins and vanilla. Medium body, with a round and juicy character. The finish has a neat fadeout, leaving notes of berry compote, and a touch of baking spice. There’s a lot of terroir here too. You can almost taste the summer warmth of a California afternoon. A perfect wine to pair with beef roulade, pork stew or Creme Brulee. Try this also with some washed rind cheeses like Taleggio, or a soft well aged bleu. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Sonoma Cutrer

#Sonoma-Cutrer

GSN Review: Twin Suns Kosher Wines

The Twin Suns line of wines is a labor of love between The River and brothers Shimon and Gabriel Weiss, the renowned winemakers of Shirah Wine. The name was inspired by the proprietors’ twin boys, born at the same time as The River.

Twin Suns Reserve Rose 2021

    • Kosher Supervision: OU, Rabbi Padwa
    • Producer: Twin Suns
    • Vintage: 2021
    • Color: Rose
    • Varietal: Pinot Noir
    • Dry
    • Not Mevushal
    • Kosher for Passover
    • 750 ML
    • 13.50% Alcohol
    • Region: Oregon, Willamette Valley

GSN’s Remarks: This is a fresh, lively and berry-forward rose. Very drinkable and with a beautiful pink tint. This makes for a perfect beginning bottle for your Passover celebration. GSN Rating: A-

Twin Suns Buttery Chardonnay 2021

    • Kosher Supervision: OU, Rabbi Padwa
    • Producer: Twin Suns
    • Vintage: 2021
    • Color: White
    • Varietal: Chardonnay
    • Dry
    • Mevushal
    • Kosher for Passover
    • 750 ML
    • 13.60% Alcohol
    • Region: California, Lodi

GSN’s Remarks: The flavor has a remarkable similarity to buttered popcorn. Slightly tart, heavily oaky, and with a medium-havy body, this Chardonnay has more personality than many. We like this one with gefilte fish or potato kugel. GSN Rating: B

For more information go to: The River Wine

#TwinSuns #TheRiverWine

GSN On the Road: Rose Tavern & Red Newt Cellars Wine Pairing Dinner

GSN was recently invited to attend the first of a new series of pairing dinners in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The night’s wines were provided by Red Newt Cellars, located in nearby Hector, NY, while the dinner was held inside the Lake House on Canandaigua in the Rose Tavern. Our evening began with a seating arrangement that allowed guests to view the chefs working the kitchen, while enjoying conversation with other diners at our table. I started with a glass of Louis de Sacy brut, while my partner enjoyed the house cocktail “St Tropez Snowbird”. 

After a brief introduction from the hosts, we started the dinner with a crispy oyster appetizer paired with a 2018 Pinot Gris. The oyster was a perfect starter, light but with some depth of flavor, just like the wine pairing. 

The next course was a rich mafaldine pasta and duck ragu paired with a 2015 Lahoma Riesling as well as a 2015 Tango Oaks Riesling. The difference between the Rieslings was quite surprising, and I found myself enjoying the Tango Oaks more with the second course. While the Lahoma Riesling was sweet and crisp, it overpowered the richness of the ragu. The Tango Oaks Riesling was mellow and light enough to blend well with the foie gras and black truffle in the dish. 

The third course included a Pennsylvania lamb with vegetables, paired with a 2013 Merlot. The lead winemaker for Red Newt, Kelby Russell, mentioned that they are not well known for their reds amongst the Finger Lakes region. However, the glass was delightful and had notes of peppercorn and plum which paired nicely with the roasted lamb and seasonal vegetables.

The final dish was a chocolate intemperance cake with hazelnut praline and a caramel made from a reduction of the paired wine, a 2017 Late Harvest Riesling. This wine had quite a bit of citrus which was a nice contrast to the rich chocolate of the dessert. The caramel reduction had quite a bit of intensity which brightened both the cake and the wine itself. 

Overall the event was a wonderful way to spend an evening. I enjoyed discussing the wines with the hosts and getting to know our neighbours at the table. I would recommend an evening like this to anyone who wants to dabble in trying wines and enjoying quality food and conversation. 

For more information about Rose Tavern click here

For more information about Red Newt Cellars click here

Cocktails:

  • Louis de Sacy Brut: A+
  • St Tropez Snowbird: B

Food:

  • Crispy Oyster – Lovely cornbread coated oyster with a well-balanced caviar and poached egg yolk. A perfect starter: A
  • Mafaldine Pasta – Very well balanced, perhaps a touch too much black truffle, pairs well with the Lahoma but not the Tango. Perfect portion : A
  • Pennsylvania Lamb – Large portion, carrots were superb, potatoes were delightful : A-
  • Chocolate Intemperance Cake – Praline was delightful, chocolate was nice, caramel was a reduction of the Riesling : A-

Wine pairings:

  • 2018 Pinot Gris : A- (pear)
  • 2015 Lahoma Riesling : B (sweet)
  • 2015 Tango Oaks Riesling : A (light) 
  • 2013 Glacier Ridge Merlot : B+ (peppercorn)
  • 2017 Late Harvest Riesling : B+ (citrus)

Review written by Autumn Ellen Rose for Good Spirits News

GSN Spotlight: Page & Pairing Newsletter

Page & Pairing, is a free newsletter that guides readers through an experience fully immersing them into the world of the book they are reading. Page and Pairing offers readers book recommendations as well as the perfect wines and recipes to complement the stories. The recipes are exclusively pulled from some of the most sought after cook books and within the email blast subscribers are provided with content directly from the authors.  The exclusive author curated content may included their favorite reads, inspiration behind the work and even discussion questions to use for your own book clubs. Page and Pairing is curated by 14 -year publishing veteran Kristin Fritz and is supplied free of charge to subscribers. 

View more information about the service and see archived newsletters by checking out the full announcement here: https://t.e2ma.net/webview/zbw0ie/7b2067f4d97703c4cb83db1a6557ff79.

To learn more, visit: www.pageandpairing.com

GSN Review: Sokol Blosser Bluebird Cuvée Brut Sparkling

Sokol Blosser Winery, one of the Willamette Valley’s pioneering wineries celebrating 50 years in 2021, has released the 2019 vintage of its Bluebird Cuvée Brut Sparkling just in time for holiday toasts. Bluebird Cuvée Brut Sparkling is a proprietary assemblage of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Muscat. The wine is made in the Méthode Traditionnelle style.

“This vintage of Bluebird Cuvée is especially exciting because it is now made from 100 percent Willamette Valley fruit,” said Sokol Blosser CEO Alison Sokol Blosser. “Robin Howell, our sparkling winemaker, has become an exceptionally skilled sparkling winemaker and with previous vintages selling out, we’re increasing production to meet marketplace demand – Oregon sparkling wines are definitely gaining ground.”

The Bluebird Cuvée label also showcases Sokol Blosser’s long-time support of the Prescott Western Bluebird Recovery Project, with a pen-and-ink style image of a Western Bluebird created by artist Jared Tuttle. For more than 20 years, Sokol Blosser has offered needed shelter and support to preserve a breeding habitat for Western Bluebirds, with 15 bird houses on its organically-farmed property.

GSN’s Remarks: Notes of apple and pear on the nose, with yeasty, bready overtones. Mostly dry and crisp, with medium-light carbonation. The flavors are again of bright apple, lemon zest and baguette. A perfect wine to enjoy with charcuterie. Try a mix of creamy cheeses, briny olives and Marcona almonds, along with Italian salamis. We really enjoyed this one. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Sokol Blosser

#SokolBlosser

GSN Review: Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco DOC

The 130-year-old Italian winery Medici Ermete presents its first vintage of certified organic Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco DOC, marking the beginning of the winery’s “Generation 2031” campaign that represents a commitment to environmental, ethical-social, and economic sustainability.

“The certification comes after three years of conversion of all five of our estates from sustainable farming to certified organic farming,” explains Alessandro Medici, fifth generation Brand Ambassador of the winery and son of owner Alberto Medici. “Organic viticulture means growing grapes without the use of chemically synthesized products (for example, herbicides, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides), and without the use of GMOs, which we have never used. For us this is an ethical choice, aimed at respecting the territory and safeguarding and supporting biodiversity.”

Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco DOC is the world’s first single vineyard vintage Lambrusco, a wine that has earned the Tre Bicchieri award for 13 years running, securing its latest Tre Bicchieri in 2021 with the 2019 vintage. It has been produced sustainably for decades by Medici Ermete. The winery is located in Reggio Emilia, the northeast province of Italy renowned for sparkling Lambrusco wine production. They began conversion to 100% organic viticulture in 2018.

Alessandro Medici explains the components of Generation 2031: “We aim to reduce and ultimately eliminate our carbon footprint and to support biodiversity through organic viticulture. We will apply it in the context of circular economy, including the reuse of waste products such as grape marc, which we will reintegrate into the production chain. We will also engage and raise awareness among employees, suppliers, and customers – in short, all the stakeholders that revolve around the company – so that they too can embrace a more sustainable future with Medici Ermete.”

GSN’s Remarks: Very much a berry driven wine both in terms of color and flavor. Dry cherry, raspberry, and blackberry tinged with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Lots of acid and medium tannins. The carbonation wotrks well with fatty cured meats like mortadella and rosemary pork. An easy going, fun and dry pleaser. GSN Rating: B+

For more information go to: Medici

#MediciErmete

GSN Review: La Gioiosa Prosecco

Christmas in Italy means celebrations and the wine for celebrating per eccellenza is indisputably a sparkling one. Celebrate the holiday season and the New Year with La Gioiosa Prosecco. La Gioiosa means “the joyous”, so this holiday season while your wine-ing, dining and celebrating with those most dear to you, uncork some Italian prosecco and toast to Italian joy. 

La Gioiosa Prosecco Treviso DOC – La Gioiosa Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine which comes from the Venetian region. La Gioiosa Prosecco Treviso is a light-bodied wine with a pale straw color, and a fruity and flowery aroma with fine aromatic and citrine hints. In Venice, the locals like to serve it throughout the meal. GSN’s Remarks: A slightly sweet prosecco that does indeed work very well with a meal. Refreshing, light and fruity, it is a perfect sparkler to get the party started. GSN Rating: B+

La Gioiosa Prosecco Superiore DOCG – Straw yellow in color, La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG offers aromas of acacia flowers and citrus on the nose. On the palate, it delivers notes of peach and tropical fruits. And it’s fine, lingering bubbles make for a clean finish. An excellent aperitif, this wine will also pair well with seafood appetizers and light first courses. GSN’s Remarks: We do like this one with oysters, sushi and cheeses such as brie or parmegiano reggiano. It also makes for a refreshing “Champagne Cocktail” if you’re watching your pocketbook. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Ethica Wines

#LaGioiosaProsecco

The 2021 GSN Holiday Gift Guide

It’s time once again to share our gift suggestions for the holidays! This year we have even more spirited suggestions for everyone on your list, whether they enjoy beer, cider, spirits, wine, or coffee, tea, or non-alcoholic beverages. Cheers!

BOXED SETS

Heritage Distilling Co. Spirits Advent Calendar The only US craft distillery produced Spirits Advent Calendar features 24 – 50ML bottles of HDC’s award winning spirits including vodkas, gins, whiskeys and rum. Starting December 1, countdown to Christmas by popping open the square for the day and seeing what is inside. Each calendar the products are randomly placed so you’ll be truly surprised and delighted each day of December.

Adagio Teas: Twelve Teas of Christmas This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving: our 12 Days of Christmas Gift Set! This jolly collection contains a selection of our most festive blends, one for each of the 12 Days of Christmas. The reusable tins line up to create a fun scene and can hang as ornaments until ready to be brewed. Each tin contains one single serving pouch of loose tea.

Drinks by the Dram: Tequila & Mezcal Collection If you’re struggling to pick out a cracking gift for an agave fan, we have something to help you. It’s the 12 Dram Tequila & Mezcal Collection! This beautiful box contains 12 different 30ml wax-sealed drams of tequila and mezcal from some excellent producers, sure to please even the most picky of agave lovers.

BEER CLUB

Brewvana Brews Less Traveled Beer Club Not only do you get some eclectic brews and cool local swag, but you also get to virtually hear from the brewmasters while you sample their wares. It doesn’t get any better than this, outside of taking a road trip. And a subscription is a lot less expensive than gas, tolls and lodging. 

 

BOOKS

The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails Compiled by world authority David Wondrich, with the assistance of a team of experts from around the globe, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails provides an authoritative, enlightening and entertaining overview of this third branch of the alcohol family.

Tiki Triangle Why another tiki book? Because this one puts recipes and history into a chronological perspective. Author Cristaldi shares some personal history with the culture before giving a brief and informative lesson on rum itself, along with some cocktails pre-1933, which is considered to be the birth year of the genre. 

CBD & VAPING

Precision Botanical CBD Precision Botanical products come from its own Oregon hemp farm and uses a commercial-level proprietary extraction of hemp oil that’s in the patent process. All products are third-party audited and certified for potency and purity.

Vessel Eclipse Vape Kit This is a beautifully made and classy set that is perfect for traveling or a day out. What we especially like is the compact and easy to carry case which is designed specifically for the three pieces. Vessel has been in business for nearly three years and have several smoking related products available.

CIDER LOVERS

Austin Eastciders Imperial Cider A quite dry, powerhouse of a cider. We like it. Fruity, almost rustic in flavor, and eminently quaffable. With such a high alcohol content, you’ll want to take your time with one to truly enjoy it. We especially like this one paired with a meal. Try this with a pork stew, or mushroom quiche. For a lighter table, craft a cheese board using aged cheddar, brie and camembert. 

 

COFFEE LOVERS

Fire Dept. Coffee Their signature spirit-infusion process expertly combines the flavors of bourbon, whiskey, rum, or tequila with the best coffee beans, ensuring you the perfect cup of infused coffee every time. Whether you’re sitting at your desk, dropping the kids at school, or looking for an afternoon pick me up, Fire Department Coffee’s Spirit Infused Coffee is the perfect choice.

 

LGTBQ+

Tom of Finland Organic Vodka Tom of Finland Organic Vodka is crafted in Finland from organically grown wheat, rye and arctic water. A percentage of profit from each bottle will be donated to the Tom of Finland Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Tom of Finland and Durk Dehner and dedicated to promoting tolerant attitudes towards sexuality and the preservation of erotic art. 

 

MIXERS

Juke Cordialities Jukes 1 is definitely more akin to a sweet white style wine, let’s say a Sauternes or perhaps a Riesling. Jukes 6 is still sweet, but has a fuller flavor of dark berries and fruits. It’s closest in style to a table red or even a Port. Both are well made, and we particularly like the fact that they can be diluted to your own chosen strength. We recommend these for anyone who is looking to cut back on their alcohol consumption, as well as those who are interested in a healthier and lower calorie alternative to fruit juices and sodas. 

Twisted Alchemy Cold Pressed Juice The juices have a fresh quality to them, and are miles above and beyond anything canned or even massed produced in plastic containers. We love the fact that these juices will last for several months (not days or weeks), thus cutting down on wasted from unusable product. Plus, they definitely save labor behind the bar.

RTD (Ready to drink) COCKTAILS

DRNXMYTH Cocktails After reviewing dozens of RTD’s, we can honestly say that DRNXMYTH has cornered the market on freshness. The bottle design is clever and adds a sense of elegance that adds to the experience. As any decent bartender knows, balance is key, and the cocktails we received are all excellent. Outside of going to a bar, these are the best ready to drink cocktails you will find on the market.

 

STOCKING STUFFER

Puffin Drinkware These are the coolest koozies we’ve ever seen. And they work! We especially like the handles which add a fun grip when toasting. We’ve only shown a few styles here, but there are many more to choose from. We recommend these as great stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays. Especially since they are so affordable. 

 

WATER BOTTLES

Philips GoZero Hydration Bottle What we like about this new water bottle is that it is metal, has a rubber carrying handle, holds hot or cold liquids, has a smooth drinking rim, and best of all, it self sanitizes and purifies itself on a regular basis. We can actually taste the difference in the water afterwards. It seems purer, fresher and near to spring water. Really, this is everything we could ask for in a water bottle whether we’re behind the stick, at home, or in the great outdoors. 

 

WINE LOVERS

Ficklin Vineyards Old Vine Tinta Port This truly is a remarkable and delicious port. What makes it even more extraordinary is that it comes from old vine Portuguese varietals. A smooth, raisin-like character hits upon the entry, and then immediately opens up into a world of masterful oak aging. The body is fulsome, with a near viscous mouthfeel that is often lacking in ports. But, it’s the overall flavor that keeps you coming back for more.

GSN Review: The Vice Orange of Semillon, “Brooklynites”, 2020

The Vice Wine, an all Napa Valley wine producer has released one of the few orange wines to come out of the “orange wine” appellation. Orange of Semillon, “Brooklynites”, 2020 is the name given to this wine produced from a small vineyard in Napa and picked in 2020 right before the wildfires and ensuing smoke tainted many of the vineyards.

Sometimes known as ‘skin-contact white wines,’ orange wines are made by macerating white grapes with their skins, thereby lending the wine an orange hue. With the skin contact, the wine becomes more nuanced and layered thanks to the tannins and phenols released from the skins. The Vice Wine’s Orange of Semillon was made by leaving the juice and skins in contact for 21 days in two concrete eggs, before removing the skins for the rest of the eight month fermentation using wild yeasts, much the way old world orange wines were made for hundreds of years.

Everything The Vice Wine does is by hand and the team members themselves are integral in every step of the winemaking process.

GSN’s Remarks: This is a very easy wine to drink. Smooth, mellow and somewhat tropical in character. we picked up notes of banana nut bread, baked green apple and apricot fruit tart. A very nice summery wine that is down to earth and reminiscent of a sunny day. Try this with some creamy cheeses and fresh fruit. GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: The Vice Wine

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GSN Review: Ficklin Vineyards Old Vine Tinta Port

Is there truly such thing as a perfect wine? Sunset Magazine’s International Wine Competition judges think so… Ficklin Vineyards, America’s oldest Port winery established in 1946, has scored a remarkable 100 points, Double-Gold, Best of Class, in this year’s Sunset International Wine Competition for Ficklin Vineyards Old Vine Tinta Port, produced by Peter Ficklin.

The prestigious competition has the distinction of annually recognizing the best wines produced internationally. This year’s contest had over 2,900 entries.

Gold medals were awarded to wines rated 90-plus points and those wines were eligible to move on to the “Best Of” category. From that collection, Double Gold awards were given to wines that scored 95 points or higher. From among those wines, the sweepstakes winner of “Best Of” category is determined. For any scores over 95 points, there must be a unanimous consensus among the judges.

So what would 100 points mean? According to Oliver Styles, Author and Editor for Decanter and Wine-Searcher, “100 points – the holy grail of wine scores. Although wine-making has never been better, getting the top score is no mean feat.”

Established in 1946, Ficklin Vineyards is a dedicated and traditional Port winery instrumental in founding the Madera AVA.

GSN’s Remarks: This truly is a remarkable and delicious port. What makes it even more extraordinary is that it comes from old vine Portuguese varietals. A smooth, raisin-like character hits upon the entry, and then immediately opens up into a world of masterful oak aging. The body is fulsome, with a near viscous mouthfeel that is often lacking in ports. But, it’s the overall flavor that keeps you coming back for more. The complexity is exquisite, with a perfect portrayal of low and high notes, and a wide and friendly mid-range. Not too sweet, slightly dry and compact, this delicious port is a gift that keeps on giving. A 100 point wine? Well deserved! GSN Rating: A+++

For more information go to: Ficklin