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Club News with Faith

Faith Cunningham, Wine Club Concierge

2021 Fall Wine Club Members’ Release Party

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We are so excited to be doing something special this year for our Club Members!  Mark and his team have planned a fun weekend, starting November 5th through Sunday, the 7th.

The festivities include:

  • Friday evening wine social with light hors d’oeuvres
  • Saturday meade tasting and blending activity
  • Saturday evening release tasting with heavy hors d’oeuvres
  • Sunday fall release pick up at RiverWalk

This will be a really fun and educational weekend! Come to NH and meet some other club members at this intimate event.  Be sure to book early to as the event is limited to 40 people.

Fall Club Release Party Information

We just completed our Fall 2021 crush where we crushed approximately 12 tons of California and Washington red grapes so get ready for some delicious wines in your future! Hear more about it in our production news.

Get ready for your November Release wines! Here’s the list of what you will be receiving:

Mostly Reds Club:
2021 Alto (Pinot Grigio)
2019 Merlot
2019 Rebel
2019 Sangiovese
2020 Pinot Noir
2020 Apple

Mostly Whites Club:
2021 Alto (Pinot Grigio)
2020 Moscato
2021 Symphony (Chenin Blanc)
2020 Chardonnay
2021 Curico (Malbec)
2020 Apple

Variety Club:
2021 Alto (Pinot Grigio)
2020 Moscato
2021 Symphony (Chenin Blanc)
2020 Syrah
2021 Curico (Malbec)
2020 Apple

Pay attention to your emails, as you will be receiving an automated email from Vinoshipper or Commerce7 reminding you of the upcoming shipment in November and the upcoming processing charges.

Tasting Room News with Brian & Katie

Tasting Room Managers in Training

At Studio, the patio has cooled off and leaves have begun to change. Bring a jacket and stay warm with a glass of our Mulled Apple Wine! Our Mulled Apple is always a favorite this time of year and is easy to take home and make for your family on Thanksgiving. Just combine two bottles of our Apple Wine with one bottle of our Mulling Syrup and heat in a covered pot until hot. Apple Pie in a glass made easy!

Sangiovese, Ete, and our chilled Apple Wine have also returned to our tasting menu of nine wines, four hard ciders, and two cocktails. It may be apple picking season, but we still have plenty of Blueberry Wine, Blueberry-Apple Cider, and Blueberry Lemonade for you blueberry lovers. We’ve also added some sleek Rhythm water bottles and tumblers so you can represent your Rhythm on the go. There’s a little something for everyone at the Studio, come find YOUR Rhythm!

RiverWalk Resort Veranda ViewThe Riverwalk Tasting Room is holding on to the nice days as long as possible! The veranda will remain open as long as our guests are willing to brave the chilly fall air. Luckily, mulled apple wine is back to help! Come enjoy the fall foliage while it lasts, glass in hand, scarves on neck. If it’s too chilly, stay in and have a great chat with one of our knowledgeable and friendly servers at the bar and browse around the shop. We’re stocked aplenty with stocking stuffers, ornaments, and an ever-expanding array of SBW decked out gear.

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Production News with Nate

Nate Maser, Assistant Winemaker

On Wednesday, September 22, we crushed (processed) 20 tons of fruit & juice that will constitute our 2021 fall harvest.  Most of the grapes crushed were reds from California, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Tempranillo.  We also crushed Pinot Noir from Washington state.  Whites can in the form of juice from California and that includes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay.

For the first time ever, we tried something new; we drained some of the red juice (after crush) from the tanks in a process called saignee.  That juice was not fully stained from the red pigments in the skins yet, allowing us to make our first saignee rose.  Very exciting… for us winemaking geeks.

All of the red grapes have been fermented, pressed and now are getting their first rackings in tank as wine.  All of the ferments went off without a hitch and we are excited to move into the aging process for these really young wines.  The white juices also fermented nicely.  We even got some Chardonnay into new French oak barrels for our very first barrel fermentation.  Again, only exciting to us in the winery.  But interesting, nonetheless.

Next step… CIDER! and some other new ferments that we will be announcing soon.  Take care!

Wine Tidbits:

What is the biggest difference between red grapes and white grapes?   Simple… the color!  LOL.  But, seriously, the color.  Red grapes have a certain pigment in their skins called anthocyannins.  Those pigments are what gives red wine ALL of its color.  In fact, the juice from a red grape is actually clear (greenish), similar to white grapes.  But, when we crush up the red grapes, ferment them in a tank, and extract all of that pigment from the skins, we get red wine.  This is the reason why we source the whole red grape clusters from our vineyard partners and just the white juice from white grapes.  Since we are not looking for any color in the whites, we don’t need their skins.  And, to be honest, we are looking for a little less tannin from the skins and seeds in our whites than we are from the reds.  But, that is a whole different topic.  Maybe next month!

Question #12 on the test will ask where the red color comes from in red wines.  Answer:  Anthocyannin.

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Good Stuff Right Around the Corner

  • New releases available now!
  • November 5-6th-Fall Release Party  – Tickets available now!
  • Tickets are available on our website for the Club Member Release Event November 5-7. Buy early so you don’t miss out on the fun! Tickets are $109.00
  • Take a look at your emails! You will receive an email around Oct 15th with which wines you can look forward to in your shipments next month! This is also the first reminder to update any information you need to update in your profile. Let our club manager know of any address, credit card, email changes at this time.
  • Get ready for your wine delivery in November! Shipments will begin to be processed and shipped the first week of November!
  • On October 21, you will receive another email reminder that credit card processing will occur on November 1.
  • October 9-International Pinotage Day
  • October 15-Champagne Day