As many of you know, we have our Annual Candlelight Barrel Tasting coming up this Saturday, April 8, 2017, (with only a very few spots left!). We only host the event once a year and it sells out every time. I thought it would be a good idea to share with you what a Barrel tasting is all about!
What is a Barrel Tasting event?
It’s when you join the winemaker in the cellar for a bit of discourse on the winery, on the relative merits of past and current vintages and for a tasty preview of what is to come, right out of the barrel where it is aging. If you like what you taste, you are able to purchase a case or more at a reduced price, not ever available again on those select wines, now and pick it up about 1 year later when it’s bottled. Not only is it a deeper way of learning about the wine and winery, it’s an investment into the future of local wine, farming, and the winery.
Why do we host a Barrel Tasting event?
We’ve been hosting Barrel Tastings since the early 90’s. It’s a wonderful way to connect with our loyal customers who have been with us since the beginning and introducing new people to BMV. It’s a chance for us to show you what we’re all about, a way to present to you who we are. People who buy “futures” of the wine get a steep discount. It’s a good incentive for them because they won’t get these wines at this price when we bottle, so for the consumer it’s a good deal. For us, it’s cash up front which is an investment on the customer’s part that enables us to continue to produce and farm quality wine. It’s good for everyone!
How does it work?
Each hour, on the hour, a group that reserved that time slot, heads down to the cellar. The winemaker, Joe Greff, takes a few ounces of the wine from the barrels and pours it into your logo souvenir wine glass, all the while explaining the grape, the blend, the location of the vines, the age of the vines, extraction, concentration, the criteria for creating a high quality wine and more. It’s a 45-minute foray that takes us deeper into the wine-making process.
Depending on what you ask, you may learn how Joe, and the assistant winemaker, Matt Milkovits, sit down and create the blends, or the choice to leave it 100% varietal and not blend. You might learn that there are 295 bottles per barrel; and in the cellar you are surrounded by 28 wine barrels or about 688 future cases. You might learn the role of Cabernet Franc in blends or which wines are wines to age or any number of interesting things. You may learn that the 2016 vintage may be an excellent year, particularly for reds. And you might end up buying a case of wine that will be ready the following year. Most of all you will have fun while drinking good wine.
We host the Candlelight Barrel Tasting every year, once a year, in April. You get to try select wines from the past year’s harvest (for example, this year we are tasting the 2016 harvest). The cost this year is $29.50/person (free for Wine Club members) which includes live music, barrel tasting, regular wine tasting at the bar, souvenir glass, and an antipasto reception catered by the Culinary Experience Catering. We encourage guests to hang out and enjoy the live music and bring food to munch on if they want. Wine is available to purchase by glass or bottle for their imbibing pleasure and to go home. I really hope to see you there! You don’t want to miss this rare moment to invest in the future of BMV and to score some delicious high quality wine for yourself (or others if you like to share).