La Foulée des ZinZins – A great wine for cool evenings, but not quite conceding to cold. The Foulée des ZinZins is an energetic, elegant, fun expression of 100% Grenache from 30-70 year old vines in the Cote du Rhone region. Because it is 100% Grenache, it does not qualify for the Cotes du Rhone AOC. Husband and wife team, Agnes and Philippe Badea, farm their four hectares of vines organically, with biodynamic practices. After years of working for other wineries, they started this project in 2010, despite family and friends calling them “zinzin” (goofy, crazy, crackpot).
The hummers are back, rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom, Walker Farm has opened and the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market is underway. Perhaps most importantly to those of us here for it, mud season 2019 has ended. Spring has reluctantly, but finally, arrived in southern Vermont.At Windham Wines, that means that our collection of wines is shifting to more whites and rosés than reds. The rosé rack offers many choices, at least twenty at last count, from France, Austria, the US, Italy and Argentina so far. New rosés arrive regularly. This week, we expect another few from France, the US and one from Lebanon. Please come in to begin exploring for your favorite rosé for summer 2019.
As you can see from the images above, spring has finally sprung. Two weeks ago, with a day around 80 and another in the low 70s, the trees got the message and sent out little green buds which last week unfurled. We have reasserted the “green” in the Green Mountain state. And, . . . the hummers are back! Did anyone say rosé? We did. Speaking of weather and rosés, we have our final tasting of the fall-winter-spring 2017-2018 tasting season on June 2nd– rosés.
Earliest sugaring start, mud season, town meeting day– spring is knocking on the southern door of Vermont. As usual, that means lots of tasting at Windham Wines as we see new vintage whites come dribbling in and the 2017 ross begin arriving. Meanwhile, we are preparing for another 8″ of snow; it is early March after all!
At Windham Wines and at home, we are celebrating having made it through the longest month of the year– January. It is longer than any other month, isn’t it? It is, at least, darkest. We have turned that corner. Winter is officially more than half over (though not really in Vermont) and importantly, days are […]
Bob Haas, along with the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf, are the founders of Tablas Creek Winery, in Paso Robles, California. I have been smitten by the Patelin, rosé this year. That love led me to ask Bob if he might write about the Patelin, rosé for our website. He graciously agreed. […]