We welcome 2021 with two unique rosés from influential producers. Von Winning Spatburgunder Rosé comes to us from the Pfalz region in Germany, and Pleiades Rosé from right here in California.
Von Winning Winery was founded in 1849, and unique wines reflecting their vineyards in Ruppertsberg, Deidesheim, and Forst have been produced in their historic cellar for generations. In 1907, Leopold von Winning, son-in-law of Dr. Andreas Deinhard, dedicated his life to creating top quality wines with respect to the outstanding vineyards in which he was allowed to work. He meticulously raised the quality of the wines to a new level and he and his father-in-law became founding members of Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP). This organization unites 197 of Germany’s finest wineries under one banner, offering customers guarantees on quality and yield. The goal was to bring together Germany’s top wineries from all 13 wine regions with the common aim of promoting the highest levels of quality within the German wine industry.
Von Winning’s decision to work as gently and close to nature as possible, as well as practicing organic and sustainable farming, remains the overarching goal of today’s young and ambitious team led by General Manager Stephan Attmann. Thus, the visionary Leopold von Winning’s legacy of great wine lives on!
Sean Thackrey is one of the most influential people in the Bay Area Food & Wine community, and has been for nearly three decades. Along with luminaries like Alice Waters and Kermit Lynch, Sean Thackrey is deeply linked to the shaping of food & wine as we know it, and to this day represents many of the best and most ground-breaking practices in our industry. Many of our regular customers have enjoyed his Pleiades Red Blend for years (he’s on his 27th bottling), and I enjoyed his rosé just as much.
Think Pink! Carrie Upson- General Manager
Price per bottle/Price per case: $16 btl / $172.80 per case
About the Winemaker: Since 1980, Sean Thackrey has been producing wines that are extraordinary not only for great quality and complexity, but also because Sean utilizes unique wine-making techniques, often drawing from historic, sometimes ancient, wine-making practices from all over the world. The results are consistent, as evidenced by Sean’s continued support and enthusiasm from his peers and devoted customers.
About the winemaking: Sean sources grapes from many locations throughout California and makes all his wines by hand – “touching every grape”– at his small Bolinas winery. Self-taught, and fully reliant on his intuition and senses, Sean is the antithesis of corporate wine-making. The proof is in the bottle.
Tasting notes: Aromas of Strawberry Jolly Rancher and Orange Creamsicle, with a full mouth feel of red fruit, tart cherry, black and red raspberry, licorice and cucumber. 100% Sangiovese
Suggested Food Pairing: Sushi, Poke, Orzo salad with spinach and feta, Grilled chicken.
Price per bottle/Price per case: $21 btl/ $226.80 per case
Winemaker: Kurt Rathgerber
About the Winery: Von Winning was founded in 1849. The Von Winning philosophy has historically relied on respectful cooperation with nature, with no use of herbicides or synthetical fertilizers in the vineyard, no fining and no use of pumping or filtration. Going against the more common (and less expensive) use of stainless steel fermentation, their wines are fermented in oak barrels of different sizes, which contributes to their structure and complexity.
About the wine making: Intensive and sustainable work in the vineyards enables us to harvest highly aromatic and healthy grapes. The fruit is vinified with a lot of patience. They ferment musts relatively turbid without artificial cooling in different sized oak barrels using indigenous yeasts. This way they preserve the phenolic compounds, which shape the aroma and bestow a deep and complex structure upon the wines. Subsequently, the wines are moved only one time on their way to the bottle.
The 2019 Von Winning Spatburgunder Rosé is made mainly from Pinot Noir. The grapes are harvested exclusively for rosé production; this is not a by-product of red wine making.
Tasting notes: Partly fermented in barrels, this rose is fresh and fruit driven, opening with aromas of strawberry, white pepper, and stone. Flavors of watermelon, bruised yellow apple, and tangerine follow on the palate.
Suggested Food Pairing: Pork with Hoisin Sauce and spicy noodles, Duck, Mushrooms, Soft ripe cheese.