Juice Sale 2018

Juice Sale 2018

Juice Sale 2018

Once again, Wines By Design is having a Fresh Juice Sale!

For those of you who are home vintners (or even those that want to start): We’re having our annual Fresh Juice sale. Once again, we have a nice selection of whites and reds (see Our 2018 Juice Sale list below). This year, we are targeting an early-mid October delivery date. (The date will be finalized as orders are taken.)

As in the past, juice will be delivered in 5 gallon plastic pails and be available for ONE DAY ONLY. Juice MUST be picked up on the day the truck arrives. We CANNOT hold any juice beyond that day. Your receipt will be necessary for you to obtain your juice. Any unclaimed juice will be forfeited and your money will be refunded.

Please note: Our supplier adds sulfites to the fresh juice. This may effect fermentation if you choose to use wild yeast only .

Note: Wines By Design acts as a shipping agent only and is not responsible for the quality of the juice.

Reminder: You can keep up to date with what’s happening at Wines By Design by signing up for our newsletter on our Contact page.

 

Our 2018 Juice list:

 

Whites:
    • Chardonnay
    • Moscato
    • Pinot Grigio
    • Riesling

 

Reds:
    • Alicante
    • Barbera
    • Cabernet Franc
    • Cabernet-Sauvignon
    • Lambrusco
    • Malbec
    • Merlot
    • Montepulciano
    • Nebbiolo-(Barolo)
    • Pinot Noir
    • Ruby Cabernet
    • Sangiovese
    • Shiraz
    • Zinfandel (Red)

2018 Wine Tasting Results

2018 Wine Tasting Results

The 2017 Wine Tasting Results are in!


And another year is in the books! Again, a quick “Thank You”!

To those of you who contributed: Thanks for sharing your wine. They were all delicious!

To those of you who stopped by, tasted, and voted: Thanks for all of your “hard work”!

It was a pleasure to see all of you (and meet some of you). It’s always a fun time for us, we trust that it was for you as well.

Now, let’s get to the 2018 Wine Tasting Results:

We had enough entries to split to FOUR categories!: Red, White, Fruit, and Dessert Wines. The wine receiving the highest number of votes in each individual category will receive a $50 Wines By Design Gift Certificate.

Additionally, an Overall Winner (the winner with the greatest number of votes) will receive an additional $50 Gift Certificate.

Our 2018 Winners were:

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

We’re looking forward to next year’s event, so set one bottle of that “special wine” aside for your next chance to win!

Reminder: You can keep up to date with what’s happening at Wines By Design by signing up for our newsletter on our Contact page.

We know some of you expressed interest in the entries:

2018 Wine Tasting Competition

2018 Wine Tasting Competition

It’s back! The annual WBD Wine Tasting Competition!

You’ve worked hard perfecting your wines here at Wines By Design and once again, you have a chance to show it off.

Coming soon: (Saturday, April 14 from 11a – 3p to be exact) we are holding our annual competitive tasting event.

The store will be closed for “normal” business, the day is devoted to the event!

Special bonus: All attendees will receive an Owners discount of 15% off all wine kits during the event. (Excludes the limited edition kits: Winexpert LE2017, Vineco Passport and RJS RQ wine kits.)

You are allowed to submit up to 3 bottles per person for the 3 entry categories: Red, White and Dessert/Fruit. Your wine will be moved into numbered bottles and you will be the judge in the blind tasting. The highest scored wines will be the winner in each category and the highest scoring of those will be named Best of Show. Best of Show wins a $100 gift certificate at WBD and the other two winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to WBD.

To enter, turn in your bottles at the store before Friday, April 13 (contest closing time is 7p).

For the day of the event: there will be a $5 fee for those not contributing a bottle of their finest vino. (Contest entrants are free!)

Note: This is limited to wine made in the Wines By Design store (from our kits). This does not include wine made from fresh juice.

A quick recap (TL;DR):

  1. Drop off up to 3 bottles per person by Friday, April 13 at 7p.
  2. Join us for wine judging on April 14 beginning at 11a.
  3. See how your wines stack up against all the WBD competition!

 

We’ll provide: palate cleansing crackers, snacks, appetizers, munchies, and more!

Noble Grapes

Noble Grapes

We have encountered a number of folks inquiring about the Noble grapes:

– What is a Noble grape?
– Can I make Noble grape wines at Wines By Design (WBD)?

There are varying views on what makes up a Noble Grape. The purist’s view allows that there are only 6 Noble Grapes (as detailed on VinePair.com):

6 Noble grapes

Primarily originating in France (with the exception of Riesling from Germany), they are probably the most prolific grapes. They all produce phenomenal wines and are able to grow all around the world (with varying degrees of success).

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Alternatively, there is another view point which expands that list of Noble grapes, up to 18! This “newer” view states that Noble grapes are “International Varieties” which are grape varieties that are planted in the most major wine producing regions and have wide spread appeal. Wine Folly has a great article about the 18 Noble Grapes. These include 9 Red and 9 White:

There’s a great graphic from the fine folks at Wine Folly that shows all 18 of the “New” Noble Grapes.

After reviewing the graphic, we can finally answer ONE of those questions, YES: You CAN make wine at WBD with all of the Noble Grapes!

(caveat: SOMETIMES it’s not a wine from a single grape though. They might be included in one of our blends… ex: Sémillon)

Original Source: THE 6 NOBLE GRAPES: THEIR HISTORY & INFLUENCE ON WINE

Original Source: The 18 Noble Grapes Wine Challenge