That is the question...
Our guests often ask us about the shelf life of the variety of wines we offer and whether they should age them.
Most of us know that wine should be stored in a cool, dark place.
But why is that?
“The earliest evidence of stored wine comes from 7,000 year-old pottery jugs that were buried in the dirt floor of a Neolithic kitchen in Iran. The Romans used their catacombs. The French began the practice of digging wine caves designed specially to store their adored beverage. Wine collectors turned from catacombs to caves, and from caves to cellars. Today, wine cellars and cabinets function as the ideal wine storage sites, with temperature, humidity, and light controlled to the last degree. Wine enthusiasts can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to install a fully equipped wine cellar.”
Chemistry & Art
Remember in high school when you said you’d never use what you learned in chemistry class?
“Wine aging is a science. A single bottle of wine can contain hundreds of chemical compounds that react over time. The reactions common to each type of wine are understood, and the type of changes in aroma that occur in them are rarely surprising. But wine aging is also an art. Each crop of grapes is different. Each bottle of wine will age a little differently from the next; the perfect time to uncork a particular grape varietal will change with the region, the year, and the specific process the grapes undergo as they are being smashed and fermented into wine.”
- Stephanie Warren www.vintagecellars.com
Which brings us to the answer of how long a shelf life our wines have.
No need to dig a cave! Just find a cool, dark place and the fruit & apple wines from Bayfield Winery will stay fresh for up to three years.
The grape wines from Seven Ponds differ between the whites and the reds. The white grape wines can be kept between three to five years while the red wines can be kept for five years and beyond.
The question that usually follows how long of a shelf life our wines have is what temperature to serve them at.
“The fruit & apple wines and the white grape wines are best served chilled. Red wines can be served at room temperature but are typically served at cellar temperature which is fifty to sixty degrees” says Seven Ponds owner and vintner Ian Hauser
So whether you have a small rack that holds a few bottles or an underground cave that extends the length of your property you’ll be able to safely and effectively store our wine.
And the best news of all is we’ll make more.
Wine purists may want to look away now.
This post is all about adding other beverages to wine to create new and delicious cocktails.
Conversation around the tasting bar recently had a guest trying the Spring Fling (Bayfield Winery's strawberry/rhubarb blend) and exclaiming "This would also be delicious with some whiskey in it!"
This got us to thinking about what other beverages would blend well with some of our wines?
We brought out the bar one evening and had fun concocting. The only rules to the following recipes are have fun, be creative and trust your taste buds.
Here's a sampling of what we came up with:
Spring Fling New Fashioned - Our guest was right on with this one. Add a splash of whiskey to your glass of Spring Fling and a wedge of lime and you've made an Old Fashioned new again.
Sea Breeze Sangria - The citrus component of Sea Breeze added just the right amount of tartness to the fruit in this refreshing favorite. Add your favorite fruit, some white soda and brandy and you've created a sangria your friends will go ga-ga for.
Looking for a sweeter option for your sangria base? Try Bayfield Winery's Berrylicious.
La Pointe On Point - What could possibly be added to our most popular selling wine?
Brandy! La Pointe's rich aroma and plum sweetness partnered perfectly with brandy. "Brandy derives its name from the Dutch word "brandewijn", meaning "burned wine", and is a liquor distilled from wine or other fermented fruit juices." - The Spruce.com
WARNING! Drinking this may cause visions of relaxing on one of the most beautiful islands in the world; Madeline Island.
Raspberry Ferry - Ahoy maties! This version of a Salty Dog contains Bayfield Winery's Raspberry Farm House Cider and vodka. And just like Lake Superior it is salt and shark free. Add a dash of lime, lemon or orange to keep the scurvy away.
We hope you enjoy these recipes and we'd love to hear any other suggestions you have for "mixing things up" with our wines.