40 States allow the direct shipment of wine to consumers, why is the otherwise progressive and innovative bay state one of the last holdouts? It’s time for the Bay State to get with it! As the owner of a California winery living in Massachusetts I’m incredulous that I can’t receive the finished product (or even […]
Traveling Vineyard will release a new Cabernet Sauvignon in conjunction with Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). One dollar from the sale of each bottle of this wine will be donated to LBBC.
Traveling Vineyard, a direct marketer of wines through in-home wine tasting events, will release a new wine called the 2012 Rayado, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile in conjunction with Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). LBBC is a non-profit that empowers all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. One dollar from the sale of each bottle of Rayado will be donated to LBBC.
The new charity wine was inspired by a former wine consultant, Paigeann Mapley-Brittle who passed away in November, 2012 after a battle with breast cancer. Paigeann was a wife, mother and enthusiastic wine lover whose life was cut too short at the age of 42 from breast cancer.
Her husband, US army officer Jon Mapley-Brittle explains, “During her battle with breast cancer, Paigeann vowed that she would not let the disease define her. She vowed, ‘It won’t change who I am or what I do.’ She fought the cancer three separate times, and managed to run a full and a half-marathon after her first chemo to raise funds for cancer research. Her cancer came back twice, and the third time it was just too fast. But she was a fighter until the end. It makes sense that TTV would choose an organization that helps women and their families during their battle with cancer.”
According to Rick Libby, Traveling Vineyard’s Founder and Chief Grape Stomper, “The Rayado is a wine to represent a bold woman and an organization that supports courageous women like her who fight this disease every day.” The name Rayado translates as “pinstripe”, as in charity event attire, a nod to the fundraising aspect of the wine.
“It is through the generous support of partners like The Traveling Vineyard that LBBC programs and services are always provided to women diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and caregivers for no or little cost,” states Kevin Gianotto, the nonprofit’s Associate Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Partnerships. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with The Traveling Vineyard to raise the funds required to develop and present these resources that further LBBC’s vision of creating a world where no one impacted by breast cancer feels uninformed or alone.”
This Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the Colchagua Valley, an up and coming area of Chile. It is a beautifully intense and strong wine brimming with rich flavors of blackberries, raspberries and plums with a hint of oak. Blended with 15% Carmenère, Chile’s signature red grape, it makes the perfect offering as a cocktail or dinner wine.
TTV consultants at the company’s Annual Harvest convention held July 25-28 near Boston tasted tank samples of the Rayado and 11 other wines. The wines, both domestic and international, will be released over the next 90 days for tasting events. This is the largest number of new wines ever released by Traveling Vineyard since its inception.
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With the exciting new release of the 2011 Calamity Sue, Riesling, Monterey County, California (CAL932) $17.99 now showing at tasting events everywhere, we thought it would be a good time to distinguish between the many different styles of Riesling. As varietals go, Riesling is probably one of the most misunderstood. This is perhaps because Rieslings […]
The Traveling Vineyard today announced that two new wines will join the line-up of selections available at their free in-home tasting events, the 2011 Calamity Sue, Riesling, Monterey County, California and the 2011 Bentgate, Cabernet Sauvignon, California. These wines enhance the company’s breadth of offerings just in time for the seasonal peak in wine tasting events. Rick Libby, Traveling Vineyard’s Chief Grape Stomper remarks, “We brought in new wines at the holidays. This is our next round of new wines – with more to follow. Our new winery facility in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara is ramping up production and these are a few of the new offerings we are excited about.”
Rick explains, “With the 2011 Calamity Sue, Riesling, Monterey County, California, we are delivering a wine that we have had many requests for at tasting events over the years. It carries a quirky but memorable label. You may have heard of the legendary Calamity Jane. She was the adventurous frontierswoman with a generous streak who traveled throughout the Western Plains in the late 1800′s. We’ve characterized the fictitious Calamity Sue on our “racy” Monterey County Riesling label as the spirited little sister of Calamity Jane – just as feisty and just as sweet.”
“People are always interested in the backstory of the wine and how the label plays into the product,” he continues. “The playful Lichtenstein-style image on the bottle uses a comic book type graphic which ties it all together. We frequently involve our consultants in the field in this naming/label process. They really know the guests best.”
According to Francis Sanders, Traveling Vineyard’s Winemaker, “It’s been a while since we have shown a Riesling at tasting events. This off-dry Riesling should be a winner with our audience as it contains all the “racy” food-friendly acidity you look for in this varietal when it comes from Alsace, France and all of the fruitiness you expect when it comes from Germany. However, it was produced right here in the US! It pairs perfectly with spicy ethnic foods that are so popular today – especially Asian dishes.”
Francis points out, “Our second new wine, the 2011 Bentgate, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, carries a more traditional label, but was crafted with a slight twist. It is done in the style of an elegant French blend combining Cabernet Sauvignon with a minor percentage of Syrah as well as Malbec and Petite Sirah. You don’t usually see these varietals together in the US. Adding a Rhone varietal like Syrah, is a practice that is typically done in the Cabardès section of France, the only appellation in southern France allowed to blend Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon with Rhone varietals. At 86%+ Cabernet Sauvignon, it tastes like a classic Cab but with that added spiciness you get with Syrah.”
“The new Bentgate gives us a chance to teach about this style of Cabernet Sauvignon as well. We constantly weave wine education into our free home wine tasting events and product offerings. As we develop new wines, we keep that in mind,” says Rick.
In addition to the company’s focus on “fun and fizzy”, several other wines are slated for release in the next few months. The company’s new California licensed winery facility has been pivotal in making this happen. It has afforded the capacity to efficiently increase production for West Coast winemaking and bring these unique wines to market.
Rick comments, “Our unique free home wine tasting events give us keen insights into customer preferences. In essence, we have a vast experimental laboratory where we can gather direct feedback on our products and gain perspective on guests likes and dislikes. It’s a huge advantage for us in rolling out new wines.”