Sunday, October 19, 2008
Part of the perks of participating in trade shows is discovering wines that are new to me.
I got lucky because Schweiger Vineyards had the table next to mine at a recent wine tasting in Phoenix.
The Schweiger padre, Fred, does the grape growing while his son, Andrew, makes the wine and his daughter, Diana, is in charge of sales and marketing.
The Schweiger family is practicing organic grape growing but is not certified yet.
Andrew uses native yeasts and minimal intervention in the cellar.
Schweiger Cabernet 2004 had lovely dark, rich berry flavors, touch of earth and some firm tasty tannins. $48
Schweiger Chardonnay 2006 undergoes no malolactic fermentation so there is some refreshing acidity but also mellow apricot and melon notes. $30
All of these wines are limited production but can be bought directly on their website above.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 12:40 PM