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November 5, 2015 | Newsletters | Liz Kelly-Campanale

2015 Holiday Newsletter

McMenamin's Winery Newsletter
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Holiday Newsletter
Wine Club Pick Up
Wine Club Pick Up Event
Saturday, November 21
4 p.m. ‘til 5:30 p.m.
Edgefield Winery

Join us for a members-only reception, and pick up your wine. RSVP via email by November 18 to

This month’s Wine Club selections: 
White Rabbit Club
2 x 2011 Blanc de Noirs
2014 Chardonnay
2014 VS Chardonnay
Fireside Club
2009 Fireside Zinfandel
2009 Fireside Syrah
2009 Fireside Tradicional
2011 Fireside Early Muscat
1999 Fireside LBV Zinfandel
Gateway Club
2011 Blanc de Noirs
2014 VS Chardonnay
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Ferryman’s Choice Malbec
Red Shed Club
2 x 2013 Ferryman's Choice Malbec
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Merlot
…and on the same night, Wine Club members enjoy a 30% discount on admission to: Any Port in the Storm: A Twilight Port Tasting | Edgefield
Saturday, November 21, 6 p.m. ‘til 9 p.m. 
Limited tickets available. Advance purchase required. 

Just in time for fall's blustery weather, we invite you to taste award-winning ports that will warm your bones! Gather outdoors to enjoy a roaring fire, appetizers from the Black Rabbit, and a selection of Edgefield Winery Fortified Wines, as well as a selection of Ports and some surprises. 
Edgefield Wine Club
Gift Idea: Edgefield Wine Club Membership
Share your love of Edgefield wines with your family and friends by giving an Edgefield Wine Club membership this holiday.

Club members get a 15% discount on our wines (20% for purchases of 12 or more bottles and on library and large format wines), complimentary tastings in our tasting room, invitations to member-only events, discounts on tickets to wine events, and priority access to new and limited releases. The wines can be shipped direct or picked up in our tasting room. For more information or to sign up, visit or email
2015 Harvest Recap
Harvest came early this year, with the first fruit arriving at the Edgefield Winery on August 17. We processed just shy of 400 tons, and the last wine, our Estate Syrah, was pressed off October 26. The early harvest meant we had beautiful weather throughout crush. The warm summer months should result in lush wines with plenty of fruit, so look for those to be released in the next few years.
Lonesome Spring Ranch
Vineyard Spotlight: 
Lonesome Spring Ranch

Located next to Red Mountain in Yakima Valley, Lonesome Spring Ranch is the source for many of our more unusual grapes, including our traditional port varietals: Touriga Nacional and Souzao. In our ten years working with fruit from the vineyard, we have incorporated it into many of our favorite wines, such as the Cuvée de L’Abri Rouge (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault), the Umbrella Jimmy Rosé (a field blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Counoise), the Fireside Early Muscat and Fireside Tradicional, and our 2013 Ferryman’s Choice, which is a single-varietal bottling of Malbec. Fun Fact: Prior to being planted to grape vines, the site was home to an apricot orchard.
Recent Releases Featuring Lonesome Spring Ranch Fruit: 2012 Cuvée de L’Abri Rouge, 2011 Fireside Early Muscat, 2009 Fireside Tradicional, 2014 Riesling, 2013 Ferryman’s Choice, 2014 Umbrella Jimmy Rosé
Wine Region Spotlight: Douro
Edgefield Winery began producing the Fireside lineup of fortified dessert wines in 1992. The program is inspired by the Port wines of the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. These wines are made by stopping fermentation early by the addition of high-proof grape spirits (fortification), retaining much of the natural grape sugar. We then age the wines in neutral oak barrels for several years (or for up to 16 years in the case of our Fireside Late Bottled Vintage Zinfandel).
The Douro is the third oldest protected wine region in the world and is most famous for its sweet fortified dessert wines, although they produce dry table wines as well. Port’s history is also strongly tied to England because British importers in the 17th Century found that the fortified wines would appeal to the English palate as well as hold up to the long sea voyage to England.

Ports come in a number of styles. Our Fireside wines are made similarly to Colheitas, meaning they’re tawny-style Port wines from a single vintage, aged in barrel rather than in bottle.
WIne for the Holidays
Wines for the Holidays
Choosing the perfect wines for holiday gatherings can seem challenging, so we’ve put together some suggestions that will make your selection simpler.

Thanksgiving: Our 2014 Gamay Noir ($22) or 2013 Zinfandel ($26.75) are both excellent choices for the traditional Thanksgiving feast. If you’re more of a white wine drinker, an aromatic varietal such as our 2014 Viognier ($22) will highlight the lush fall flavors without overwhelming them.
Host/Hostess Gifts: When picking out wine for a gift, choose one that pairs with a variety of foods. Our 2012 Cuvee de L’Abri Rouge ($26.75) and our 2013 Pinot Noir ($17) are great choices for crowd-pleasing red wines. If you’d like to bring a white, our 2014 Pinot Gris ($17) is a winner.
Christmas Wine
Christmas: The rich red meats often found at the Christmas dinner table call for big, spicy red wines such as our Northern Rhone-inspired 2012 Syrah ($26.75). For lighter fare, try a white wine such as our 2014 VS Chardonnay ($22). After dinner, our Fireside Port collection can accompany dessert. For a classic English pairing, try our 2009 Fireside Zinfandel ($22) with Stilton cheese, walnuts and figs. If you’d like something a little sweeter, our 2011 Fireside Muscat ($22) pairs with traditional Christmas cakes such as Panettone or Rum Baba.
And remember: bubbles go with everything! Our 2011 Blanc de Noirs ($26.75) is excellent for any occasion. For a special aperitif, add a splash of Crème de Cassis to each flute to make a Kir Royale. And Wine Club members – remember your 15% discount on all of the wine prices listed above!
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