One day back in the early 1980s when few Americans had heard of Edelzwicker, Ted was in Navarro's tasting room and noticed a customer with a German accent sipping Edelzwicker who pronounced the name perfectly. Ted walked over to chat and learned the visitor was Marcus Moller-Racke whose family in Germany had recently purchased Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma. Several months later, Buena Vista Winery released Spiceling
, a white wine blend produced from the Alsatian grape varieties.
This large male bobcat is one of the reasons why our chickens have to be locked in at night. We've seen him several times in different vineyard blocks and we suspect that when he's not hunting chickens he spends most of the time hunting jackrabbits.
This was our first chicken tractor and is currently parked in the Gewürztraminer vineyard close to our house. It's designed for a dozen birds and carries both water and feed for the ladies. The door is solar powered and opens and closes with the sun; once the sun goes down the chickens are safely locked inside. Our second chicken tractor, the
Chicken Hilton, accommodates 100 birds and is in the vineyards at Pennyroyal Farm.
Ted was flattered. A year passed, perhaps two, and Marcus visited Navarro's tasting room again. Ted, recognizing Marcus, said hello and they chatted for a while until finally Ted asked, “Why didn't you name your white wine blend Edelzwicker?” Marcus responded that most Americans would have difficulty pronouncing Edelzwicker. Maybe so... but they certainly don't have trouble enjoying it! We began the tastings for this 2019 cuvée by blending Pinot Gris and Riesling and discovered a 50-50 blend was the most pleasing with crisp flavors suggesting citrus and apple backed up by plenty of acidity. Next we added Gewürztraminer—a 26% addition contributed more body and some tropical fruit flavors. Finally, we added a tad of Muscat to heighten the floral aromas. You'll be amazed how quickly you'll finish a bottle. Gold Medal winner.