Wine grape juices don't have to be fermented to be savored and at Navarro we've met a bunch of kids and home chefs with an astute ability to taste. Twenty five years ago we made our first Gewürztraminer grape juice planning to serve it to children visiting the tasting room with their families. It was such a big hit with adults that within a few years we added Pinot Noir so that we could serve both a white and a red. About the same time a local chef asked us to make a Verjus, a tart green grape juice that has been used for centuries to make sauces and marinades. Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer, once the lowest priced grapes, are now the two most expensive varieties grown in Anderson Valley.
Pinot Noir juice tastes like rhubarb strawberry jam and it will please the whole family. Gewürztraminer juice smacks of lichee, peach and lime. Your kids will find them as interesting as pet goats.
Navarro is just as serious about making juice as wine and we have many grown-up grape juice enthusiasts.
The juice from these small-berried wine varieties is particularly delicious but grape prices have limited the amount we can produce. What makes Navarro juice a standout is that we are just as fussy about how it tastes as Navarro wine. The tart Verjus will add a lemony zing to anything you are cooking and is a good substitute for vinegar in a wine friendly meal. Oh baby, these juices aren't just kids' stuff!
A few years ago we began bottling juice with synthetic corks to minimize mold problems. Three years later we agreed that the juice sealed with a natural cork was fresher, perhaps because of a tighter seal. This 2007 bottling is back to natural corks which are being inspected by Navarro's winemaker and Mariella Ganau , a third generation cork supplier from Sardinia where thriving cork forests help keep the island green and ecologically balanced.