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In the vast world of winemaking, the art of blending is akin to composing a symphony, where each note contributes to a harmonious masterpiece. While blends may not be as universally celebrated in the United States as they are in Europe, Andis Wines stands as a testament to the power of patience, talent, and expertise in crafting European-style blends that rival the revered Bordeauxs' of the Old World.
The Andis Approach to Blending
Our winemaking team understands that the secret to creating exceptional blends lies in the meticulous sampling of individual barrels. Each barrel holds a unique varietal, and the journey begins by understanding the nuances of each ~ exploring the delicate dance between acidity, fruit, and tannins.
Balancing Act: From Vineyard to Barrel
The journey starts in our vineyards, where grapes of different varietals thrive under the California sun. Our winemakers have a deep understanding of European winemaking traditions ~ carefully handpicking grapes at their ideal ripeness. Once harvested, these grapes embark on their transformational journey.
As the grapes make their way to the cellar, they find themselves nestled in individual barrels, each contributing its own character to the final blend. Our winemaking team, armed with a passion for perfection, dedicates time to sample and analyze each barrel, seeking the elusive balance that defines a European-style blend.
Sampling the Essence: A Journey Through Barrels
Sampling individual barrels is an art form at Andis Wines. Our winemakers immerse themselves in the task of understanding the personality of each varietal. This process demands patience, a discerning palate, and an unwavering commitment to quality.
Harmony in Every Sip: European-Style Blends Unveiled
We take pride in crafting wines that echo the sophistication and balance found in the great Bordeauxs of Europe. The blending process is a labor of love, and the resulting European-style blends are a testament to the dedication of our winemaking team.
Wine enthusiasts will experience the best of both worlds within each of our blends ~ the boldness of California grapes intertwined with the elegance of European craftsmanship. Each bottle tells a story of meticulous blending, where the final product is greater than the sum of its parts.
Visit our tasting room to sample the fruits of our labor and discover the magic that happens when talent, time, and tradition converge in a glass.
This is not another blend from another winery. This is years of labor to break a curse haunting our region from bad wines of the past. As Lorenzo, our partner, so eloquently explained in the SOMM Journal...
"...it seemed as though there was a preconceived perception of our wine, and it made me feel like I had something to prove. I wondered, “Why are people so skeptical and scared to try our wines from this region?”
It took me years to understand that the answer was in the history of what we used to be. We were 'cursed by the knowledge' they had about our region, and the only way to break that spell was to make extraordinary wines. Opinions are hard to change in a short time, but it can be done."
And so it is. Taste our 2021 Painted Fields Curse of Knowledge before it sells out. Best Bordeaux Blend at Sierra Foothills Wine Fest. Rated 92 points by SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel Magazine. Click here to purchase.
Did you know cork oak forests make a significant contribution to helping our planet? A cork oak tree lives for up to 200 years and within its lifetime, it becomes a massive storehouse of CO2, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Our cork supplier recently honored us with a certificate highlighting our contribution to sequestering 24.6 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere - equivalent to what 1,025 trees would capture in a year! The findings are the only ones to date that underwent a multi-closure comparative peer review.
At Andis, we make it a priority to be as sustainable as possible in all that we do, even with our corks. It’s not just because of how it protects the quality of our wines - and, as you now know, our planet - it is also one of nature’s most amazing raw materials that is naturally renewable.
BY ALL MEANS, PUT A CORK IN IT
Cork is an all natural raw material that comes from the bark of a Cork Oak tree. It is light, impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic, compressible, provides thermal and acoustic insulation, it is also a fire retardant and highly abrasion-resistant. Not to mention, it is completely biodegradable, renewable and recyclable.
So yes, we’re big believers in cork.
THE MIGHTY IMPACT
Every year cork oak forests absorb up to 14 million tonnes of CO2. This ability to retain carbon dioxide is passed on to manufactured cork products, including cork stoppers. What's even better, during the natural regeneration process that follows harvesting, the tree's ability to absorb CO2 increases up to five times.
In other words, the more it is harvested, the more it protects the environment.
To learn more about the sustainability of corks, including typical myths vs. facts, visit https://www.amorimcork.com/en/cork/myths-and-curiosities
You’ll never look at corks the same way again.
Earth Day is April 22nd, a time when we demonstrate support for environmental protection. At Andis, we believe in honoring that demonstration and make it a mission to be as environmentally-friendly as possible when it comes to winemaking and viticulture.
Here's how we're doing our part…
Cover crops are a great way to have a large impact in the vineyard naturally. In between the rows of vines, we plant a variety of cover crops to help the soil with water retention and erosion. The added vegetation attracts healthy insects promoting ecological balance in the vineyards. In the spring, we till the cover crops into the earth, adding much needed nutrients back into the soil.
As part of our integrated pest management program, we have built owl boxes to attract our feathered friends. By providing a safe place for the owls to reside in our vineyards, we can help to increase the declining barn owl population in our area.
An owl family can consume up to 2,000 rodents per year, which also helps lessen our use of pesticides and chemicals.
We use pomace, the skins left over from winemaking, to keep dust down from our vineyard roads. By controlling dust, fine particles are prevented from becoming airborne, which can cause health issues or damage vegetation.
Our winery is built with a green design that is solar powered. We positioned the building on an East/West axis so the hot summer sun is only on the roof.
Lighter Bottles & Reusable Carafes
We are currently switching to lighter weight bottles to help lower waste in packaging. Our "Wine on Tap" program is another way we try to reduce waste by using refillable bottles.
We also recycle everything we possibly can. This includes bottles, boxes, corks, capsules and foils ~ some of which are taken by local artists for different projects.
More to come on how we plan to expand on our sustainability initiative. Stay tuned...
It must be Spring! Just look at the bright yellow fields full of mustard blooms in the vineyard.
The Andis vineyards have never looked so beautiful with the ground cover throughout. As mentioned in my previous blog, ground cover or cover crops can be beneficial in replacing nutrients. But what about mustard plants? While mustard plants do not return vine nutrients back to the soil, they do provide biofumigation, which suppresses various soil pathogens.
Typically mustard plants are used in vineyards to suppress nematodes, a microscopic worm that infect vine roots. Nematode infection will ultimately lead to low grape production and severe vine damage. Mustard plants produce a biofumigate called glucosinolate that deter damaging nematodes.
Later in Spring, the cover crops are turned, giving beneficial mulch to the soils.
So come visit us at Andis Wines and enjoy the beautiful view of our yellow vineyards while you can!