Guests arrived in the Tasting Room and had the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Ravinous Wine Club members before being invited down to the cellar where they were welcomed by owners Morten and Lisa Hallgren with a 2006 Sparkling Brut toast.
After everyone took their seats at the elegant banquet style table, set between rows of wine barrels, Morten and Lisa introduced Ravines’ new 2007 Sparkling Brut Rosé. The Brut Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir Champagne Clone from the Argetsinger Vineyard, one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the Finger Lakes. Its steep, limestone slopes lend a beautiful, chalky minerality to the wine, which is made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise process. This wine spent four years “en Tirage” which is the period of time in which bottled sparkling wine is rested in contact with lees generated during secondary fermentation, part of the Méthode Champenoise process. The extended time en Tirage is necessary to develop delicate tiny bubbles and foam, rather than the unfine, beer-like foam you find in younger sparkling wines which spend less than a year en Tirage.
Together with the fine bubbles, this delicate sparkling wine has a delightful, fruit-based charm. Notes of strawberry and watermelon are brightened by a lively acidity and balanced with hints of toasty lees and chalky minerality. Only 30 cases of this beautiful wine were produced, so we have reserved this premier vintage exclusively for our Ravinous Wine Club members.
Guests were treated to an arrangement of classical music pieces, played by pianist, Rueben Allen, while they dined on a delicious buffet brunch, prepared and catered by OPUS, of Stuffed Chicken filled with Brie-Spinach-Roasted Garlic, Jumbo Lump Crab Baked Bow tie pasta, Braised Chicken Quarters Fricassee, Shrimp, Sausage & Mussel Ciopinno, Spinach Salad with warm Cranberry Compote, and many more delectable dishes.
A wonderful afternoon was had by everyone who joined us for the Sparkling Rosé Brunch. It was the perfect way to finish out a year of great Ravinous Wine Club events for our club members. We have already starting planning even more exciting events for 2013 that you won’t want to miss! Our Ravinous events are exclusive to Ravinous Wine Club members, so if you aren’t already part of the club, be sure to sign up and start receiving all the benefits of being a Ravinous Wine Club member today! JOIN NOW >