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Rebecca Gilbert
 
June 20, 2024 | Rebecca Gilbert

Pear, Burrata and Prosciuitto Salad

A quick and savory dish that pairs delightfully with our Sarmento Vineyard Chardonnay. This “salad” has layers of flavors that draw out both the fruit and creamy flavors of the wine.

Pear, Burrata and Prosciutto Salad

Ingredients:
1 pear
1 5-6 slices prosciutto
1 ball burrata
small handful basil leaves
olive oil
lemon juice
red pepper flakes

Instructions:

1) Thinly cut one pear and lay on plate
2) Add thin strips of prosciutto
3) Tear burrata into bite size pieces and add to salad
4) Add small handful of basil leaves
5) Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice
6) Top with a pinch of red pepper flakes

Rebecca Gilbert
 
June 20, 2024 | Rebecca Gilbert

Rose Charcuterie Board

This Rose inspired charcuterie board is perfect for summer!

We chose each food on this board to pair with the 2023 Jose's Rose of Grenache and highlight the wine's fresh, juicy fruit flavors.

Board Ingredients:

Cheeses: Goat Cheese, Salty Fresh Cheeses
Fruit: Watermelon, Basil & Mozzarella Bites, Strawberries
Dried Fruit: Freeze Dried Figs, Pineapple "Chips"
Meats: Prosciutto, Salami
Spread: Rose Petal Confit
Crackers: Water Crackers

Rebecca Gilbert
 
June 20, 2024 | Rebecca Gilbert

What is sustainable wine growing?

You have probably heard about sustainable farming but what does that mean for growing grapes? Sustainable winegrowing is a set of growing practices that protect the environment while also being socially responsible and economically viable.

These practices include conserving water and energy, maintaining healthy soil, protecting air and water quality, preserving local ecosystems and wildlife habitats and enhancing relationships with employees and communities.

So, what’s the difference between organic and sustainable wines? While many of the requirements overlap, sustainability also recognizes resource management (water, energy, community) and doesn’t limit a winery’s ability to use natural preservatives in wine which extend a wines shelf life. Similar to being certified organic, vineyards and wineries go through regular comprehensive reviews to become sustainably certified and keep their certification by third-party agencies.

At CRŪ Winery, we are proud that all our partner vineyards are certified sustainable. By practicing sustainable winegrowing, our partner vineyards are maintaining a healthy and beautiful environment and protecting the environment for future generations.

Rebecca Gilbert
 
June 20, 2024 | Rebecca Gilbert

What does an Enologist do?

There are several different people needed to run a winery. A critical position, but one you may not know about, is the Enologist.

An Enologist is a member of the winemaking team that is responsible for the chemistry and biology of the wine. Similar to a winemaker, they spend time in the vineyard and cellar but in addition, Enologists are often in the lab, running tests and analyses on the wine.

There are several characteristics of wine such as acid level, microbial activity and nutrient levels that must be monitored and tested to ensure they are exactly where they need to be. From these tests, winemakers make adjustments as needed to ensure the highest quality wines.

Another important role of an Enologist is monitoring sugar and acid levels during harvest. These are critical to helping a winemaker decide the best time for vineyards to be picked.

Eriq Davila joined as CRŪ Winery’s Enologist in 2023. With seven years of experience in enology and winemaking, he has been an important addition to the team working closely with winemaker Jose Reyes on crafting quality, highly acclaimed wines.

Rebecca Gilbert
 
June 11, 2024 | Rebecca Gilbert

What is an Intentional Rose?

When it comes to crafting Rosé, not all are created equal. There are a few different methods for making Rosé. The most common method is the saignée method (French for “to bleed”). Rosés made using the saignée method are often a byproduct of red winemaking. Winemakers “bleed” off some of the wine early in the maceration process to make their red wines more powerful and fruit forward. The wine that was bled off later becomes Rosé.

We take a different approach and craft “intentional” Rosé, meaning every part of the winemaking process is done with intention. We specifically source the fruit, choosing varietals and vineyards to craft the exact style of Rosé Jose strives for. Our winemaking team works closely with our vineyard partners to pick the grapes at the perfect time to ensure bright and juicy fruit flavors and vibrant acidity. Once we receive the grapes into the winery, we immediately destem and gently press the grapes to capture the exact aromas and flavors Jose wants. The resulting Rosé is one intentionally crafted to be vibrant, juicy and fruit forward that leaves you wanting another sip.

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