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Tailgate Red

Tailgate Red Wine Details

Description: Our best selling wine. A blend of Holy-Field grapes - St. Vincent, Chambourcin and Cynthiana - made in an off dry style to enjoy with snacks or with beef, pork or BBQ.

Varietal Definition
A french-american hybrid used to make red wines with fruity flavors and some herbaceousness. Grown in the cooler regions of Eastern U.S. and Canada. Decreasing acreages also found in Europe; due to stringent European Union rules these varieties cannot be blended with traditional varieties.
Known to be identical to the Norton grape.This american hybrid grape is found mainly in the warmer regions of the southeast U.S. Taste and aroma characteristics of the light red wine are said to include coffee and spicy flavors.
This variety has high acidity, when fermented it produces a well-balanced dry red table wine. The wine has a deep blue-red color when young, but when aged the blue pigment is deposited & the wine becomes quite stable.
In 1835, Dr. Daniel Norton of Virginia developed this grape varietal that was originally known as the Virginia Seedling. Widely planted in the Midwest (where it is sometimes called Cynthiana), it has become a source of interest to East Coast vintners in recent years. It produces a dark, inky wine with flavors of plums and cherries. Horton Vineyards in Virginia is particularly interested in reviving the grape's reputation. In the South, look for Norton (or Cynthiana) from Moonrise Bay, Mountain Valley, Three Sisters, Tiger Mountain and Tennessee Valley.


Todd says...
This is a very interesting wine. It is a little more on the semi-sweet side as compared to the off-dry stated in the tasting notes. Otherwise it is a good everyday red wine: good fruity taste with a slight carbonation finish. The individual grapes in this blend are excellent in their own right. At $8, this is a bargain for dinner or tailgating.

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