Rosé All Day: How We Make Rosé Here at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Rosé All Day: How We Make Rosé Here at Burnt Bridge Cellars

We all know and love drinking rosé, but how is it made? Well interestingly enough, it can be made four different ways, with many different red grape varieties! Some of the most common grape varieties used in making rosé are: Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, Carignan and Cinsault. However, any red grape can be made into rosé! Most are bright in acidity, and light in body, and alcohol. This year our rosé is made from 50% Grenache, 48% Mourvedre and 2% Syrah.

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Que Syrah Syrah: Getting to know Washington Syrah

Que Syrah Syrah: Getting to know Washington Syrah

At Burnt Bridge Cellars, we have three different Syrah’s for purchase: Our 2015 Coyote Canyon Syrah, 2016 Columbia Valley Syrah, and 2016 Walla Walla Syrah.

Syrah is a popular red wine grape that’s delicious on its own and perfect as a blending grape. Grenache is typically blended with Syrah and vice versa, although Grenache usually needs more Syrah than Syrah needs Grenache. Syrahs, compared to Grenache, boast color, tannin, acid and darker fruits. You’ll find some of the best Syrahs in Northern Rhone’s moderate climate with steep rocks. The climate and soil produce powerful, complex and age-worthy wines. You’ll also find boast-worthy Syrah in Southern Rhone’s hot climate with flatter terrain. Want an expensive Syrah? Go for a Cru of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Shiraz, in Australia, found in the Barossa Valley, Hunter Valley and Mclaren Vale. Here you’ll get a fuller body Syrah with softer tannins and less acidity. You’ll find intense black fruit, sweet spice and chocolate notes. Oak aging will produce smoke, vanilla and coconut aromas…

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How to Drink like a Winemaker

How to Drink like a Winemaker

The other week, my fellow coworkers and I had the opportunity to "drink like a winemaker". Our winemaker at Burnt Bridge Cellars, Ben Stuart, wanted to share a few pointers and how he approaches drinking wine.

 It's not always what you see on T.V.!

We were able to taste the new wines that we'll be releasing this year, and a few that we've already been drinking pretty regularly. Some were altered and we had to determine what he did to the wine to make it taste the way it did. 

 We tried our new Pont Brule Blanc, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (my new favorite) and Malbec to be released later this year… Read more about it here: How to Drink like a Winemaker

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A Couple of Days in the Life of an Urban Winemaker

A Couple of Days in the Life of an Urban Winemaker

I recently started something at the winery that I call "Wine School." It's basically a monthly tasting class for our customers that's designed to be an educational exploration of wines. The first class, titled "How to drink like a winemaker" hoped to answer a question I get a lot in the tasting room...

What are you looking for when you taste wine?

In my view, as a winemaker, it's my job to make the best possible wine from any given fruit. And there are so many variables, that I don't think I could go through them in a class setting, or a blog for that matter. But this is what I told the class.

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