The vineyard earns high praise
The vineyard earns high praise– Image 1
“This year we won a silver for our Dragon Fruit Raspberry White Shiraz and bronze for our Chocolate Hazelnut Port at the International Winemaking Competition in Santa Barbara,” said Eric Beere, owner/operator.
This year’s winners are now on special and while customers can’t taste them before the batch is ready, the same satisfaction guarantee with a full replacement or refund applies here as it does on all The Vineyard’s offerings.
Last year The Vineyard won gold for its Italian Amarone and a silver for its Reisling Ice Wine. Considering the company competes against 4,500 entries
from nine countries that’s really not bad at all. “I’ve been sending wines into the competition for three years,” said Beere.
The beauty of these competitions is the feedback the judges give, informing the winemaker what was good about the wine and what needs improvement in terms of appearance, aroma, taste, after taste and overall impression.
“The first year I sent in a wine that was one year old, and they said it was acceptable,” explained Beere.
In the second year he sent the same wine again but aged another year, and this time won gold. “So I learned that that particular wine needed to age for two years,” said Beere.
The entire enterprise has been a huge learning experience for Beere, one that he finds fascinating enough to want to perfect, and share with his customers in a no pressure, friendly atmosphere.
“It’s amazing what you don’t know, you don’t know,” said Beere, who is working towards his sommelier designation.