Chasing Harvest, and Matchbook, and Une Annee... Oh MYYYY!

You guys have it soooo easy. In my day, we had to walk five miles uphill BOTH WAYS to just get a sip of wine! Now all a Tom, Dick, or Jane needs to do for a tasty drink of vino is head down to The Noble Grape any Wednesday or Friday from 6-8 and BOOM you got yourself a wine tasting. Heck, we might even throw some beer into the mix as well.

This Wednesday, The Noble Grape will be featuring wines from Chasing Harvest. Created by husband and wife team, Michael Kush and Jennifer Kingen Kush, ‘Chasing harvest’ is a wine industry term that describes travel between the northern and southern hemispheres for extra vintage seasons in one year. After Mike’s first vintage in Sonoma, friends suggested they chase harvest, 20 harvests later, the rest is history. With just their passports and backpacks, a passion for adventure, travel, and wine inspired them to ‘chase harvest’ across five continents, eight countries, and 20 vintages. The wine selection on Wednesday will consist of Michael and Jennifer’s New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, as well as their Portuguese Vinho Tinto.

Friday will feature a double tasting with Keli up front pouring Matchbook Vineyards wines including Matchbook Chardonnay, Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Tinto Rey. Matchbook focuses on varietals that perform well in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate and their Tinto Rey is no exception. Tinto Rey means Red King. Tempranillo is the king of Spanish red wines and one of the most important red varietals in Matchbook Vineyard. The Spanish varietals Tempranillo and Graciano contribute spicy red berry fruit flavors; Syrah adds rich flavors of black cherry and blueberry; the spicy cedar and tobacco notes are from the cool-weather Cabernet Sauvignon.  

In the back of the shop there will be an in-house tasting of Une Année Brewery beers. Une Année focuses on making great beer with an emphasis on Belgian and French styles. Founded early 2012, Une Année’s approach is to make a few beers, very well. Come out and try their Less Is More Saison, Enkel Abbey Ale, and Maya Première Belgian IPA!