While on our recent tour in search of the perfect location for our next venture, I took a few moments one early morning to check the hotel computer, just in case my in-box had any surprises for me. My passion for the world of biodynamic wines has me sharing every tidbit of information I come across these days so it’s not unusual to have 40 or 50 new emails waiting for me some mornings. This particular morning, with its crisp clean Virginia air and cool blue sky greeting me, would see my in-box offering me one of the more personally exciting notes I’ve received lately.
I suppose most folks wouldn’t think twice about receiving a short note from Demeter-USA, in fact I’d be willing to bet a majority of folks have never heard of the organization. But for me, with all the efforts I’ve put forth in the formation of our new company, beginning with the months of research that have gone towards this new business plan, all with the end goal in sight of a venture based almost exclusively on biodynamic wines and organic foods, this note was a sort of recognition. It was, in a way, a small beacon, if you will, perhaps nudging me forward, encouraging me to not give up hope.
The work we’ve put into this plan of ours, this plan to build a business that offers wine drinkers the purity and expressiveness that is the natural result of biodynamic wine making, has been intense. We now are turning our attention to gathering like-minded individuals to build the foundation, and these are the times that try my soul. But the letter from the Marketing Director from Demeter-USA has given me just enough encouragement to move forward. My dedication to these products, fueled even more by a taste of AmByth Estate’s wines, continues….
AmByth Estate, based in Templeton, CA, is a Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard producing Demeter certified biodynamic wines. For those new to, or newly interested in the world of biodynamic wines, I encourage a visit to http://www.demeter-usa.org/ for a brief introduction. My place in this picture is one of advocate or ambassador. I have tasted enough of these types of wines to know how good they can be and to have formed a preference for them, resulting in my dedication to building a company that will offer them to the public. Demeter, however, offers insights on the “how’s” and “why’s” of biodynamics.
Returning to AmByth Estate now, we find ourselves in the appellation of Paso Robles, at the region’s first and ONLY certified biodynamic winery. Much like another of my favorite producers, and very much in keeping with the philosophies, you’ll find only native yeasts here. Engage with me, or any wine-maker serious about terroir, and you’ll have yourself hours of conversation on that one fact alone; native yeast is one paramount factor to producing wines that speak of their origin. And these wines from AmByth (the Welsh word meaning “forever”), as I’m fond of saying, scream of their place and time.
AmByth Estate is most-known for their Grenache, and it is precisely this wine that I find particularly worthy of your attention. Revealing complexities and nuances reminiscent of France’s Chateauneufs from producers like Villeneuve or single vineyard Rhone producers such as Montirius, this is a Grenache for pleasure seekers. Bursting with black and red fruits, all wrapped in a delicious frame of assorted spices and perfect acidity, this beauty will marry well with not only grilled meats, but your favorite pastas and medium cheeses, too. The purity and balanced alcohol level make it a wine for the entire meal and the aromas continue to develop for hours. Take your time with this one, you’ll be rewarded….
And at $135 a three-pack ($45 per bottle), it’s a great buy, too!
And as always, I’d like to know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org