Wine Tasting with Amy
Our tasting at Naylor Wine Cellars actually happened in two parts. When we first arrived, Amy was nice enough to take us through a normal wine tasting. Amy’s dream is to host private wine tastings at customers’ venues where she would present the wines and representatives of local wineries would be available to sell the wine to the guests. I don’t know the legal complications but it sounds like a pretty good idea to me.
As usual, Brenda tasted a series of sweet whites, blushes and fruit wines while enjoyed some of the dry whites and reds. She started off with the Golden Grenadier Niagara which, at $8.95 per bottle, is Naylor’s most popular wine. A reminder to we dry red lovers…90% of all wine drinkers prefer sweet wines. She also enjoyed the Ruby Grenadier Catawba which she described as “as sweet as a bunch of grapes but with some kick”. Her favorite wine of the tasting was Naylor’s Raspberry. The thing that makes Naylor’s fruit wines so great is that they are actually made from the fruit. This is not grape wine flavored with fruit juice. Brenda recommends that you try the Raspberry wine when you visit Naylor Wine Cellars.
Of Course We Brought some Home!
I started off with the 2006 Chardonnay, a dry white that I seem to be developing a taste for lately. After that short diversion from my normal tasting, I moved on to the dry reds. My two favorites were the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2007 Shiraz. The Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for 18 months in American and French oak barrels leaving it with a rich deep flavor that I can’t get enough of. Mr. Naylor first planted Shiraz grapes in 2006. The 2007 wine is the first vintage from these young vines. I’m telling you, this wine is delicious. I’m rapidly becoming a fan of this Australian variety as more and more Pennsylvania wineries begin to produce it.
As I moved into the fermenting room to take some pictures, I had no idea that the best part of my Naylor wine tasting was yet to come. In part I of this series you learned much of the history of Naylor Wine Cellars courtesy of a couple hours I spent with Dick Naylor after Ted Potter introduced us. After we talked for a while, Mr. Naylor asked me if I wanted to try a few more wines. Since some time had passed since my first tasting, I figured it was safe to drink a little more wine before heading home.
First Mr. Naylor asked me if I wanted to try the 2001 Seductivo. Due to it’s scarcity, Naylor doesn’t include this Chambourcin on their normal tasting menu. I have to tell you, this dry, rich red is my new favorite Pennsylvania wine. Mr. Naylor then started talking about the versatility of the Chambourcin grape and to illustrate, opened a bottle of Naylor 2008 Nouveau. The contrast between this young fruity wine and the Seductivo was stark. From the color to the flavor, there was nothing similar about these two wines even though they come from the same grapes. Next we moved on to the Summertime Red which is the same blend as the Nouveau but aged for an extra six months. The Summertime Red has a much deeper color and drier flavor than the Nouveau. Finally we tried the 2007 Chambourcin. This wine was drier than the Nouveau yet lighter than the Seductivo. It’s hard to believe that all four of these wines came from the same variety of grapes. Needless to say, I enjoyed this lesson on the versatility of the Chambourcin grape very much. I want to thank Mr. Naylor very much for the time he spent talking with me about the winery, his wine packaging business and the wine. Thanks also for the bottle of 2001 Seductivo that I got to take home. It was delicious.
The Pavilion at Naylor Wine Cellars
As we were getting ready to leave, I took a walk toward the pavilion where Naylor’s summer concert series is held. I couldn’t get too close because of the snow and ice but remember, Spring is coming soon! Beginning in mid-June and continuing through mid-September, Naylor hosts a Saturday night big band concert and dance series. People are invited to bring their picnic baskets, purchase some Naylor wine and enjoy the music from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Naylor also hosts several Friday night rock and roll events each Summer. Check out Naylor Wine Cellars’ website for more details.
I strongly recommend that you pay a visit to Naylor Wine Cellars next time you’re in Central Pennsylvania. When you do, bring your wine carrier and, as always, tell them The Pennsylvania Wanderer sent you.
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