In 1988, we released our Vidal Blanc Ice Wine 1987, the first genuine ice wine broadly commercialized in the United States. It remains our marquee wine today. This delectable wine has been served at top restaurants in New York City, and was ordered by the White House for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. It was chosen for a United Nations gala dinner, where it was paired with a stupendous maple bread pudding (recipe available on our website). Our ice wine harvest and Vidal Blanc Ice Wine have also been featured on NBC’s Today Show.
ACCOLADES: "Lip-smacking!" "The Flavors are silky with subtle chocolate notes over layers of lively fruit." -San Francicso Chronicle "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" -Ladies Home Journal "MY PERSONAL FAVORITE" -Leslie Sbrocco, Entertainment Tonight
Catherman's Port is made in the traditional method they use in Portugal today. The Chambourcin grapes are harvested, crushed, and destemmed to an open top fermentation tank. As soon as the wine starts to ferment, it is fortified by the addition of neutral grape spirits in order to stop the fermentation. This leaves residual sugar, which is from the grape itself as well has higher alcohol content from the brandy addition. Deep, saturated ruby red hue. Currant, raisin, caramel, and chocolaty aromas. A rich, ripe entry leads to a moderately full-bodied palate and a slightly sweet finish with good depth of fruit and balanced acidity. Fruit is integrated well with elegant grape brandy.