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Chelsie Pickard
 
June 3, 2020 | Chelsie Pickard

A Quick Guide To Removing Wine Stains

The saying goes "don't cry over spilled milk." But spilled wine is definitely a cause to be at least a little bit sad! Your precious vino is wasted, and it's probably stained something you care about like your clothes, your couch, or (even worse) your white carpet. Luckily, we've got a few tricks up our sleeve to help you get rid of those stubborn stains. 

General Cleaning Tips
 
Don't scrub, blot! Scrubbing can cause the stain to absorb even further, while blotting removes additional wine before you begin cleaning. Blot the stain with a paper towel or rag until no more residue comes off. 
 
Don't let it sit! As tempting as it may be, try not to let the stain sit before you begin cleaning. The longer it sits, the harder it will be to remove.
 
Don't throw in the towel...literally! It might be tempting to give up, especially if you're trying to clean white wine (which can be peskier to remove although the pigments aren't as vibrant). Keep blotting, cleaning, and repeating and you'll eventually succeed!
Removing Red Wine Stains
 
Salt: Salt is especially helpful when removing red wine stains from couches, rugs, or carpet. After blotting, cover the stain with a generous amount of salt. Once the salt soaks into the wet wine, let it dry completely. It should absorb the stain once dry. Then, vacuum up the salt residue. 
 
Dish soap and hydrogen peroxide: Mix a solution of 1/2 dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. Pour the solution over the stain and let it soak. Then rinse, blot, and repeat until clean.
 
Baking soda and water: Create a paste by mixing three parts baking soda and one part water. Apply to the stain and vacuum once dry. 
Removing White Wine Stains
 
Cold water and laundry detergent: This method works great for items you can't throw in the wash. Pour cold water over the stain and blot with a rag covered in laundry detergent (the liquid kind works best). Repeat until the stain is removed.
 
Dishwashing detergent, white vinegar, and water: Mix one part liquid dishwashing detergent with one part white vinegar and two parts warm water. Sponge the mixture onto the stain until it is removed. Then, sponge with cold water and blot the area until dry.
Hopefully you don't need to use these methods, but if they come in handy that probably means you need some more wine...we happen to know where you can get some
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Amy Bennett
 
May 18, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Amor En Fuego

 
Only in New Mexico does pairing red chile and chocolate make as much sense as pairing peanut butter and jelly or rum and coke. While some people raise an eyebrow at the idea, they think this is something that is better suited to the making of candy, or hot chocolate, or maybe even a sauce for chicken.

Then along comes Noisy Water Winery and says, “Hey! How about making red chile and chocolate WINE???”

Amor En Fuego is literally translated as “love on fire”. And if you love red chile, chocolate, and wine, you’ll understand how this wine got its name. With hints of berries and toasted marshmallow on the nose, and a rich velvety middle of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla, finishing with a spicy red chile kick (but not too spicy!), this wine is a perfect complement to an appetizer course loaded with fruits and cheeses or as a dessert with a rich cheesecake or anything sweet and creamy like tres leches cake. Or pair it with something dark and chocolatey, like brownies.


Amor En Fuego (Red Chile & Chocolate Wine)
Amor En Fuego (Red Chile & Chocolate Wine)
$24.00

This New Mexico red chile and chocolate infused wine, will have you reminiscing on times spent in grandma’s kitchen!!   
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While it makes a delicious and intriguing dessert wine on its own, it can also be used to liven up hot chocolate or coffee. Or, freeze Amor En Fuego into cubes and use it to make a deliciously boozy iced coffee! Dress it up with a dash of cinnamon or red chile powder! You can also substitute it for any liquid in brownie or cake recipes to add a subtle, extra flavor dimension.

Whether served by itself or used to enhance a favorite stand-by recipe, you’ll be sure to add a little New Mexico flavor and mystique to your glass and table by including Noisy Water’s Amor En Fuego to your selection of great wines from the Land of Enchantment!

“To love is to burn, to be on fire.”
— Jane Austen

Amor En Fuego
 
Amy Bennett
 
May 11, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2017 Barrel Select Mourvèdre

 
I've said before that, up until about ten years ago, I was a complete wine novice. I knew there was red wine and white wine and, for the most part, I didn't like either one of them. They were “too dry” – at least, the first of each in my limited experience. And that, as far as I was concerned, told me everything I needed to know about wine. I would tolerate a glass for the sake of convention (because grown-ups drank wine with their dinner) but the idea of actually enjoying a glass of wine was laughable. 

I had no idea that wine ran the gamut from excruciatingly sweet to mouth-puckeringly acidic and dry. And somewhere in between, I would find my comfort zone. 

My husband came to an appreciate dry, tannic red wines much sooner than myself who had graduated from Moscato to Sauvignon Blanc, but he urged me continually to expand my horizons. However, my palate hadn't quite attained the level of appreciation for strong tannins that his had; consequently, I often retreated to my safety zone of dry white wines and concluded that I wasn't cut out to enjoy dry reds. Then, in 2018, Noisy Water Winery released their Mourvèdre.

A grape that originated in Spain and is now grown in France, Australia, and the United States. Mourvèdre – a wine I had never heard of, and like all wines in the Noisy Water catalog, I had to learn about it. Which meant drinking it. 


2017 Barrel Select Mourvedre
2017 Barrel Select Mourvedre
$38.00

The road less traveled in winemaking: first-growth fruit from a premier vineyard
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Dark fruit and floral notes in the nose enticed me to take a sip. It was velvety on the tongue with hints of black pepper and herbs, perfect for a cool winter night and easily paired with any dish of Mexican or Italian food, especially something with a rich tomato base. And though it was a dry, full-bodied red wine, I was pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of the finish. It's just as easy to drink with good friends and conversation on a warm summer evening. Mourvèdre has encouraged me to step fearlessly into trying something new and expecting to be pleasantly surprised in the process.

So don't let a “dry red wine” label intimidate you... there's a wine for every palate and sometimes it's what you least expect. Try a bottle of our 2017 Barrel Select Mourvèdre and prepare to be excited to explore more dry red wines!

“The best way to learn about wine is in the drinking.”
- Alexis Lichine, American wine dealer and writer (1913–1989)

2017 Barrel Select Mourvèdre
Amy Bennett
 
May 4, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - El Cabron Viejo

 
Anyone with the most rudimentary knowledge of the Spanish language can understand why the name of this wine raises eyebrows in our tasting rooms.

Literally translated, El Cabron Viejo, “the old goat”, conjures up images of a crusty curmudgeon, and Noisy Water Winery’s Old World-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot seems to fit the image of a wine that is best served in antique crystal goblets in a dark, musty library while perusing a copy of “The Milagro Beanfield War” by John Nichols. Winemaking can be a science, but it is just as much an art and no winemaker truly KNOWS how a wine will develop. And like a wine lover’s version of a Cracker Jack box, there’s something unexpected in a bottle of El Cabron Viejo!

Notes of dark cherry, leather, and a hint of pepper fill the nose, suggesting a truly dry, tannic experience, but then one sip and… surprise! Like the grumpy old man who’s really all heart under that gruff exterior, El Cabron Viejo glides like velvet over the palate to an astonishingly mellow finish. Even novice wine drinkers who typically shy away from anything dry and heavy on tannins will be able to appreciate the smoothness of this blend. It’s a great place for them to start exploring dry, full-bodied red wines.


El Cabron Viejo
El Cabron Viejo
$24.00

A sweet peppered nose and light spiced finish makes this limited reserve perfect for all you "CABRONS" out there! 
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While dry red wines are typically consumed more often in the winter time, this blend is easy to drink year round. The bold flavor, enhanced by the fruity, peppery nose, makes this an excellent wine to pair with barbecue or anything else you can throw on the grill, though it’s equally at home with a prime rib dinner or any kind of meat with a rich, flavorful sauce. 

First released in 2014, El Cabron Viejo has evolved over the years from different blends, according to the availability of certain varietals and the winemaker’s personal whims, but it has always remained a customer favorite in the tasting rooms and at festivals. Once the initial gasp of disbelief upon being introduced fades away, the whimsical name encourages tourists to take it home as a souvenir for their favorite, ahem, “cabrones”… husbands, dads, fathers-in-law, and even bosses. 

One sip will be sure to charm the whiskers off any “old goat”!

“Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.”
- Amarante Cordova in “The Milagro Beanfield War”

El Cabron Viejo
Time Posted: May 4, 2020 at 3:09 PM
Lynette Prelo
 
April 29, 2020 | Lynette Prelo

Tannin Talk

What is a tannin? As a wine drinker you may have heard this word, but not quite understood what it meant. Have you ever asked, "What makes my wine dry?" Here's a little lesson in tannins and the wines you will find them in.


tan•nin (noun) /ˈtanən/
a naturally occurring polyphenol found in plants, seeds, bark, wood, leaves, & fruit skins.
How do we get tannins in our wine?
We see the presence of tannins much more dominant in red wines than in white, due to several different factors. First being that the skins, seeds, and stems are usually what give wines their tannins. In red wines these tannins appear because of the process in which after a wine is pressed, the juice may sit in contact with the skins, seeds, and stems for some time extracting the tannin from them. It can also be picked up from contact with wood of the barrels used during the aging process which is more typical of red wines.
However, the question still remains: Can tannins be found in white wine or rose?  The short answer is: Yes, but typically not as potent as in red wine. When white wine is aged in barrel, (like Chardonnay) or is fermented with their skins (a Rosé), larger levels of tannin can be present.  
 
Noisy Water Wines With Great Tannin Structure
Dry Reds:
2018 Petit Verdot
2018 Petit Verdot
$30.00
This varietal is known for having great tannic structure and people around the world flock to this grape because of it's dryness. Floral notes of violet on the nose, and a deep, dark fruit middle are found in this wine. Well defined tannins and minerality lead to a black pepper and plum finish.
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2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
$58.00
You can't talk tannin without talking about Cabernet Sauvignon. This pinnacle varietal that is judged across many categories has dark concentrated color, explosive tannins, and a backbone of complex berries and plums. Back to back 92 point scored wine, vintage 16 & 17!
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Dry Whites:
2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc
2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc
$33.00
This chardonnay is a great example of white wine. We fermented the this Chenin Blanc with the skins on giving it great color and pronounced tannins. Pear and stone fruit jump from the glass and balance out with a creamy soft tannin finish. 
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2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
$27.00
This chardonnay is a great example of a wine with amazing structure. With little to no tannin extraction from the seeds or skins, only from the barrels it was aged in, it finds the perfect balance. Toasted & buttery middle with a smokey vanilla finish
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Characteristics of Tannins
  • Creates a dryness on your tongue and overall mouth feel 
  • Bitterness
  • Creates more complexity in wines
 Benefits of Tannins
  • Helps keep wine stable in the bottle, allowing for a longer shelf life  
  • Prevents bacterial growth 
  • Naturally occurring antioxidant
  • Known to benefit the heart and help with blood pressure issues 

Tannin Taste Test 

Tannins are also found in tea. Take black tea and steep it a bit longer than the recommended time.  Taste the tea after it has cooled and  you will taste a bitterness on your tongue and a dry finish, this is the presence of tannins! 
Time Posted: Apr 29, 2020 at 3:03 PM
Amy Bennett
 
April 27, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Run For The Rose

 
I’ve stated before that rosés were my introduction to wine as a young adult. Not so sweet as to make me feel that I was drinking soda with a kick, but not so dry as to discourage me from drinking it at all, I always considered rosé, or more accurately White Zinfandel, as a “one hit wonder”. As the years passed, and especially since I began to explore and enjoy Noisy Water wines, my palate evolved into an appreciation for drier red and white wines. I wondered if I would ever be able to enjoy a sweeter wine again.

Then I met Run for the Rosé.

Introduced by Noisy Water Winery in 2013, Run for the Rosé heralded a renaissance in rosé appreciation. After a decline in popularity in the 1980s and ‘90s, rosé wines began to enjoy a resurgence, climaxing in 2015 as a “mainstream wine”, rivaling red and white wines in the amount of shelf space they occupied in wine stores and supermarkets. And they ran the gamut from bone-dry to tooth-achingly sweet. I simply never considered that rosé had such an extensive variety of flavor profiles and levels of sweetness and dryness in my early days of wine drinking. Even Noisy Water’s catalog of wines includes a total of seven rosés and everyone, from Moscato aficionados to true dry lovers, is sure to find a rosé to suit his or her personal taste.


Run for the Rose
Run for the Rose
$24.00

RACY, SEMI-SWEET ROSÉ WINE
THE FAVORITE AT THE RUIDOSO TRACK
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A semi-sweet rosé that evokes a true feel of summer which, in Ruidoso, includes weekend afternoons at nearby Ruidoso Downs racetrack, Run for the Rosé offers a respite from the hottest days of the year. A touch of floral on the nose and a refreshing orchard peach finish with a hint of honeyed almond, this rosé deserves a place in just about everyone’s wine fridge. Pair it with good friends and a cheese and fruit platter on a sunny summer afternoon in the backyard. Or relax on our back deck at The Cellar Uncorked with a bottle of Run for the Rose and recall carefree summer days that you wished would never end.

And when you’re in the homestretch of a long day, you’ll be sure to find this wine in the winner’s circle!


“And it’s high time you joined in the dance.”
-“Run for the Roses” by Dan Fogelberg

Run For The Rosé
Time Posted: Apr 27, 2020 at 2:38 PM
Amy Bennett
 
April 20, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Tighty Whitey White

One of my favorite quotes from Noisy Water Winery's winemaker, Jasper Riddle, should be carved into stone for all posterity:
 
“We're making alcohol. Let's not take ourselves too seriously.”

Okay, so maybe it won't find a place in the Library of Congress. But then, your favorite Netflix binge probably won't, either. And that's okay.

Life is full of choices. And most of them are a choice between something good and something else just as good. Dry or sweet. Red or white. Wine or... wine. Boxers or briefs.

What? Oh, I mean “tighty whiteys”.

Although we at Noisy Water Winery take the actual making of our wines very seriously, it's important to remember how to have fun. And one thing we do take seriously is having fun. Tighty Whitey White is nothing if not fun... one look at the label will tell you that!

Produced since 2014, Tighty Whitey White is one of those wines that can claim the title of being an All-Around wine. It's one of our takes on Pinot Grigio: dry, but not too dry, so it appeals to palates across the spectrum. It's crisp, but not sharp; fruity, but not overly sweet. Honey, a hint of spice, a burst of orchard fresh peach make it smooth but refreshing. What better way to encourage sweet wine drinkers who are a little intimidated by dry wines to venture into new territory?

Tighty Whitey White
Tighty Whitey White
$20.00

Stripping it all down: back to when we only had a few oak barrels and our tighty whities.
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I love wine, but I'm not a scientist; I can't tell you a lot about the process of making wine, but I can tell you why I like it. And I like Tighty Whitey because it doesn't make you work too hard to find out what it pairs with best. It's a wine you can feel comfortable with, like your favorite pair of shoes or sweats. It's as easy to sip as a complement to a briny, seafood entree as it is to enjoy with a snack of chips and salsa while relaxing on the back porch on a summer night. While it screams “summertime in a glass”, who couldn't use a glassful of summer in the dead of winter, along with a bowl of popcorn?

So when you've had one of “those” days – when all you want is to just shrug off the outer shell and strip down to just being yourself after spending the day being everything to everyone around you – Tighty Whitey White's got you. Even if you prefer boxers.

Cheers,
Amy 

Chelsie Pickard
 
October 15, 2019 | Chelsie Pickard

Uncorking The Health Benefits of Red & White Wine

 
Booze probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when thinking about health. But when it comes to wine, our ancestors have used it to alleviate ailments and prevent disease for centuries. 

Harvard University researchers even found a jar in the tomb of King Scorpion I that was filled with wine and herbal residue such as mint, sage, thyme, and frankincense. 
Ancient Egyptian herbal wine jar

Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that Egyptian herbal wines were used as a sacred medicine to treat everything from digestive issues to STDs!

In modern times, most people commonly associate red wine with heart health. But the benefits don’t stop there. Don’t be discouraged,  white wine drinkers. There are reasons to pour yourself a cool glass of white vino, too!
Zia Chardonnay is a great health-conscious dry white wine
 
White Wine Improves Lung Health
According to the University of Buffalo, those who consume white wine typically have better lung function compared to people who don’t. 

This is due to nutrients in wine that can help to keep lung tissues in good working shape. Red wine can also be beneficial to the lungs, but white wine has been proven to be the winner out of the two when it comes to lung health. 

Research suggests that this is due to antioxidants in white wine that halt the development of “free radicals” that damage lung tissue. 
 
White Wine May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease 
If you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s Disease prevention, white wine is a great go-to beverage. It’s been proven to improve memory function and delay or prevent cognitive issues and dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease, which currently affects around 44 million people worldwide. 

This is thanks to polyphenols in white wine, which are micronutrients usually found in most plant-based foods. 
Cheers to Improved Memory
 
White Wine Prevents Metabolic Syndrome
Alzheimer’s prevention isn’t the only thing that polyphenols in wine can help with. 

Polyphenols have been proven to be one of the most effective micronutrients for preventing metabolic syndrome, according to ScienceDirect. 

Metabolic syndrome is a group of different risk factors that can lead to the development of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. 

Some dry wines of any shade can even help your body stay in ketosis, a process where body fat becomes a powerhouse for energy. (We wrote a previous article about it -- click here to read more on Ketosis!)
2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
$48.00
2017 Vidal Blanc
2017 Vidal Blanc
$27.00
Two Keto Friendly Wines
 
Red Wine Can Help Fight Diabetes
Research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that red wine, along with tea, can slow down the passage of glucose through the small intestine, where it eventually ends up in the bloodstream. 

This helps to curb the huge spike in blood sugar levels that patients with Type 2 Diabetes commonly experience. 
Red wine is the clear champion over white, slowing down glucose at a rate of almost 100 percent, while white wine only achieved absorption of glucose by about 20 percent. 

This reduction of glucose levels can even help you lose weight, especially if you choose a lower-calorie red wine! (Click here to read more)
 
Red Wine Improves Fertility
While we definitely don’t condone drinking during pregnancy, some studies have shown that red wine can improve a woman’s chances of conceiving. 

According to a study published in
Fertility and Sterility, large amounts of resveratrol in red wine can preserve cells and cause an increase in the number of eggs in a woman’s ovarian reserve. 

That being said, the CDC recommends that women who are actively trying to conceive should stop drinking to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. 
 
 
Red Wine May Prevent Cavities
If you’re concerned about dental health, drink up. 

A study found in the
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that red wine (even non-alcoholic red wine!) kills bad bacteria in the mouth, leading to the prevention of dental plaque, cavities, and even gum disease.

Maybe red wine teeth stains are worth it, after all.


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Time Posted: Oct 15, 2019 at 10:45 AM
Sam Freed
 
October 9, 2019 | Sam Freed

Wine To Look For(ward to)! 🥂

2020 and 2021 are going to be great years for some unique wines from Noisy Water Winery! See what's in store for you!

Time Posted: Oct 9, 2019 at 11:01 AM
Sam Freed
 
October 2, 2019 | Sam Freed

Press Days & Cake

As harvest season comes to a close Head Winemaker Jasper Riddle shows us how the juice yield is maximized and what the final waste product of winemaking is.

Time Posted: Oct 2, 2019 at 10:55 AM

 

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