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Amy Bennett
 
July 29, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2017 Winemaker's Select Syrah

 
As most of you know by now, I am not a huge fan of dry red wines. My appreciation of them is growing slowly, mainly due to the gentle coaxing of my husband, who loves dry reds, and the wide variety of dry red wines produced by Noisy Water Winery. Many have a tannin structure that is smooth and respectful of palates such as mine.
2017 Winemaker's Select Syrah in grass

But then along comes a dry red wine that refuses to be polite, refuses to wait to be asked in. Instead of a well-mannered knock at the door, it comes crashing through a wall like the Kool-Aid man… without the sugary sweetness.

Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is one of the darkest, full-bodied red wines in the world. Depending on the climate where it is grown, it can be full of dark fruit flavors of blackberries and boysenberries with a rich, jammy finish, or it can snap with the spiciness of clove or licorice or pepper. In our 2017 Winemaker’s Select Syrah, Noisy Water has hit a perfect balance between the simplicity of Grandma’s homemade jam and the complexity of rich tannins and a subtle spiciness.


2017 Winemaker's Select Syrah
2017 Winemaker's Select Syrah
$38

Explosive berries, silky smooth body, followed by a beautiful embrace between tannins and spiciness.
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Syrah is a wine made for rich, bold meals. Pair it with a steak dinner and make sure there are bleu cheese crumbles on the salad AND on the steak (trust me on this!) Barbecue and spicy adobo sauces build up a chicken meal to match the tannins in Syrah. Go crazy and indulge in a rich, dark chocolate dessert with a glass of Syrah. But whatever you do, be as bold as the wine. As the poet Homer wrote, “A decent boldness ever meets with friends.” 

And nothing pairs better with a great wine than great friends!

“In a world where bigger is better, Syrah is the ideal choice.”
--Madeline Puckette, “Wine Folly”

 
2017 Syrah
Amy Bennett
 
July 20, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - Besito de Coco

 

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Wine of the Week - Besito de Coco by Amy Bennett

“Port is not for the very young, the vain and the active. It is the comfort of age and the companion of the scholar and the philosopher.” -- Evelyn Waugh, English writer (1903–1966)

Well, what did he know? (and I never really got into “Brideshead Revisited” anyway! ) As usual, Noisy Water takes the prevailing knowledge and turns it on its head!

Although actual “port” must come from Portugal in order to be labeled as such, wines that are aged with brandy and produced here in the States are commonly distinguished as “port-like” or “port-style”. It is typically served after dinner as a dessert wine because of its higher alcohol content and sweet finish, though it can be an intriguing wine to serve with a cheese course as well.

Besito de Coco is a port-like wine, fortified with brandy and embellished with a hint of chocolaty goodness. Unlike many port-style wines which are fuller bodied, richer, and heavier than most wines, with almost a syrup-like consistency, Noisy Water’s Besito de Coco is lighter bodied, still rich in flavor, but not as heavy on the tongue. It makes a fabulous dessert after a heavy meal if paired with fresh strawberries or raspberries, or it can be served as an accompaniment to a cheese course to balance the nutty saltiness of cheeses such as Gruyere or Asiago or sharp Cheddars.

 


Besito de Coco
Besito de Coco
$24.00
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Besito de Coco (750 mL)
Besito de Coco (750 mL)
$44.00
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No longer the wine once reserved for gentlemen to consume after a lavish dinner in a dark study while enjoying cigars, port-like wines are enjoying a surge in popularity by younger drinkers who don’t always want a big fancy dessert after dinner. Of course, it can be added to a cup of coffee to add another flavor dimension and help warm you up on a chilly night. But sipping on Besito de Coco on a starry summer night while making S’mores over an open campfire is something anyone of any age can enjoy and appreciate!
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Amy Bennett
 
July 6, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc

 

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Wine of the Week - 2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc by Amy Bennett
The more I hang around Noisy Water Winery, the more I learn about wine and wine-making.

I learned that white wines can be made from both white and red grapes, because only the juice of the grapes is used, but only red grapes can make red wines because the skin is in contact with the juice during fermentation. Simple enough to learn! 

Then I learned about skin-fermented wines, also known as “orange” wines, which is the process used in making Noisy Water’s 2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc is a versatile white wine grape. It can be made into sparkling wine; it can be light-bodied and crisp; it can be aged in oak and give Chardonnay a run for its money. Noisy Water’s winemaker went in a different direction and fermented the wine with the grape skins, giving the wine an amber-orange hue that gives it the name “Orange Chenin Blanc”. The result is a white wine with a fuller body and stronger tannin structure, yet crisp and refreshing at the same time.


2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc
2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc
$30.00

Fermented with skin contact gives this Chenin Blanc bolder tannin structure, fuller body and an orange hue. 
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Harvested from 30+ year old vines from Noisy Water’s own Forbidden Desert Vineyard in Engle, NM, our 2019 Skin-Fermented Chenin Blanc introduces itself with pear and stone fruit aromas and leads into a tannic finish that is soft and creamy, and yet has a refreshingly smooth citric finish.

While this wine pairs beautifully with lighter summer fare from the grill, such as salmon or shrimp, it’s light and easy enough to drink on its own. Just add good friends and a warm summer evening and you have a perfect pairing of wine and life!

“You'll learn things you never knew, you never knew”
 – “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas”, lyrics by Judy Kuhn

2019 SKIN-FERMENTED CHENIN BLANC
 




Time Posted: Jul 6, 2020 at 12:43 PM
Chelsie Pickard
 
June 30, 2020 | Chelsie Pickard

Wine Crafts: Centerpieces

 

Wine Crafts: Centerpieces
 
With a little bit of elbow grease and a few empty bottles of wine (Noisy Water Wine that is), you can create some beautiful and unique centerpieces for any occasion. They give life to an empty table, a beautiful addition to the dining room or a stunning piece at a wedding. This can be as easy as tossing some greenery or flowers in an empty wine bottle, or as extravagant as removing the label and redecorating the entire bottle.

We'll walk you through the few steps we took to liven up the tasting room, plus show you a couple other options, so you can get those creative juices flowing...wine juices that is.  
One of my favorites to make is a clear glass vase and add big, bright flowers to really make it pop! Once I polished off my current favorite wine, 2019 Skin Fermented Chenin Blanc, I let it soak in HOT soapy water for about five minutes to help peel off the label and any leftover residue on the bottle. Occasionally they use the really good stuff and I'll need a bit of adhesive remover.

You can then take your blade on a wine corkscrew or a utility knife to take off the foil capsule. Please be careful here as some of the capsules are rolled on very tightly, and remember to always cut away from yourself.
I saw these beauties at the nursery and loved the color. They looked great in the tasting room in Ruidoso with all the newly stained wood floors and the white shelves that got repainted during our remodel last winter.

I made sure to add a few accent pieces to give the centerpiece some depth (this one had some fake cotton branches/bolls I had laying around). 
We've done some in the past by painting them as well! Here is a take on one we had at our wedding venue here at Enchanted Vine. They used a matte paint on some different style bottles which really gave the centerpiece a neat dynamic!
Another Noisy Water Family Member made these two fun and stylish twine wrapped pieces for her home. After a bit of cleanup, a little hot glue, and a few things found around the house these two bottles welcome you into her home.
Let us know which wine crafts you've done, we'd love to see them!
 
 
Amy Bennett
 
June 23, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2017 Zinfandel

 
Zinfandel is probably the very first “real” wine varietal most of us have had (I’m looking at you, white zin!) While most of us cut our teeth on “pink” wine, there is a whole new world waiting to be discovered in traditional red zinfandel. 

Many people don’t automatically think of Zinfandel when thinking of red wines, but it’s an excellent introduction to dry reds. Whereas it was once used primarily as a blending wine after the Prohibition-era, some California producers wanted to create a single varietal wine from Zinfandel. And while white Zinfandel outsells red Zinfandel, six to one, red Zinfandel is experiencing a boom in popularity (just take a glance at the shelves at wine retailers.)

An Old World wine, also known as Primitivo in Italy, Noisy Water’s 2017 Winemaker’s Select Zinfandel has a profile that appeals to dry and not-so-dry drinkers alike. With a nose that boast hints of blueberry and dark cherry with a little bit of cinnamon and clove spiciness, this Zinfandel invites you deeper into the world of dry reds without being overbearing. The tannin structure is smooth, medium to full-bodied, with a dry finish of black currant, soft smoke, and the barest suggestion of cacao. 


2017 Zinfandel
2017 Zinfandel
$30.00

Giving new life to a world-renowned, old world vine with a style that can only be found in New Mexico.
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Our Zinfandel is full-bodied, dry but smooth, and an excellent complement to dinner but can also be enjoyed on its own. Whereas a Cabernet may demand a steak served on fine china on a white tablecloth, our Select Zinfandel meets you where you’re at: a steak grilled in the backyard and served on a paper plate; a cheese and fruit platter while watching a summer sunset; or on its own in front of a fireplace in the winter or a campfire on a summer evening. As quoted above, Zinfandel can be almost anything you want it to be and can suit almost every palate, so be sure to pair it with good friends and good conversation!

“In the mirror-like relationship between wine and human beings, Zinfandel owned more reflective properties than any other grape… capable of expressing almost any philosophical position or psychological function. As a result, its own ‘true’ nature might never be known.”

--David Darlington, author of “Angels Visits: An Inquiry into the Mystery of Zinfandel”
 

2018 ZINFANDEL
Sam Freed
 
June 9, 2020 | Sam Freed

Did You Know About These Limited Releases!?

Two of our exclusive Library Only wines are available online!
In 2018 we were feeling a bit atypical, took two of the most popular grape varietals and made wines that you will be hard pressed to find around the Country!

The 2018 Pinot Meunier: one of the most popular wine grapes grown in France, and using it atypically. This varietal is usually done in a sparkling style with limited skin contact. 

Blueberry Pancakes covered in maple syrup on the Nose. This "Parent" of cabernet sauvignon is  a dry red pleasure.
ONLY 95 CASES PRODUCED
Pinot Meunier
The 2018 Muscat of Alexandria: A wine often left sweet across the US, we were longing to do a small amount of dry just to showcase its gorgeous fruit backbone

Explosive ripe fruit nose of canned peaches. Solid acidity. A citrus middle, and a crisp delicate orchard finish. Bone dry
ONLY 47 CASES PRODUCED
Muscat of Alexandria
 
We cannot wait for you to try these two wines! They are definitely worth the anticipation and both are bottles you will be excited to share with your friends!

Cheers,
the Noisy Water Family
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Time Posted: Jun 9, 2020 at 3:31 PM
Amy Bennett
 
June 8, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2019 Nuevo Verde

 
Noisy Water Winery has long been known for a particular green wine—our Besito Caliente green chile wine—but that’s not what we‘re  talking about here.

Nuevo Verde (“new green”) Dry White Wine is a very special addition to the Noisy Water family of wines. It is made from the first harvest of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc grapes grown in our own Forbidden Desert Vineyard near Engle, New Mexico. After years of neglect, the vineyard was acquired by Noisy Water and immediately smothered with love, attention, and lots of water (in New Mexico, water is synonymous with love). It responded and produced an impressive first harvest and Nuevo Verde is one of the results of that labor of love.

In this instance, “green” also refers to “new” and Nuevo Verde is our winemaker’s take on Vinho Verde, a dry white wine that has increased in popularity in the last ten to fifteen years. While the term “Vinho Verde” (“green wine”)  typically refers to wines produced in a certain region in northern Portugal, it also means wine produced from an early harvest and drunk young, with little or no aging. This gives the wine a crisp and refreshing “young” finish. It is typically a blend of white wine grapes, not a particular varietal, a can be enjoyed with a meal or by itself. 


2019 Nuevo Verde
2019 Nuevo Verde
$27.00

Nuevo Verde is our homage to the great Vinho Verdes of Portugal with our own NWW New Mexican twist.
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Citrusy and bright, with a dry, fruity finish, Nuevo Verde is a great way to welcome summer. Light-bodied with a slight hint of acidity, it pairs well with lighter summer fare, such as salads and seafood, and is the perfect wine to enjoy with friends on a summer evening. Whether your meal is off the grill or out of the picnic basket, a bottle of Nuevo Verde is a perfect complement to your summer.

“When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why
But, why wonder, why wonder?
I'm green and it'll do fine
It's beautiful and I think it's what I want to be”

--Andrew Bird, sung by Kermit the Frog

2019 Nuevo Verde

 
Chelsie Pickard
 
June 4, 2020 | Chelsie Pickard

Beat The Heat With These Winesicles!

Summer is inching closer every day. What better way to beat the heat than by combing two perfect treats: wine and popsicles! All you need is your favorite wine, fresh fruit, and some popsicle molds. Here are our favorites!

Noisy Water Winery Very Berry Good wine popsicles

Very Berry Goodsicles
 
1. Gather your favorite berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries or a berry medley . Fill your popsicle mold to the top with the fruit.
2. Fill the rest of the mold with Very Berry Good
3. (Optional) You can also blend the wine and fruit together before adding the combination to your mold.
4. Pour yourself a glass of wine and toss your popsicle molds in the freezer. 


Strawberry Moscato Pops
 
1. Slice some fresh strawberries and fill your mold with them.
2. Pour in Divine Intervention Moscato to fill the mold the rest of the way or combine and blend until smooth.
3. Place molds in the freezer for 6 to 8 hours (or overnight) and then eat up!
VERY BERRY GOOD
DIVINE INTERVENTION MOSCATO

 
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
 
June 1, 2020 | Amy Bennett

Wine Of The Week - 2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay

 
Years ago, I discovered the difference between coach class and first class: Coach class offers a choice of white wine or red wine. First class offers Chardonnay or Cabernet.

Anytime someone says “white wine”, the wine that immediately comes to mind is Chardonnay. That’s not surprising, considering that Chardonnay is one of the most popular wines as well as one of the most planted varietals in the world. Though it originated in eastern France, it is now grown all over the world, including New Mexico which has the perfect climate to produce Chardonnays with a citrusy, peachy flavor.

Because it is a fairly neutral grape, most of its flavor derives from the terroir in which it is grown and the way in which it is aged, which enables the winemaker to showcase their skills in bringing out the grapes’ full potential. At the peak of its popularity in the late ‘80s, some winemakers got a little carried away with aging Chardonnay in oak, which gave it a characteristic with which it has become synonymous. However, the type and amount of oak aging, or none at all, can be the winemaker’s touch in bringing out the best of Chardonnay.


2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
2018 Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay
$27.00

Finding the perfect balance of butter and oak: A Chardonnay for all Chardonnay drinkers to love.
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Noisy Water Winery’s 2018 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay has a perfect balance of oak and butter that will please the palates of most wine drinkers. Traditionally a “Thanksgiving Day wine”, its dry finish and medium to full body also makes it a perfect wine to enjoy all summer long. The aroma of stone fruit and a hint of citrus leads the way into a toasted, buttery middle and a smoky vanilla finish, giving it a richness that seems creamy and yet refreshing. Truly this is a wine for all seasons!

And to quote the late Maya Angelou: “On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there's no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden.”  Granted, you may prefer to listen to something other than Bach or Chopin (I personally prefer George Strait!), but make sure you have a bottle of Noisy Water’s 2018 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay to enjoy. And just relax!

“Everyone can commit to 20 minutes, especially if there’s a glass of Chardonnay afterwards.” 
—Kate Winslet

2018 Chardonnay

 

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