That's what Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland learned when it began offering free sacramental wine to about half its 85 churches three years ago. The fact that the wine was made from grapes grown at diocese cemeteries didn't get much reaction, but the taste did.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc "We produced what we thought was a good wine," said Robert Seelig, executive director of funeral and cemetery services for the diocese. "We offered two wines: a zinfandel and a chardonnay. Neither are what you consider to be sweet." But sweet seemed to be what parishioners preferred. The diocese responded and changed the wine's makeup. "People were complaining about the taste, so we went to a rose with a high sugar level," said Tom Richardson, director of development for the diocese. The rose sacramental wine is bottled at Brutocao Cellars in Hopland under the Cathedral of Christ the Light label, a reference to the cathedral in Oakland.
Indian Chenin Blanc The diocese planted vineyards at its Hayward cemetery, Holy Sepulchre, six years ago. Since then, it has added vineyards at Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch, and then St. Joseph's Cemetery in San Pablo, for a total of 16 acres. Three years ago, it began turning grapes from those vineyards into altar wine for its churches throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
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NEAR THE END of the Civil War, the U.S. government gave away 160 acres of land to anyone willing to help settle the West. Vineyard owner Andy Beckstoffer has his own version of that Homestead Act: He has offered famous winemakers and vintners a free trip by helicopter to California's Lake County to check out his vineyards—along with "favorable terms" for the purchase of grapes.
Indian Rosé Although adjacent to Napa Valley, Lake County is a world apart with cheap land, low production costs and no social infrastructure-but it's become the destination for California wineries making Lake County wines or "filling out" their Napa and Sonoma bottles. Lettie Teague has details on Lunch Break.
Indian Sauvignon Blanc Mr. Beckstoffer is one of the largest—not to mention most enterprising—vineyard developers in the county. He owns about 1,000 acres in Lake County and about the same amount of land in Mendocino and Napa counties. But right now Mr. Beckstoffer is particularly focused on Lake County, which he believes has the potential to produce some very good, very reasonably priced Cabernet. And he's not alone; almost two months ago, the Gallo family made a very big commitment to the county with the purchase of the 2,000-acre Snows Lake Vineyard, whose 800 acres of vineyards are primarily planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. According to Gallo Senior Vice President Roger Nabedian, it's the largest purchase that Gallo has made in at least 10 years, in terms of both money and size.
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The first order made from New York amounts to more than 10,000 bottles, and the winery has already received word that the next order, planned for two months' time, will be sold in major cities throughout the United States.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Tulip Winery, considered one of Israel 's leading boutique wineries, is located in Kfar Tikva near Kiryat Tivon in the north of Israel and is owned and managed by the Itzhaki family.
Indian Rosé The wines produced by Tulip Winery are said to be of a superb quality, the result of the winery's insistence on using grapes only from the finest vineyards, its use of the leading, most advanced manufacturing processes and technologies in the field, and several other key factors.
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Sokol Blosser Winery for a dinner with several other local wineries pouring. With all that going on and with harvest underway, Alison says she'll go on her honeymoon after the fall craziness is done.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India The winery was founded in 1971 by Alison's parents, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser. The winery led the way in caring for the environment by employing green and sustainable practices -- organically farming their grapes and becoming the first winery in the U.S. to receive LEED certification, which they were awarded for their underground barrel cellar. The Sokol Blosser motto: Be good to the earth.
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