Browne Family Vineyards with Andie Jackson, winery ambassador
This week for Why Not Wednesday, we welcome Browne Family Vineyards. Andrew Browne, Brown Family Vineyards principal, will be the first to tell you he’s a taste maker, not a winemaker. As a curator of the brightest talent and best vineyards and the divining rod of winning concepts at Precept Wine (where he serves as CEO), his groundbreaking feats across the wine industry carry through to his own family legacy in wine. Throughout his 20-year ascent in the wine industry, Andrew has been laying the foundation for his namesake family winery while bettering the industry in the process. And, as if a tasting of wines from such a great operation wasn’t enough, this week we are especially excited because Browne Family Vineyards is sending Andie Jackson, an “ambassador” for the winery!
Andie and everyone at Browne Family are inspired by greatness and perfection as both are the obsession of Andrew Browne. His own driven nature can be traced to one man—his grandfather, William Bitner Browne—whose integrity and excellence are the standards upon which Browne wines are created. This is premium Washington wine is made with the utmost quality and enjoyment in mind.
Browne Family Vineyards was 15 years in the making before its first vintage debuted—integrity in action. When others would have bought grapes elsewhere while waiting for their vines to come in, Andrew Browne was patient. And, during the wait, he selected viticulturists, winemakers and cellar masters to represent the best handcrafted lots from within Columbia Valley AVA. To date, Browne has received more than 20 scores of 90 points or higher from critical reviews.
Known primarily for Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux red blend and Chardonnay, Browne Family has expanded to also include a Merlot and Petit Verdot. Each year’s very limited production brings a fresh opportunity to raise the bar.
After the harvest of its popular Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, for example, grapes go into half-ton bins, are de-stemmed and then approximately 70 percent whole berries are retained for richer color extraction and captured tannins for superior flavor. Aging in French and American oak casks brings balance and enhances varietal expression. This hand-crafted dedication is felt throughout the entire winemaking process.
Browne Family’s state-of-the-art production facilities assure pristine, climate-controlled conditions from harvest to cooperage to bottle. Every step taken is a careful commitment for uncompromised quality, assuring cellar-worthy vintages that stand the test of time. Guaranteed by Andrew Browne–no exceptions!
This week’s bottles!
2013 Browne Family Vineyards, Columbia Valley, Washington, Merlot :: $42 sale $35
Ripe fresh black fig and Santa Rosa plum aromatics introduce exuberant brambly notes of boysenberry and mixed berry flavors. Soft smoky, toasty nuances unfold as the wine remains open. A lingering, spiced plum chutney finish is backed by toasted oak notes.
2015 Brown Family Vineyards, Columbia Valley, Washington, Chardonnay :: $32 sale $26
Sweet oak and vanilla aromatics introduce this silky, viscous Chardonnay full of Golden Delicious apple and sweet tropical pineapple flavors. A long finish wraps up with notes of crème brûlée, Asian pear and lemongrass.
2013 Brown Family Vineyards “Tribute Red,” Columbia Valley, Washington; Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot Cabernet Franc :: $36 sale $32
This silky red blend offers big fruit flavors and well-integrated, velvety tannins. Aromatics of pipe tobacco, leather and dark fruit layer with ripe boysenberry flavors and a hint of black pepper. The finish lingers with blackberry jam and toasty, graphite back notes. Pair with rosemary and peppercorn-crusted pork loin, lamb burgers or a grilled Portobello sandwich.
2013 Brown Family Vineyards, Columbia Valley Washington, Cabernet Sauvignon :: $42 sale $36
Inky red, almost black in color, this classic Cabernet Sauvignon is heavily concentrated with ripe cherry aromas and dark fruit flavors, backed by vanilla oak notes. Layered with texture that belies its silky smooth tannins, this wine’s perfectly balanced alcohol and bright, clean acidity make it a perfect companion for red meat and savory dishes.
Prices good through Tuesday, March 7.
It’s that time again, friends: Wine Share Saturday at Pearl Wine Company! Curious as to what the wine share is? At Pearl Wine Company we believe in real wine made by real people. Each month we hand select wines authentic wines made at family-owned wineries. When you pick up your share, you’ll not only be receiving wine, you’ll receive the profile and story of each featured winery. For levels, choose either our Table Wine, Banquet or Connoisseur Wine Share monthly collections. Pick up your box the first Saturday of each month. Selections rotate with the seasons.
Evan from Colorado Wine Merchants will be pouring this Saturday’s Wine Share Tasting. We’ll taste two wines blind, and we’ll vote for one of those for the next wine share. Come prepared to also sample two wines from the store.
TABLE WINE $55 – four bottles
At PWC we refer to our everyday drinking wine as Tuesday Night Wine or Table Wine. Think of it as that bottle that you can pop open and enjoy with pizza, a burger or on its own! This section is a rotating selection of wines that are on our table any given month.
THE BANQUET $95 – six bottles
Our Banquet is comprised of six bottles and will include four table wine bottles and two bottles you might plan a dinner around, open for some guests or even lay down for that right occasion!
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl so we can CHEERS!
Discover why 5280 Magazine Readers and Editors voted Pearl Wine Company Denver’s BEST BOTTLE SHOP. PWC takes pride in being Denver’s best wine shop–a craft liquor specialty store. Conveniently located on South Pearl Street in Denver’s Platt Park neighborhood.