Meet the Winemaker-Boundary Breaks

WNW Presents: Boundary Breaks, Meet the Winemaker!
We always love having a winemaker in town, of course, but we are especially excited about this week’s guest!  Join us Wednesday 4-7 pm and meet the winemaker from Boundary Breaks Winery out of the Finger Lakes region of New York.  There’s just not enough applause for wines from this region, and we really don’t think it’s because they aren’t any good.  It’s probably because you haven’t tried enough of them!  Boundary Breaks is making world class Riesling, amongst other things, that we are super excited to show you.  Not only does the climate of the Finger Lakes promote the beautiful growth of Riesling, Boundary Breaks also grows Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Our tasting will feature a stylistic line up of Rieslings and their Gewurztraminer.  Not a fan of Riesling?  We dare you not to like these.  Wanna know how committed to the grape the winery is? Let them tell you exactly how much they love this grape:

“Why Riesling? Isn’t it a “sweet wine?” And aren’t sweet wines only for wine drinkers who don’t know any better?

Rieslings come in all styles, from bone-dry to luscious dessert wines. We make all styles, and in each case, we are aiming to make the best version of that style that we can.

Riesling wines can be challenging, until you get to know them. All of them are a combination of acidity, some residual sugar, and flavor. 

“Acidity” gives the wine its bright quality, or its “liveliness.”

“Residual sugar” can vary greatly from one Riesling to another. It can take the edge off the naturally-occurring acidity that is so distinctive to Riesling.

And “flavor” the most elusive of Riesling’s qualities, comes from ripeness. Grapes, like any other fruit, will lack flavor if they are picked before they are ripe. Depending upon when it is picked, Riesling fruit can deliver citrus flavors like “grapefruit,” or tropical flavors like “mango” or “apricot.”

Those of us who make Riesling are aiming to create wines that are “in balance.” That is, we aim to make a wine with the right combination of “acidity”, “residual sugar” and “flavor.”

This combination of characteristics creates complexity in our Riesling wines. Traditionally, red wine has been the choice for those who are looking for complexity in wine.

For red wine drinkers seeking complexity in a white wine, Riesling should be their first choice. Within any style of Riesling–and there are many–there will be complexities that can stun any palate. 

Riesling is also one of the few white wines that will improve with age. As a Riesling ages, its components go through the same kind of evolution that a red wine goes through. And, if we think of some red wines as superior because they can improve with age, we should also think of some Rieslings as superior because they will improve with age.

This is what we aim for at Boundary Breaks. Superior, complex Rieslings, that improve with age.”

Still not convinced?  Just come out and taste for yourself.  Oh, and there will be cheese to make this already wonderful experience even more decadent.  See you Wednesday!

Tasting Notes:

Boundary Breaks Dry Riesling #239: A dry riesling with delicious ripe and luscious fruit.  Lots of tropical fruit and bracing acidity.

Boundary Breaks Riesling Ovid Line North: A not-too-dry and not-too-sweet Riesling with delightful notes of tropical fruit, green apple and citrus. Perfect for spicier dishes.

Boundary Breaks Riesling Reserve #198: This wine is done in a German Spatlese style.  It is picked riper and sweeter than the other two.  Complex notes of pineapple, honey, flowers and papaya.

Boundary Breaks Gewurztraminer: A rich and full bodied wine with delightful aromatics and notes of white flowers, rose petals and classic spice characteristics.