Thursday, July 12, 2012

The United Grapes of America - Maine's Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery Maréchal Foch Rosé

Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery opened almost a decade ago as Elmer and Holly Savage looked for ways to augment income from their Barrett Hill Farm. While principally raising Belted Galloway cattle, the couple also sold blueberries that grew wild in their fields. Since they had a natural source of fruit, Mr. Savage spent 4 years researching wine making and grapes that excel in northern climates. The family toured several wineries throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York to determine which grapes were suitable to Maine’s climate. They chose Seyval Blanc, Cayuga, Frontenac, St. Croix, St. Pepin, Leon Millot, and Maréchal Foch.

Ironically, when the winery opened in May 2006, there were not enough wild blueberries to produce blueberry wine, which was the original impetuous for the winery. Instead the winery opened with five grape wines, with almost all produced from grapes grown in their vineyard. One of these was the Maréchal Foch Rosé. The grapes were cold pressed with little skin contact, then aged in stainless steel tanks. The result is a rather tasty wine that has the flavor profile and texture of the Foch grapes as well as being light and refreshing. Your summer picnic or pizza wine.
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