Birdhorse 2019 Verdelho, Contra Costa Co., California, USA
Birdhorse 2019 Verdelho, Contra Costa Co., California
Winemakers: Corrine Rich, Katie Rouse
Farming: Sustainable with Organic practices
Terroir: Sandy soils in Contra Costa Co.
Fermentation: Stainless steel
Birdhorse founders Corinne Rich and Katie Rouse met at UC Davis while pursuing a M.S. in Viticulture & Enology. They fell deeper in love with wine, and found a life partnership in one another, too.
Birdhorse became a concrete idea while they were working a harvest season abroad in South Africa. For Rich and Rouse, Birdhorse represents the hope that “new perspectives can succeed” in California winemaking. They want to both champion representation of obscure and delicious grape varieties, as well as being an example of diversity in the wine world so that young people who are queer, of color, or other diverse identities know that there is a seat for them at the table.
Verdelho is a grape native to the Portuguese island of Madeira, and is one of the four main types of Madeira wine made there. Birdhorse sources these Verdelho grapes from Contra Costa County, where the sunny climate and sandy soil brings forth a golden profile: flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, and roasted pears, plus texture, texture, texture.
This is a wine to share with friends- Rich and Rouse call this their “favorite taco wine”, so pop it open, give it a swirl, and don’t forget the cilantro.
Pro Tip: lightly melt the wax cap for easier opening!
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