It would almost be Kentucky Derby time... This year, for the first time since WWII, the Kentucky Derby, is postponed. But, you don't have to wait to get in the mood! Join us in mixing up a Red Mare Sauvignon Blanc Mint Julep and watching this great YouTube Video of the Derby's Greatest Moments:
(Click image to watch)
And, until Happy Hour comes, you can learn about our Red Mare, the horse that inspired the name of our brand. She was a racehorse. She never made it to the Derby, but she certainly won my heart.
My mission when buying her was to give an ex-racehorse a new life as a show and pleasure horse. I thought I could train her up and then sell her to a good home in a year or two, thereby giving me the funds to purchase another x-racehorse and give that horse a second chance. Well, if you know anything about red mares, you know that this didn't turn out as planned. Paradigm (as is her name) had a few things to teach me, and it has taken her 15 years to do so. She taught me more than I ever dreamed of teaching her, and she is now teaching young students the foundations of riding.
Get into the Derby mood with our twist on the traditional Mint Julep. With fewer calories and lower alcohol, it's a great summer sipper to pair with the Run for the Roses!
Red Mare Wine's Sauvignon Blanc, Mint Julep
1 Part Red Mare Sauvignon Blanc
1 Part Ginger Ale or Ginger Flavoured Sparkling Water
1/8 tsp Maple Extract (Vanilla can work as well)
Muddled Mind and Mint for garnish
Our Yountville, Gamble Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc grapes are certified CCOF Organic and farmed to exacting standards, this site yields a very low crop level, resulting in intensity and concentration.
2017 • Gamble Vineyard • Yountville • Sauvignon Blanc
$21.60/bottle for Allocation Club Members
2016 • Dutton Ranch • Russian River • Chardonnay
$43.20/bottle for Allocation Club Members
When you order any variety of 12 bottles, use Promo Code DERBY to get $5 case shipping through May 1, 2020.
We take an exceptional amount of pride in our Alpha Mare wines. That is because we take an extraordinary amount of care while producing them. With super small production levels, we can scrutinize every detail that goes into these wines.
We laboriously barrel-ferment our Alpha Mare Red, a co-fermentation of Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Petite Sirah. This intensifies color, improves oak integration and creates complexity. We make our Alpha Mare White to age, modeled after the white wines of Bordeaux, this wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc clones and aged an extra year in special light-toast barrels from the Bertrange forest in France. This gives the wine exceptional depth and complexity.
Listen to what Master of Wine and Editor in Chief of The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perotti-Brown has to say about our 2015 Alpha Mare Red:
"...the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Alpha Mare is youthful with black and red currants, underbrush and black pepper notes plus wafts of bay leaves and cedar. Full, muscular, firm and chewy in the mouth, it has appealing freshness and an earthy finish. Give it a couple of years in bottle and drink it over the next 15+" (92+ points)
This wine has now had a few years stored in our optimal temperature-controlled cellar, and now it is ready for you.
2016 Alpha • Mare • Red Wine
$151.20/bottle for Allocation Club Members
2016 • Alpha Mare • White Wine
$34.20/bottle for Allocation Club Members
If you are in the Dallas Fortworth area, please contact us for preferential shipping options at:
Quiet time calls for a glass of Chardonnay. Get to know our Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
It pairs great with striped bass, crab, raw oysters, even lobster. The theory here is to match a full-bodied wine with a full-bodied dish. If you have a broth-based soup, Chardonnay works wonderfully.
To learn more & purchase, visit: /Wines/White-Wines/Chardonnay
After great success and in collaboration with the Napa Valley Vintners, Red Mare Wines is Opening The Cellar on April 14th and 15th only. Don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of this very limited release.
2008 • Red Mare Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon
"The nose is rich with ripe currants and raspberries along with a beautiful bottle bouquet of tobacco leaf, pie spices, and shaved dark chocolate. Very rich in the mouth, with hints of ripe currants and fresh figs. With time, the tannins have softened and the acidity has sustained yielding a surprisingly fresh fruit core and silky texture."
$80.00/bottle - only 7 bottles available
2010 • Red Mare Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon
"Dark cherry notes dominate the nose. It is still quite full of fresh fruit with bottle bouquet aromas of earth, cedar, and black pepper gathering around the edges. There is an enticing hint of black olive, anise and dried herb. In the mouth, the wine is still quite fruit-forward with a rich structure and full body leading to a seamless and long finish."
$68.00/bottle - only 9 bottles available
Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay stand together as the leading varietals produced in California. In 2018 California wineries crushed just over 700,000 tons of Chardonnay grapes and 680,000 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. That is a long way ahead of any other grapes trying to follow up behind; Zinfandel the closest at 400,000 tons and Pinot Noir, just over 300,000.
Why Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are such successes has been the subject of many a commentary. I think the answer is quite simple. These varieties are consistent, and they perform well in a variety of climates. They produce wines of depth, complexity, and interest while expressing their site in many lovely and surprising ways.
They also benefit from beautiful names and market awareness, which is quite recent. Two things happened in the mid 20th century, the market was growing post-WWII, and there was a growing sense of unease about using European region names. Frank Schoonmaker, a leading wine critic at that time, championed varietal labeling, and winemakers took note. They began to name their wines, not by the regions the wines were emulating, but the variety of grapes that produced those wines. These names were virtually unknown in the 1960s, and it must have felt very risky; like an uphill battle. As winemakers began the post WWII planting explosion, they didn’t always know the places that best suited each varietal. Over time and with booms and busts and replants, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay have stood the test, and the numbers show it.
Make sure you have some royalty in your cellar and acquire Red Mare Wines' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Dutton Ranch Chardonnay today.
2015 • Red Mare • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon
"A bright and rich red with blackberries, burnt orange peel and blackcurrants. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy, delicious finish. Needs three to four years to soften. 93 points" James Suckling
$62.20/bottle for Allocation Club Members
2016 • Red Mare • Dutton Ranch • Russian River • Chardonnay
"This wine has a lovely juxtaposition of warm, dry earth along with cold pineapple and fresh pear. As the wine opens, stewed apples and vanilla cream come through. The wine's entry is all freshness. It fills the mouth with its generous volume, after which the aromatics rise up. It finishes cleanly with lovely acidity and comforting warmth."
$43.20/bottle for Allocation Club Members
Along with many Napa Valley Vintners, we as opening our cellar and finding a few gems to share with our customers. Also, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where we will be doing regular special pricing events and shipping promotions over the next month.
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own winery in the Napa Valley? Have you thought about tending to your vines in the California sunshine, getting up early to top up your barrels in a cold, damp cellar, popping a cork on a bottle of your own wine, and delighting in the aromas coming from the glass?
Jim Striegel has had a long history with wine and with the Napa Valley. While growing up in Illinois, his father purchased Napa Valley grapes, had them shipped across country, crushed, and fermented them in his basement. Jim grew up smelling the delicious aromas of fermenting wines emanating out of his basement. This began a life long relationship that has born much fruit.
During Anne Vawter’s early years in eastern Washington, she saw the wine industry growing up around her. With a father and uncle who had an appreciation and knowledge of wine, Anne’s interest naturally followed. With an agricultural background, the call of soil, sunshine, and a life producing an artisanal product was heard. This call led Anne to UC Davis, where she would gain the tools to realize her dream.
Jim and Anne’s paths crossed in 2006. A mutual friend introduced them, thinking that their complementary skills might lead to a good blend. In 2007, Anne and Jim began their journey together with the first vintage of Red Mare’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. They made less than 200 cases that first vintage, and while they have stayed small, they have slowly and diligently grown their business to include six beautiful wines that they are proud to stand behind.
Red Mare Wines’ focus is to produce unique wines from specific sites using organic or highly sustainable means. We employ traditional techniques to make wines with balance, age-ability, and grace.
Once a year, to celebrate our beginnings, we taste the past. We dig deep in our cellar and find a small selection of library wines to share with our loyal customers. Purchasing library wines from the winery is always wise as the wines have been aged optimally in our temperature-controlled cellar since bottling. This year, we were particularly fond of our 2010, 2011 and 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a very limited quantity available, so act quickly and enjoy this unique vertical tasting experience.
Red Mare Wines' 2010 • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ml
Red Mare Wines' 2011 • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ml
Red Mare Wines' 2012 • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ml
3-Pack $200.00 •
Allocation Club Price $180.00
6-Pack $400.00 •
Allocation Club Price $380.00
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