There's a new guy in town... and he's making his debut at Wollersheim Winery on Saturday, Jan. 29. Come in from the cold and join the Port Lady and her brand new "dance partner" at the winery during Wollersheim's annual Port Release Celebration! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors will be able to enjoy the release of the original Port 2009 along with the highly anticipated newest addition from Wollersheim: a sweet, smooth White Port made from the aromatic Muscat grape.
The Port bottle designs make a perfect pair. A dancing Port Lady dressed in red and her dashing partner bowing for her hand and holding a bouquet of roses capture the festive, jazzy spirit of the delectable wines and the entertaining event. Visitors will have the opportunity to whet their palates with wine tasting, light food, live music, and leisurely learning. Both Ports and other Wollersheim wines are available by the glass, along with a combination plate for purchase that includes flavorful Wisconsin-made Asiago cheese and chocolate truffle, freshly baked bread, dried apricots, and almonds as a delicious complement to the Ports. "EnFuego Jazz Trio" will add pizzazz to the celebration as they play throughout the day.
In lieu of regular winery tours, visitors are invited behind the scenes for a self-guided tour that highlights the winemaking techniques used for Port and takes guests through the winery's modern fermentation facilities, historic stone wine cellars where the Port ages in barrels, as well as the original 1858 winery building. Hear from Winemaker Philippe in the winery's Sugarloaf Room throughout the day as he shares insights on the making of Port. Life-size cutouts of the Port Lady with her new Port Guy "dancing partner" will be on display, so be sure to bring your camera.
Wollersheim Winery prides itself on making Port the traditional way, as it was done in Portugal – the birthplace of Port wine or Porto. Port is a grape wine fortified with grape brandy. The brandy, added at a specific time chosen by the winemaker, stops fermentation leaving the natural sweetness of the grapes. Wollersheim's original Port is aged in American oak barrels for 13 months, while the new White Port is aged 6 months in French oak barrels. Port is considered a sipping wine because of the higher alcohol content (20%) compared to most table wines. Once opened, Port wine remains good for weeks. While the White Port is meant to be slightly chilled and enjoyed before a meal, the red Port is a wonderful after-dinner sipper.
Winterin Wisconsin just got twice as warm! For more information about Wollersheim Winery Port wines or the upcoming Port Release Celebration on Jan. 29, (608) 643-6515 or visit www.wollersheim.com.