With harvest done and winemaking in full swing, Wollersheim Winery is set to celebrate the 2008 Vintage with two different events this November. On Saturday, Nov. 22, the public is invited to celebrate the release of Wollersheim Ruby Nouveau 2008. The next Saturday, Nov. 29, return to the historic winery to experience old world charm while preparing for Christmas.
Ruby Nouveau Tasting
Saturday, Nov. 22 - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The third Thursday of November is a date wine enthusiasts around the globe anticipate. A tradition that began in Wollersheim Winemaker, Philippe Coquard's home region of Beaujolais, France, it is on this day that the first taste of the new vintage, nouveau wine, is released.
Wollersheim Ruby Nouveau, available Thursday, Nov. 20 at the winery or in many Wisconsin stores and restaurants, is Wisconsin's version of a Beaujolais nouveau. Made from Foch grapes grown at the Wollersheim hillside vineyards in Prairie du Sac, this wine follows the traditional winemaking techniques Coquard grew up with of whole berry fermentation. A fruity and dry grape wine with a brilliant ruby red color and fruit aromas reminiscent of blueberries, Ruby Nouveau is a favorite choice during the holiday season pairing well with turkey and other festive foods. A colorful new label celebrates Wollersheim's recent expansion picturing both the winery's 2008 building addition and 1858 original stone building.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, the public is invited to Wollersheim Winery to enjoy a French tradition with a Wisconsin twist. The Ruby Nouveau Tasting event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winery Vineyard Room.
Ruby Nouveau Event Highlights:
Wine & Cheese Tasting: Taste Ruby Nouveau 2008 and other Wollersheim wines: Chardonnay, Prairie Fumé, Blushing Rose, and Port paired with an array of specialty Wisconsin cheeses.
Winemaker Insights: View video presentations with Winemaker Philippe Coquard sharing his thoughts on the tradition behind nouveau wine and the 2008 vintage.
Special Guests: Beth Crave, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their farmstead cheeses. 2008Alice in Dairyland, Ashley Huibregtse will also share in the winery's celebration.
Tours: In lieu of the winery's regular tour, a Ruby Nouveau tour is offered throughout the day. This special tour explains the making of Ruby Nouveau wine and is at no charge.