The Great American Wine Company, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosenblum Cellars 2012

A scene on the front porch of Any Town USA. Two wooden rocking chairs, a man, a woman in each of the chairs. A dog lying on the wooden with his head between the railings, eyes closed. A cat curled up in a chair sleeping at the other end of the porch.

Creak, creak, creak. Buuuuuuzzzzz, SLAP. Creak, creak, creak. Clink of glass against glass. Sniff, swirl, sip, swallow. Creak, creak, creak

If you’re like me, this or something similar describes your summer evenings involving Great American Wine Companywine. On Fourth of July my husband and I enjoyed 2012 The Great American Wine Company, Cabernet Sauvignon by Rosenblum Cellars. I found the wine at a wine and liquor store located in Cumming, GA, Jax Liquors. The store tends to carry affordable wines yet different then those you find in the grocery store or even the big box wine stores. Priced at $12.99.

Plum, dark cherry and leather aromas, Flavors of Cassis, supple black cherry and dark red fruits with a lingering cherry vanilla finish. We paired with smoked pork butt with potato salad using potatoes, from our garden along with leeks from the Clermont Farmer’s Market. Pole beans also from the Clermont Farmer’s Market.
Whenever possible, we try to support local growers. Whether in our neighborhood or Farmer’s Markets.

Appellation – California
Varietal – 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Petite Sirah
Acidity – 5.5g/L
pH – 3.6
Alcohol – 13.5%
Barrel Aging – 12 months
Ageability – 2013 to 2016

While Alameda, CA may not seem a likely place to make wine, Rosenblum has been producing wine in this region since 1978. Sourcing grapes from longtime growers throughout California, Rosenblum wines have shined through the years. Focusing mainly on Zinfandel the array of grapes highlights the difference between mountain grown and valley floor grown grapes as well as differences in soil and terroir.

I’m always jealous of those who grew up around wine, grape growing, winemaking or all three. A few years ago while visiting Sonoma, I had the privilege of spending time with longtime growers. The family atmosphere coupled with the pride in their “product” along with the back breaking and sometimes heart wrenching work left me in awe.

Just like all farmers, grape growers rely on the weather and other environmental factors, soil composition, good bugs vs. bad bugs and a host of other contributing factors. And just like farmers, there are excellent crop years, decent crop years and devastating years. These people, these families who pass their vines down generation to generation have my total respect and admiration.

We’re not exactly a farming family but we do have 7 chickens and as of yesterday and early Gladys and babiestoday that number has grown to at least 12. Gladys one of our original hens has been laying diligently on a pile of more than 15 eggs for more than 4 weeks. We’d given up hope and thought they were all unfertilized, until last night we heard a faint peep, peep, peep. I saw 5 of them today, hoping they’re all hens as I don’t want to go through another round of too many roosters.

Cheers to Gladys and her new family!


About Kellie Stargaard

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