When it comes to mixing fun, frolicking, wine, and a seriously twisted sense of humor into a great bottle of wine, the folks at Frog’s Leap hold the license on the blend. Don’t believe us? Read their story at their site and then tell us they aren’t some of the most hilarious folks in the wine making industry today (or any day, because they tell a tale better than any other). We were immediately drawn to these misfits of the wine world and simply had to check out their wines.
It all began in 1972 when John Williams learned that he really loved great wine. Ok, so he really discovered that he loved everything that went with being at a successful vineyard, but that is entirely beside the point (not really), as it led to him joining the winemaking industry and creating some of the most outstanding premium wines in the area. Starting at Stag’s Leap Winery, he learned the entire process and kept continuous notes on the same, which helped him to gain the reputation for excellence that he has continued to put into his own wines.
When you visit this lovely vineyard, the first place you’re going to go is to the vineyards themselves. The organic growing principles at Frog’s Leap are not a new concept for them, but rather the culmination of decades of learning, and a bit of good old-fashioned common sense as well. They realize that when you strip the vines of their natural environment, you are denying them the chance to truly shine. By choosing a natural, organic growing practice, Frog’s Leap is able to gather the truly best of each block, which results in some outstanding premium wines that show the true flavor of their terrior.
If we’re going to mention they’re great organic practices, as well as their dedication to allowing the terrior of their vines to express itself fully, then we really ought to mention the lovely premium wines the folks at Frog’s Leap offer to their patrons. Their estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon is without compare, in our view, though we challenge you to try it for yourself to make your own decision. At just $55 a bottle, it is certainly worth taking the time to evaluate this vintage on your own and there are a variety of great meals that pair with it quite well.
If a Chardonnay is more to your taste, then you’ll be delighted with their Carneros Chardonnay. We found this wine to be unique in both taste and texture, with notes that we have not found in other Chardonnays that we have tasted. At $32 a bottle, this is definitely another of Frog’s Leap Winery’s offering that is a must-have for your rack.
No matter which of their delicious wines you choose, let us know in the comments what you thought of their wines. We’d love to hear from you and your comments may be the inspiration for our next feature post on Frog’s Leap. As always, we look forward to seeing all of you later this year at the opening of our brewery and wine grotto here in West Palm Beach, Florida. Happy Tasting!
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