We took our own advice from Cork Bits this weekend and popped on over to the Hess Collection Winery up on Mount Veeder. Long one of our favorites, we were there to check-out the Cellar Door Red Weekend that was taking place.
Basically, you purchase a half-gallon bottle for $21 and are then invited back for one weekend each month to get the bottle refilled straight from the barrel for $18. This is great for us locals, and each month the winery features a slightly different blend.
We were greeted by a very friendly and informative woman named Erin who helped us through the entire process. She let us taste this month’s Cellar Door Red, a 2005 Vintage blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot. It’s quite tannic and was much to our liking. Erin even humored my pregnant wife by allowing her taste some chocolates and balsamic vinegar with bread-sticks, which she enjoyed.
Back to the wine–as you can see from the photo, the bottle has a screw cap and we were told that if the wine is kept in a relatively cool place, it should be just fine for a week to a week-and-a-half. The great customer service and always approachable wines continue to keep us coming back. Bottoms up!