For the first time, Bending Branch bottled large formats of one of its premium wines, 2017 Petite Sirah, Newsom Vineyards. When tasting wines from the barrel in 2019, it was clear that this wine was special. Plans were made to bottle it in magnums, and we packaged enough to offer each 1840 Custom Case Club member the opportunity to add one magnum bottle to their December club release. We were thrilled, and not surprised, when this wine was awarded Double Gold at the 2021 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition.
The shape and color of a wine bottle are often associated with a specific region or wine style such as Burgundy or Bordeaux. There are antique styles, traditional styles, and flashy shapes driven by modern wine marketing. The weight of wine bottles also varies broadly from simple glass to high-tech, ultraviolet resistant glass with a deep punt and thickness that results in heft intended to imply prestige.
In addition to the standard 750 milliliter wine bottle, there are a couple dozen recognized bottle sizes, though few of them are in common usage. Small sizes such as the “split” and the half-bottle are useful in the consumer market. The magnum, equal to two standard bottles, is the most popular large-format bottle, making an impressive presentation. Larger, ceremonial-size bottles, often named for Biblical kings and historical figures, include a range that tops out with the colossal 30-liter Melchizedek.
Aside from the fun of having a Texas-size bottle on the dinner table, there are a couple of important things to know about a magnum. The air trapped between the cork and the wine, and the slight evaporation of wine through the cork, cause the gradual oxidation that helps a wine mature over time. A magnum contains twice the volume of wine, so the effect of air on the wine is reduced by half, slowing the aging process, and potentially revealing subtle nuances that may develop in the wine over longer aging. If you have the patience, aging a magnum can be rewarding, but you’ll find the Bending Branch Winery 2017 Petite Sirah, Newsom Vineyards, is delicious in any size.
1840 Case Club Members:
Quantities are extremely limited. Contact the tasting room at 830-995-2948 to purchase yours today.
Retail $95 / 1840 Case Club pricing $76
~Exclusively for Bending Branch Wine Club Members~
All wine club members are invited to attend the December drive-thru pick-up party on Saturday, December 5th or Sunday, December 6th. We are excited to partner with The Bread Box Bakery & Café, San Antonio for this event. In addition to picking up your December release, members will receive a grab-and-go picnic kit for two. The kit includes crusty baguette for two stuffed with serrano ham and Irish butter; cheeses, fruit selection and fresh Bread Box crisps; roasted potato salad with skinny green beans, crunchy kale and mustard vinaigrette; and an intense Valrhona chocolate fudge brownie.
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Our 2019 Tannat Rosé harvested from Tallent Vineyards is a great addition to your holiday table. Aromas of dried rose petal and wet slate announce a mouthful of strawberry lemonade, green peach, and juicy gooseberry in this Texas Hill Country Rosé.
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2019 Single Barrel Picpoul Blanc – We age our Picpoul for a short time in Kentucky’s finest bourbon barrels to create a unique flavor profile for our signature white wine.
2017 Old Vine Petite Sirah – A Bending Branch fan favorite. This wine is like drinking velvet.
2016 Tannat RF|EM – A portion of this wine went through regular fermentation (RF) and was pressed when dry. The remainder of the wine underwent extended maceration (EM) for another month. Counterintuitively, the result is smoother texture and slightly lighter color, as the tannin molecules bond into silky chains and pigment drops out.
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Ursa's 2019 Chardonnay has a lovely balance of acidity and fruit. Bright green apple, pineapple, and honeysuckle lends the palate a refreshing crispness and firm acidity. Savor and share this delicious Chardonnay – or keep it all for yourself!
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Ursa's rich 2014 Tannat from the Sierra Foothills has notes of cherries with a dusting of cocoa powder, boysenberry, and baking spices. Quantity is limited.
Silver medal winner – 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Ursa Vineyards is set to release Angelica wine with the November 2020 Gold Rush Club release.
Angelica is a fortified dessert wine made from the Mission grape. The Mission grape was introduced to California in 1778 and was the primary wine grape for nearly a century. Angelica was originally made by Franciscan missionaries, and it was also a regular beverage of the gold miners during the Gold Rush.
Today, Angelica is known as one of California’s most historic wines. It is extremely rare with a very limited number of vintners producing it. The process of making the wine includes partially fermenting the grape juice before fortifying it with brandy. Angelica typically ages for at least five years in barrel before it is bottled. The long aging process is one of the keys to its rich taste.
The grapes from Ursa’s Angelica come from Rinaldi Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, and one of the few vineyards still growing Mission grapes. Original plantings in the vineyard date back to 1865. After crushing the grapes, the fermentation was barely started and then it was fortified with brandy. After aging in barrel for seven years, the 2013 Ursa Angelica was bottled.
With a taste as rich as its history, the 2013 Ursa Angelica is one to savor and share, especially during the holiday season. It can be enjoyed for up to a month after opening, if stored properly in the refrigerator. Ideal food pairings include toasted pecans or Italian cream cake. For a simple dessert, try drizzling Angelica on top of vanilla ice cream.
The Bending Branch team is excited to welcome wine lovers back for tastings by appointment seven days a week on our shaded deck and patio starting this Saturday, October 24th. We will offer a self-guided tasting of four wines for $20. Paid tastings include a souvenir wine glass.
All tasting experiences are seated and self-guided.
This casual, self-guided tasting is designed to minimize contact and encourage tasting wines at your own pace. You will pick up your wine tasting set from the tasting room, and take it back to the table you selected upon your arrival.
The four wines will be served in individual carafes for self-service with a single-use menu that will guide you through the wines. Guests are welcome to purchase additional glasses or bottles after their tasting. Maximum group size is six including children.
We are currently accepting reservations through Tock.
Reservations are for 1 hour and 15 minutes. We're implementing hard-stops between reservations to conduct sanitation protocols.
Safety is our top priority.
We are taking extraordinary precautions to sanitize and maintain physical distance. We have adapted our experience to exceed CDC guidelines.
It is very important to read the Bending Branch Winery COVID-19 Guest Advisory before your visit.
Attention Wine Club Members:
If you want to enjoy your complimentary tasting or glass at the estate tasting room, you still need to make a reservation for a tasting. Upon arrival, you can choose the tasting flight or opt for a complimentary glass of wine.
If you haven't done so already, create a Tock account using the primary email address associated with your club membership. You must be logged in to Tock when making reservations in order to receive your complimentary benefits and access to experiences at the Wine Club Lounge.
Just a reminder that Wine Club Lounge experiences are only available on Saturdays and Sundays, and you can now enjoy a tasting there as well. Member(s) receive complimentary tastings or glasses of wine and complimentary tastings for up to two guests.
If you have questions or need help making a reservation, please contact the tasting room at 830-995-2948. We can't wait to see you!
Bending Branch Winery was awarded BEST OF HERD TEXAS WINERY at the 12th Annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition held on October 5-7, 2020. The competition featured over 1,000 wines from across the United States and around the world.
Best of Herd is awarded to the Texas winery which has the greatest percentage of wines receiving the highest number of awards within their total number of entries.
Wineries selected as Top 14 Champion Wines including Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, Best of Herd, Top All Around Winery, Best of Show, Top of Class and Double Gold will be featured during the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Virtual Super Auction scheduled for November 9-15, 2020. The auction funds support the Show’s goals of benefiting the youth of Texas. To date, over $223 million has been committed to educate the youth of Texas. This year, more than 21,275 Texas students have been educationally impacted. Proceeds from the Wine Events benefit the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Fund with a portion for the advancement of viticulture.
The Champion winning wines will also be showcased in the Wine Cellar, sponsored by H-E-B, on the rodeo grounds during the 72nd Annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo to be held February 11-28, 2021. The H-E-B Wine Department is committed to supporting the competition and will feature the Champion wines in their San Antonio stores throughout the month of February 2021. Champion wines will also be recognized in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo local media publications and website.
Want to purchase the Double Gold 2017 Petite Sirah before it's released? The Best of Herd Top Picks 4-pack includes two bottles each of 2017 Petite Sirah and 2017 Tempranillo. Cheers!
See a full list of winners here.
We are excited to invite our wine club members back to an all-new experience at our Wine Club Lounge this month!
We are taking reservations now through Tock for outdoor experiences on Saturdays and Sundays. Service will be hosted at the Wine Club Lounge and offers shaded seating on the patio, under new cabanas, or tables adjacent to the vineyard. Wine Club Members and guests who are 21+ will enjoy wine by the glass or bottle. Tastings are not available at this time. No pets at this time, please.
Reservations are for 1 hour and 15 minutes. We're implementing hard-stops between reservations to conduct rigorous sanitation protocols.
Please note: We are taking extraordinary precautions to sanitize and maintain physical distance. If you have any questions about how we have adapted our experience to exceed CDC health regulations, please read the Bending Branch Winery COVID-19 Guest Advisory here.
Experience a virtual guided wine tasting with one of our wine educators during this time of social distancing.
The At-Home package contains six bottles of wine; three to taste during your appointment, and three to savor later. Package includes:
To select an appointment online, visit our Virtual Tastings page.
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Looking for a fun team-building event for your organization?
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We have corporate virtual tasting packages ready for your next event, or we can customize an offering to meet your needs.
Taste Bending Branch's signature grape varieties in our Picpoul Blanc and Texas Tannat. Experience the value of comparative wine tasting, appreciate body and balance, and get comfortable with wine vocabulary. The tasting culminates in a trivia challenge with prizes.
Enjoy three premium Bending Branch wines, personally guided by Owner and Winemaker Dr. Robert Young, along with members of our team. Understand the winemaker's style and objectives, appreciate the commitment to quality, and discover the vibrant world of food and wine.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing on corporate virtual tastings.
"Our virtual wine tasting was a success! When I arrived at the office today, I had many emails stating what a success last night's event was." –Corporate Tasting Customer
"We had a wonderful time and the wine was excellent. I also shared the remaining wine with a few friends over dinner last night. It was the highlight of my week!" –Signature Tasting Participant
"We not only loved the Tannat, Petite Sirah, and Picpoul Blanc, in that order, we also appreciate Dr. Bob for his commitment to whatever he does." –1840 Premiere Experience Participant
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September is California Wine Month! It's a busy time for California wine producers and growers with harvest in full swing on the West Coast.
Ursa Vineyards is situated in the beautiful foothills of Northern California, and was founded in 2001 by husband and wife team, Greg Stokes and Deborah Elissagaray.
Bending Branch Owner Dr. Bob Young hired Greg Stokes as a consultant in 2007. Their professional relationship flourished and when Bending Branch was founded in 2009, its first wines were made by Bob and Greg at Ursa. Dr. Bob and Brenda Young purchased Ursa Vineyards in 2014, making Greg and Deborah a permanent part of the team. In July 2019, Branch on High in Comfort, Texas, began focusing its tasting room on Ursa Vineyards to showcase its wines. It has never been so easy to savor California wines in the comfort of Texas!
This month, to celebrate Ursa Vineyards, we've curated a 4-pack of wines featuring varieties that thrive in California.
California Wine Month 4-Pack
Each of these wines from Ursa Vineyards speaks to its unique winegrowing region.
Ursa Vineyards was the first winery in the United States to produce a varietal Mencía. To spotlight this unique wine, join members of the Ursa at Branch on High team for a virtual tasting on Zoom focused on the 2017 Mencía at 2 p.m. CDT on Saturday, September 12. Winemakers Greg and Deb will participate in as much of the call as possible, depending on harvest needs that day. Click here to read more about this special harvest in this story from Wine Business Monthly.
We are excited to release the first vintage of a very special, small production wine – 2017 Malbec Reserve, Cherokee Rose Vineyard, Texas Hill Country. This wine is available exclusively to Case Club members.
Farmed by the Durden family, Cherokee Rose Vineyard is a small, single-variety vineyard in Comfort, Texas. Grower and Kendall County Commissioner Don Durden and Bending Branch Winemaker Dr. Bob Young have been longtime friends and served together as board members on the Comfort Area Foundation.
Several years ago, Dr. Young approached Commissioner Durden about growing Tannat for Bending Branch. Durden agreed and purchased Tannat vines, but was later notified from the nursery that there weren't any Tannat vines to send. So after more deliberation, Commissioner Durden planted Malbec.
If Dr. Young's first love is Tannat, his second may be Malbec. The first productive harvest of Cherokee Rose Vineyard was in 2017 – the best harvest year on record in Texas. All of the Malbec went into two barrels, one neutral and one new American.
During tasting trials, the Bending Branch team was very pleased with this Malbec. The Malbec in the new American oak barrel from the A.P. John Copperage was superior, though, and deserved it's own stage. From that moment, the team began working on a new label and planning its future as a Reserve wine. With only 23 cases produced, 5 cases would be preserved in the library, and the remaining cases would be allocated for the 1840 Custom Case Club.
So what happened to the other barrel? After the wine was bottled, it sold out in one transaction. Commissioner Durden secured it all.
The 2017 Malbec Reserve from Cherokee Rose Vineyard is laced with scents of cigar box and mint. There are concentrated flavors of pie cherries, red plum, and dark chocolate. It was recently described as having a taste of mushroom umami. The new American oak lends complex spice and vanilla.
Want to try it? Join the 1840 Custom Case Club and include it in your September release order.
I tasted it during the trial that led to its reserve label and again a couple of weeks ago. All I can say is that I've already included it my 1840 Custom Case Club order.