While working an inspiring vintage in South Africa, Corinne and Katie decided to make their own wine. But what to call it? “Birdhorse” emerged after a few beers while reflecting on a certain NPR news quiz - and it stuck. The name represents both our personalities and our winemaking philosophy. Adventurous and fun, yet believers in great science and winemaking fundamentals.
Birdhorse represents our vision for innovation in California winemaking: that new perspectives can succeed; that 80%+ of the market does not have to be dominated by just ~7 grapes from a handful of regions; and that sincere wine lovers are looking for challenging and new wine drinking experiences. We are driven by intellectual curiosity, transparency, science, and data, but most importantly a passion for delicious wines and sharing them with the wider drinking public.
Sometimes, we want wines that make us think. Sometimes, we want wines we can sip without thought. This wine fills both of those niches, depending on your mood and the phase of the moon. Dynamic but approachable.
From the Suisun ("Suh-Soon") Valley, these grapes are organically farmed on 40-year-old vines. We experimented a bit, too: two-thirds of the grapes were fermented, with 50% whole clusters, and pressed off to neutral oak; the final one-third, we sealed up in a fully-anaerobic fermentation vessel (i.e., a giant food-grade plastic bag) and left alone for two weeks. 13.5% ABV.
Remarkably complex, you'll find elements of bright, red flowers, Luxardo cherry and fresh black raspberry. The low tannin and juicy mouthfeel make this nuanced but friendly wine perfect for a late-night chicken shawarma or a rich Moroccan tagine. -Birdhorse Wines