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Historically named regional wines

Posted by WineGeekJen, Jan 13, 2010.

I live in Southwestern, PA which is a pretty rich region for history of the French and Indian War. There's a great winery near Fort Necessity that names it's blends after historical people and things, such as the Jumonville Glen Red that I had this weekend ( an interesting and diverse blend of Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin and St. Croix--the latter two which are of course hybrids that grow very well in the area). Does anyone know of any other great local "historically" named wines that incorporate the flavors of the region? I'd like to hear about them!

If you want to hear about the Battle of Jumonville Glen and more about the wine, it's on this weeks podcast or on iTunes.


Reply by dmcker, Jan 13, 2010.

Are you looking only in North America? Some in Europe, too.

A while back I was enjoying a bottle of Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades, a very good Beaujolais. As I began to research why I liked it, I found this paragraph from Jon Rimmerman at Garagiste, of all people ;-)

"In 1944, when the German army was ensconced in France it was here that the battle of Brouilly ensued (sort of a French layman’s version of the battle of Bunker Hill). The farmers and winemakers held their ground and bunkered their belongings and pieces of French and family lineage inside the top of Mont Brouilly (where the Ambassades vineyard lies). Shots and shells were fired at the farmers by the German military machine and the shrapnel remnants remain today as holes in century old trees - with distinct entrance and exit wounds pointed directly at the Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes. It is here that the German army continued a retreat that started in the Rhone Valley and helped (in some small way) batter their resolve enough to help end the war. It appears the title of this wine, the Cuvee des Ambassades, may have more to do with history and its ushering in of a new European era than with the obvious nod to present day dignitaries. "

Good for you guys, Jen, for looking to the stories behind various wines. Wine tells us so much when it opens up to our nose and palate (not to mention hammers us over the head after too much of it.... ;-) ), so I've always viewed it more holistically then most other forms of alcohol. Perhaps that's also why we enjoy the stories behind wines in their past as well as what they are telling us in the present....

Reply by WineGeekJen, Jan 13, 2010.

Wow, that's a really cool story. I love wine legends! Maybe I should compile some for the website!

Reply by dirkwdeyoung, Jan 13, 2010.

Sous Henri III Beychevelle fut le fief des Ducs d'Epernon
et notamment du premier d'entre eux : Jean-Louis Nogaret
de la Valette. Grand Amiral de France, Gouverneur de Guyenne.
Homme tout-puissant puisque, selon la légende, les navires
passant devant son château devaient baisser
leurs voiles en signe d'allégeance.

D'où le nom de Beychevelle signifiant "Baisse-Voile"
et l'emblème du château, un navire à proue de griffon,
gardien du cratère de vin de Dionysos

Thus the name of the Chateau Beychevelle, means that you lower your sail to salut the owner of the chateau, who at that time was a great admiral in France, so all ships passing the chateau, needed to lower their emblem in salut, thus in the label of the chateau, you see a ship, which is quite unusual for a wine label.

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