I feel so honored to be part of such a talented, intelligent, kind, and hard working group of women. Thank you to the CT Beverage Journal for including us in this month’s issue. #GirlsMakeWineToo
Before winemaker Arielle from Balderdash Cellars jets off to Italy for Harvest, she gave me a few tidbits on how she preps for harvest!
Most wineries usually produce their white wines first because white grapes ripen before red grapes. We actually make our red wines first, so that we can move the red wine to barrel and hold our white wines in tank until they are ready to be bottled.
I’m not sure if it qualifies as a harvest tradition per se but whenever I pitch yeast, I like to encourage them and tell them they are going to do great things and make great wine! It makes a late night of pitching yeast a little more entertaining and who knows, maybe it actually benefits the yeast!
Visiting Balderdash Cellars:
Balderdash Winery is home to some amazing wines and amazing people. Owners Christian and Donna Hanson truly make visiting the winery a great experience. The winery is boutique in style, so expect to be trying some interesting and delicious small batch wines that you can only try at their winery. They focus on “producing ultra-premium (wicked to New England folks) wines from grapes grown by world-class California vineyards.”
Location: 502 East Street (rear of the building) Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tasting Hours: Saturdays 1-5pm, please call to set up private/group tastings (info)
Tasting Options: Tastings are $8/person and refundable with purchase of $50/person.
I want to give a big Thank You to Arielle Fabiano from Bladerdash Cellars for giving us a peak into the life of a Winemaker. Make sure to stop by Balderdash Cellars in Pittsfield, MA for some delicious wines made from a very passionate Winemaker! #GirlsMakeWineToo
Thank you to the American Wine Society for featuring my article about the Women Winemakers of Connecticut! We truly appreciate your support and look forward to collaborating more in the future <3 #GirlsMakeWineToo #GirlPower
Read more below on how you can join the American Wine Society! 🙂
What is the American Wine Society?
A non-profit, educational, consumer-oriented organization for those interested in learning more about all aspects of wine.
What are the benefits of joining the AWS?
The AWS is all about making wine knowledge exciting and fun!
Members explore wine together, through relaxed chapter tastings, a magazine, national tasting events and much more. The AWS has a great rep in the wine industry, with remarkable relationships with winemakers, wineries and wine-related businesses around the globe that give members access to incredible wines and experiences.
When you join get excited for…
- Unique, exciting and informative wine tastings and other chapter events
- Wine Tastings focused on learning about what you are tasting, the region it is from, the terrior, and other wine tasting tips and tricks
- Educational Events such as the National Tasting Project Wine Event
- Winery Tours & Visits
- Discounted tastings at local wineries and retail shops
- AWS Journal Magazine
- AWS News e-newsletter
- AWS National Conference held in a different U.S. region each year
- Amateur and Commercial Wine Competitions
- Winemaker Round Table Forum for Amateur Winemakers
- The Annual AWS Vintage Chart
- Eligibility to enter the AWS Wine Judge Certification Program, the only one of its kind in the U.S.
- Access to Online Educational Materials
How can you join the American Wine Society?
Click HERE for Membership info
Personally, I can’t wait for the Riedel – The Wine Glass Company Tasting this weekend with the American Wine Society, Hartford, CT Chapter!! If you are in the Connecticut area and would like more information about the AWS and how to join feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you join this great organization and look forward to seeing you at the next event. Cheers! 🙂