The Easy One
As promised, this is part two to “Expanding Our Family”. As you can see by the title, I’m nicknaming this newest one “The Easy One”. Now, calling your child “easy” is a loaded description that can be taken a few ways, of which, I will not get into. Suffice it to say, Della Casa was made to appeal to everyone so matter where you take it, it is welcome, appreciated, affordable, and consumed in large quantities. Well, the first two work for both wine and children as I have yet to find an affordable child. And just like our daughter, Derek came up with the name for this new line- and I was not consulted on either (thankfully, both seem to fit their names, though that’s where any similarity ends). So just how was this one conceived? Don’t worry, I won’t be too graphic…
“Wine is the great evoker of memories, of occasions and events with family and friends from days past. That is what the Della Casa is all about.” -Derek Irwin, Winemaker (putting it in italics makes it very official).
Della Casa is basically a nod to the past. The inspiration comes from the summers that Mike spent in Italy as a child with his paternal grandmother. When Mike and Diane first began started Naggiar Vineyards and Winery, the original tasting room was their house. So Della Casa (of the house) is a tribute to these literally “of the house” wines. Good, sound wine, at a very affordable price, meant to be enjoyed at lunch and dinner. To appeal to a wide range of tastes, the line is marked by soft tannins, lower alcohol, and bright fruit. They are designed to be quaffed daily and priced in a way that allows for that.
At present, we have three wines in the Della Casa line- a Cabernet Sauvignon, a red blend, and a white blend. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from estate-grown grapes, resulting in a lovely, dark garnet-colored wine. It has aromas and flavors of blackberries, black currants, and plums, with hints of cassis and chocolate in the lingering finish. Great with grilled meats, tri-tips, or sauced dishes, the Della Casa Cab is great for summer and winter-time meals.
The Della Casa 2014 Vino Bianco is a blend of estate-grown Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne. It is light golden with mouth-watering aromas of apricots and summer peaches (guess what I’m craving just now?). On the palate, you get flavors of pears, honeysuckle blossoms and wildflowers and a smooth finish. Perfect for sipping on its own on a warm summer day, Vino Bianco also pairs well with that summertime staple of grilled seafood, or if it’s winter, some tasty crab cakes!
The Della Casa 2011 Vino Rosso is a blend of several Rhone and Bordeaux varietals from the Estate as well as some of the best vineyards in Northern California. Matching its deep garnet color, Vino Rosso has aromas of ripe blackberries, back raspberries, and cassis with flavors of ripe plums and hints of oak and spices on the palate. And don’t forget the long, velvety finish! Like the Cab, this wine was made for grillin’ (so that’s just what we’ll do) so head out to your nearest Costco- if you have one (our personal fave) and load up on those red meats or a rack o’ ribs (apologies to the non-carnivores reading this). And before I forget, Vino Rosso received a silver medal at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
Just like the NV Series, Della Casa is only available for purchase online and at a few select locations. Personally, I love shopping online, though I can’t say the same for Derek- he hates me shopping online for some reason…
Here’s the link: http://della-casa-wines.myshopify.com
Take a gander, and if you order something, please let me know- I’d love to hear what you think of our “House Wine” line![jetpack_subscription_form]