Maggie introduces her first Mourvèdre
Maggie is creating a new sensation with the upcoming release of her 2016 Mourvèdre wine in the Wine Club December 2018 release.
One of the major grapes of France's Rhone Valley, Maggie and Mark grow Mourvèdre to produce the only estate-grown GSM blend (Garnacha, Syrah, Mourvèdre) in Virginia. (See more about Captain's Cuvée, below.)
Maggie's 2016 Mourvèdre, bottled in August of 2018, is the first time she has bottled it as a single variety.
It has notes of red fruit, violets, black pepper and spices. It pairs well with beef ribs, barbecue, pork , veal and lentils. Try Maggie's Mourvèdre in Bacon-Lentil Soup this winter!
Try Maggie's Garnacha/Grenache - a grape of many names
Although the French pronunciation of Grenache is the most popular, the grape actually started out as Garnacha. Garnacha originated in Aragon, a region in northern Spain, where it it once was known as the Red of Aragon (Tinto Aragonés). Spain still is where you can find some of the best, most affordable Garnacha.
The earliest mention of Garnacha is believed to appear in 1513 in a text by Gabriel Alonso de Herrera called Agricultura General. Back then it was known as Aragones — a synonym still used today — that described a “black-berried variety from Madrid.”
Whatever you call it, Garnacha is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world. It is blended into many wines, like the French Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where it is mixed with Syrah and Mourvedre. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine is a favorite of Mark (Maggie's husband).
In fact, Mark grew the GSM grapes and asked winemaker Maggie to create her version of the iconic French classic. Maggie has the only estate-grown Garnacha, Syrah, Mourvedre blend that at we know of in Virginia. It is called Captain's Cuvée - and it is an award winner. Both of Maggie's 2014 and 2015 Captain's Cuvée vintages have garnered medals.
"Captain" is a nod to Mark's days as a U.S. Navy and commercial airline pilot; "cuvée" is the French word for blend.
Garnacha is used to make a single varietal 2015 Garnacha and 2015 Captain's Cuvée.
What's in a name?
Grenache and Garnacha are the same thing. Calling the same thing by two different names can be confusing, like Syrah and Shiraz.
The Garnacha/Grenache grape is grown on both sides of the Pyrenees, the mountain range that separates France from Spain. On the southern side in Spain, they call it Garnacha; on the northern side in France, they call it Grenache.