Toast with Grappa — extend the experience

________________________________________  spring, 2017

Ahhh, we are upon Daylight Savings Time
     We adjusted our timepieces to extend sunlight in our active hours. I sip a grappa, and feel that grappa has a similar purpose — to extend pleasant experiences.
     Here are reasons behind my celebrating this concept.

About grappa
     “Grappa” is Italian for “grape stalk.” ’Tis a type of brandy made from pomace, or skins and pulp left over from a wine making process. The pomace is pressed, and taken through a second distillation to extract remaining flavors.
     Grappa may be made from white grape or red grape pomace. Winemakers may use pomace from one grape, or from a combination. After the distillation process, they may bottle it immediately to create a white grappa, or grappa bianca; or they may age it in wooden casks to create a brown hued grappa, or grappa riserva.
     Grappa may be 80-100 proof. ’Tis a sipper! Created to be savored.

The grappa I sip
This feature is inspired by my being invited to try RANSOM Gewurztraminer Grappa, made from  — o yes! pomace — from Gewurztraminer grapes. ’Tis a grappa bianca.
     I ask Tad Seestedt, proprietor and winemaker at RANSOM Wines &  Spirits, why he chooses Gewurztraminer pomace to create his grappa.

     “After working with many grape varietals for grappa, Gewurztraminer became my favorite,” he says.”It makes a highly aromatic and interesting grappa.” He uses pomace that has ample juice remaining, to promote a fresh, smooth grappa.
My tasting notes
     RANSOM Gewurztraminer Grappa: Clear color. Light body. White floral to the nose. Soft mineral to the sip. In the finish, seems as if a delicate flower petal settles on the palette.

Grappa in a tulip glass

Tips for grappa
1. Store the bottle upright. Storing it on its side risks the bottle becoming corked.
2. Grappa is best to drink slightly chilled
     ● young grappa, or grappa bianca at 10◦ C/50◦ F
     ● aged grappa, or grappa riserva at 16◦ C/ 60◦ F.
3. Glassware for grappa:
     ● young grappa, or grappa bianca in a tulip glass, or in a flute glass
     ● aged grappa, or grappa riserva in a snifter, or in wide bowl glass
4. Pour in the glass about a quarter full, and wait a few minutes for the grappa to open up.
5. When you check the nose, grasp the aroma quickly; if you linger too long the alcohol vapors overtake your olfactory senses.

Ways to extend experiences
     Grappa is a fine accompaniment to fine experiences, and a gentle inspiration to extend them. For example …
After a meal.
    O yes, a good meal, not fast food grub, nor a microwave tray. Yet a meal prepared for your own private time. Or, a meal to enjoy with an intimate gathering.
     No TVs. Pleasant music in the background, perhaps a bit o’ candlelight.* All the better to savor the cuisine, and the moments at hand.

     After the dishes are cleared, extend the experience over a glass of grappa. Grappa makes a fine digestif, or a fine sipper as the delicious food settles in your system.
 More coffee love.
     Love coffee? Savor it a new way by adding a splash of grappa to your cup. Or add a shot of grappa to a shot o’ espresso to make a “Caffè Corretto.”
 With a cigar.
     Cigar lovers, ah, cha-cha-cha. sip a fine grappa while you enjoy your fine cigar.

In summary
     Daylight savings creates an “ah yes, we have more time!” attitude by extending days. One may ponder that grappa has a parallel affect.
     Making grappa is an artful way to extend the essence of wine grapes. And the final product is designed to extend fine experiences.

     Ahhh yes, I’ll toast to that!

More information
● RANSOM Grappa is handcrafted, and a product of RANSOM Spirits, in Sheridan, Oregon USA. For more information, visit here, and scroll to Grappa.
● Ask your favorite spirits retailer what selections of grappa they offer, or make a request.


* Via A Romantic’s THE GREEN ROMANTIC, a feature regarding information and a guide in choosing candles: “Love for candlelight.”

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