Lately we have been asked, “What’s floating around in my bottle of Artisan Red?”  The short answer is that it is sediment, and believe it or not, it’s a good thing.  Sediment in wine can be a result of a few different things:  dead yeast cells, grape solids, or tartrates.  The sediment in the Artisan Red consists primarily of tartrates which is the natural result of tartaric acid from the grapes, and is the base for cream of tartar (used in baking).

Tartrates formed in this wine because it did not go through complete cold stabilization.  Cold stabilization is a winemaking process that consists of lowering the temperature of a wine to near freezing, thus allowing solidified tartrates to separate and fall to the bottom of the tank.  The tartrates can then be filtered out of the wine.   Our premium red wines are rarely cold stabilized completely because of the time they spend in barrel and the blending process necessary for these barrel-aged wines.

The next time you find sediment in your bottle of Artisan Red, think of it as a positive.  This wine was not overly processed, and as a result more of the rich flavors that you have come to love are left in the bottle.

Here are a couple easy ways to avoid getting sediment in your glass of wine.  Decant your wine, this should be done after you let your wine stand upright for a period of time (at least 30 minutes), allowing the sediment to settle to the bottom of the bottle.  Decanting can then be done by slowly pouring your bottle into another container, such as a decanter, glass pitcher or carafe.  Need that glass of wine a little sooner?  A quick fix is to pour your wine through a fine mesh strainer like a metal tea or coffee filter.  Follow one of these steps and you will always enjoy your wine sediment free!

You might have heard us say this before, but the Artisan Red is the perfect base for sangria!  Check out Old Mission team member Leslie’s favorite recipe below.

 

Artisan Red and Blackberry Vodka Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 bottle Artisan Red
  • 1/2 cup Vodka
  • orange slices, lime slices, and/or fresh blackberries

Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup blackberries, water, and sugar in small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer about 10-15 minutes or until blackberries are very soft.
  2. Strain liquid several times and discard fruit. Pour into pitcher. Add wine and vodka. Add orange slices, lime slices, and fresh blackberries as desired. Cover and refrigerate at least a few hours but overnight is preferred.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with additional fruit as desired.