Release 19 - April 2018

Foot of the Bed Cellars 2016 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc

 Winemaker: David Forsythe of Four Feathers Wine Estates

Winemaker: David Forsythe of Four Feathers Wine Estates

Another First
We are pleased to present our first wine from Washington state. Although Washington’s
viticultural history is a short one, its wineries are already America’s second-largest producer of
fine wine, trailing only California. While it is hard to ripen grapes along the rainy west coast of
the state, the Cascade Range provides a rainshadow effect, ensuring dry, sunny weather
throughout the growing season in eastern Washington. The easterly moving storms that hover
over Seattle and struggle to get past the mountains dump massive amounts of rainfall, while
desert conditions occur on the other side of the peaks. In fact, without snowmelt for irrigation,
grape growing would be impossible in the barren landscape of the eastern side. A wide range of
grape varieties are grown in the large Columbia Valley region. The northerly location means
cold nights preserve acidity while long sunlight hours in the summer lead to reliably ripe grapes.
Washington is home to several exciting wine regions, and we look forward to other unique
releases from the state in the future.
 

So Fresh and So Clean
Although we released another Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma a few months back, stylistically
these wines are very different. Our delicious Sonoma bottling had been fermented and aged in
oak, resulting in a creamy texture and some toasty spice notes. This Sauvignon Blanc release,
while equally delicious, saw only stainless steel aging, a process that preserves a light texture
and fresh aromatics. This wine is medium-bodied with mouthwatering acidity. The citrus-driven
palate makes it a perfect pairing for oysters with mignonette or scallop ceviche.

Foot of the Bed Cellars 2017 Lodi Rosé of Syrah

 Winemaker: Matt Iaconis of Brick & Mortar Wines

Winemaker: Matt Iaconis of Brick & Mortar Wines

Rosé Refresher
This is the last chance to enjoy one of our most popular one-off releases ever. You may have
seen this one floating around at a pick-up party or special event, but this month only it is
available as a selection for your monthly shipment. Rising-star winemaker Matt Iaconis oversaw
the farming of a small vineyard along the Mokelumne River with the purpose of crafting this
totally dry, uber refreshing rosé. Showing lots of raspberry and watermelon notes up front, spicy
herbal tones from the Syrah add complexity to the long, juicy finish.

Foot of the Bed Cellars 2015 Mendocino Counoise

 Winemaker: Phillip Staehle of Enkidu Wines

Winemaker: Phillip Staehle of Enkidu Wines

Fit For A Pope
For about seventy years in the 1300’s, the papacy left Rome and made its home in the French
town of Avignon in the Rhône River Valley. A papal vineyard was established and wines from
the region continued to gain reputation and fame in the centuries that followed. Today, the wine
region is known as Chateauneuf-du- Pape or “New castle of the Pope.” French wine law permits
thirteen grape varieties to be included in the blend and Counoise often plays a small yet
important role. While grapes such as Grencache, Syrah, and Mouvedre may comprise larger
portions of the blend, Counoise is valued for its bright red fruit character and soft structure. It is
also used to make rosé in Provence, and a few plantings have been established in California.
The grape is so obscure stateside that only recently did the U.S government grant vintners the
right to use it on a wine label. This 100 percent Counoise from a single vineyard in Mendocino is
full-bodied, packed with flavors of ripe red berries, smoke, and a dusty minerality. Perfect for
summer grilling.

Martin Sheehan-Stross