Wildwood Spirits Co., maker of Washington State’s most awarded gin and vodka, today announced the addition of Arande grappa to its portfolio of spirits.
Arande, Swedish for ‘tribute’ or ‘homage,’ is a limited grappa release available in the Wildwood Spirits Co. Bothell tasting room beginning Friday, January 5. The image on the bottle’s label is of George Liedholm, the Swedish grandfather of co-owner and head distiller Erik Liedholm.
To produce a fine grappa, it is important the grape pomace is extremely fresh. Liedholm began with a half ton of the finest Chenin Blanc grape pomace from Washington’s Columbia Gorge that were crushed at W.T. Vintners in Woodinville. The grape pomace then fermented for two days using a Burgundy yeast strain before pot distilling to capture the essence of the Chenin Blanc grape.
The distillation yield of a fine grappa is very low so the result is a precious product. The original 1,000 pounds of Chein Blanc grape pomace produced little more than 18 liters of grappa (equivalent to about 24 bottles). The resulting Arande grappa speaks to the Chenin Blanc grape, as well as aromas and flavors of red apple and white flowers. It was bottled at 45% ABV into 375ml bottles and will sell for $50 + tax.
Arande is the newest member of the award-winning family of spirits from Wildwood Spirits Co. Kur gin, recognized upon introduction as one of the Top Ten Spirits by Wine & Spirits Magazine, along with Stark Vatten vodka, have won top honors from the most recognized competitions in the spirits industry, including the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, the San Francisco International Spirits Competition and the Washington Cup.
Next month, Wildwood Spirits Co. will release The Dark Door bourbon, the distillery’s much-anticipated first wheated bourbon (February 2018).
For more information, visit www.wildwoodspiritsco.com