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Egg-xcellent Wines for Easter ~ Getting Ready to be with my family once more for food and wine

This is one title I didn’t make up myself, Egg-xcellent Wines for Easter.

It’s very campy and cute, and is what it is, and is the brainchild of Domaine Carneros.

[UPDATE: The painting of the egg is the brainchild of Domaine Carneros. the creation of it is from the French company, Nomblot, that has been making concrete wine tanks since 1922. See the comments below this story.]

I love this egg. Com’mon, what’s not to love? Imagine seeing this in a wine cellar. It definitely brightens the dull, drab stainless steel of a wine room, with it’s vibrant colors of spring.

This six feet tall and 2,000 pounds Domaine Carneros’ concrete egg fermenter creates “egg-xcellent” wine. Domaine Carneros Winemaker TJ Evans (pictured to the left), credits the egg’s concrete walls and round, Feng-shui shape with enhancing minerality and rounding flavors. The result, he says, “Is richer, more layered wine, in comparison to other fermenters such as stainless steel (which doesn’t allow wine to breathe, creating bright, sharp, and edgy flavors), or oak barrels (very porous and imparting a lot of oak character).”

I get the Feng-shui thing, I’ve Feng-shuied my house.

Finally, Domaine Carneros has come up with an Easter egg for adults who love wine! Buy one of these for your honey this Easter, guys, those of you who’ve made it big.

I received a sample of the Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé NV. This bubbly has a beautiful salmon color, with aromas of wild strawberries, roses, and peach, with flavors that follow, including rose hips. This is a deliciously dry, not at all sweet, sparkling Brut. The tiny bubbles give away it’s egg-xcellent quality. (Okay, they’ve got me in the mood to have fun some with it, too.)

Other excellent choices for your Easter ham or bird:

  • Domaine Carneros Pinot Clair 2010 (SRP $48) Beckons with a rich golden color, like a ray of liquid sunshine, exotic aromas of pineapple, apricot, Manuka honey, red Delicious apples and golden hay mark the nose. The palate is sweet and round, balanced with mouthwatering acidity. The finish remains crisp and refreshing.
  • Domaine Carneros Le Rêve 2005 (SRP $94.99) – The tête du cuvee of the winery, this blanc de blancs’ generous aromas of honeysuckle, baked pear, and lemon cream tempt the palate, while crème brûlée and toasted almond engage the palate. The full flavors are followed by a remarkably long, silky finish.
  • Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2007 (SRP $34.99) Intense yet elegant aromas of raspberry, black cherry, and hints of anise pairs with a full and round palate delivering cedar, juicy red fruit flavors and a persistent hint of dark chocolate. Its hallmark is the classic long, velvety finish.
View of vineyards from the California wine pro...

View of vineyards from the California wine producer Domaine Carneros (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just think of what you’re serving and choose accordingly. I love bubbles when I have my children – and now their children – at our dining room table, with a holiday as part of the celebration. I have to start this kind of meal with a bubbly selection. I’m so lucky to have so many great ones around me. Domaine Carneros, by the way, is especially poignant, because it was one of my first wineries that I visited when I came to California for the first time in 1990. Seeing the splendor allowed for me to move from Maine to California… How do you keep them down on the farm after they’ve seem Domaine Carneros?

This company did NOT create this egg; however, the benefits of the use of Concrete egg fermenters is on their site:

Sonoma Cast Stone BENEFITS (a fun site to visit):

  • Concrete provides the benefits of oak and the efficiency of stainless while producing a fine wine.
  • Concrete is somewhat porous allowing it to breathe like oak, concentrating the wine while gently diffusing oxygen without adding oak character.
  • Concrete is neutral, like stainless, imparting no flavors of its own, contributing to the flavor profile of the wine. Wines have more fruit expression and a greater richness.
  • Thick concrete walls aid in consistent temperature retention. Glycol tubing can be uniformly embedded into the cast concrete to provide for precision temperature control spread evenly throughout the tank.
  • Our concrete tanks are unlined, allowing for a slow but steady stream of oxygen to enter during fermentation and aging.
  • Tanks are crafted with non-chlorinated water and no chemical additives.
  • Our concrete tanks are lighter and stronger than tanks of similar size, allowing for greater volume while still maximizing maneuverability with a winery forklift.
  • Concrete is easy to clean with a longer life span than oak tanks.

 

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3 Responses to “Egg-xcellent Wines for Easter ~ Getting Ready to be with my family once more for food and wine”

  1. Wine Aerator says:

    Great blog, lovely post structure, and great wine Info!

  2. Hi Jo,

    Thanks for promoting a wonderful winery, and what is a great winemaking tool–the concrete Egg! And what a great picture!

    But I just want to point out that the Egg TJ is using is from the French company, Nomblot, that has been making concrete wine tanks since 1922. You quote some information from a very new competitor using very different concrete and materials (so I feel I must add my two cents!).

    If I can get you any information or be of any follow-up help, just let me know.

    Gerhard Ziemer
    Artisan Barrels and Tanks
    gerhard@artisanbarrels.com

  3. Jo Diaz says:

    Thanks for adding your two cents, Gerhard. Anything to enhance this story is greatly appreciated. I’ll make a note for people to read your comment.

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