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Jennifer Johnson
 
June 6, 2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Ruby Dry Rose

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 14, 2018                 CONTACT:  Jennifer Johnson 513-502-0123

Johnson ESTATE Winery:  Releases New Dry Rosé
Made in traditional French fashion from estate-grown Maréchal Foch

Westfield, (NY) – To start.  What is the most popular wine in France?  Today, it is rosé.  In fact, since 2008, sales of rosé wines in France have actually been higher than sales of white or red wines.  Twenty years ago in the United States, rosé was thought of as a light, pink, sweet “beach” wine.  Today, more sophisticated rosé wines, often on the dry side, are experiencing a burgeoning popularity in the United States, amongst both Millennials and general wine drinkers – just as in France ten years ago.   Imports of French rosé wine to the United States increased 58% in 2015 alone – and over the last fifteen years have risen from a mere 158 thousand liters in 2001 to 7.800 million liters in 2015. 

Johnson Estate Winery’s 2017 Ruby Dry Rosé
In early May, just as spring was struggling to arrive in western New York, Johnson Estate’s winemaker, Jeff Murphy, confirmed that the winery’s most recent Dry Rosé was ready to be put on the shelves.   The rich ruby color of this wine positively glows in its clear glass bottle.  In addition, the bottle has a tempered glass cork – a pale pink re-sealable Vino-lok glass cork - which is also popular in Europe for rosé wines.

What’s the Saignée Method?
Johnson Estate’s 2017 Ruby Dry Rose was made from estate-grown Maréchal Foch grapes which were picked when fully ripe.  The juice was “bled off” just an hour or so after the grapes were picked and the remaining grapes were used to make our traditional Maréchal Foch varietal wine.  Thus, this light and fresh rosé juice has not been through the press nor is it fermented with grape skins.  This traditional process of making rosé wine is called “the saignée method”.  The resulting crisp, ruby-colored wine has an aroma of strawberries and cranberries and a velvety and full mouth-feel redolent of raspberries.  Strong elements of fresh fruit and very light tannins result in the perfect summer wine.

Johnson Estate’s Ruby Dry Rosé joins a portfolio of award-winning dry, semi-dry, and sweet wines made from both classic vinifera grapes (Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon) as well as younger French varietals (Maréchal Foch, Chambourcin, Seyval and Vidal Blanc, and Chancellor).

Johnson Estate Winery, with 115 acres of vineyards, is the oldest estate winery in New York State and a founding member of the Lake Erie Wine Country. For more information please visit www.johnsonwinery.com, or www.facebook.com/johnsonwinery, or call 716-326-2191.

[Photo Credit:  John Conti, Jamestown, NY]

Time Posted: Jun 6, 2018 at 6:53 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
April 29, 2018 | Jennifer Johnson

All About May Wine

The Story Behind Johnson Estate's May Wine
Johnson Estate is located in a special microclimate along the shores of Lake Erie, similar to that found in Germany.  As a result, the grapes grown and wine made in Germany - Rieslings, Pinot Noir, and ice ones - are exactly the ones which also do well here in western New York.

Johnson Estate's Winemaker Jeff Murphy, travels to Europe every year or two and often comes back with some new insights or "discoveries" which are utilized in our products or events.  These have included: the terracotta bottles used for our Ruby Port and Cream Sherry; the glass corks manufactured in Germany and now used on our Freelings Creek wines, and the idea of serving "Fedderweiser", a partially fermented grape juice, for a fall Riesling celebration. 

May Day in Germany
In Germany, spring festivities feature "Maiwein", or white wine punches with strawberries and a handful of the shade-loving herb, sweet woodruff (shown here, behind the bottle, just emerging for spring).  Jeff was inspired by the annual celebration of May Day in Germany to create Johnson Estate’s own May Wine, using estate-grown Vidal Blanc wine and an infusion of dried sweet woodruff.  This sparkling May Wine was first released in 2016 and since the "experiment" was so well-liked, production was doubled the following year.  Our current plan is to release, each spring, a limited vintage of this special wine.    .

But What is Sweet Woodruff?
Galium Odoratum
In Germany, sweet woodruff is called “Waldmeister” or the “Master of the Woods”.  It is a spring blooming perennial plant which thrives in moist woodland shade.  In the Middle Ages, it was known as an herbal medicine since the dried leaves contain coumarin and infusions were used as a spring tonic and even as an aphrodisiac.  When dried, the herb has the long-lasting scent of freshly mown grass and vanilla.  The dried herb has been used for centuries as a strewing herb, for pot pourri or as a perfume ingredient, as a tonic in tea, and an ingredient in German May Wine or a punch made with white wine, this herb, and strawberries – to celebrate the coming of spring.

See May Wine product listing.

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2018 at 5:58 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
February 16, 2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Sparkling Traminette Wins Double GOLD

& Best of Class & Best of Show Sparkling

Six other vintages win Gold Medals


Johnson Estate is very excited and proud to announce the following awards at the
2018 East Meets West Wine Competition.  The multiple accolades for our favorite Sparkling Traminette are, we believe, well-deserved.  It is an elegant and delicious wine, complementary to a wide variety of food, ranging from appetizers to desserts.

2016 Sparkling Traminette: 
DOUBLE GOLD & BEST OF CLASS  & BEST OF SHOW SPARKLING

2016 Founders' Red: GOLD

2016 Niagara: GOLD, BEST OF CLASS

2016 Concord: GOLD

2016 Vidal Ice Wine: GOLD

In addition, Beverage Testing Institute (Tastings.com) just released
its ratings for Johnson Estate's 2016 vintages of Riesling and Traminette:

2016 Sweet Riesling:  GOLD, Exceptional, 90 Points
2016 Traminette:  GOLD, Exceptional, 90 Points
2016 Black Locust Dry Riesling:  SILVER, Highly Recommended, 89 Points
2016 Dry Riesling:  SILVER, Highly Recommended, 89 Points
2016 Semi-Dry Riesling:  SILVER, Highly Recommended, 89 Points

 

Time Posted: Feb 16, 2018 at 3:09 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
January 28, 2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Estate Wineries: Controlling Quality from Bud to Bottle

So, just what are estate wines?  Why is it important to know?
Why does Johnson Estate include it in its brand/name?

The Estate Label
Producing estate-grown and bottled wines is analagous to the French phrase "mis-en-boteille en chateau" - wine bottled at the estate/chateau.  "Estate" wineries, which have a financial interest and own the vineyards AND the winery provides incentives to maximize quality of grape production, not quantity, and thus gives the winery in question some good advantages and attributes.

The U.S. government, through the Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau (known as the TTB), sets the requirements for wineries that want to use the word "estate" on their labels. 

  • Estate-labelled wine must be made from grapes either grown on land owned or controlled by the winery.
  • Those grapes must be in the same viticultural area as the winery. 
  • The winery must crush, ferment, and finish the wines - bottled and aged - on the winery premises. 

Thus, an "estate winery" is one whose operations are vertically integrated to include farming/growing of grapes in vineyards owned by the winery, wine-making, and bottling. As an estate winery, Johnson Estate's vineyard practices are wholly integrated into the production of its wines, and quality, rather than quantity, is the governing principle from bud to bottle.

Time Posted: Jan 28, 2018 at 11:45 AM
Jennifer Johnson
 
December 16, 2017 | Jennifer Johnson

ICE Wine - How Sweet It Is

"ICE Wine - How Sweet It Is"
Edible Western NY
by Christine A. Smyczynski, Photos by Publisher Stephanie Schuckers Burdo
READ IT HERE

Time Posted: Dec 16, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
December 1, 2017 | Jennifer Johnson

All About Quince

What is Quince Paste?
Quince trees (Cydonia oblonga), of the apple or “pome” family, are native to the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, Armenia, and northern Iran/Persia. The hard, sometimes fuzzy, fruit is apple or pear-shaped and the green skin becomes bright yellow when ripe. Its whitish-yellow flesh turns a beautiful ruby color when cooked. Quince fruit is high in pectin and has a unique sweet-tart, floral flavor which is perfect in preserves, jams or jellies, and quince paste. Known as “dulce de membrillo” in Spain, quince paste is a thick, sliceable  jam, often served with Manchego cheese.

The Story of Quince at Johnson Estate:
Fred William Johnson was an orphan from England who immigrated to Saskatchewan at the age of 14 and worked as a cowboy until making his way to Cornell in the late 1800’s. He bought the farm in 1908, planting orchards of cherries, peaches, apples, and pears. He grew quince for his own consumption and both Fred Sr. and Fred Jr., founder and current owner of Johnson Estate respectively, grew up eating poached quince. Although quince trees  were popular in England and the colonies, quince orchards are now somewhat rare in the United States.  Fred and Jennifer Johnson have planted three varieties:  Van Deman, Orange, and Aromatnaya, providing quince not only for Fred’s dessert with cream, but sufficient quantities for Jennifer to make quince paste to pair  with cheese and wines and to sell in the winery.

How to Serve Quince Paste:
With a small knife, gently pry the quince paste out of the glass jar and onto a plate or cheese board. It will hold its shape and may be cut into slices to accompany cheese or charcuterie. In Spain, quince paste is traditionally served with Manchego, a salty sheep’s milk cheese, but the  paste is delicious paired with a large variety of hard  and soft cheeses.

SOLO:
Serve as dessert with cookies or crackers; pair with Johnson Estate Vidal Blanc.

CHEESE PAIRINGS:
Gitane, Tom or Palimino from Reverie Creamery, Mayville, NY  (Riko Chandra,  Owner)
Various sharp cheddar cheeses  (Yancey Fancy & Cabot brands   available in the winery)
Parmesan and other hard cheeses; goat and soft cheeses

Time Posted: Dec 1, 2017 at 12:50 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
November 27, 2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Christmas is Coming


There is a story behind this event. 

Last year, Jennifer saw one of Brenda McCutheon's origami "stars" at her booth at the Westfield Farmer's Market.  After some discussion of the possibilities, she commissioned Brenda to make ornaments for the winery Christmas tree using cream cardstock and the winery's old labels.  The new ornaments make the live Christmas tree (grown and supplied by the Knapp family who live nearby) a deserved focal point in the tasting room for the month of December and a source of pride and delight as we upgraded the winery's made-in-China  "ornaments" for something much more meaningful.  Yes, we've asked Brenda to make extra ornaments which we will be selling in the winery so that you may have one too!

So this year, we'd like to celebrate properly.  With a tree lighting.  And the other activities that make our Christmas holidays special: 

  • Christmas hors d'oeuvres and wine pairings - not enough for dinner, but a nice pre-dinner start!
  • Thoughtful and customized gift sets and baskets for friends and family.
  • Flights of Ice Wine - and enter your email for a drawing to win a deluxe ice wine gift basket - just in time for New Year's.
  • Gift wrapping and a calligrapher to make that gift tag just right.

We hope that you can join us.  No reservations necessary.

Time Posted: Nov 27, 2017 at 7:43 PM
Jennifer Johnson
 
October 15, 2017 | Jennifer Johnson

New 2016 Vintages Released This Summer & Fall

You may have heard that in the wine business, it takes about seven years to figure out if you made a good (or bad) decision - because that's how long it takes to plant grapes, wait for adequate production to make wine, and then to sell that wine - and to see if your customers like it! 

Likewise, we rely on Mother Nature.  And sometimes, as in February of 2015, you get a surprise.  In this case, it was 30 degrees BELOW zero, which was cold enough to damage some tender vines (Riesling and Traminette) and to seriously reduce production in some vineyards.  SO, that was a long way of saying that we sold out of some vintages unintentionally - because we did not have the necessary grapes/juice to produce planned quantities. But now, they are back!

Black Locust Dry Riesling
Traminette
Pinot Noir (first estate vintage)
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chambourcin
Sparkling Traminette
Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Chambourcin Ice Wine
Sparkling Rosé Ice Wine

Time Posted: Oct 15, 2017 at 10:52 AM
Jennifer Johnson
 
October 1, 2017 | Jennifer Johnson

2017 Gold Medals

One of the summer's best stories is that we had been sold out of Vidal Blanc Ice Wine for some time and were looking forward to the bottling and release of the 2016 vintage.  Winemaker, Jeff Murphy, had already entered sent some wines in the 2017 San Francisco Wine Competition, but knew that he wanted to include Johnson's 2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine - and as it had just been bottled, he had to ship it to California via overnight Federal Express to insure that it arrived in time for the wine judging June 30 - July 2.  Are we glad that he did!  The 2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine was awarded 97 Points!!!

Another point of pride is the accolades given to our May Wine.  The 2016 vintage was the second of this new product inspired by Germany's spring May Wine celebrations with a white wine punch laced with sweet woodruff and strawberries.  Here's what the Beverage Testing Institute had to say:
"Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape jelly, wild lemon, and preserved peach with a round, crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length roasted nuts, dried pineapple, and cream soda finish with coating, silky, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An exemplary sparkler with terrific effervescence and a nuanced approach to Vidal Blanc."

OTHER AWARDS EARNED DURING 2017:

2016 Traminette - Gold & Best of Class, 2017 NY Food & Wine Classic
                             Exceptional/90 Points, Tastings.com
2016 Sweet Riesling - Exceptional/90 Points, Tastings.com
2016 Black Locust Riesling
- Highly Recommended/89 Points, Tastings.com
2016 Dry Riesling - Highly Recommended/89 Points, Tastings.com
2016 Semi-Dry Riesling - Highly Recommended/89 Points, Tastings.com
2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine - Double Gold, 2017 San Francisco Int'l Wine
2015 Seyval Blanc - Double Gold, 2017 NY Food & Wine Classic
2015 Ives - Double Gold, 2017 Finger Lakes Wine Competition
2016 May Wine - 94 Points, Gold/Exceptional, Beverage Testing Institute, Tastings.com

Time Posted: Oct 1, 2017 at 10:49 AM

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