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The Vinicultural Pack

This pack includes The Count's Selection Roussanne, The Count's Selection Charbono, and Buena Vista Port.

Founded in 1863, the Buena Vista Vinicultural Society was the first large European-style winery corporation in California, and boasted $600,000 in capitalization. Most of the buyers of the debt were French bankers in San Francisco; only the French knew how much money a modern winery could make, as there had never been one like Buena Vista Winery in America before. Part of the goal of the Vinicultural Society was to grow a wide variety of European grape varieties, as the Count once said: no winemaker can know how great a wine he can make until he uses the proper assortment of European grapes.

The Count journeyed to Europe in 1861 to bring back cuttings of European vines, and after a seven month journey brought back 100,000 cuttings of 353 different varieties.

Our Buena Vista Roussanne is a delicious white wine made from grapes first grown in the Rhone district of Southern France. Our version comes from grapes sourced from the small Bennett Valley AVA just northwest of the Sonoma Valley. Roussanne grapes produce round and plush wines with aromas of ripe citrus and Springtime florals, and flavors of stone fruit, lemon zest, and melon.

Our Charbono is a red wine sourced from the famous Shypoke Vineyard in Calistoga; 50 year old vines produce grapes of exceptional intensity. Charbono is a grape originally found in the Savoie region of northeastern France, it features big tannins and earthy spiciness. Our Charbono offers enticing aromas of blackberry and cherry, and flavors of blueberry and cola.

Buena Vista Winery has been open in the modern era continually since 1949, and a Port has usually been one of our many offerings. Made in the Tawny Port style, this fortified wine offers aromas and flavors of dried plums, blackberry, maple syrup and roasted coffee. It is rich and complex, and will make a perfect pairing for rich cheeses, pecan pie, or dark chocolate. Because it is fortified with grape spirits, a bottle will stay good for a long time after opening; it is the ideal late night pleasure.



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