Introduced by the Bowman-Forman Corporation around twenty five years ago, the Woodford Reserve might just more than a newbie if compared to the multi-century old bourbon, yet it still has a prestige and a history of its own.
Woodford Reserves are located eight miles outside the Versailles in Woodford Country, Ky and owns perhaps, Kentucky’s one of the oldest and most essential distillaries. It is not only honored to the official sponsor of the important annual Kentucky event but has also gained various awards and accolades as appreciation in its short period of existence.
The Distinct Role in Bourbon’s Evolution
Since its existence that dates back to 1812, the Labrot and Graham Distillery has produced a variety of brands, amongst which, one was known as Oscar Pepper. Its one-time master distiller Dr. James Cristopher Crow is accredited to introduce and perfect the art of sour mash fermenting technique, which involved the use of the preceding batch of mash to ferment the following batch. This technique has now commonly employed in the bourbon’s production today.
More Than Just a Distillery
The Labrot and Graham Distillery is not only appraised for their production but is also termed as one of the 32 National Historic Landmarks in Kentucky and is also a part of the National Register of Historic Places.
A Change in the Purpose of The Building
The distillery was brought by Brown-Forman back in 1941 and was used to produce the Early Times Whisky. In 1973, the building along with the surrounding land was sold to a local farmer. It was back in 1993, when Brown Forman brought the land and set it up as a distillery when he needed space to distill a small batch of bourbon.
The Worth of The Local Ingredients
To maintain the quality the Woodford Reserves are known for, the ingredients owned are essentially self growed. From the corn that is locally grown from Shelby County to the water from the neighbouring Glenn’s creek which is naturally filtered with limestone to get rid of any unwanted flavour, the distillery also employs the use of a distinct, trademarked strain of yeast to begin the process of fermentation.
A Variety of Production
The Woodford Reserve take pride in four of their whiskeys including the Distiller’s Select and the Double Oaked as the distinct bourbons along with the Rye and Malt whiskies. Furthermore, the distillery also features a small batch of limited-release productions such as the Master’s Collection and the Distillery Series which can only be bought at the Woodford Reserve Distillery and the restricted number of Kentucky Retailers.
Three Time Distillation in Pot Stills
The whiskey which is featured in the Woodford’s Master’s Collection is produced entirely by pot distillation which is produced by distilling thrice in pot stills.
Better The Aging, Better The Flavour
All the types of whisky produced at the Woodford’s Reserve are produced by initially again in 1870 stone barrel house which utilizes heat cycling to control and maintain the maturation.
Filling $1000 Mint Juleps
Every year at the Derby, Woodford Reserve serves a limited number of juleps either in solid silver vessel to the racers on in 20 gold-plated cups with a silver sipping straw for those willing to raise the stakes a little high.
$1500 Limited Edition Crystals Decanters
Woodford Reserves have also launched a limited-edition crystal bottles at duty-free stores around the world for a year. The bottles are a result of the collaboration of the brand with the French crystal manufacturers and hold bourbons which have aged for three years.
For those who have never visited the Napa Valley; the world’s most sought destination for wine’s lovers, there’s always a chance to explore America’s largest wine community in Chateau Montelena. Known for manufacturing the victorious white wine in the crucial 1976 Judgment of Paris, Chateau Montelena has rightfully received the honor being included in the National Register of Historic Places. Furthermore, the triumphant bottle of 1973 Chardonnay is also a part of the enduring collection at the Smithsonian.
However, this is not all about the American champion and here are seven more things everyone should know about it.
All The Ropes to Create The Winery
While the Napa Valley is renowned for its vivid landscapes and splendid winery building, there is little comparison with Chateau Montelena’s 1880’s stone chateau. This magnificence is, however, not easily bought and has required a great deal of rope money. The founder and entrepreneur Alfred Tubbs had sold rope to gold miners and sailors, to own the fortune needed to buy the acres in Calistoga back in 1882. The rope business, also known as the Tubbs Cordage Company, continued its operation in San Fransisco till 1962.
Inspired By French, Built in California
The motivation to commence a wine business dates back to the time when Tubbs had a taste of French wine while he was on a tour after his retirement. The inspiration was put to reality after After returned to California, brought the Napa Valley land and hired a French winemaker to supervise the business which was now called as A.L. Tubbs Winery. And it is for this reason that it wouldn’t be wrong to say the winery played a pivotal character in establishing a relationship between French and American winemaking.
The Inspiration Behind The Name
The name Montelena, is neither inspired from romantic tale nor from any family tradition. It was thought of by Tubb’s grandson Chapin who had simply shortened the name of the nearby mountain; Mount St.Helena. It was Chapin who had coined the name for the winery again in 1940.
The Lush Grounds Retained By Retirees
In the years that followed the ban imposed over winery, the manufacturing of wine was put to a halt for nearly twenty years. It was in 1958, when Yort and Jeanie Frank; two retirees brought the property and supervised the mesmerizing landscape including the Jade Lake. However, the Franks did not make wine.
It’s Never Too Late
Winemaking resumed at Montelena when in 1968, new owners set foot and appointed Mike Grgich as the winemaker. Together, they replanted the vineyards, renovated the outdated equipment and it was in 1972 that the place started producing wine again.
Second Chance to The Rescue
The efforts of Grgich and his team did not go wasted as the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay owned the honor to be the second modern vintage at the winery. However, this achievement is not as heard as the story of the impact of the 1976 Judgement of Paris had on Napa Valley.
The CEO Who Cleaned The Barrels
The success of winery lies in the efforts of every single person involved in it including the CEO Bo Barrets, who’s link with Chateau Montelena dates back to nearly five decades. Barret has been a part of every vintage since 1972 and has been involved in every major to minor task including weeding, pruning and even cleaning the barrels. All this to simply promote the wine all over the world.
It is More Than Just White Wine
The highlight of Chateau Montelena has always been there exquisite wine. While back in the days it was Chardonnay that had first stole the show for the place, it is now Cabernet Sauvignon which has now followed the footsteps to creates its own legacy just like it has done in Napa Valley.
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