Skyside California Wines

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Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines has announced the launch of Skyside wines, with Anne Dempsey as winemaker.

Born within Newton Vineyard in 2007 as Red Label, and known today as Skyside, these wines have evolved as a result of consumer trends, the company says. In time for summer, Skyside’s three wines are Chardonnay, Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Skyside Chardonnay 2017 (SRP: $19.99) A fruit-forward blend of nectarine and stone fruit with aromas of peach, bright citrus and honeysuckle, the company reports.
  • Skyside Red Blend 2017 (SRP: $19.99) A blend of merlot, petite syrah and cabernet sauvignon, this wine expresses aromas of cranberry and plum fruits, warm baking spices, violets and chocolate.
  • Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (SRP: $22.99) Shows aromas of violets, blueberry and plum fruits, spices, coffee and chocolate.

Skyside’s logo displays an eagle flying over vineyards, which ties to the brand’s motto, “roots to grow, wings to fly.”

With the 2017 vintage and transition from Newton Vineyard, Skyside has expanded its boundaries to source grapes from five counties that make up the North Coast appellation, including Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Solano and Napa.

Anne Dempsey’s passion for wine stems from a family tradition started in the 1920s, when her grandfather migrated from Tuscany to the U.S. to start his own wine business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis. Following her studies, she held positions at wine producing regions including Marlborough, New Zealand and Franschhoeck Valley in South Africa. She has held roles as Assistant Winemaker at Clos Pegase in Napa Valley, and ten years as the Enologist and then later Winemaker at Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma.

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