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For ten years I’ve tried to distance Jeff’s Corner from the difficult times we live in and allow it to be a sanctuary for wine lovers where we (myself included) could immerse ourselves in our passion while we learn some things and hopefully have a few laughs.

The COVID-19 virus, however, has changed our lives in ways that were unimaginable a month ago, and I can’t sit here and type-away as if it hasn’t. What I can do is extend a warm and lasting hug to everyone and urge us to be safe, smart, patient and avoid fear and panic. To quote William Faulkner, “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail.”   

There is some exciting GCV news to talk about, however! Our 2018 red and 2019 white and sweet wines will boast a brand new (and really cool) label. You can check it out in this nifty photo that will be included with our April Wine Club allocation.

Jeff's Corner

Well, Well, Well,
Today’s Petite Sirah Day;
It’s black and brooding,
Volatile and moody,
Angst-ridden,
And oozing despair.

I suppose this is a pretty melodramatic intro to our new 2018 Petite Sirah, but then Petite Sirah has always been, to me, a very dejected and disconsolate grape. It also happens to make my favorite wine.

Petite Sirah is the infamous idiot bastard son of Syrah, and he is one of the darkest, scariest, mysteriously secretive and seductive entities ever to stalk the wine bars of Lyon. Known by many aliases as his legend grew, his most common sobriquet globally is “Durif,” while in the United States he most often goes by the confusing moniker “Petite Sirah.”

Spawned in the Rhone Valley of France in the commune of Tullins by Dr. Francios Durif in the 1860’s, the little bastard Petite was the result of pollen from some Syrah having its way with the flowers of a Peloursin vine, a grape now close to extinction. Like its name, Petite is a small grape with thick, dark skins that promise a wine with major attitude.

And whoo whee, Granny, our new 2018 Petite Sirah sure delivers that attitude with a roundhouse, knock-out punch with a 15.5% ABV and a blend of 95% Petite Sirah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The extraordinary color of this wine is an impregnable purple/black (like squid ink) that captures our eye even before it hits the bottom of our glass. It is scary dark, and like Macbeth says, “Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires.”

The aromas are incredibly complex, with layers of ripe blueberry, black plum, blackberry jam and licorice, laced with cracked black pepper, dark chocolate, espresso and sweet vanilla.  

The palate is well-balanced with firm tannins and a bright acidity that give way to a lush, lingering finish. Jason and his gang have achieved the elusive task of creating an opulent, jammy wine that avoids being overripe.

Let’s pair this monster wine with a giant platter of Texas Hill Country BBQ that includes smoked brisket, ribs, jalapeño sausage, and all the traditional sides of pinto beans, potato salad, white bread and blackberry cobbler.

Now, before we sign off, be sure and check out the really cool photo brought to you by my “editor” Chelsea Scott. Notice anything new? Well, you just got a sneak preview of our elegant new GCV wine label. More about this to come...

Jeff’s Corner

Hey, Hey, Hey

It’s difficult for me to remember a Grape Creek wine with a more anticipated release than our 2017 Invention. The staff, and our loyal Wine Club members, were at a fevered pitch between its debut in the Black Label December allocation and when it finally appeared on our tasting bar in early January.

Invention is 100% Texas Petit Verdot, a grape being recognized as a rising star in both the Hill Country and the High Plains. We’ll talk more about this awesome wine in a moment, but first let’s check out this very ancient grape.

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