After first tasting our July featured wine I was inspired to see if its very name reveals insight into how to best describe it. According to various internet sources the name Peju means “love” and inspires commitment, willpower, and exuberance. “Province” is defined as an area of special knowledge, interest, or responsibility. The Peju Province Red & White Blend is aptly titled and our July wine-of-the-month.
The love and exuberance of this wine by the members of our executive board who tasted it was universal. Chris, our VP of Linguistics: “It’s like a summer Rose’ but with body!” Sara, our VP of Marketing and PR, was excited to detect a slight effervescence. Our CEO, Dina, spoke of the crispness of a Sauv Blanc with the complexity of a red blend.
To be clear the Peju Province, their signature cuvee, is not a Rose’, which is what you get when you leave red grapes in contact with their skin for a short time. It is a red-white blend. They take stainless-steel fermented white varietals and combine them with barrel-aged red varietals. As the first red-white blend we have seen, the name Province is apropos. The result is a uniquely-hued wine, akin to the shade of watermelon juice. The color alone generated conversation among our board.
Another part of the fun of this wine is attempting to detect the varietals used. We suggest a double-blind tasting the first time you have it. Not the type of double-blind tasting typical of our industry. Rather, place the bottle in a bag and provide your guests with blindfolds. It will be really interesting to see what type of wine (red, white, rose’) and what varietals they think they are tasting. I bet the results will be a broad spectrum, especially since this wine is best served chilled.
As our subscribers know, we are always looking for interesting wines, that are delicious, at great prices. Clearly, Peju Province is interesting...and it’s only $30 per bottle! We recommend a case of it for summer - www.peju.com. For providing our most unique tasting experience of the year at a very reasonable price the Peju Province Red & White Blend is our July wine-of-the-month.