The floods that devastated Colorado a year ago inspired three wine experts in Boulder generate a wine called Flood, a tribute into neighborhood character that manifested between next-door neighbors and strangers attempting to reconstruct their cities and everyday lives. They’ll launch the latest wine on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with a wine tasting and quiet auction on Boulder Wine vendor as a fundraiser for Jamestown, which faces a lengthy rebuilding challenge.
“We’re all cyclists, and we’ve all held it's place in Jamestown often times, ” said Matthew Cain, founder of Derailleur Wines, a wine importer and consultancy that really works with exclusive wineries in California, France, Spain and Italy. “It was greatly affected, and still remains impacted.”
The cyclists, all with long careers in the wine company, decided to combine their various skills to generate Flood.
Brett Zimmerman, a master sommelier, gets the palate and a retail store, the Boulder Wine vendor. Craig Lewis owns Stelvio Selections, a wine supplier in Boulder that relies on a group of professionals such as master sommeliers like Bobby Stuckey, Richard Betts, and Matt Zimmerman. And Cain has actually experience at importing and brand building.
The initial bottling, White Label, includes a Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. All Flood red grapes tend to be grown in Santa Barbara, Calif.
In January, Flood will launch another bottling, Black Label, an exclusive Pinot Noir. Produced by recommended winemaker Sashi Moorman, it draws red grapes from four different sites: Bent Rock, Rita’s Crown, Mount Carmel, and Wenzlau. Twenty-five per cent of this wine is whole-cluster fermented, utilizing the the aging process carried out in older French oak barrels.
For every wine sold at the wine tasting, $5 is certainly going to Jamestown flood relief, and all sorts of of the quiet auction profits will likely to be provided for the efforts to rebuild town.