Our first Wineventure of 2017 was back to back trips to Brianza.  They are open until 8 PM on Saturdays and they were a perfect stop after a road trip to visit my Mom. We enjoyed tasting several of their wines and then purchased a bottle of my favorite, their 2014 Cynthiana, to enjoy while listening to live music.  It was a nice relaxing evening.

While we were there, we shared stories with owner and winemaker Tony.  It turned out that he had sourced the grapes for his Cynthiana wines from the same vineyard where we got our Norton grapes.  For those who do not know, Cythiana and Norton are the same grapes.  We were interested in having Tony sample some of our wine so we made plans to return the next week.  Tony was also intrigued by the jellies I had made as Brianza also offers a line of wine related food products including jams and jellies.

We returned the next week with our samples.  Our Norton was ready to be taken out of secondary fermentation and we were disappointed to discover a beat too much yeast flavor and aroma.  Tony agreed and surmised it had to do with the wild yeast that had started early fermentation while we were still processing the grapes.  He gave up tips on monitoring the sulfite levels to counter the yeast.  It was fun to share our wine and jellies with him and the other winery visitors and we enjoyed another wonderful evening of conversation and laughter over yet another bottle of Brianza’s 2014 Cythiana.