A dry wine is one that isn’t sweet because there’s no residual sugar left from the wine-making process. The yeast eats the sugar that comes from the grapes. If winemakers are looking for sweetness – like for a Riesling – they halt the fermentation process halfway. However, if the winemakers leave the wine to a natural finish, the product is a dry wine.
This month, we’d like to focus on the various dry wine varietals available in the US, including a brief rundown of the common flavor profiles, characteristics, and regions most popular here at Payless.
Dry Wine January
If you don’t know a dry white from a Riesling, check out our list of dry wine recommendations for this month.
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. From one of America’s best-known wine regions comes a variety of dry red wines, including cabernet sauvignon. Cabs from this region tend to be low in acidity and aged in dry oak barrels, imparting a more subtle hint of oak than their white wine counterparts. Napa Cabs are typically very dark and dense, with notes of dark fruits such as currants and black cherry.
Washington State Merlot. While not as well-known as Napa or Sonoma, southern Washington has some of the best merlots you can find this side of Bordeaux. Merlot is sweeter than other dry reds like cabernet, due to its lower tannin levels, making it a great wine to ease into if you’re not used to drinking red or dry wines. For this reason, many wineries use merlot primarily in red blends.
Top Shelf Burgundy Pinot Noir. Much is made of Sonoma Pinot Noir, but if you’re looking for something truly top shelf, find a Burgundy Pinot. Burgundian Pinot strays from the fruitier flavors favored by the American version and substitutes more earthy undertones. Typically, Burgundian reds are aged to a lesser extent than Americans and are considered more traditional.
Italian Pinot Grigio. Dry, zesty, and refreshing all in one glass, Pinot Grigio is Italy’s premiere white wine. Pinot Grigio is much more acidic than any of the dry wines found on this list so far, but its apple, citrus, and honeysuckle notes make it accessible to wine enthusiasts of all kinds. Fun fact: The Pinot Gris grapes used to make Pinot Grigio are thought to be mutated from the original Pinot Noir Grapes.
Sonoma Oaked Chardonnay. The California version of the French classic is one of the most popular wines in the world. Because it’s one of the few whites commonly aged in oak barrels, Chardonnay has a unique buttery, vanilla taste in addition to its apple and melon fruit flavors. If you’re not into the buttery oakiness, try an unoaked version from the same region.
Whatever your wine preferences, we challenge you to try something new this month. This list of dry red and white wines is a great place to start and sure to please the pickiest pallet. Alternatively, ask one of our team for a recommendation more individual to your unique tastes.
When it comes to drinking wine, there’s no wrong way to do it. Some prefer dry whites, while others prefer rich reds. Some are just as content drinking a box of commercial wine as they would be with a $200 bottle of a limited edition from the finest vineyard. This Thanksgiving, most dinner hosts want at least one variety of white wine and one red wine to accompany their holiday spreads. Payless Liquors has compiled the following recommendations based on customer reviews and our own personal preferences for great holiday meal accompaniments.
Best Reds for Thanksgiving 2019
Red wine typically pairs best with bold flavors. While most generally consider red wine to go best with red meat, it can also make the perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving turkey. The typical Thanksgiving meal includes lots of rich flavors, so the right red wine can be a great choice for many of your guests.
Pinot Noir. One of the most popular reds has subtle and earthy tones that pair very well with fatty foods and the traditional flavors of a Thanksgiving spread.
Beaujolais Nouveau. Harvested from the Gamay grape, Beaujolais Nouveau is a lighter and fruitier variety of red that pairs perfectly with turkey and stuffing.
California cabernet. These kings are often called the king of red wine grapes, with dark and rich fruit notes and earthy undertones. Whether you get your cabernet from Bordeaux or California, it’s sure to be a hit with your Thanksgiving dinner.
Top White Wines for Thanksgiving 2019
White wine generally pairs best with lighter flavors like fish and chicken, but it can also be a fantastic beverage with a Thanksgiving meal. Many wine enthusiasts believe white wines are best with light-intensity meals, and the average Thanksgiving spread is anything but light-intensity. However, the acidity and fruity notes of the right white wine can be an enjoyable choice for your Thanksgiving guests.
Sauvignon blanc. This variety of white wine generally includes citrus notes and herbal undertones, making it an ideal pairing with rich turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.
Usually either very dry or quite sweet, Riesling contains notes of honey, apple, and apricot with an acidity that makes it perfect as an accompaniment to spiced sweet potatoes, turkey, and herb-rich stuffing.
Pinot grigio. This is a white wine meant for rich, sultry foods full of garlic, onions, and butter. Pinot grigio grapes produce a crisp, refreshing, acidic wine that enhances the flavors of the typical Thanksgiving spread.
The trick to a great wine pairing is to find fruity and earthy notes that complement the flavors of the meal. The wine should ideally be sweeter and more acidic than the food you’re eating, and Thanksgiving dinner generally involves rich, hearty, and generously seasoned flavors that go beautifully with the right wine. Payless Liquors hopes our recommendations for the best types of red and white wine for Thanksgiving 2019 inspire you to find the perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving celebration. Some of your guests may prefer the bold richness of a red while others prefer the dry crispness of a white, so offer them the best of both worlds so everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving to the fullest.
Have you jumped on the rosé bandwagon yet? If not, it might be time to take the plunge. This medium-bodied, dry wine with a pinkish hue will pair well with all your fall festivities. But what is rosé, and how can it find a place in your autumnal celebrations?
What Is Rosé?
There is a common misconception that rosé is the result of mixing red and white wine – this is not only frowned upon, it would be a mark of sloppy wine making. To create a beautiful blush hue, red grapes are macerated – or let to sit – for only a day or two. The grape juice’s contact with the red skin begins to create a pinkish hue. At this point, the juice and skins are separated, and the juice is left to ferment, creating a delicious Rosé. The Provence region of France is most famous for consistently producing high quality roses, but you can find good bottles from various regions, including California and at many price points. In general, Rosé is best served chilled and pairs well with all your autumn activities.
It’s the Best Your Transition Wine
People typically associate crisp, white wines with summer and robust, mouth warming red wines with the winter. It stands to reason that Rosé creates a delicious middle ground for your seasonal transitions. Rosé wines come in a variety of styles. Though most are dry, there are deeper, fuller bodied rosés that fit the bill for cooler weather. For tailgating and outdoor barbeques, there are lighter styles that make for easy and carefree sipping. Just like any other style of wine, there are a variety of flavor profiles that match your unique taste buds.
It Pairs with Your Favorite Fall Foods
Rosé can be an ideal pairing with the hearty, flavorful foods that come with fall. Try it with eggplant pizzas, dishes with smoky Gouda cheeses and mushrooms, grilled red meat, salads, chicken chili, and maple and miso glazed salmon. As a dry wine, Rosé also pairs perfectly with fall sweets like cookies, cakes, blondies, and s’mores.
It Is Crisp and Refreshing
Perhaps the most compelling reason to try Rosé this season is the nature of the wine itself. Touted as a crisp and refreshing wine, it emulates the spirit of the season itself. It can class up your next tailgate or accompany a tree-framed cookout with friends. No matter where your fall plans take you, Rosé can be a perfect accompaniment.
There is a Rosé For Everyone
As we approach the gift giving season, it’s nice to know that Rosé can meet a variety of tastes and price points. Choose a darker variety for your friend that loves a good Cabernet Sauvignon or a paler variety for your pal who sips Chardonnay. Tucked into gift baskets with locally made chocolates, meats, and other eats, Rosé can be the perfect, budget friendly wine for giving. Come in and buy a variety to see what you like – and pick some up for friends while you’re at it!
Looking for a perfect bottle of wine for Valentine’s Day? Why not consider a Rosé. Whether it’s just the two of you toasting your special connection or you and your gal pals raising a glass to the fabulous bond you share – Rosé is the perfect wine to celebrate the occasion. Copain’s Tous Ensemble Rosé 2017 is just the bottle you need and we have it available at Payless Liquors.
Tous Ensemble Rosé 2017
Produced by the winemakers at Copain of Mendocino County, California, this rosé is made from pinot noir grapes. Copain’s wine making philosophy is evident in this French style wine, which means lower alcohol and higher acidity. The Tous Ensemble Rosé of 2017 has 13.5% alcohol and is aged in stainless steel, according to the saignée method.
The 2017 season was marked by significant rainfall, ending the five-year drought that California had been experiencing. When temperatures rose, the fruit ripened quickly, but an expeditious harvest allowed the winemaker to gather all the grapes at their peak ripeness.
The Tous Ensemble Rosé of 2017 boasts a beautiful pale salmon hue. The nose is filled with hints of spring with aroma of crisp red fruits and white flowers. The wine has a resounding freshness and enticing crispness. Notes of honeydew and fresh white strawberries carry through to a long, appealing finish. A versatile wine, this rosé can be enjoyed alone or with lighter foods. It pairs well with salads, grilled fish and many Mediterranean plates.
The Growing Popularity of Rosé
All over the world, and especially in the U.S., sales of Rosé wines have exploded over the past few years. Millenials and social media are driving the upward trend with catchphrases like “yes way, Rosé” and “Rosé all day.” Traditionally thought of as a summery wine, Rosés can now easily be found and enjoyed year-round.
Not just your grandma’s White Zin, Rosés come in a wide range of enticing varietals, made from the same grapes that make pinot noir, roussane, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, or merlot. Wine grapes come in white and red varieties, but not pink, and Rosé is not made by mixing the two. The unique hue of a rosé comes from the method of its fermentation. Red wines take their color from the juice of the grapes soaking, or macerating, in the red skins of the grapes. White wines do not go through this prolonged period of maceration. Rosés navigate a middle course: the juice macerates in the skins but only for a short time, just enough to give it its color.
There is no standard length of time of maceration for a rosé, and this means there is no standard color. The longer it is allowed to soak on the skins, the darker the color. With its enticing range of pink shades, Rosé provides a celebratory vibe for any day – and Instagram-worthy photo ops.
Copain was founded in 1999 and means ‘buddy’ in French. The vineyard sits on a hill overlooking the Russian River Valley and specializes in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Copain takes inspiration from the Rhone Valley of France, producing elegant yet restrained wines.
Come taste why the Copain’s Tous Ensemble Rosé 2017 is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day or any other day for that matter! Stop by Payless Liquors and find your perfect match.
Payless Liquors is proud to feature Joel Gott’s 2017 Central Coast Rosé. Among the many rosés we offer at Payless Liquors, Gott Central Coast Rosé stands out for its exquisite flavor at a reasonable price.
The Joel Gott’s 2017 Central Coast Rosé opens with aromatic notes of strawberry, cherry, rhubarb and white peach. Once the wine hits your palate with flavors of bright red fruit, it follows with a crisp well-balanced clean finish.
Matt Kettmann, a contributing editor at winemag.com, reviewed the Gott Rosé and declared it to be the perfect beach wine, due to its clean flavor and lightness on the palate. Kettmann noted that it had a flash of cherry sweetness mixed with aromas of strawberry and raspberry. He gave it 88 points out of a hundred.
What Is a Rosé?
A rosé wine is a wine intermediate in color between a white and a red wine. When juice is extracted from grapes, it is always clear in color, whether the grape is red, green or dark purple. Red wines get their color when the juice soaks in the skins of the grapes they came from, a process known as maceration.
There are, however, no pink grapes. Rosé is made by macerating the juice of red grapes for only a brief period of time, which makes the final product more of a pink color. The final shade will depend on how long the juice has been allowed to soak up the color from the grape skins.
Provence, a region in southern France, is the region most recognized for producing rosé wines, although a rosé can come from anywhere. There are many different varietals and shades of rosé, so you are sure to find one that suits your tastes and your budget.
The Tastes of the Rosé Family
The tastes of rosé wines are quite diverse, as are the regions they come from. While berry flavors and crisp finishes are common, there are heartier, earthier elements, too, like tobacco hints and leather. Some rosés are light in color while others have darker, stronger hues. They use a wide variety of grapes and macerate for different lengths of time. Some rosés are even sweet, though more commonly they are dry.
Most wine lovers can find a rosé they can appreciate, given the range of dry and sweet, hearty and light, earthy and citrus. Joel Gott’s Central Coast Rosé falls in the lighter, crisper category. If you are looking for that perfect rosé to take you back to the beach, or a nice light wine to pair with appetizers for a night in, grab a bottle of Joel Gott’s 2017 Central Coast Rosé.
Joel Gott Wines was founded in 1996. They source their fruit from the best regions of the West Coast and blend them to create wines noted for their balance, cleanness, complexity and elegance. Their goal is to give their customers food-friendly wines at reasonable prices.
Payless Liquors, from Indianapolis, Indiana, serves the central Indiana area from multiple locations. They carry the Central Coast Rosé in 750 ml bottles. The Rosé is 13.6% alcohol and sells for $9.99 a bottle. You can stop by and pick some up today.
With a slogan of ‘See the Unseen. Try the Untried,’ Prophecy is creating a line of wines that capture a taste of all the premier growing regions around the world. Each wine is crafted to showcase the defining characteristics of each region, giving wine aficionados the opportunity to experience what Prophecy is all about – a shared journey of discovery.
Currently, there are six wines available in the Prophecy family with more expecting to join. Prophecy’s journey will continue to be a life-long one as there are plenty of growing regions to explore. France alone has 11 regions that are known worldwide – Champagne, Alsace, Bordeaux, Provence, Corsica just to name a few. The wines Prophecy currently has available is Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, and Red Blend.
Showcasing the best of New Zealand’s renowned Marlborough region, Prophecy’s Sauvignon Blanc features aromas of grapefruit, lychee and lime zest that eventually lead to flavors of mandarin orange and green apple. The aftertaste is then met with notes of mineral and white tea.
Representing California, Pinot Noir hits the senses with flavors of toasted oak and ripe raspberry. This wine comes across smooth with deep layers of red cherry and strawberry that are complemented by notes of brown spice.
Straight out of Italy’s high-altitude Delle Venezie region, Prophecy’s Pinot Grigio offers flavors of light citrus, tropical fruit, and mineral notes that bring a crisp, refreshing taste. All of these are then complemented by floral aromas.
Combining two regions near the Pacific Northwest, the Red Blend brings together fruits from Washington state and California. This wine is medium bodied with layers of red fruit, aromas of spice and vanilla, and a feeling of an ultra-silky finish.
California Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine sources grapes from premier appellations across California. Smooth and approachable, the California Cab has layers of blackberry, plum, and raspberry with oaky notes of graham cracker.
Prophecy’s Rose features the best of the South of France. This wine is delicate and bright with layers of fresh strawberries, raspberries and a hint of white peach. All of these flavors bring together a crisp and refreshing finish.
Victo Ngai is a New York-based, award-winning illustrator from Hong Kong. “Victo” is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria – a leftover from the British colonization.
Ngai’s work has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, and animations.
To embrace the spirit that each wine unearths a shared journey of discovery, the label designs are inspired by Tarot cards. Many classic Tarot symbolisms are preserved in the illustrations, but the overall design has been refreshed and tailored to fit the personality and varietal characteristics of the individual wine.
Stop by any of our stores and get a taste of Prophecy’s wines for $10.99
Welcome to our Women of Wine Program where we celebrate the women behind our favorite wines. Our first feature is the winemaker behind Apothic Wines, Debbie Juergenson!
Debbie started her career as an analytical technician, with training as a geologist and researcher, and approaches winemaking like a true scientist. Her industry hallmark is her love for, and undeniable skill with, wine blends. Her incredibly popular Apothic creations arguably started the craze for California blends that continues unabated.
Her bold and captivating blends come from using only the most distinctive California grapes. From vintage to vintage, the character and flavor of the individual varietals guide the shape of each blend.
Each vintage, she lets the grapes guide the way from the vine to the cellar, crafting a collection of unforgettable wines, including Apothic Red, White, Dark, Crush and a limited selection of seasonal releases.
“I strive to tell a story with each blend of Apothic,” Debbie explains. “Whether it’s one of drama, intrigue or romance, the wines of Apothic are truly original.” Debbie has certainly succeeded. To celebrate the woman behind the wine, take $1.00 Apothic Wines at Payless Liquors until April 21st.
You love hanging out downtown with friends, great food, and that clear stuff AKA vodka. But what do you do when it’s the middle of the afternoon and you need to lay low till evening and you’re not too fond of wine? Hangar 1 has the answer you’re looking for.
The genius innovation is rosé vodka. You heard me right. This great refreshing alternative to wine is a mix of a unique blend of Hanger 1 Vodka and California rosé wine. Perfect for drinking with a group of friends in the afternoon and just in time for the sunny days ahead of us!
Hangar 1 works with vineyards and farms to source the grapes and fresh ingredients. Their inspiration for rosé vodka came from the local Golden State wine culture and that’s something they wanted to celebrate. This truly is a first-of-its-kind beverage.
The taste is a bit floral with notes of crisp apple, sweet pea blossoms, and a hint of oak on the nose, with a silky and soft mouthfeel finishing fresh with hints of cranberry. Hangar 1 has provided a few hand-picked recipes here for you to enjoy, including the Rosé Spritzer.
Interested in attending Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration but wish there would be wine?! Well, you’re in luck! We’ve been receiving quite a few questions regarding wine and we’re here to clear things up.
There will be wine poured at the event. There will be bourbon barrel-aged wines to compare with their non-barrel aged equivalent. Who knows, you might discover that you prefer barrel-aged wines! This will give you a chance to understand more about the kinds of wines you enjoy.
Bourbon barrel-aged wine has soared in popularity since its official inception in 2014 and many brands have hopped in on the trend. This isn’t quite the first time that winemakers have used bourbon barrels in winemaking, however. Modern bourbon barrel winemaking is all about boosting flavor and richness. “When we use bourbon barrels to finish a portion of the wine, we introduce a different, more intense set of aromas and flavors that would be less pronounced in traditional wine barrels.”
At the event we will have (among others):
Apothic Inferno Bourbon Barrel Aged
Federalist Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel
Federalist 1776 Series Zinfandel
Federalist 1776 Series Chardonnay
Join us for an extraordinary night of bourbon tasting and learn more about the fine art and nuances of distilling and more. Check out our working list of distilleries attending Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration and Get your tickets here.
Robert Mondavi’s vineyards are what one could categorizer as the very niche category of “grape paradise”. With sunshine and fog living in perfect equilibrium, it’s no surprise that these wines are notorious for their quality. The slow and drawn out process of growing the prize winning grapes pays off with their depth and purity of flavor. Mondavi himself spoke to the immense impact that the location of his vineyard has on his wines, “there is no secret: great wine begins in the vineyard.”
This particular vineyard’s notable history began in 1968 when Robert Mondavi developed a dry oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc called Fumé Blanc. It became so popular that it is now synonymous with Sauvignon blanc, thus began the incredibly astronomical success of Robert Mondavi’s wines and vineyard. From the Fumé Blanc came a number of incredible wines, but today the subject is none other than the Robert Mondavi Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
A member of Mondavi’s Private Selection, this wine is nothing short of what you’d expect from such a notorious name in this industry. It is pleasant to all your senses. Visually, its deep red color is perfectly matched to the deep warm smell we are initially greeted with. The toasty smell is paired sweetly with vanilla and brown sugar. Our mouths are watering even before our first sip!
The taste is just as delicious as one would imagine. It’s as if the Earthy scent of this red has been liquefied, sprinkled with the finest spices, and aged in the greatest bourbon barrels on the perfect vineyard! Among the traditionally delicious cabernet sauvignon taste, there is a mix of ripe blackberries and tart black cherries.
This is truly a bottle you need to reserve as soon as possible from your local Payless. It’s not every day that you find a wine that will taste just as delicious with ribs as a charcuterie board!
A Zinfandel should have characteristics like a full bodied fruitful taste with smoky notes and a subtle toasted oak finish.
Great news! 1,000 Stories brings these great qualities and more to their premier Zinfandel. What makes their Zinfandel so attractive, their unique aging process. Batch #001 of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel is produced in small batches similar to premium bourbon, giving it an exceptional taste and inviting aroma.
What started as an experiment became an opportunity to live out a passion. Charlie and Bob, owners of 1,000 Stories, believed that by fermenting wine from a small parcel of premium Zinfandel and then maturing it in bourbon barrels, they would achieve the distinctive taste complexity they were looking for. After acquiring old bourbon barrels from a distillery in Kentucky, Charlie and Bob were able to fulfill their dream and now share their story in each bottle of 1,000 Stories.
1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel was bottled on October 29th, 2014. This date signifies the merging of two American stories, the post Gold Rush arrival of the Zinfandel grapes to California and the new Bourbon barrels, now being made from American oak. Some of the barrels used at 1,000 Stories are 13 years old, having once made the highest quality bourbon.
So, what exactly can you expect from this Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel?
The taste can be described as, a well-balanced blend of dark fruity spices with distinct charred vanilla notes and a subtle smoky finish. The deep and rich purple color can be attributed to the intense mix of the raspberry and black pepper spices. And of course, the warming finish is a result of the custom maturing in the aged Bourbon barrels, which leaves you with the matchless taste promised from 1,000 Stories Winery.
Don’t miss out on the exceptional taste of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, available in your local Payless Liquor Store. You can also visit the Contact Us page to reserve a bottle now. Cheers!
La Crema Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of California and has been making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, & Pinot Gris since 1979. Now a part of the Jackson Family Wines owned by sisters Laura Jackson-Giron and Jennifer Jackson, La Crema handcrafts their wine to ensure balance and intense fruit flavors in very bottle.
The Russian River valley is ideal for producing balanced wines. The first few vintages at La Crema winery were devoted to learning the ins and outs of growing grapes and winemaking in this cool, windy climate. Now, careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure ripe and undamaged grapes. Director of Winemaking, Elizabeth Grant-Douglas then uses artisan winemaking techniques that bring out their distinct flavor.
To ensure La Crema wines stay true to both the varietal and the region, the wine-making teams uses traditional wine-making techniques. They whole-press their Chardonnays before they are fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Before fermentation, the Pinot Noir grapes are cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for five-eight days then aged in both new and used French oak barrels.
Studies have shown that adults who drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol may be less likely to develop heart disease than those who do not drink at all or are heavy drinkers.
Researchers have suggested red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and antioxidants may help prevent heart disease. February is American Heart Month and we’ve teamed up with Jackson Family Wines for Payless Has Heart. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of all Jackson Family Wines will be donated to the American Heart Association this month.
Join us Thursday, Feb. 25 for a Payless Has Heart tasting at our Brendon Way store in Zionsville. Grady and Big Joe from 1070 the Fan will be there from 6-7. The wine tasting begins at 5. And stop by your favorite Payless location anytime this month and purchase La Crema or one of the other wines from the Jackson Family Estate and help the American Heart Association this month.
This Sunday many eyes will be watching the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. This is the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl and to commemorate this achievement, Freemark Abbey along with leading winemaker, Ted Edwards, were selected to create a one-of-a-kind, limited release wine. Fiftieth Reserve is a 2013 Napa Valley Bordeaux-style red wine. It was sourced from pedigreed single vineyard sites from the honored Spring Mountain.
Fiftieth Reserve has rich, dark fruit aromas of dark cherry, Bay leaf, and other herbs. On the palate, ripe boysenberry and Santa Rosa plum are accompanied by a hint of milk chocolate.
The blend of Fiftieth Reserve is 67% Merlot, 14.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 5.7% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels for 18 months. The life span of this wine if stored in a proper cellar is 20+ years. So drink now or save it for Super Bowl 70.
Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Tychson established the original winery along Route 29 in St. Helena where Freemark Abbey still stands. Tyschson is one of the firm women winegrowers on record. The name of the winery was created in 1939, when the three owners – Charles Freeman, Markquand Foster and Abbey Ahern – combined their names to form the “Freemark Abbey.” Ted Edwards has been a winemaker at Freemark Abbey since 1985. He was named partner in 1992 and is now Director of Winemaking.