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July 24, 2009

Krupp Brothers at Stagecoach Vineyard Fires up the Grill With Inaugural Atlas Peak Excursion and Barbecue

When the winemaker's an Aussie musician who's honed his cellar skills with Michel Rolland (among others), the vintner is a doctor with a serious green thumb and the chef is a hunter/angler/gardener/former line cook who cures his own wild boar and has a James Beard Award nomination under his belt, well, everything just tastes better.

The unparalleled vineyard views surrounding Stagecoach Vineyard’s uncovered pavilion don’t hurt either. 

July 19, 2009 ushered in Krupp Brothers Winery's inaugural summer barbecue. It was an intimate yet casual gathering of Krupp Brothers wine club members and some of the valley's most esteemed wine and food professionals. While Honest-Food blogger and chef Hank Shaw added thick vine cuttings from Krupp Brothers' own Stagecoach Vineyard to the grill, guests from as far away as Austin, Texas nibbled on smoked shad rillettes topped with herring caviar (a pun only the true angler could appreciate, as shad also belongs to the herring family) and sipped on a beautifully chilled Rhone-inspired wine from the Krupp Brothers Black Bart label, called "The Bride." An aromatic blend of marsanne and viognier, winemaker Nigel Kinsman added a hit of vhardonnay to increase acidity and lighten the texture in this straw-colored white wine. One of Krupp Brothers' many unsung gems, “The Bride” is a honeysuckle and orange zest scented wine little understood outside the wine geek crowd - that is, until it's tasted, as was evidenced by the day’s thirsty crowd. Every bottle cracked was instantly, and happily, drained.

Other bottles enjoyed among the vines included Krupp Brothers tempranillo-based blend "The Doctor," and Black Bart's 2006 Syrah, a recent release and a wine Kinsman aptly said, "screams with bacon fat and graphite flavors."  No.2 pencils with a side of lard? It sounds bizarre until you taste it paired with a healthy helping of sundried zucchini with shredded mint.

Owned by former internist Jan Krupp nearly 700-acres of planted vines at Stagecoach Vineyard has already achieved rock star status among cult Napa Valley names like Caymus, Plumpjack, Palmaz and Realm. While over 20 producers source everything from cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay to syrah, malbec and tempranillo from this rocky mountain site, it has only been in the last few years that Krupp's own labels - Krupp Brothers, Black Bart and Veraison - have started to make the same waves as its grapes.

Jan Krupp has walked many miles (and harvested many vines) since he bought his first 41 acres in Atlas Peak's eastern hills in 1991. The doctor with two green thumbs and an insatiable hunger to create fine wine has, in less than two decades, literally moved a billion pounds of rock and carved out one of the most extraordinary vineyards in what was once considered a scrubby, barren desert frontier. He’s also worked diligently to replant hundreds of native California plants and dedicated himself to maintaining the wild mountain ecosystem encompassing his vineyards. The richly textured reds and whites in Krupp Brothers' threefold portfolio are wines to get to know sooner rather than later.

To view photos on Flickr from the inaugural vineyard excursion: http://is.gd/1HUn7
To purchase Krupp Brothers wines, visit: http://is.gd/1HVPf
To learn more about the upcoming Vineyard Excursion and Barbecues contact concierge Amber Lanier at amber@kruppbrothers.com

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