Producing Dessert in a Glass

A Napa Valley based family-owned Honig Vineyard and Winery is primarily known for its dry Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, but the company also has a limited edition late harvest Sauvignon Blanc which is a real head-turner.

Describing the wine, proprietor Stephanie Honig says, “Our property borders the Napa Valley River, so even though it’s a dry climate, there is some humidity there. When we pick the Sauvignon Blanc, we leave one block just hanging, and see what happens. Some years it gets Botrytus, and some years it doesn’t. It’s a risk we take, and seven years out of ten it works. The result is 200-300 cases. It has all the same characteristics of Sauterne, but there is no Semillon in the blend, so this is a much lighter wine.”

This wine is sold primarily through restaurants to accompany desserts such as crème brulée, or to accompany wine platters. “It’s kind of like dessert in a glass”, quips Ms Honig with a smile.

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Photo:  Stephanie Honig