About the Wine:
This is a bright rosé wine, made entirely like a white wine. The only skin contact time is during crush and press. This is one of our most prolific wines - being sold almost everywhere our wines are sold.
The production of this wine is about 100 cases per year, and almost always sells out before the next vintage is available. In some years the grapes are very limited. Especially in 2020, the amount of these grapes scarce due to a late frost in the vineyards.
Because of labeling laws, this cannot be labeled as a vintage wine. NY and NH do not share a border. So, you may find this wine in a variety of bottlings:
- 3 different labels as our branding evolved
- Pink Capsule or clear necked bottle (shown below)
- Real cork, artificial cork, and twist top as our capabilities evolved in the winery
If you are reading this from a QR code on a bottle, this wine was harvested in 2020 or later.
Chambourcin is one of those grapes that can be made into a wide variety of wines. Mike uses this grape in M, M Demi-sec, China Girl, and The Muse. It is a deep red grape that cannot reliably be grown in New Hampshire. The low winter temperatures would cause this vine to die to the ground each year and not produce fruit the following year. These vines have often failed in New Hampshire, succeeding only in the most extreme southeast corner of the state where the ocean or another warm body of water can keep the vines warm over the winter.
These Chambourcin grapes were sourced from a vineyard in Marlboro, New York, about an hour drive north of New York City.
China Girl has won the following competition medals:
Bronze - The Big E Wine Competition 2017 (2016 harvest)
Bronze - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2020 (2019 harvest)
About the Name:
This wine is named for the winemaker's wife. She grew up in China, Maine, USA. China, Maine is a short drive from the state capital, Augusta.