Ana Diogo-DraperWinemaker

6 months ago

Dear Angels, Archangels & friends,

I am delighted to share with all of you my first release under the new label.
It is an homage to my Portuguese roots, a play on the traditional tiles (azulejos) you find all over Portugal. Different wines will have distinct patterns, so please collect them all :)

This Verdelho was made with all you poolside sippers in mind... With only 12.5% alcohol, you can drink and forget all about it (literally!). It has an incredibly aromatic profile, bright acidity, and round finish. I hope it will become a favorite of all of you.

When I look at this label, I am taken by a mix of emotions.
I moved to California, from Portugal, almost 12 years ago. The first reason was that I fell in love with the unique beauty of this corner of the heart, and knew I wanted to call it home.
The second was that I truly wanted to become a female winemaker I my own right. That was not an easy task in Europe back then, in a industry very male driven. And, when I did my first harvest in California, I met some amazing women winemakers, who became friends and mentors, and inspired me to be a believer. To believe in me, and to fight to make my dreams a reality.

Your support, for the past five years, has been nothing short of amazing. Making wine for you is an adventure, and I thank you for this incredible journey that we are taking together...

Cheers,
Ana

16 replies... (latest reply 6 months ago)
Archangel

Ana, your story, your wine and that stunning label has made me so very happy tonight. Thank you, for bringing your considerable talents to Naked Wines. May I say that your label is so very beautiful. I know your wine will be as stunning.

6 months ago

Angel

I'm thirsty already. :)

6 months ago

Angel

I can't seem to find this wine on the website!

6 months ago

Archangel

Ana it's been such a journey. You are an incredibly talented, dedicated and hard working winemaker deserving of all of the success and accolades that come your way. And beyond that, you are a wonderful person with a heart of gold and a beautiful soul.
Your new label design is gorgeous....I love the homage to the iconic Portuguese tiles that are so instantly recognizable. Can't wait to try your new release. And thank you for the lower alcohol level...it will really help me for that sunny weather sipping! Your friend always Ana, Karen

6 months ago

Karen,
If I may add: it's not a "low alcohol level". It is what a wine alcohol level should be and has always been. Ana being Européen obviously knows the wine world.
I remember while a teenager in France and experiencing drinking all kind of wines and at that time started to adventure to the Italian wines that I love dearly, my brother in law Herve is from Portugal and I discovered then the Portuguese wines and Spanish wines. All the Wines alcohol level from France to Italy to Portugal to Spain maintained a level of 11.5% to 12.5% alcohol.
One day we went to a Marocain restaurant and we had a Sidi Brahmin Marocain wine with 13.5% alcohol and we thought it was crazy. Look at the wine industry now! The wines in the United States have a much higher alcohol level. If you look the label of the European wines, the % of alcohol level is lower.
Just wanted to bring my 2 cents.
The winemakers nowadays American, New World or even French sometimes are increasing the % of alcohol in the wines. Not good !
Now, if you look at all the French wines, you will see that their level of % is 12 or 13, which is the norm for a wine. Except for couple wines like Virgil but if you look at the Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc( actually the best grapes of all ) you will see a % of 12 to 13 %
I spoke to my uncles in France and I will write a post about the fact of wine alcohol level changes from 30 years in the making and WHY IT CHANGED !

If I can get the French Winemakers to comment on that before I write my post, it would be appreciated. Because they know what I am talking about!
Nothing wrong here! Just talking about wines alcohol level changed which wine Amateur don't know about and Angels newbies should know about,
Cheers !
Pascal

6 months ago

Ana,
By the way your bottle label looks gorgeous and as soon as your wine is released and available, I will get it and start to collect your labels bottles. You are a creator of beauty! Wine and fashion,
I know that my Archangel Doug will buy at least 1/2 case because he collects labels.
Congratulations, I am following you.
Eu levanto meu copo para você
Felicidades.
Cheers
Pascal

6 months ago

Archangel

Ana, I love the label. Beautiful, stylish, sophisticated. I'm excited for this one, and can't wait to try it. I'm hoping it displays that lovely floral character of some Portuguese Verdelhos... What's the RS? Enquiring minds, and all. ;) Guess I have to wait...

Parabéns!

6 months ago

Archangel

Pascal you may (or not) be surprised to hear that I have had this same impassioned discussion regarding increasing high alcohol levels with our winemakers.

6 months ago

Angel

Can't wait to try! Still saving your dessert S&A!!

6 months ago

Winemaker

Thank you all for your comments and inputs!
Loving the positive feedback on the label :))

Regarding the alcohol I feel there is room for different styles of wines. For instance, for NW, I produce both low and higher alcohol wines. However, what I try to stay away from, even in the higher alcohol lots, is over-extraction. You can have the alcohol, but still have a well balanced, food friendly wine.

As far as the RS on this wine, it is completely dry. I just wanted a burst of freshness on the mouthfeel, with a soft & dry finish.

The wine still hasn't hit the website, which should happen in the next few weeks.

Cheers!

6 months ago

Karen,
I finally wrote a post about Alcohol level in the wine. Check group Winemaking Facts and Stories.
Ana, I read that you wines will be released next week- great ! Looking for it
Cheers
Pascal

6 months ago

Angel

Well done, Pascal! Thank you for sharing the years of learning that went into this piece. At times I also wonder if humans have lost some of their ability to discern in regards to taste. Is there a generational difference? (Sounds like a government funded PhD project to me!) I would hypothesize, without any research proof, that the "BIG FLAVORS" movement started with food about the same time you are talking about.. I sort of like that movement more than the "Higher the Extract the better" movement on the part of wineries. A whole bunch of people love the wines Anna said she doesn't like to produce - the really concentrated ones that develop with longer hang time. We need more courageous winemakers to make wines that are NOT the "jam bombs" you find today and we need more consumers to SUPPORT them. It is incumbent on us to accept good people and good wines just as they are and to rejoice in differences. (Emphasis on "good'!) Now, let's also mention that large scale winemakers, and for that matter anyone with the money, has the ability to completely take a wine apart and put it back together again . Adjusting for alcohol level, taint, color, flavor, and on and on.. (See winesecrets.com) In my mind the jury is still out - is this "elevation" or are we talking "Frankenwines"? . One thing I think is sure and that is the process tends to make the wines very similar in taste, even across varietals Again, Pascal, well done!

6 months ago

Archangel

Ana, you are speaking my language. I so look forward to this lovely dry addition! And in speaking to the alcohol and dry in wine, I have had much higher alcohol content in European wines without any sweetness or jammy quality, with very complex characters.
Cameron, I salute you. I'm a complex, dry wine gal myself and yes, the unfortunate trend has been to jam it up and yes, some of our CA wines are starting to taste the same. However, I do seem to find that more in lower and mid range wines, not so much in the mid upper and upper. I think our winemakers are still making the wines they want and love. Thankfully.
Pascal, great article!

6 months ago

Angel

Love the label. Looking forward to purchasing wines. Boa Sorte!!!

6 months ago

Angel

Looking forward to this one! When's the release?

6 months ago

Angel

Love the label too. So eye catching and artistic.

6 months ago

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