Apothic winemaker Deb Juergenson is notorious for taking risks and pushing the envelope when it comes to her wine making. Deb is always looking for a unique blend of grapes to create intense aromas and bold flavors. Recently, Deb and the Apothic team launched their new wine, Apothic Brew. Apothic Brew is a one-of-a-kind wine infused with cold brew coffee. This unique wine is a response to the growing demand for cold brew coffee in the United States, which grew a staggering 430% between 2015 and 2017.
What makes cold brew is unique is that it requires more coffee grounds than traditional coffee and requires a significantly longer and delicate steep, cold brew coffee is much smoother than its warmer counterparts. Cold brew’s smooth texture and supple flavors come from the brew’s temperature, which doesn’t bring out bitter components of coffee grounds like hot water can. How exactly did this wine get infused with this cold brew method? Apothic is keeping the details to themselves right now on that process, possibly to add to the intrigue.
Like us, you probably drink wine to unwind after a long day. If you are worried about too much caffeine, don’t be. There’s a cup of coffee worth in each bottle.
“Last year during the long hours of harvest, I joined the cold brew craze myself. Quickly, I realized that many of the characteristics in cold brew coffee and red wine naturally complement each other. This led us to experiment with a few blends, eventually leading to the seamless creation of Apothic Brew, which brings together red fruit notes and subtle mocha essences of cold brew.” -Deb Juergenson, Apothic Winemaker
Okay, I already know what you’re thinking… Coffee and wine seem like an odd combo, so really, how does it taste? Well, we put this unique red wine in front of our tasting panel to find out and here’s what we discovered.
- Variety: Red Wine
- Vintage: 2017/2018
- Aging: N/A
- Region: Modesto, California
- Nose: Red blends, mocha, toasted oak, cocoa beans
- Flavors: Chocolate, coffee, blackberry
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Price: $14.99
Let’s face it, wine is now almost every home and enjoyed by billions of people world-wide. Wine is a market ripe for fresh ideas and new developments and that is exactly what Deb Juergeson did with Apothic Brew. On the nose you will get that burst of red wine grapes followed by some soft mocha, and subtle toasted oak notes. The coffee bean flavor is not overpowering but if you give it time you will appear.
On the palate you get a nice chocolate flavor, however it is not rich. The wine is well-balanced by offering a mix of dry grapes but with the tenderness of the chocolate. It’s not a desert wine, even tough you can taste a chocolate flavor. You get some nice blackberry flavor on the back-end for a fruity finish. Overall, we were quite surprised by how much we loved the Apothic Brew. It’s new, unique, and it taste very good. Pick up a bottle or two and share it with friends and discuss the complexities and uniqueness of the scent and flavors you pick up. Priced in stores between $14.99-$17.99, you get a fun, interesting wine that is easy on the credit card as well. Enjoy!