Fusion Napa Valley Verjus 2008 Hits the Market!
Since 1993, the grapes used for Napa Valley Verjus are among the first grapes of the season harvested in California. Having the distinction of being the first wine-grape product bottled and released into the market, no more than ten days pass between the day the grapes are picked to the day that the Verjus is bottled. The resulting juice has fresh aromas of berries and flowers, with a tart, clean and barely sweet sensation on the palate. The balance of acidity and sweetness is perfect for many styles of cooking, from traditional French recipes to modern American, Italian, Asian and Mediterranean Cuisine.
An unusually hot summer in California resulted in the Fusion Verjus crop being harvested a few weeks earlier than in 2007. French Colombard and Alicante are the two grapes that were selected from separate vineyards with different growing conditions and levels of ripeness at harvest to produce this years vintage of Verjus.
Without divulging too many proprietary secrets, Verjus Blanc is made from a "base verjus" with very high acidity which is then blended with juice made from sweeter grapes. Verjus Rouge is blended with the dark red-purple Alicante juice to give it the color of a light red wine. Blending the juices is what allows Fusion to control the acidity of the Verjus and adjust the sweetness of the final product with culinary diversity in mind.
The 2008 Fusion Napa Valley Verjus Blanc is 10.2 degrees Brix and has a titratable acidity (TA) of 2.0 g/100 ml. The acids found in grape juice are primarily citric, tartaric and malic. They are milder and naturally more wine compatible than the acetic acid found in vinegar. The Verjus Rouge is 11 degrees Brix and 2.0 g/100 ml TA.
To give you an idea of how quickly the grapes go from vine to bottle, we've created a timeline of this year's harvest:
Upon being bottled, the final product is sent for laboratory analysis for sterility and stabilization. That leads to the full release of Napa Valley Verjus into market for distribution and sales. We hope you enjoy cooking with the 15th vintage of Fusion Verjus. Please contact your local FoodMatch sales representative or call our office for pricing and availability in your area.
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