Arouse is a blended wine (Mélange ) designed to push the flavors of Bordeaux to the limit with a distinctly different arousing twist with each vintage.
An elegant Bordeaux-style wine comprising fruit from the Napa mountain slopes of Atlas Peak and Pritchard Hill and the Sonoma valleys of Chalk Hill and Dry Creek bringing together a complexity of flavors showing an immediate freshness, charm and elegance on the palate.
The goal with Arouse is to use the Bordeaux-style wines in a blend that is not traditionally Bordeaux and come up with a unique American blend that is actually flavorful, delicious and stimulates the taste of many foods unique to America.
Some wine lovers look for vintage consistency. They want the same flavor characteristics from a particular wine each year.
We easily deliver that consistency with our Bordeaux blends maintaining the same flavor components and only allowing the terroir effect of that particular year to show.
Still others continually ask "what's new?"
Wines are traditionally developed in concert with the foods of a particular area. Bordeaux (blended) wines are sonorous with the historical foods of Bordeaux which are different to everyday American cuisine.
This difference stimulated Bill to develop an new wine, blended from the traditional five Bordeaux varieties but in totally different blend configurations each year to invigorate the taste buds for American cuisine and to offer something new for each vintage produced.
Arouse ~ to stimulate; to invigorate; to rouse into action.
Mélange ~ Mélange is a French term for a mixture, (from mêler, "to mix"), used especially when the result is attractive or exciting. Applied to American Bordeaux style wines as we do it becomes synonymous with Meritage.
Beef BourguignonCozy up with a French Classic and make Beef Bourguignon with seasonal vegetables and beef, then slow cooking them in red wine.
Braised Beef Short RibsYou can never go wrong with a braised short rib, especially when we make it even easier to do by using an Instant Pot. This rich entree pairs perfectly with a bottle of our Arouse Melange.
Chocolate Panna Cotta with Cherries in a Merlot Balsamic ReductionLighter than most desserts, this Chocolate Panna Cotta is so fantastic! Softly set and creamy these Italian puddings are so silky-smooth they slip down beautifully with a nice Merlot.
Risoni BologneseThere's no rule that says Bolognese has to be made with spaghetti so try using Risoni or Orzo Pasta for a delicious Italian-style comfort food to make you feel at home.
Tiger Spiced Skirt Steak, Caramelized Peppers & OnionsBeefy skirt steak is paired with a savory and spicy sauce to create one powerhouse of a dish and while the steak is a big attraction, it's the Tiger Spice that seals the deal.
Mahon CuradoThis Spanish cheese takes its name from the capital city and main port of Menorca, the smaller and most oriental Balearic island.
Smokin' GoatSmoky, tangy and highly melt-able goat cheese from Spain.
Arouse Melange 2018
Arouse Melange 2017
Arouse Melange 2015