Pleasures Of A V-Twin Wine









Scott Del Fava, Brand Manager for V-Twin Vineyards knows that I enjoy the pleasures of a good red wine. He was nice enough to send me a couple of bottles for me to taste his new Zinfandel. Let me tell you first that as a designer I give a 10 to the cool label. Practically, it means that you will not have to hide the bottle by pouring the wine in a carafe before serving it to your best friends. But a seductive label doesn’t make a great wine. A good wine being about conviviality, I picked Mother’s Day celebration to gather an equal number of men and women whose palate are as educated as mine. For those who don’t know a Zinfandel wine is more enjoyable when served with grilled meats and spicy sauces. So, to be fair, our menu was Pepper Steaks followed by a "Tarte Tatin"  (upside-down caramelized apple tart from France) and Camembert Cheese. Of course, I served this V-Twin Zin at room temperature (always at 78 F in my house) to increase the vaporization of aroma compounds, We all agreed that this wine has a lush texture, great vigor and power. We immediately identified berry aromas and flavors of raspberry that typify this red varietal of wine. This V-Twin wine was easy to drink, both smooth and very tasty from meat to cheese. As the saying goes, you never serve a cheap wine to your best friends. Without hesitation, V-Twin Zin can be served to your best buddies in and out the motorcycle community. You can order a case of this fine wine at V-Twin Vineyards. But please remember: don’t drink and ride.

5 Responses to “Pleasures Of A V-Twin Wine”

  1. 1 Brandon May 15th, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Guess we need a wine bar in Daytona, Sturgis, Myrtle Beach, Laughlin, Laconia, etc.

  2. 2 Billy Bartels May 15th, 2007 at 10:58 am

    There’s another wine also made by a Harley rider (though less blatant in its marketing). Wild Coyote out of Paso Robles, CA is owned by Road King rider and vinter Gianni Manucci. I hear the Merlot is to die for, but I’ve only tried the Syrah and Zinfandel. I liked the Zin, but the Syrah was easily the best wine I’ve ever tried. Unlike many reds, it likes to be fresh from the cellar. It’s really sensitive to how you keep it too — a fresh bottle I had was worlds better than one that sat in my house in a wine rach for a couple weeks. That said the friends I shared the improperly kept bottle with were still blown away by it. Anyhow, support your motorcycling vinter!

  3. 3 On The Road May 15th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    When wine will be at the price of beer, or beer at the price of wine, all bikers will drink V-Twin Zin and Cyril will build a Bordeaux bike.

  4. 4 Mike May 16th, 2007 at 1:16 am

    Well Harley said they would change their image to upper middle class and they did. Now with all the leather clad mocha nut latte riders it seems that it is only right for the wine industry to jump on the band wagon to soak up some of that fluid cash. I find that most wines I have had the pleasure to experience was rather nasty to my uneducated pallet, but I do think that with the right marketing it will be a smashing success to those that enjoy the nuances of fine wine. If you look back in the time line just a few decades wine has always accompanied motorcyclist. In the 60’s there were the Ripple family of fine wines; Pagan Pink was one that I remember a lot of Harley motorcyclist enjoyed. In the 70’s the Harley enthusiasts favored the higher priced Mogan David label and it was a 20/20 that went well with just about any meat or fowl. In the 80’s Harley enthusiasts went for more in their drink and I believe the malt lacquer began to be the favorite with grilled delicacies like steak tare whatever and fries. The 90’s well you know how it’s been since then. I really think it’s interesting that in a country that sees 2000 innocent people killed by drunk drivers and with all the moral revolutions that are going on, that a motorcycle company which holds the registered trade mark for V-Twin would indulge in associating its trade mark with an alcoholic drink. Maybe the new image that Harley is portraying concern, how more responsible, the new enthusiast is than the old Harley enthusiast. I look forward to the new Harley V-Twin hollowpoints and their new lines of V-Twin point throwing knives. I’m old and don’t really care what the riders of today drink but I do care about auto driver education that does not address the increase number of motorcyclist on the road and the lack of respect they get, but then I guess by the new millennium standards I am just Mr. Negative. But just to exit with a little grace I prefer the Miller label in the regular blend, not the damn Lite. Good luck to the V-Twin Vin.

  5. 5 GARAGE GOON May 17th, 2007 at 6:13 am

    Miller High Life. Old skool and easy on the wallet. MGD and Miller light suck!!!

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