For our interview, Jennifer Molgat, President of The View Winery, is in her high red boots and there are red pumps everywhere. I love red pumps!
Their sassy red shoe signature label was born out of a celebratory evening when a red high heel was used as a wine stopper. The image stuck. It’s a quirky contrast to the rustic backdrop steeped in tradition of 5 generations of family that have worked this land, first growing apples, then making cider and now the latest foray into award winning wine. The View’s first wines were released in 2007, when they made 500 cases – this year it will be 4000. Spring releases include their 2011 Red Shoe White (a Gewürztraminer/Riesling blend), their popular 2011 Gewürztraminer, 2011 Riesling, 2011 Distraction Rosé and they’ve increased volumes of their sellout hit, the 2011 Distraction Frizzante.
New redecorating efforts will restore the tasting room to vintage era and will showcase the tradition of the former apple packinghouse while also making more room for the ever-increasing number of people coming to visit. “We are returning to the authentic look. One highlight will be the use of old bricks which were made by my Grandfather with clay from Knox Mountain.”
Along with delicious wines, there are some fun events planned this spring to celebrate the new look of the tasting room. The 2nd Annual Cellar Dinner and Winemaker Olympics will be held May 12. There will be a 4-course dinner paired with The View wines. Each table will have a local winemaker joining them who will compete in the events. You can cheer them on or even jump in to help. Red shoes are optional!
2011 Distraction Frizzante $18.90
Lightly bubbled with aromas of strawberry, cranberry and pomegranate with a burst of summer fruits on the tongue and a lingering honey finish.
~ Terry Meyer-Stone