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Satek's new wine
Satek Winery of Fremont will release its first nouveau-style wine Nov. 17 — the same day Beaujolais Nouveau wines are released in France. Huge festivities throughout France herald the release of the nouveau wine.
The term nouveau refers to wines that are released the same year the grapes are harvested. Satek Winery's version — Kreibaum Bay Nouveau — was made from recently harvested Marechal Foch grapes from its Lake James vineyard. Whole clusters of grapes were fermented by a process of carbonic maceration and then quickly pressed, resulting in a fruity dry red with a light body and paler color. Nouveau wines have a broad appeal because the bitter tannins, normally found in red wines, aren't there, according to a Satek news release. They are at their peak drinkability within the first month, and are best served slightly cool, the news release says.
Only about 15 cases of Kreibaum Bay Nouveau wine were made this year. Priced at $11.17 a bottle, Satek expects it to sell out quickly.
Satek Winery is at 6208 N. Van Guilder Road, Fremont, and is open with free tasting 10 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week.