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Weekend Libations - A dash of Red With a Touch of Passion

Saturday, April 11, 2015 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

Crafting a beautiful and robust red wine is as much an art form as is painting a portrait. It takes time, skill and the right environment. There are many wine brands out in the competitive market. Yet, only a few make a true impact on the buyer. SAVED wines is one brand that is outshining the rest.

Red wine is a type of wine made from dark-coloured grapes. The actual colour of the wine can range from a deep violet, typical of young wines, to brick red for mature wines and brown for older red wines. The best tasting wines aren't made in a winery, rather they are grown in the best conditions. The best of the best in the business, understand that when it comes to developing a fine wine; they must spend at least as much time in the vineyards as they do in the winery. This allows them to make sure that the grapes are healthy and picked only under the most ideal conditions. The winegrower must pay special attention to the environment they grow in and respect the soil that gives life to the vine and understands that the climate must cooperate each year in order to create a great product.

SAVED wines is taking this idea to heart with their SAVED Red and Rosé. SAVED is a unique collaboration between two artists who came together to share in each other's craft. Scott Campbell is a contemporary artist, inspired by the enduring symbolism that wine brings to our tables. Whereas, Clay Brock is a second-generation winemaker who excels at crafting Californian varietal wine blends. They're an interesting match that truly melds the old world traditions with the modern creative world.

The brand was named after Scott's acclaimed SAVED tattoo studio in Brooklyn NY. The idea is that the name SAVED represents the freedom and sanctuary you get by committing fully to your passions. Scott finds freedom in art. For Clay, it is wine. This beautiful collaboration has created a brand that stands for and showcases a lot of heart and passion.

The love and passion behind the brand is shown in the end product through a great tasting wine as well as an amazingly outfitted bottle designed by Scott. The story goes that Scott was inspired by his belief in symbolism. Scott’s design work on the label draws from personal life stories. The symbols of good luck and love, and a coded message to his now wife Lake were a true romantic gesture that now ornaments their bottle. 

When it comes to the wine, Clay looked for grapes that would deliver rich, ripe and full flavor. Individual parcels were selected from the best regions, then handled and blended separately to maintain the unique fruit characteristics of each. Oak aging was in 30% new French oak for 16 months prior to blending. The end product was a wine that has a lovely and flavorful berry undertone,  but doesn't leave the taster with such a bitter aftertaste that is so frequent with reds. 

When it comes to enjoying wine, there are some things to keep in mind when serving reds. Most people tend to think that Reds are best served warm. Yet, contrary to popular belief, 
red wine tastes better when served slightly below room temperature from 53-69 °F (light red wines like Pinot Noir taste better at the cooler end of the spectrum).

Decanting is the one thing people forget to do that will greatly improve the flavor of red wine. The classic method is to pour wine into a glass pitcher or wine decanter and let it sit for about 30-45 minutes. The faster way is to use a wine aerator which decants wine almost instantaneously.

Take a minute to check out SAVED online HERE.

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