Essensia Orange Muscat 2019 Quady


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Essensia Orange Muscat, from winemaker Andrew Quady, is made from the rare Orange Muscat variety. It has an aroma reminiscent of orange blossom and apricot, an intense, sweet middle and a lingering refreshing aftertaste.

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RRP: £14.50 (save 14%)

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Winery: Quady

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Andrew and Laurel Quady left crowded southern California and their jobs in pyrotechnics and merchandising to pursue their dream: a non-urban way of life making wine. Returning to school, Andrew graduated with a Masters in Food Science-Enology from UC Davis and Laurel became a licensed CPA. In 1975, at the urging of friend Darrell Corti, they made their first port from Amador County Zinfandel at the now defunct Lodi Vintners where Andrew was working as an assistant winemaker. In 1977, settled in Madera in California’s Central Valley with Andrew working at Heublein, they built a small winery behind their country home and made port on evenings and weekends.

In 1980 they decided to add a fortified white dessert wine to their line. The wine, from the obscure Orange Muscat grape variety was named Essensia and became a major success. In 1983, opportunity knocked when they were offered a crop of Black Muscat grapes which became the first Elysium.

By 1984 the expanding business needed space and Andrew and Laurel needed help. Fresno State graduate and former Peace Corp member Michael Blaylock, now winemaker, and Cheryl Russell, now general manager, joined and a new winery was completed. With their enthusiasm and dedication the winery continued to grow, developing more unique wines: Starboard (our euphemism for port), Electra (white and red) and VYA vermouth.

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RRP £14.50
Bottle size 37.5 cl
Vintage 2019
Alcoholic strength 15%
Serve with Sticky desserts or on its own
Grapes Orange Muscat 100%
Dry/Sweet value 5
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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