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Kingston Vineyards On The Tasting Room With Wine Guy Mike

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Courtney Kingston

Courtney Kingston

Today on The Tasting Room with Wine Guy Mike, my special guest is Courtney Kingston, owner of Kingston Vineyards located in the Casablanca Valley of Chile. Kingston Vineyards is situated in the Western Hills of the Casablanca Valley in Chile.

Chile is a very narrow country that is 2600 miles in length from North to South. At its widest point though it is only 100 miles wide. The moderate Mediterranean climate is not only ideal for growing world-class grapes it has significant European influence stemming from the large number French, German, Spanish, and English that have relocated there.

There are three very distinct climate influences from the East to the West in Chile. Likewise, there are also three main grape growing regions that run from North to South in Chile. The Coastal Region is cool and moist from the Maritime influence, the Central Valley’s can be very warm, while the Andes Mountain region can be warm or very cool depending on the season and location.

Kingston Vineyards Casablanca Valley, Chile

Kingston Vineyards Casablanca Valley, Chile

The three major grape growing regions of Chile are the Casablanca Valley where they grow Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot noir, this area is located within the Coastal region. The Maipo Valley produces Cabernet Sauvignon and is located in the Central Valley region while the Rapel and Colchagua Valley’s grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Merlot grape varietals. These valleys are situated from North to South.

The migration of Europeans over time has influenced the arts, culture, styles of food, and certainly winemaking. Argentina and Chile both are considered New World winemaking countries, yet due to the outside influence of Europeans who have migrated to Chile, there can be an Old World winemaking influence. For Kingston Vineyards Old World winemaking methodologies are definitely present in their handling, fermenting and aging of their wines.

For instance, the majority use of Native yeast rather than commercial inoculated strains of yeast is an example of Old World winemaking technique. Another example is their winemakers use of older barrels for fermenting and aging Kingston wines, imparting far less tannin, aroma, and flavor to the wines. The Kingston Vineyard Chardonnay is partially fermented and aged in cement vats which are a technique used to have a neutral effect on the wine as opposed to wooden barrels that impart texture, aroma, and flavor or steel tanks that can impart a tart crispness, almost metallic style effect on a wine.

Interview with Courtney Kingston 

The three Kingston Vineyard Wines we are featuring today on The Tasting Room are the Tobiano Pinot noir, the Lucero Syrah, and the Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc.

The Tobiano Pinot noir is cold soaked for at least 5 days, this extracts the right amount of color and mellow’s the tannins. It is fermented utilizing mainly Native yeast allowing the grape to speak for itself. This wine was named for a Paint horse residing on the vineyard that looks as if it had a couple cans of paint throw on it.

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Tobiano Pinot noir

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Tobiano Pinot noir

The Lucero Syrah grapes are grown highest upon the hillsides at Kingston Vineyards where they receive the greatest amount of sunshine. The Syrah grapes from various blocks of the vineyard are cold soak fermented separately after being de-stemmed, although some of the grapes are fermented together as a whole cluster. The grapes are then put into older neutral wine barrels for a second native fermentation imparting a subtle smoothness into the final product, the wine.

Kingston Vineyards Horses

Kingston Vineyards Horses

Lucero is a horse from the farm that the vineyard is also located on. The horse was named for the bright white flash on his forehead!

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Lucero Syrah

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Lucero Syrah

The Kingston Vineyards Sabino Chardonnay has been fermented in French Oak Barrels and concrete tanks. Native yeast natural fermentation allows this wine to have a particular sense of place. It needs a bit of age so I recommend laying it down for at least one year.

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Sabino Chardonnay

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Sabino Chardonnay

The Kingston Vineyards Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc has a combination of Native and inoculated yeast used in the fermentation process. The wine is finished in steel tanks where it undergoes partial malolactic fermentation, helping to settle the acidity. Cariblanco is a horse that resides at the vineyard too, his face is a stunning white!

Kingston Vineyards 2016 Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc

Kingston Vineyards 2016 Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc

The wines I have selected today are of exceptional quality and value. I recommend the Kingston Vineyards wines to you.

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Wine Time™ with WineGuyMike™ on ABC Montana TV – Kingston Family Vineyards

Join me live for Wine Time™ with WineGuyMike™ on ABC Montana. Wine Time airs bi-monthly on Friday’s during the 5:30PM news cast.  The next feature airs on 10/11/2013.

This week on Wine Time™ with WineGuyMike™ on ABC Montana TV learn about Kingston Family Vineyards in the Casablanca Valley of Chile. 

Courtney Kingston is the owner of Kingston Family Vineyards in the Casablanca Valley of Chile.  Kingston was a past guest on the WineGuyMike Radio Show™ and Mike had a chance to sit down with Courtney on Wine Time and find out what’s new at her family vineyards and most importantly talk about her family’s wines.

This is a story of sustainability and it was at Stanford while completing her graduate studies that she solved an age old problem; how to sustain a ranch beyond 3 generations.  Kingston’s answer, plant grapes to sell to other wine producers and use 10% of the premium harvest to produce wines under the Kingston Family Vineyards label.

Kingston’s grandfather was a mining engineer from Michigan who in 1906 relocated to Chile to work for a gold mining company.  While he never realized that dream of striking gold he married a Chilean woman and settled what 5 generations of the Kingston clan have known as the “Farm”.

The “Farm” is a large cattle ranch and dairy farm located 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the western hills of the Casablanca Valley in Chile.  There are three distinct climates ranging east to west and three main growing regions from north to south that make up the terroir of Chile’s grape growing areas.  The Coastal Region is a cool climate, the Central Valley is warm, and the Andes Mountains can be cool or warm depending on the location.

The major grape growing regions of Chile are the Casablanca Valley featuring (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir), the Maipo Valley featuring (Cabernet Sauvignon), and the Rapel & Colchaqua Valley’s that feature (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Merlot).

Kingston’s grandfather was not the only risk taker in the family, Courtney’s strategic plan included growing not only Sauvignon Blanc which was common to this region but she planned to also grow Syrah and Pinot Noir which was not.  Kingston enlisted the help of winemaker Byron Kosuge and the rest is history.  Sauvignon Blanc was planted in the flat sections of the farm while the Syrah and Pinot Noir were planted to the higher hill sides.

Kingston Family Vineyards goal has been to produce premium wine at affordable price points offering true consumer value.  They have accomplished this goal and these wines receive the WineGuyMike Seal of Approval™.  The Tobiano Pinot Noir and Cariblanco Sauvignon Blanc are available at the Market on Front.

 

 

 

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This Week on the WineGuyMike™ Radio Show© Kingston Family Vineyards from Casablanca Valley Chile

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Quest for Gold

 

Casa Patronal

Casa Patronal

A miner’s unquenchable desire for riches can drive him to all ends of the earth in search of the mother lode.  One such man was Carl John Kingston, a miner and engineer from Central Mine, Michigan.  In 1906, Kingston’s thirst for adventure led him to set out for Chile.  There he joined the Cerro de Pasco Mining Company.

The beginning

The beginning

Kingston never struck gold, but as a result of one of his many mining deals, he wound up with a large dairy farm and cattle ranch. He married Caroline Los Kamp and settled the property with her.  “The Farm”, as it has been called by five generations of theKingston family, is nestled in the western hills of Chile’s Casablanca Valley, twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean.  Little did C.J. know that the Casablanca Valley of Chile would become one of the most desirable grape-growing regions in the world!

Chile runs north to south for 2600 miles on the west cost of South America.  It is only 100 miles wide at its widest point.  It is a melting pot with a heavy European influence from Germans, Spanish, English and French that have taken up residence, enjoying the moderate climate similar to theMediterranean.

Sauvignon Blanc vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc vineyard

Chile features three distinct climatic conditions from east to west, and three main growing regions from north to south.  The coastal region is a cool climate; the central valley is warm, and the Andes can be cool or warm depending on the location.  The main grape-growing regions are the Casablanca Valley (sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir), the Maipo Valley (cabernet sauvignon), and the Rapel and Colchaqua Valleys (cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, merlot).

Courtney Kingston

Courtney Kingston

These days, few family-owned farms are sustainable beyond the third generation.  Like many other farm and ranch families, the Kingstons wondered how they could sustain The Farm.  Courtney Kingston, a member of the fourth generation of the clan, did her undergraduate studies at Princeton and graduate studies at the University of Stanford.  It was at Stanford that Courtney, realizing the potential of the property, formulated a plan for sustainability, one that would serve the Kingston family for generations to come.

Risk-taking is deeply ingrained within the DNA of the Kingstons!  Courtney’s plan, inspired by California vineyard visionaries David Hirsch and Gary Pisoni, called for the planting of pinot noir and syrah grape vines in an area known only for white grape cultivation.  The family’s mission was to grow world-class, quality red grapes in a cool climatic zone.  In 1998, pinot noir and syrah grapevines were planted on the western hills of The Farm.

Carl John Kingston, the gambler and risk taker, who loved to wager on the horses at the traditional Chilean rodeos in the early 1900’s, never saw his dreams of quick riches realized.  But he clearly saw The Farm as a legacy of stability for his family.  And, thanks to his descendant Courtney’s inspired plan, it has become exactly that.  The Kingston family harvested their first grapes in 2003. The payoff: 400 cases of pinot noir and syrah.

Winemakers Byron Kosuge and Evelyn Vidal

Winemakers Byron Kosuge and Evelyn Vidal

Under the watchful eyes of the Kingstons and two amazing winemakers, Byron Kosuge and Evelyn Vidal, Kingston Family Vineyards produce one of the best values in wine today.

Their sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, and syrah are all named for horses on The Farm.  The Kingstons offer a flight of exceptional “stallion”-like wines, inspired by the great namesake horses:  ‘Cariblanco’ sauvignon blanc, named after a white-faced horse; The ‘Tobiano’ pinot noir,  after a painted horse that looked like someone had poured two cans of paint over him; and their syrah, ‘Lucero’, after a horse with an intense white flash on his forehead.

These exceptional selections have been reviewed and receive the WineGuyMike™ Seal of Approval™  and are available at Liquid Planet in the Heart of Downtown Missoula.

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