These tasting notes describe the sensations you can expect from experiencing Bee d'Vine. For a detailed understanding, on a techinical and business level, how Bee d'Vine honey wine is so different from anything else on the market, including an easy reference comparison chart, please visit our blog page, "BEE D'VINE Honey Wine, Grape Wine, Mead - What's the Difference."
Bee d’vine is refreshingly floral and perfumed Distinctive white flower blossoms come to mind; a layered bouquet of almond, honey suckle and jasmine.
The combination of spring water and honey make it abuzz with a lively minerality; imagine the scent of soil, immediately after an evening summer rain in the proximity of a jasmine bush in bloom.
Earthen notes give way to hints of almond emphasized by a waxy texture, but the degree differs between the Demi Sec – with a silky mouth feel owing to its higher honey content – and the Brut, which is smooth but leaner is a unique experience of tasting honey without the sweetness (the essence of the flower is fully exposed).
Like the bouquet, the finish exhibits a stark difference from grape wine – crisp but not tannic – possessing soft acids that balances the honey notes. TANNIN FREE honey wine produces a remarkably cleaner finish than grape wines.
Chapter III of our book describes some optimal food pairings. You can't go wrong enjoying Brut with brunch and delicate foods. Spicy foods and barbecue are a natural match for Demi Sec.
Vintage: Honey harvested and fermented typically in spring with fresh harvest of honey (regulations do not permit non-grape wines to indicate vintage on the label).
Appellation: Premium mono-floral and multi-floral honey from small family-owned found throughout California.
Aging: Aging varies by vintage, variety and style. All our wines are typically fermented and aged over 10+ months (and our reserve wines are aged about 3 years) in neutral oak and/or stainless steel barrels. The sparkling variety has undergone secondary fermentation in the Charmat method - the only such honey wine in the world- after extended barrel aging.
Residual Sugar: 0- 0.5% and 4-4.5%, respectively, for Brut and Demi Sec.