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Bee d’Vine

Bee d’Vine
2015 Demi Sec Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 4%
Sustainable Farming
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24

Bee d’Vine
2015 Demi Sec Mead

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Fish Shellfish

Category: Traditional Mead

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 4%
Dusty yellow straw color. Aromas of wintermint, pine blossom, granola, and tea and tobacco leaves with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length coconut water, starfruit and jicama, and lemon honey tea finish. A very interesting honeyed tea like mead that drinks like a fine riesling.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: wintermint, pine blossom, granola, and tea and tobacco leaves
Taste Flavor: coconut water, starfruit and jicama, and lemon honey tea
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Dover Sole Almondine, Broiled Oysters, Chevre
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very interesting honeyed tea like mead that drinks like a fine riesling.

The Producer

The Honey Wine Company, LLC

The Producer
901 Mission St, Suite 105
San Francisco, CA 94103
USA
1 415-644-8607

Their Portfolio

Traditional Mead

Traditional meads should incorporate only honey as a fermentable ingredient, along with water and of course yeast. They can range in character from dry to semi-sweet to sweet, and may be sparkling or still. While not necessarily “traditional”, they may also be fortified and/or barrel-aged. Whether the honey used is a single varietal or a mixture, it is important for a successful traditional mead to evidence the floral nature of the honey; indeed, it should be the defining characteristic. Some acidity is often desired to balance sweetness, but this is not necessary. Lighter versions may be analogous to white wines of corresponding sweetness/dryness, but should present distinctly honeyed emphasis.