Wine Wednesday: Kivelstadt Cellars 2014 Red Blend, Father’s Watch
As you may know, since the very beginning the girl & the fig has boasted an exclusively “Rhône-alone” wine list.
We’ve always loved that featuring unique Rhône wines gives us an opportunity to begin a conversation with our guests, perhaps introduce them to something new, as well as to present talented and innovative producers we believe in.
In honor of “Wine Wednesday,” a little about one of our beloved Rhône producers –
This week: Kivelstadt Cellars 2014 Red Blend, Father’s Watch
About the winemaker: Jordan Kivelstadt
As Founder and Head Winemaker at Kivelstadt Cellars, Jordan seeks to create wines that stand out. His passion for food and wine permeates everything he does. By day he is the Founder and CEO of Free Flow Wines, a wine on tap company focused on improving the quality and sustainability of the wine we drink in restaurants. He initially cut his teeth in wine working harvests in California, Argentina, Chile and Australia. Kivelstadt Cellars is Jordan’s creative outlet and brings balance to his daily responsibilities at Free Flow. He pours all of those experiences into innovating in the wine industry and improving our wines at Kivelstadt Cellars vintage after vintage.
Our most versatile red wine, Father’s Watch is a Rhone style blend made from 50% Syrah from our estate vineyard, 25% Grenache, and 25% Carignane from Venturi Vineyard. The Carignane and Grenache bring high tone fruit, approachability and energy to balance out the darker, earthier Syrah in the blend. The wine sees 10% new french oak for 16 months and is our most popular red wine.
At the girl & the fig we’d recommend pairing Kivelstadt Cellars 2014 Red Blend, Father’s Watch with duck confit (french green lentils, braised greens, brandied cherry-duck jus), sonoma mountain beef burger (grilled onions, house-made pickles, frites) and hard cheese.
At home try grilled pork chop with broccolini, and apple mostarda.