What is the OB BLEND?
The ancient approach to selecting grapes for wine making did not involve separating different varietals to ferment individually. Back in the day, after the grapes were harvested, they all were fermented together. These wines are called field blends. Today’s winemaker prefers to ferment single varietals, age them separately and then blend to their desired style. However, in many of the world’s wine growing regions, winemakers still are making Old World field blends.
That approach to winemaking intrigued me. I had never made a true field blend before. So, when I brought in my Washington grapes in October 2017, I decided to make my very first field blend. It was to be called the OB Blend. (OB is San Diego vernacular for Ocean Beach where the winery is located)
The 2017 OB Blend is comprised of seven different varietals: 25% Blaufränkisch, 14% Sangiovese, 13% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Mourvèdre.
All of these grapes were put into the same fermentation vessel. After fermentation was complete the grapes were pressed directly into a single, once-used French oak barrel where it aged for two full years. It was bottled in August 2019 and is now ready to release.
Because this is such a special wine, I thought something special should be done with it.
I decided to donate half of this barrel (10 cases) to help support youth music programs on the Point Loma Peninsula. Specifically, this wine is earmarked to help young choral and orchestral musicians.
The first step to get this fundraising program going is to design a label. A wine label contest kicks off on Friday, February 26, 2021.
Further information on the label design contest can be found at this link – OB BLEND Label Contest