Huntsville wine drinkers to get first taste of new vintage being released

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville wine enthusiasts will be the very first in the United States (actually the world) to have a new red wine pass their lips. The wine, 2014 Leap of Faith Corbieres, will make its debut this Friday at the Church Street Wine Shoppe in downtown Huntsville.

The Leap of Faith Corbieres is the product of Huntsville winemaker Bjoern Lanwer of Ingenium Wines. The Corbieres is the latest in Lanwer’s highly-rated French collection; barrel rated 88-91 points by Robert Parker. Anything above a 90 is considered outstanding. It’s a blend that is 80% grenache, 20% syrah and sells for just under $17 per bottle.

Bjoern Lanwer

Bjoern Lanwer

Lanwer is known in wine circles as the “Man with the Magic Palate.” He is originally from Germany but now lives in Huntsville. He didn’t end up here because he’s a descendant of the German rocket team. Rather, his wife is a Huntsville native and love landed him here. Lanwer frequently travels to the Rhone and Roussillon regions of France mixing, sampling, and tasting to make sure his red blends have just the right aromas, taste, and finish.

Church Street Wine Shoppe will host the first tasting of the 2014 Leap of Faith Corbieres. The Shoppe will debut this wine exclusively to its Valley Wine Club members on Friday, September 18th, from 5-7pm at the shop which is located at 501 Church Street Northwest. Winemaker Bjoern Lanwer will be onsite during this debut to speak about the Corbieres.

The Leap of Faith Corbieres will be debuted publicly at the Big Spring Crush wine festival on September 26th in Church Street Wine Shoppe’s VIP tent. Tickets for the event are available through Homegrown Huntsville. It will be available for purchase at the Church Street Wine Shoppe by the end of September. The Leap of Faith Corbieres will be available in extremely limited supply – only 300 cases are being released.

Church Street Wine Shoppe owners, Matt and Stephanie Mell, opened their wine store in September 2014. Matt is originally from Scottsboro. Their store boasts more than 1,000 wines from around the world, including selections you can’t get anywhere else in the state of Alabama.