Episode #375 – Quady Winery: Vermouth and Beyond Deviation

David Wilson hosts Michael Blaylock of Quady Winery in Madera, CA, talking Vermouth, Muscato and herbed dessert wines. What makes a Vermouth, Vermouth? Listen to learn what it really is, and why it’s not just something you should buy randomly to mix into Martinis.

Michael Blaylock, Director of Winemaking at Quady Winery
Michael Blaylock, Director of Winemaking at Quady Winery

In 1975, in a small San Joaquin valley town, Andrew Quady discovered an unused patch of the rare Orange Muscat grape varietal, known in Italy as Moscato Fior d’Arancio. These grapes became the first Essensia. This marked the birth of Quady Winery’s muscat expertise – where the rich flavors of rare muscat varietals are celebrated and intensified rather than blended and softened.

The varieties they use are rare, delicious expressions of the fruit filled San Joaquin Valley. The winemaking style is rich, full bodied, perfectly balanced, and unparalleled in any other muscat you can find. Their other wines, including the Deviation Orange Muscat which is infused with the aphrodisiac Damiana; Starboard Port; Vya Vermouth and the nutty, buttery Palomino Fino, possibly the only amontillado style sherry made in the U.S.
Check out a virtual tour of the winery here: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.9399674,-120.1072526,3a,75y,100.07h,73.06t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sb6WOOQUlqIjpcmmOk57tQA!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656

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