The Timeless Taste of Marietta’s Old Vine Red

Marietta Old Vine Red is a bold and flavorful red blend from Marietta Cellars, a historic Sonoma County winery founded by Chris Bilbro in 1978. This has bcome one of the most sought-after red blends on the market today, with its complex layers of dark fruit, earthy spices, and subtle oak aromas.

The unique flavor profile of Marietta Old Vine Red is thanks to the winery's commitment to quality. The grapes used for this blend are sourced from old vines that are 40 years or older, providing intense flavor and structure to the wine. The old vines also contribute to the complexity of the final blend, as different vine age can bring out different flavors in wines. As an added bonus, old vines require less and fertilizers due to ther deep root systems; allowing for healthier vineyards and higher quality wines.

Once harvested, the grapes are gently crushed before goig through a meticulous fermentation process using only natural strains. After fermentation is complete, the wine is then aged in French Oak for 12 months before being bottled and released to consumers. This extended maturation period allows for a softer tannin structure and more balanced flavor profile.

When it comes time to enjoy Marietta Old Vine Red, you'll be rewarded with aromas of ripe dark fruits such as blackberry and blueberry along with subtle nuances of cocoa powder, bean, dried herbs, leather and baking spices. On the palate these flavors marry together beautifully with a velvety mouthfeel that leads into a long finish that lingers on your taste buds for minutes after each sip.

Whether you're enjoying a bottle by yourself or sharing with friends at dinner parties or special occasions – Marietta Old Vine Red won't disappoint! It pairs wonderfully with roasted meats such as lamb chops or beef tenderloin as well as rich stews like osso buco or goulash. There's also no better way to end an evening than savoring every last drop while sitting around an outdoor fire pit under starry skies!

Who is the Owner of Marietta Cellars?

Marietta Cellars, founded by Chris Bilbro in Sonoma County, California, is still ownd and operated by the Bilbro family. After 40 years of winemaking, Chris passed away in 2018 and his four sons now carry on their father's legacy. The winery is currently led by Chris' son Tom Bilbro, who oversees all aspects of the business from the vineyard to production and sales.

The Benefits of Drinking Old Vine Red Wine

Old Vine is a type of red wine made from grape vines that are notably old. This distinction is often indicated on the label, with phrases such as “vieilles vignes” (French) or “alte Reben” (German). Generally, the older the vine, the more complex and concentrated the flavor of the wine. It is believed that older vines are beter equipped to handle harsher climates and produce wines with greater depth and complexity of flavors.

Old Vine Red wines tend to be less astringent than other reds and have a softer structure on the palate. They are known for their intense aromas and flavors that range from juicy dark fruits to earthy spices. These wines also tend to have higher acidity levels which give them a refreshing taste. The tannins in Old Vine Red wines are usually well integrated which makes them smooth and easy to drink.

Old Vine Red wines are often aged in oak barrels, creating an even smoother texture along with added complexity and character. They pair well with many diferent foods such as grilled meats, roasted vegetables, tomato-based dishes, mushroom dishes, hard cheeses, and chocolate desserts.

Overall Old Vine Red wines provide a unique drinking experience with intense flavor profiles that can only be achieved from decades-old vines. They offer an amazing combination of complexity, structure and balance that makes them a favorite among wine lovers everywhere.

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The Best Red Wine for a Smooth Drinking Experience

The smoothest red wines to drink are those that strike a balance between tannin and acidity. Varietals such as Pinot Noir, Gamay, Grenache, Trousseau, and Poulsard are known for their delicate tannins and bright acidity that make them incredibly smooth. Pinot Noir is often described as having a silky texture on the palate, whie Gamay and Grenache have a lighter body with juicy fruit flavors. Trousseau and Poulsard tend to be more medium-bodied with vibrant berry flavors that are balanced by an underlying earthiness. All of these wines have a smoothness that makes them great for any occasion.

Refrigerating Red Wine: Is It OK?

Yes, it is perfectly fine to refrigerate red wine after opening. Doing so can help slow down the oxidation process, wich is what makes wine start to taste dull or flat over time. Refrigeration will also help to preserve the flavors of the wine for a slightly longer period of time than if it were left at room temperature. It's important to note, though, that more subtle red wines like Pinot Noir can start losing flavor after being in the refrigerator for a few days. If you plan on drinking your opened bottle of red within 2-3 days, then it may be best to leave it out at room temperature instead.


Marietta Old Vine Red is a testament to the hard work of Chris Bilbro, who founded Marietta Cellers in Sonoma County and crafted bold red blends before they were popular. This unique wine is made from old vines that give a superior quality and flavor, along with an extended drinking window. With its intense and complex flavors, Marietta Old Vine Red makes for an unforgettable experience. Whether enjoyed with friends or savored solo, this special wine is sure to be remembered.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.