Date My Grape

Looking for that special someone for walks on the beach, spontaneous sushi night, popcorn and movie night? You might just meet your match here.

In a time where personal contact is limited, we are seeking other alternatives. Just because we can’t be together to get geeky about bubbles, doesn’t mean you can’t get better acquainted. We hope that these dating profiles will give you a taste of the real deal. We think they’re pretty grape ;-)

You should pick me if: 

  • You’re looking for your Netflix n’ chill.

About me: 

  • My vines have been around since Roman times. My family and I make up 38% of grapes grown in Champagne, making us the most widely planted and popular grape in the region. 
  • I am easily recognizable by my small grapes, deep purple coat and tightly packed pine cone shaped bunches. I love the sun but I hate the heat, and don’t do well in the rain. I’m partial to cooler climates and have been known as difficult to grow. I’ve even been called “thin skinned.” What can I say? I’m sensitive.
  • A perfect date for me would be a fresh crisp morning, a warm, long afternoon and cool, foggy evening and night. I enjoy parties, but really only go for the food, and am not much of a drinker. I’d prefer a calmer setting where we can dig deep. Let’s meet up for a moon lit walk and don’t forget your jacket!

Five things I can’t live without:

  • Tender, loving care
  • Good drainage
  • Chalk & limestone soil
  • Cool weather
  • Dry feet

The thing I wish more people knew about me:

  • I am early to bud and easily susceptible to frost. 

How my friends would describe me: 

  • “Always smells so elegant!”
  • “Has a great body.”
  • “Finicky.”
  • “Difficult but worth it.”

You should pick me if: 

  • You like cheese and want to discuss it further.

About me: 

  • One of the world’s truly great grapes - I’m green skinned but my juice flows clear. My clusters are medium-sized, tightly compact and my perfectly round berries and noticeable ac...idity are getting lots of attention lately. Depending on how I am treated, I can be anything from traditional -- bold, yeasty and complex, to modern -- zippy, dry and fresh. Elegance runs in my gene pool, and age and maturity have been good to me. It has taken me awhile to become my best self.
  • My family and I make up 30% of the three noble grapes grown in Champagne France, making us the second most planted grape in the region. I am absolutely thriving in the chalky slopes and rolling hills of the Côte des Blancs, but also have many homes in Montagne de Reims, and some throughout the Vallée de la Marne and the Aube too. I spend most of my time hanging out in neat low rows of densely planted vines, and I just love the steady rain and even temperatures of our oceanic and continental climate. 
  • You can often find me juiced up with my best friends Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. We make quite the blend. I get along with almost anyone, am great at parties and pretty good company for Sunday brunch. Let’s meet up for shrimp cocktail and raw oysters!

Five things I can’t live without:

  • Chalky soil
  • Resting on my lees
  • Disgorgement
  • Good drainage
  • South and east facing sunshine

The thing I wish more people knew about me:

  • While I’m typically pretty neutral,  I do enjoy the occasional presence of oak.

How my friends would describe me: 

  • “White gold!”
  • “A real chameleon - anywhere from light & vibrant to yeasty and powerful”
  • “Brings acid, minerality and freshness to the blend.”
  • “A real life of the party!”

You should pick me if: 

  • You’re down to earth and like digging in your roots.

About me: 

  • The Vallée de la Marne is where I call home and hang my clusters. I just love growing up in these deep, loamy, humus-rich soils. I perform best with a steady support system, training, regular pruning.
  • I’m a bit more rustic than most, and it takes a while for people to really get to know me. You’ll most likely find me hanging with my more popular pals Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We get into all kinds of vats but I’m always the one to bring structure, balance and support. I’d say I’m definitely the most fruity and jammy of the bunch. If you ever see me all bottled up on my own, it’s a rare but delightful occasion. 
  • People love me for my lighter and bright nature and slightly orange citrus disposition. I have a tendency to bud later in the season but am quick to ripen, making me a cool, laid back kind of grape. I pretty much fend for myself so you don’t need to worry about me being center of attention. 
  • In my spare time, I love to bake, therefore my leaves are often liberally dusted with a coating of “meunier,” or baker’s flour. Let’s meet up in the sunshine for flakey pastries and conversation! 

Five things I can’t live without:

  • Well drained soils
  • Full on sunshine 
  • Wind shelter
  • Scenic views 
  • Second fermentation

The thing I wish more people knew about me: 

  • DNA proves that I am a close relative to Pinot Noir. Yes, I’m 100% that grape.

How my friends would describe me: 

  • “Rather obscure”
  • “Fun, and rich in fruit”
  • “Supple, round and structured.”


Salut!

Team fatcork

 

 

 

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