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Barrel Riot Wins Gold and Silver Medals!

The 2021 Results are in for the San Diego Wine and Spirits Challenge and we won a gold medal for our Tequila Barrel-Aged Orange Muscat and a silver for our Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon!

Don’t drink wine – experience it!

Barrel Riot is about the experience of your drink.  If you’re going to drink a spirit barrel-aged wine, you should be able to feel it – like you would when drinking the spirit alone.

Sipping these wines slowly allows you to enjoy that tingle on your lips, the feel of spice on your tongue and the warming of the back of your throat as the wine travels through your palate.  Every sip should be an experience and the wines are designed to do just that.

A triumph over typical.

We love a great-tasting wine as much as anybody. Maybe even more. But a well-worn spirit barrel should never go to waste when it’s got so much flavor left to give.

That’s why our wines finish their journey inside one of these wooden wonders – just soaking it all in to create a unique, complex character that puts a cork in tradition.

So take a sip, but take it slow. And savor the aged-in aromas of this one-of-a-kind liquid celebration.

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Spirit Barrel-Aged Wine vs. Traditional Wine

Spirit barrel-aged wines are trendy and increasingly popular as consumers search for a more distinctive wine experience. Spirit barrels infuse the grape with more flavors, giving the wine unique and bold characteristics. The difference with Barrel Riot Sprit Barrel-Aged wines is that traditional wineries make wine completely around the flavor of the grape.  We are not a traditional and therefore look for unique blends of flavor that bring the spirit forward in our wines instead of, or in addition to the grape which creates a great tasting product that even the non-wine drinker will enjoy.  

Its All About The Mood

Whether you decide to drink a spirit-barrel-aged wine or a traditional wine depends entirely on your state of mind. Spirit-barrel-aged wines have been catching on recently, and for a good reason. The aging process can affect the taste of any beverage, which is why it’s important to be selective when choosing what type of wine you are in the right mood for. Differences in the aging process, among other factors, result in unique character and taste characteristics that make spirit barrel-aged wines popular. Spirits barrel-aged wines offer a bolder flavor, more often higher alcohol content than traditional vineyards, and they are gaining popularity among wine lovers because of the quality and uniqueness of their flavors.  These are not your Grandmother’s wine.

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The new releases are coming soon!  Our new releases will happen in August 2021, and yes our Tequila Barrel-Aged Orange Muscat is part of that release.  We are also excited to introduce two additional wines, our new Red Blend (Meritage Red Blend) and the first ever “Spirit” Barrel-Aged wine, which is our Merlot aged in BOTH RUM AND BOURBON BARRELS!
We are also excited to introduce our 200ml “flask bottle” versions of our Tequila Barrel-Aged Orange Muscat, Spirit Barrel-Aged Merlot, Meritage Red Blend, and Bourbon Grenache.  These will also be available in August 2021