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Quady Starboard Vintage 2006 (6 bottle case)

Starboard Vintage 2006 is Quady Winery's Vintage Port style wine, blended from 97% Tinta Cao from Amador County and 3% Touriga Nacional from Madera County. This very dark wine is developing an attractive perfume, with rich flavours and a firm, tannic structure. This wine has an ageing potential of up to 20 years.

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Data sheet

Alcoholic strength20%
Grapes97% Tinta Cao and 3% Touriga Nacional
Serve withHard cheeses
AwardsSWA, Bronze, 2015
NameQuady Starboard Vintage
Dry/Sweet value6
Contains sulphitesYes

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Andrew and Laurel Quady left crowded southern California and their jobs in pyrotechnics and merchandising to pursue their dream: a non-urban way of life making wine. Returning to school, Andrew graduated with a Masters in Food Science-Enology from UC Davis and Laurel became a licensed CPA. In 1975, at the urging of friend Darrell Corti, they made their first port from Amador County Zinfandel at the now defunct Lodi Vintners where Andrew was working as an assistant winemaker. In 1977, settled in Madera in California’s Central Valley with Andrew working at Heublein, they built a small winery behind their country home and made port on evenings and weekends.

In 1980 they decided to add a fortified white dessert wine to their line. The wine, from the obscure Orange Muscat grape variety was named Essensia and became a major success. In 1983, opportunity knocked when they were offered a crop of Black Muscat grapes which became the first Elysium.

By 1984 the expanding business needed space and Andrew and Laurel needed help. Fresno State graduate and former Peace Corp member Michael Blaylock, now winemaker, and Cheryl Russell, now general manager, joined and a new winery was completed. With their enthusiasm and dedication the winery continued to grow, developing more unique wines: Starboard (our euphemism for port), Electra (white and red) and VYA vermouth.

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