Wildwood Spirits Co.’s New Grappa, Ärande

For the cocktail nerd on your holiday shopping list, the newest vintage of Ärande will hold a special place on the shelf. Distilled from the pomace, or leftover solids from winemaking, grappa is an Italian brandy traditionally sipped to aid in one’s comfort after a big meal. True to its name (Ärande is Swedish for “in honor of”), Wildwood incorporates Washington grapes — the 2017 vintage used chenin blanc, and the latest vintage features pinot noir from the Rainmaker Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge AVA. The grapes define the flavor, so this will be wholly different from 2017’s, with the rich complexity of Northwest pinot noir. Bottles can be purchased at the distillery or online.

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