Essensia is a full-bodied sweet wine made with Orange Muscat grapes. The experience of Essensia is unmistakable: a rich gold in the glass is accompanied by spicy orange-apricot-pear flavors and aromas, balanced with perfect fruit acidity to finish clean, tempting you for one more sip.

In 1980, Andrew Quady’s discovery of underused Orange Muscat grapes in Reedley, California, led him to make a wine that celebrated the intense aromas and spicy fruit flavors of the grapes. "Essensia" refers to the idea that the wine contains the very essence of the grape. In Italy the variety is known as Moscato Fior d'Arancio: Orange Blossom Muscat.

Essensia and dessert are sensational together. Pair with chocolate, almond, peach, apricot and apple desserts, or cheesecake. Dip in biscotti, moisten cakes, and add to truffles. Drink it alongside fresh goat cheese and enjoy the interplay between the sweet and sour flavors.

You can create remarkable drinks with Essensia. Pour into a flute of sparkling water or champagne for a celebratory occasion, or use in place of a liqueur in a cocktail.

The Orange Muscat grapes are harvested at 22 brix, crushed, chilled and allowed to macerate. Wine spirits are added to arrest the brief fermentation. The wine is aged for about 3 months in well used 60 gallon (mostly French oak) barrels.

The label art, by Ardison Phillips, is a study of orange blossoms.

Essensia Buy Locate Use in Cocktails Use in Cooking Use in Desserts
Bright light golden yellow color. Complex aromas and flavors of orange sherbet, grapes, and violets with a chewy, bright, sweet full body and a warming, complex finish. Try pairing with a with a buttery scone.
—, 2014
points, Gold Medal, 2014
Absolutely delicious. An addictive dessert wine. Drink it with cheesecake and go to heaven.
— Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2012
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Best of the Year, 2013
Best of Show
Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, 2014
Best of Class
Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition, 2014
Best of Class
Sunset International Wine Competition, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2014
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition, 2014
International Wine and Spirits Competition, 2014
Four Star Gold
Orange County State Fair, 2013


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