Backpack Red, Fence Stile's newest semi-dry red wine, is made for adventure. It's perfect for a picnic, an outdoor excursion to the lake or a hike, or indoor indulgence. We've created a Chambourcin-Norton blend that's easy-drinking. The addition of Norton adds body and structure to enhance the fruit-forward flavor of Chambourcin. Visit the Tasting Room for the debut of Backpack Red from August 3rd-5th and try this newly-released wine.
Fence Stile's owner and winemaker Shriti Plimpton named the wine Backpack Red. Its light body and versatility makes the wine suitable to pair with picnic foods that wouldn't hold up to heavy, full-bodied, more tannic reds. Enjoy Backpack Red on a picnic or camping trip with fresh summer fruit and vegetables with hummus, artisan cheese, whole grain bread and local charcuterie.
"Picnics are generally daytime adventures," Plimpton says. "Having a heavy, full-bodied red in the middle of the day isn't always pleasant. Backpack Red offers a lighter, more adventurous option for red wine drinkers. White wine drinkers who want to explore the red side will appreciate the fruit-forward style of this wine. Also, there's no need to chill this wine when you are hitting the trails and lakes."
To celebrate the release of Backpack Red, Fence Stile will have a la carte food specials on the wine release weekend, August 3rd-5th. In addition to our regular Nibbles menu, guests may order these French summer picnic-inspired foods.
Goat cheese pearls, olives, and grape tomatoes marinated in olive oil and herbs
Baguette with olive and spicy chickpea tapenade
Chilled lentil salad with radish, mint and lemon
Fancy cheese board with mixed nuts, house-made crackers and mustard, olives, and grapes
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