Philadelphia native-turned New Zealand winemaker Daniel Brennan is on tour in the States this fall with his line, Decibel Wines.Daniel plans on doing some tasting events in his hometown, Philadelphia.
Philadelphia native Daniel Brennan returns to the States this month from his newfound home in New Zealand to host a series of wine events and expand the fruits of his labor—Decibel Wines—a New Zealand wine label that embraces the North Island’s Hawkes Bay’s and Martinborough’s geology and is an expression of winemaker Daniel Brennan’s own independent spirit.
Daniel Brennan's general itinerary includes the whole US of A, but he will be in Philadelphia, and parts of NJ, from October 21 through October 31 with an event at The Victoria Freehouse, a class at The Wine School, The Madison in Riverside, NJ and a charity event in Ridgewood, NJ that benefits research for late term stillborns and lost pregnancies.
The five-week tour begins mid-October at The Madison in Riverside, NJ and concludes late November in Napa Valley. Brennan will travel throughout the mid-Atlantic in PA from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, NJ, NY, DE, MD, and Washington, DC; down south with stops in VA, SC, NC, and AL; and finally CA, specifically Napa Valley.
Decibel Wines is a product of Brennan’s passion for crafting quality wines and a longstanding family history in the wine world, but also nods to Brennan’s days of managing an indie rock band from the Bronx, Seeking Homer, touring the USA and Canada. The band, much like Decibel Wines’ growing notoriety, grew louder with every successful performance, gaining notoriety and making waves on the dB meter.
Daniel Brennan then heads south with stops in DC, South Carolina, Alabama, and more. His final US stop is in the Bay Area of California with an evening in Napa Valley with Gary Penir on November 22.
“I want wine lovers to know that my approach to winemaking is very unconventional, but organic and true to the varietals,” says Brennan. “For example, Malbec suits the Hawkes Bay region very much, and ours is outstanding, but the Sauvignon Blanc is a truly unique experience. Because of our specific winemaking region, we make the Sauvignon Blanc like a true white Bordeaux, a bit riper and rounder than typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, and our 2013 is a magical vintage.”
After these destinations he heads back to his newfound home in New Zealand.
Brennan is also excited about Decibel’s Pinot Noir, a premium wine with fruit hailing from Martinborough. “The best Pinot Noir growing areas are basically Burgundy and Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the Northern Hemisphere, and Martinborough, New Zealand in the Southern Hemisphere,” Brennan says. “We’re excited to offer our limited volume of this special wine in the USA. This is a wine that drinks well now, but can be laid down for a few years and enjoyed at a special meal.”
It is not just Brennan’s wines that break from the norm; his approach to promoting his wines speaks to an unconventional method as well. Brennan is returning to the United States to hit the road on a nationwide tour to promote his wines. The tour is very grassroots and allows the wines to speak for themselves. Brennan plans to travel to various regions, tell his story, show his photos, and of course pour his wines.
Decibel’s 2013 varietals will be available October 2013 in the United States at select restaurants, such as The Madison in New Jersey, one of Wine Spectator Magazine’s picks for best wine list in the country, McCrossen’s Tavern in Philadelphia, PA, select state stores, select PA Wine & Spirits Shops, and online in all 50 states.
ABOUT DECIBEL WINES
Founded in 2009 by Daniel Brennan, New Zealand-based Decibel Wines is a collection of exceptional wines produced in the Hawkes Bay region and distributed throughout the United States as well as abroad. Decibel Wines embrace an independent spirit with unconventional approaches to varietals, while staying true to the rich New Zealand geology. The soil, the climate, the uniquely sourced fruit all contribute to the organic New Zealand flavor of the wines, but Brennan’s unconventional techniques makes the wines truly outstanding. Decibel Wines includes Pinot Noir, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc among others. The 2013 vintages will be available Autumn 2013 at select restaurants, select state stores, and online in all 50 states. Please visit http://decibelwines.com/ for more information.
ABOUT DANIEL BRENNAN
Philadelphia native and wine enthusiast Daniel Brennan has quickly become a growing name in the wine industry. Brennan’s close relationship to the Philadelphia restaurant scene evolved as a teenager, when his family opened McCrossen’s Tavern in the early 90’s in the Art Museum District. After graduating college, Brennan took a job managing an indie rock band, Seeking Homer, and toured the US and Canada for six years, developing his rock and roll spirit which is infused into his line of wines today. After leaving his Philadelphia home, Brennan set off to study and practice the art of vinificaiton, working on various vineyards in Italy, California and New Zealand. Brennan grew up with a close tie to the winemaking industry, with two generations of amateur winemakers in Europe in his familial line. Brennan has studied at The Wine School of Philadelphia and has a degree in Wine Chemistry at the Eastern Institute of Technology. While studying, Brennan started working on various vineyards before starting his own line in 2009. Brennan’s unique and edgy approach to winemaking has sparked great interest around New Zealand and Philadelphia. With greater demand for his wine, Brennan hopes to continue sharing, expanding his label into regions all around the world.