Gallo Family Vineyards has been family-owned and operated since 1933. Family values are extremely important to the Gallo Family. Every wine they craft is sealed with a Best Taste Promise - certifying the highest quality in each bottle. The Gallo Family has always made wine accessible – easy to find and easy to enjoy. Even today, Gallo Family Vineyards are part of family gatherings across the country and across the world.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Ernest and Julio Gallo’s Hearty Burgundy, described as “a great tasting American red blend with big, generous flavors and a value proposition that helped put wine on America’s dinner table”. Gallo Family Vineyards has produced a limited edition bottle to commemorate the golden anniversary of this original flavor profile that first got Americans into wine in the 1960s and 1970s. Hearty Burgundy was the favorite wine of the founding brothers, paying homage to Italian wines enjoyed at the dinner table with family and friends. Hearty Burgundy even graced the cover of TIME in 1972 bolstering the boom of the California wine industry. The wine outscored more expensive California and French wines by the TIME Board of Oenologists.
Hearty Burgundy is fondly called Gallo’s “original Red Blend”. Tasting notes: Beautiful, deep reddish purple hue; Medium-bodied; Dark cherry aromatics; Dark berry, dark cherry, red plum, and oak flavors experienced on the palate; Balanced flavor – not too sweet and not too sour. Food pairings: Braised lamb, steak, hearty pasta. Thumbs up!
The 1.5 liter bottle is very large and we had a lot left over. I found a recipe on BetterRecipes.com for Baked Pork Chops in a Mushroom Burgundy Sauce. The Hearty Burgundy really propelled the sauce to the next level. The end result has a lot of liquid from the pork and onions, along with the wine. You may need to reduce liquid with the onions and mushrooms. Once it is reduced, it becomes a demi-glace and matches perfectly with the boneless pork chop. Thumbs up, way up!
The limited edition bottling of Gallo Family Vineyards Hearty Burgundy will be available until the end of 2014 for a suggested retail price of $9 for a 1.5 liter bottle. Honor the tradition and pick up a bottle of Hearty Burgundy!