Girouard Vines Valjohn
Received Silver Award, San Francisco Chronicle 2018
Girouard Vines Block, Heringer Estates Vineyard, Clarksburg, California 2014
Introducing the first wine produced from a new wine-grape - Valjohn - product of a Girouard Family project that began fifty years ago when my father George Girouard began growing grapes in our backyard with the dream of cross-pollinating traditional European grapes with wild Native American grapes to breed a new hardy great tasting wine-grape. Today my family is honored to share this dream - and this unique wine - with you.
In the early 1960s, our founder Chris Girouard’s father, George Girouard, began growing wine-grapes in the backyard of their Oklahoma City home. George had a dream of breeding a new hardy, great tasting wine-grape by cross-pollinating traditional European grapevines with wild Native American grapevines. After testing thousands and thousands of seedlings, George eventually selected four of the hybrids for commercial testing - the four varieties from which these newly released wines are produced.
Medium ruby color with a pink rim, this wine has a hint of rusticity and slight dustiness that jumps out on first whiff. The light red fruit is subdued and restrained with notes of cherry and raspberry. Acid is medium, tannins very soft and there is a slight note of herbaceousness.
How to Purchase
Girouard Vines wines may be purchased in Oklahoma liquor stores.