The Prisoner Wine Company is a Northern California wine producer that has always intrigued me. That’s because they make such intriguing wines. But I always find their marketing and their commitment to social justice fascinating.
According to the winemakers, “Our brand name and namesake wine, The Prisoner, were inspired by the classic sketch Le Petit Prisonier by 19th century Spanish artist Francisco Goya. The sketch is part of Goya’s series entitled, ‘The Disasters of War,’ created to be a visual protest against the injustice and brutality of the Spanish War of Independence in 1808. From our founding, The Prisoner Wine Company has stood in solidarity with the fight against racism, mass incarceration and the systematic oppression of Black communities. We are committed to educating ourselves, embracing diversity and creating an inclusive environment where all our employees and business partners feel safe, respected and valued.”
Director of Winemaking Chrissy Wittmann describes Prisoner Wine Company wines as “rule-bending blends,” which they are. I’m especially fond of a white wine blend called Blindfold ($29.99). The Prisoner Wine Company works with more than 100 growers in Northern California and this particular wine – Blindfold – is a provocative blend with a Chardonnay base and aromatic additions of Viognier, Roussanne and Muscat.
Pop the cork and you’ll discover gorgeous floral scents of white peaches, apricot, honeysuckle, lychee and pineapple. On the palate, Blindfold is full-bodied and delicious with notes of hazelnut, pear and tangerine, bright acidity, and a long finish. It’s a perfect white wine for springtime sipping.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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