Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Wine of the Month: Survivor’s Syrah

“Wine is bottled poetry” - Robert Louis Stevenson.

Okay, so while all of this month has been dedicated to watching the Halloween films, my intentions to try some pumpkin wine for October’s featured bottle were put on hold when I heard there was a new addition to the Crystal Lake Wine series… Plus, the suburban sprawl of Haddonfield made me long for the greenery of Crystal Lake.

Survivor’s Syrah is a smooth and inviting red with hints of toasted coconut followed by notes of poached Anjou pear, strawberry jam and dried blueberries. The perfect weapon in a bottle for those trying midweek times.

To promote the latest addition to the Crystal Lake Wine range, filmmaker, avid Friday the 13th fanatic and fine wine connoisseur Curtis Pew has filmed Back To The Lake II, an eight-minute short and the second instalment of the Back To The Lake commercial series. It stars Adrienne King, Dallas Bobbitt and Nicholas Matthew Walker.

Check it out here.


Crystal Lake Wine is produced and bottled by one of the oldest wineries in Southern Oregon, Valley View Winery. Located near the historic town of Jacksonville, in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, Valley View was originally established by pioneer Peter Britt in the 1850’s. The winery ended with Britt’s death in 1906 but the name was restored in 1972 by the Wisnovsky family, whose vineyard and winery is located just outside Jacksonville in Applegate Valley. The Applegate and Rogue Valleys offer a large variety of soil types and microclimates that allow a great diversity of grape varieties to be grown. Because the Applegate Valley is considerably sunnier, warmer and drier than elsewhere in western Oregon, Valley View concentrates on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier, Syrah and Tempranillo at their estate vineyard.

Adrienne King – Alice Hardy from Friday the 13th Parts I and II - was invited to join the Valley View family in February 2010 by 80s horror film fans Mike and Mark Wisnovsky, whose parents restored Valley View Vineyard over 40 years ago. Together they conceived the idea of Crystal Lake Wines. The rest, as they say, is history.


Laurie Strode favours the lingering honey finish of Crystal Lake Chardonnay…

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great blog and amazing commercial!

-The Pumpkin Queen

Adrienne King said...

Thank you so much James for your bloody brilliant review! We appreciate your spreading the word across the big Pond!
See you back at camp!
Cheers,
Adrienne King

James Gracey said...

@Pumpkin Queen - Yes, the commercial is great isn't it!? Well made and lots of fun. Thanks for stopping by.

@Adrienne - My pleasure! Hope the latest addition to Crystal Lake Wine does well - it sounds delicious. Thank you so much for stopping by - I'm a big fan. :oD

Evan said...

crystal lake wine???? fantastic!!!!!! just like your blog

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much James! We love and appreciate the review! even Batman!
Your the best.

-Curtis and Dallas
and Batman

Anonymous said...

The wine is really fantastic. I've tried and like them all. I do however have a favorite Survivor's Syrah. The autographed wine bottles are the coolest. The commercials are awesome and really take you back.

A toast to everyone,

From the Avid Friday 13th Fanatic's brother!

James Gracey said...

@Evan Cheers!

@Curtis - so long as Batman is happy with it, my work here is done. ;)

@The Avid Friday the 13th Fanatic's Brother - thank you for stopping by and commenting! :)