A Family Tradition
The art of wine making has been passed down from generation to generation. Years ago, first generation Italian men brought their sons to Lapide to find the best selection of quality wine and wine making supplies. Those same men come back year after year – now, with their grandsons. Because we have such low employee turnover, you’ll see the same familiar faces every time you visit. Our loyal customers say we feel like family. Dragonfly Farms a subsidiary company of Lapide is honored to bring the same products and services to you.
We invite you to explore all that Dragonfly Farms has to offer in our wine shop:
Popular Wine Types
A mixture of at least two different grapes where neither variety constitutes 75% or more of the wine.
The area of France known for producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In North America, Burgundy is the term for any sort of hearty table wine blend.
An Italian wine made from Sangiovese. In North America, it has come to describe a fruity, easy drinking red wine.
Wine that is fermented to where all of the sugar is converted to alcohol. Table wines are generally fermented dry.
Rosè or Blush:
A wine made from red grapes that are pressed before fermentation to give just the hint of red color. A rosè may also be made from blending 3-4 parts white to 1 part red wine. Rosè wine may be made to any dryness, but are usually preferred as slightly sweet and refreshing.
An initially low alcohol, very dry wine that is reformatted with sugar to carbonate the beverage. Can be dry to sweet.
Sweet or Dessert Wines:
Wines that are sweet resulting from a predetermined termination of fermentation by adding alcohol to kill yeasts, or using a low-alcohol tolerant yeast strain. Dessert wines can also be made port-style by using very ripe grapes.
Wines made by using white grapes fermented off the skins.
Home Wine Blend Recipes
We recommend making Rosè type of wine from Barbera, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Grenache. You could also blend in 5% of Muscat of Alexandria for extra dimension and flavor.
Robust Red Blends:
25% Carignane + 25% Zinfandel + 25% Alicante Bouchset + 25% Petite Sirah
50% Syrah + 50% Petite Sirah
75% Cabernet Sauvignon + 25% Merlot
60% Ruby Cabernet + 20% Carignane + 20% Zinfandel
50% Alicante Bouschet + 25% Barbera + 25% Petite Sirah
1/3 Tempranillo + 1/3 Syrah + 1/3 Zinfandel
Fruit Forward/Lighter Red Blends:
25% Grenache + 25% Zinfandel + 25% Alicante Bouschet + 25% Muscat
40% Granache + 40% Sangiovese + 20% Zinfandel
50% Zinfandel + 50% Barbera
50% Alicante Bouschet + 50% Grenache
15% Grenache + 15% Alicante Bouschet + 35% Carignane + 35% Zinfandel
70% Merlot + 25% Cabernet Sauvignon + 5% Grenache
50% Sauvignon Blanc + 40% Chenin Blanc + 10% Malvasia
50% Chenin Blanc + %50 French Colombard
70% Chardonnay + 20% French Colombard + 10% Viognier
1/3 Pinot Grigio + 1/3 Muscat Canelli + 1/3 French Colombard