“Starboard” Batch 88 Quady is made by the same method used to produce port in the Douro Valley. Several different vintages are used in this blend, which has an average age of around five years, however only the best wines from the best vintages are used. Stylistically “Starboard” Batch 88 Quady Sweet Wine sits between a ruby and a tawny port. The first year this wine was made was 1988, hence the name Batch 88. The wine was aged in 60 gallon barrels.
The grapes are grown in well- drained alluvial soils and the vineyard is managed to achieve loose bunches and a small crop.
Andrew Quady’s change of career from making fireworks to making wine produced an explosion of its own kind when he created Essensia from the Orange Muscat grape. It was an instant success and until 1985 he could not make enough to satisfy demand. Now Quady is the foremost American winery specialising entirely in dessert wines and continues to win medals worldwide. In 1975 winery’s first port-like wine was made from Amador County Zinfandel. Now it is made from traditional Portuguese varietals such as Tinta Roriz and Tinta Cao.