A daylong blending session at the Scheid familys winery was like a wonderful experiment, with plenty of mixing, discussion, adjustments and lots and lots of tasting. The result is a wine that, like GIFFT Chardonnay, strikes a delicious balance. While it has complexity and backbone, it is extremely smooth and lush. About a month after the blending session, Kathie and Heidi got together to taste the GIFFT Red Blend prior to bottling, just to make sure that it was still on target. Kathie Lee took one sip and said, “Oh my gosh, this wine is delicious! Lets drink the whole bottle! Since it was only 10 am, Kathie and Heidi reluctantly had only a glass - but they enjoyed it immensely.
GIFFT wines are a partnership between Kathie Lee Gifford and Scheid Family Wines of Monterey, California. The Gifft name derives from Kathie Lee Giffords last name and her belief that friendship, love and laughter are gifts to be cherished. The classically-styled package depicts Kathie Lees favorite place to enjoy wine with friends her garden gazebo at her home and features a consumer-friendly screwcap closure. Kathie Lee says, “Its well-documented that Im a wine lover so when I started talking to the Scheid family about making a wine, it felt like the most natural thing in the world. I set out to create wines I would want to drink and serve to friends in my home an elegant Chardonnay like those I tasted in California in the 1970s and an easy-drinking yet balanced Red Blend. Heidi Scheid of Scheid Family Wines adds, “What we loved about meeting with Kathie for the first time is how down-to-earth and straightforward she is. She was very clear about her aim to offer ultra-premium wines at an affordable price. The style she was after was perfectly suited to the Monterey growing region and our own viewpoint.