I have the impression that this current ideal moment for the release of a wine label like that is often more eagerly discussed than the content of the bottle itself. I have to admit – it was the label design, basic information about the vineyard and its location that brought me to taste a Polish wine again.
Why the series “Pandemic Wines”? Obviously, Krzysztof Fedorowicz does not have a clairvoyant on his payroll to predict what the year 2020 will be like. At the beginning of the year, during archaeological works in Zielona Góra, graves dating back almost 700 years to the time of the Black Death Pandemic were discovered. A few weeks later, virtually the whole world stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The figure of the Pestdoctor on the label and the name “pandemic wine” was a brilliant idea that perfectly fitted into this current, strange reality we live right now.
Zielona Góra and its surrounding is a region that has made a significant mark on history for wine in the Central European region. Sadly, this type of history is not widely known in Poland. After all, on today’s Polish territory, the history of the German Sekt was made. It was the production of sparkling wine by Grempler&Co that made the region and style famous. The Grempler Sekt was awarded at world fairs, e.g. in Paris in 1855, and after the embargo imposed on France in 1920 – de facto, the Grempler Sekt became the leading and most relevant sparkling wine of that time.
There were three versions of the “Pandemic Rosé” released, for each the grapes came from different plots. My “Pandemic Rosé” is a 2019 Zweigelt of a light salmon colour. This wine is a low-interventional creature of an ethereal character, gives the impression that if one drink too slowly, it will simply disappear by itself. The aromas of a young strawberry or a slightly metallic grapefruit dominate the glass (if we can speak of dominance). 12% alcohol, delicate aromas and medium+ acidity make this perfect wine for the summer laidback evenings. However, it seems just as good to me to fight the autumn depression away and to remember the sunny days of 2020 when we watched the world from behind the Pestdoctor’s glasses – through our windows during the pandemic quarantine.