Frequently Asked Questions
The bottles used to be green. Why are some brown now?
The brown-colored bottles are due to supply chain issues that most of the world is facing. We were unable to source the usual number of regular "champagne" green bottles, and had to switch to "antique" brown-hued bottles. It is the same situation for the corks: some of them are plain corks without anything printed on them.
Is Frey Wine gluten-free?
Yes! All of Frey Wine and Pacific Redwood Wine are gluten-free. The main ways conventional wine can come into contact with gluten is through the use of micronized wheat as a filtering agent, and the use of wheat paste to seal oak barrels. At Frey Vineyards we fine our white wines with bentonite clay (all of which later sinks to the bottom of the tanks or is filtered out) and we ferment all of our wines in stainless steel tanks, not oak barrels, eliminating the potential for cross-contamination. You can rest assured that all Frey Wine and Pacific Redwood Wine is gluten-free.
How long can I hold on to my bottle of Frey Wine, made with no added sulfites?
We recommend drinking Frey red wines within 7 years of vintage and Frey white and rosé wines within 3 years of vintage.
We make our wines in a "New World", fruit-forward style and craft them to be soft and drinkable as soon as they hit the market. We do not recommend aging our white wines. For reds, if you prefer to hold on to a bottle, a good rule of thumb is that the darker, heavier, more tannic varietals (Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah) lend themselves better to aging than medium-bodied or light wines (Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and our Natural Red).
We recommend 7 years from vintage as a safe limit, although we have had great experiences tasting some of our older reds. A 1999 Zinfandel and a 1992 Cabernet that we tasted recently were wonderful. In early 2009 we heard from folks who tasted a bottle of our 1982 Cab, which they enjoyed.
What is the best way to store Frey Organic & Biodynamic Wines with no sulfites added?
1. It is best to store non-sulfited wines in a cool, dark place at room temperature or cooler.
2. Lay the bottle on its side so the wine has contact with the cork.
3. Choose a place with a minimum of daily temperature swings.
After de-corking a bottle to enjoy one or two glasses, how can I preserve the wine for several days longer?
There are many ways to prolong the good taste of the wine after first opening the bottle. The simplest is to pour the wine you want to drink, then seal it again with the cork or a vacuum seal, and put it in the fridge or a cool place.
Contact with oxygen in the air will change the taste of any wine within a day. A big step up from the above methods is to displace the oxygen in the bottle by using a wine preserving inert gas, then seal it in with the cork. There are many such wine preservers on the market.
Do you have a list of ingredients all wines made by Frey Vineyards?
We don't have an ingredient list for our wines as wine is considered an ingredient in itself, similar to the way pure apple juice is just one ingredient. Our wines are made with no additives. We do use two processing aids, both of which sink to the bottom of the tank or is later filtered out. The first is bentonite clay, used for our white wines only. This is a natural earth clay that helps clarify the wine. When it clarifies, all of it sinks to the bottom of the tank. The other is certified organic yeast that we add to the grape juice. It helps kick start the fermentation to turn the juice into wine. This process is not used for our biodynamic wines, which ferments from contact with natural grape yeasts from on the grape skins – it's just a slower fermentation process. All the yeast later sinks to the bottom of the tanks or is filtered out. No other processing aids are used, and no additives are used, such as sulfites.
How does the organic and biodynamic winemaking process contribute to the quality and nutrition of the wine?
Frey wine is made from 100% organic grapes and processing aids are limited to yeast, oak chips and bentonite clay. Our low-impact, gentle winemaking process allows the full flavor and chemistry of the grapes to be preserved. Grapes are packed with phytonutrients, including phenols, polyphenols, resveratrol, carotenoids, B vitamins and vitamin K. Wine has been widely studied and is noted for its high concentration of potent antioxidants like flavonoids, resveratrol and quercetin. High fruit quality and gentle handling through the winemaking processes lead to the most nutrient dense wines.
Is Frey Wine Kosher-certified?
Sorry, we do not make Kosher-certified wine.
How do you pronounce "Frey"?
It is pronouced "fry," not "fray."