I don't even know where to start here. Andy Quady is one of my favorite people in the world. He walks the fine line between genius and insanity that even after being friends for 40 years, I still don't know which side he's on.
His first life was in chemistry. He built explosives for the government. Now, that may seem an odd beginning for someone who ended up in the wine business, but I have to say, it's hard to resist, that he exploded on the wine scene in 1984 with a wine called Essencia made from the Orange Muscat grape.
Andy had been making port styled wines for 10 years, but this enticing sweet wine that tasted like Valencia oranges literally set the wine world on fire.
It was the most talked about wine at the time and on every wine list you could visit. He didn't stop there. Andy went on to experiment with the black Muscat and came up with another giant hit in Elysium. Next up was Electra, a lighter version of Essencia. Then came the first serious Vermouth made in America, Vya and now the lighter version of Elysium, our selection, Red Moscato.
He calls it Electra because it has an "electric" sensation on the tongue. Slightly sweet, low alcohol and a quiet effervescence that defies explanation. Paul Sr. featured Elysium decades ago and had the perfect description, it tastes like nasturtium flowers. At 5% it contains as much alcohol in a bottle as a glass of table wine. I'm not suggesting.