In terms of collaborations, the pandemic has proven productive for American Solera. Beyond IPAs and stouts made with friends via socially distanced recipe swaps, two new house wines reveal a long history and bright future.
American Recordings is a collaborative brand by American Solera and Field Recordings, a winery in Paso Robles, California. Chase Healey, who co-owns and co-founded the brewery with wife Erica, was introduced to Andrew Jones, founder and winemaker at Field Recordings, while searching for grapes to make beer-wine hybrids. Since 2017, Jones has brought wine grapes from California to Oklahoma for Healey to use for re-fermenting beer.
This past February, the Healeys tasted through barrels to select vinified (fermented and aging) barrels of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from young Oregon vines Jones had planted.
“American Recordings is a combination of our efforts,” Healey says. “We’re working with the winemaker, selecting varieties, sampling barrels.”
The results are a refreshing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both nicely acidic and easy drinking for $25 each. Nine months of oak aging on both wines is palatable, not overpowering. Fruit is present in the Pinot, yet it retains its elegance, whereas the Chardonnay is crisp and smooth. Both are available at the brewery, 1702 E. Sixth St., and the SoBo location at 108 E. 18th St.
American Solera has done several beer-wine hybrids — biere de zinfandel, biere de picpoul, merlot bat house — which are all sold out and not currently available.
Watch for a potential American Recordings Gamay that will be exclusive to the taproom next spring.