RGW - Pavla Blanca 2021 – Rio Grande Winery
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    Pavla Blanca - The Ghost of white sands, is an urban legend from White Sands

    This is a sweet wine, sister to Land of Manana. The grape is Black Muscat, which is a red grape from the muscat family, which gives the pink color. To get the pick color we immediately press the red grapes, to extract minimal color. We do not ferment on the skins, as we do with red wines, as the color comes from the skins and this extra time with the wine in contact with the skins is how we get the darker color in red wines. Coral pink in color, with aromas of rose petal, musk, strawberry and honeysuckle. Sweet and juicy palate, with flavors of peach, mandarin orange, honey, red vines and cantelope. Pairs well with a variety of spicy dishes, such as red chile enchiladas, Thai Food, or a fresh fruit salad.

    National Park.From the National Parks Website;
    Hidden behind the swirling eddies of the spectral white dunes, her tragic story provides one of the most fascinating tales of the Southwest.
    In early 1540, a valiant, young, Spanish conquistador, Hernando de Luna, left his lovely betrothed, Mañuela, in Mexico City, to accompany the famed explorer, Francisco Coronado. Searching the uncharted lands in present day Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas and Texas, Coronado followed every Indian clue, every tale, looking for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola and Gran Quivira, where the houses were said to be studded with gold and the streets were afire with jewels.
    Ambushed by the fierce, proud, warrior Apaches on the edge of the Great White Sands, the Spanish battled for their life. Exhausted and beaten, the survivors fled southward to Mexico City. It is said that Hernando de Luna was mortally wounded, and perished somewhere in the ever-shifting white sands. Setting out to seek her betrothed, somewhere north of what is now El Paso, Texas, the lovely Mañuela was never seen again. It is said that the ghost of this beautiful, Spanish maiden haunts the dunes of the Great White Sands. She comes nightly in her flowing, white wedding gown to seek her lover, lost and buried beneath the eternal dunes. Some say that the ghostly figure usually appears as the evening breezes sweep and dip over the stark white dunes, just after sunset.
    The moderns have it that Pavla Blanca is caused by a prevailing wind sweeping over the hushed and lonely desert in the evening, whipping wraith-like eddies of dust. But the Indians say it is the ghost of Mañuela, still, eternally, seeking her lover.
    Fact or fiction, those with imagination, strolling in the silent shimmering dunes after a fiery sunset, may be fortunate enough to witness for themselves the unusual sight. Thus, this legend persists for some, even to this day. This is Pavla Blanca.