The Elysium Black Muscat And Other Dessert Wines From Andrew Quady

A devotion to dessert wine

When it comes to dessert wine, Andrew Quady and his wife Laurel have certainly proved they’re experts in their field. After discovering a mutual love of wine when they met in 1969, Andrew eventually began turning his passion into an opportunity to learn. 

Eventually he started taking winemaking classes from UC Davis. The couple then moved to the San Joaquin Valley in Madera, California to pursue a rural lifestyle and after a career producing explosives, Andrew decided it was time for a change. 

It was indeed quite the change, from blowing things up to crafting intense muscat wines.  However, by 1975, 1600 cases of Zinfandel port started Andrew and Laurel off to a good start in their new venture.  Andrew had discovered an unused patch of the rare Orange Muscat grape varietal, known in Italy as Moscato Fior d’Arancio.  From here the Quady Winery’s muscat expertise was born.

The couple took the rich flavours of rare muscat varietals and instead of blending and softening them, they celebrated and intensified the unique flavours to produce their famous Elysium Black Muscat.

By taking a unique approach to their winemaking, the Quady Winery grew in popularity so quickly that within a decade they brought in manager Michael Blaylock to manage the sudden growth in winemaking operations inspired by Essensia Orange Muscat and Elysium Black Muscat Dessert Wines.

Elysium Black Muscat

Elysium Black Muscat

Now, three decades later the winery boasts a string of awards and accolades celebrating its produce.  Most notable is the Elysium Black Muscat 2014 which was awarded Bronze at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2015 for it’s beautiful magenta colour, rich berry flavour and haunting rose-like aroma.  Also on the awards list is their Quady Deviation NV which was Highly Commended in The Wine Merchant Top 100 celebrating its distinctive herbal flavour, aroma of honeysuckle and white pepper and aphrodisiac effects.

The Port style dessert wines are of particular note as they use the same grape varietals that are used in the making of Port but as they are not from Portugal the wine cannot be called Port. Cannily Andy decided to call it Starboard, the opposite end of the boat and his port style wine was born.

Here are 7 Quady wines to choose from available at

1. Quady Deviation NV

Herbs (Damiana and scented Geranium) are added to the Orange Muscat base wine which has an aroma of honeysuckle and white pepper with a distinctive herbal flavour.

2. Quady Starboard Vintage 1996 Port Style Dessert Wine

Aged 2 years in oak this is a rich and spicy, Port-like wine, with bags of character.  It has deep plum and violet hues and will give you some luscious ripe berry flavours on the palate.

3. Quady Starboard Batch 88 Port Style Dessert Wine NV

Another rich and spicy, Port-like wine, the Starboard also contains deep plum and violet hues but adds beautiful ripe raisin and chocolate flavours on the palate.

4. Quady Elysium Black Muscat

With a delicate aroma of fresh, ripe grapes, this wine has a lovely rich berry flavour and a crystalline aroma of rose petals and lychees.

5. Quady Essensia Orange Muscat

Once again this Muscat has a delicate aroma of the fresh, ripe grapes but vibrant orange in colour, it delivers sweet oranges and apricots on the palate.

6. Quady Vya whisper dry Vermouth

Fortified with natural grape brandy this stunning Vermouth has a unique hint of garden herbs.

7. Quady Vya Extra Dry Vermouth

Prepare for a whole new idea in dry vermouth. This product is mysteriously engaging, wine-like with a note of coolness and with an aroma described as like being in a forest after a rain.

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