Wine List for Weekly Tasting
Did you know there are over 10,000 different grape varietals that are made into wine? Join us this Saturday as we showcase some of the lessor known, but oh-so delicious “Forgotten Whites”. Our dear friend, Terry, will be on the bar with tons of great stories that will have you calling these wines “Memorable Whites”.
Hugues Beaulieu (H.B.), Picpoul de Pinet, 2016, France
If you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, you must try Picpoul de Pinet. HB Picpoul is fresh and crisp with racy acidity. Pale straw yellow in color, the wine has citrus and white flower aromas. Lime, honeydew and mineral notes make for a lively, refreshing sip.
Illahe Vineyards, “Willamette Valley”, Viognier, 2017, Oregon
Illahe Viognier leaps from the glass with expressive stone fruit, and floral aromas of apricot, tangerine, honey blossom and wet stone. The palate is layered with peach compote, banana peel, and lavender with a touch of peppercorn. Mouth-watering acidity and an off-dry palate makes this wine a crowd pleaser.
Foris, “Rogue Valley”, Pinot Gris, 2016, Oregon
High note aromatics include Gala apple, Bartlett pear, lemon verbena, Early Grey tea and Casaba melon. Similar flavors follow the aromas, delivering a broad texture across the palate, yet crisp and tangy acidity create mouthwatering tension.
Mellasat, “Paarl Wine of Origin”, White Pinotage, 2016, South Africa
The nose shows elegant fresh citrus fruit with a delicate stony signature. Despite a long fermentation and early reductive nose, this wine is quite open. The palate has medium power with a surprising long finish. Very dry but with a classic round finish and good acidity making it extremely drinkable, enjoyable and great by itself or with food.
Ovum Wines, “Big Salt”, White Blend, 2017, Oregon
Ovum is a project from John House and his wife in Oregon's Willamette Valley, who source the fruit for 'Big Salt' from an organic ocean-facing vineyard that gets extreme wind conditions - a combination of grit and saltiness that totally comes across in the wine-along with floral, honeysuckle and tropical fruit notes balanced by chalky texture and pebbly minerality. Like a Hawaiian garden planted in the middle of Germany's Pfalz region. Aromatic but not sweet. A supremely satisfying sipper, and excellent food wine to boot.