Spring has sprung and not a day too soon. The winter here has been sucky to say the least. We had the coldest driest January on record, then the wettest February and March on record. I am so ready for warmer and drier weather. In honor of spring, I fired up the grill and grilled some chicken breasts. Nothing exotic, Lemon Pepper Chicken with roasted green beans and potatoes. For the wine, I opened a bottle of Benziger, Sauvignon Blanc, vintage 2014.
The wine, a California North Coast Sauvignon Blanc was very light, almost clear in the glass and had a dry mineral aroma in the glass. The wine was very dry that tasted like lemons and grapefruit, with a crisp mineral finish. I served it chilled and the light crisp wine went along well with the lemon pepper chicken breasts.
This is definitely a wine that I will buy again.
Today is the last day of our vacation. It’s back to getting up early and going to work all day. Last week we started off our vacation with a day of wine and whiskey tasting in Woodinville, Washington. I tried the whiskey varieties at the Woodinville Whiskey Company, and didn’t gag, which totally surprised me. The Woodinville Whiskey Co. makes three different whiskeys, Rye, Bourbon and American Whiskey. In fact, the American Whiskey was almost pleasant tasting. We tasted their vodka and maple syrup too. We bought a bottle of the Rye Whiskey and Vodka, then headed on to the wineries.
Our first stop was Isenhour Cellars tasting five of their wines. We carried out a bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottle of the Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet Sauvignon was smooth and dry with a dark fruit taste. Next stop was at Chateau Ste Michelle, which has a large estate and tasting room in Woodinville.
We stopped at Goose Ridge Cellars where I bought two bottles of Rosé made from Pinot Gris. I asked how they got a Rosé from a Pinot Gris, but the ones managing the tasting room either didn’t know or weren’t telling. Then we moved on to Castillo de Feliciana, a winery that made wines in Spanish style. The Malbec was very fruit forward and quite yummy.
On Saturday, we drove out to Mount Rainier and stopped at a winery on the drive home. The winery, Rainier View Winery and Nursery, made their wines in the German style, very fruit forward and high in alcohol content, all their wines were around 18%, requiring many pretzels during the tasting so one of us was capable of driving home. They had some very interesting and different wines. One, called Glacier Breeze was turquoise blue in the bottle, and one was a Jalapeno wine, which lit you on fire as soon as it passed your lips. Not real sure why I would drink Jalapeno wine, the torture effect alone has a dampening effect, but I’m sure there are those that are into pain.
Oh well, it’s back to work and only a glass or two in the evening again, but now I have may more bottles to sample.
A three-day weekend means firing up the grill and opening up the wine bottles. For one of the meals, I grilled thick cut pork chops that turned out to be super moist and very tasty. For the wine I decided on a Sauvignon Blanc.
I opened a bottle of Airfield Estates, Sauvignon Blanc vintage 2014, from Yakima Valley Washington. The wine was almost clear in the glass with just a very faint hint of pale yellow color. I smelled lemons and minerals when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine was very dry with a mineral taste and a light citrus taste. It was a light and crisp wine that had a dry finish.
I would put this wine up against some of the California Sauvignon Blancs I’ve tasted. The wine was dry and crisp and clean tasting and went well with the pork chops.
Saturday afternoon after spreading stinky compost on some of my newest plant gifts from my neighbor and a shower, I decided I deserved a glass or two of wine. Today’s wine is Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling, a Columbia Valley, Washington white wine. It says it’s a medium sweet wine on the back label and I would agree, it’s a fairly sweet wine, almost an aperitif, but one that would go really good with hot spicy dishes too.
The wine, vintage 2014, was a light yellow color in the glass and had peach and honeysuckle aromas when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine had pear and pineapple flavors on the tongue and had a nice light finish. The wine is low in alcohol content, 8.5% making it a nice sitting and sipping wine for the summer heat. It is best served chilled. This is a must buy again.
I said earlier I was going to have a glass or two, well I think three glasses are in order. The compost was super smelly and it is awfully hot today.
It’s the holiday weekend and since Mitch has to work I’ve been reduced to drinking alone. And not one to let a weekend go by without wine, I bought a light white wine that I know Mitch wouldn’t like, so I won’t have the guilt of not sharing a good bottle of wine with him. Don’t get me wrong, this wine is a nice wine, just not something he would like.
I opened a bottle of Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling, vintage 2014 from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine was a pale yellow in the glass and when I stuck my nose in the glass I could smell a light aroma of pears and apricots. The wine was light on the tongue and not overly sweet as the label would lead you to believe. It was a medium sweet wine, that tasted like pears with an apple finish. The alcohol content was 11% and cost under $10 a bottle, so I didn’t break the bank just to get my wine fix.
Unless you are a staunch dry wine only person, this is a nice light summer wine that is very easy to drink sitting on the patio or deck with good friends or all by yourself. You can find them at http://www.ste.michelle.com.
Happy 4th to everyone and a toast to you all.
Tonight I called my best friend to catch up since she lives six states away, we can’t get together easily. So a phone call has to suffice most of the time. And of course we were both drinking wine, hers a red and mine was a white. I opened a bottle of Radius Riesling, a Washington State wine. I’ve had other varietals from Radius, a red blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which were very good. So I figured the odds were in my favor finding another winner.
The wine, vintage 2014 had an alcohol content of 11% and cost under $15 a bottle. The wine could almost pass for water; the color was almost colorless in the glass. I could smell honeysuckle and peaches when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine was soft and smooth with a fruit forward taste, I could taste peaches at first taste and a hint of vanilla on the finish, very creamy with a soft medium finish.
This is a good wine to drink with spicy dishes, the soft slightly sweet taste cooling the heat or all by itself sipping away on the deck or on the phone with your best friend. Since I drink alone more these days, this is a good wine to sit and sip.
Vacation is so nice. That means we are both off and get to have dinner together every night which includes wine. Woo hoo. The latest bottle I opened was a white wine our friends had brought over and we didn’t get it opened that night. Since dinner was Jamaican Jerk Chicken, I thought that a Pinot Gris from Oregon would be perfect.
The wine, Ponzi Vineyards, Pinot Gris, vintage 2014 was almost clear in the glass. I could smell lemon when I stuck my nose in the glass. The wine had a light crisp effervescent taste. The wine has an alcohol content of 13.1%. You can find them online at http://www.ponziwines.com. The wine was a good match with the spicy Jamaican Jerk Chicken.
Ponzi Wines is one that I’ve had on my list to try, but haven’t bought any yet. Now I will be trying other bottles of Ponzi. I might even have to take a road trip.