Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on October 22, 2009:
I love our country! Nowhere else has the diversity of cultures that we have. Let’s hop an impromptu ride in a homemade weather balloon and become a tourista! An Iowa woman who was bathing with her 3-year old child saw a man standing over her other child in the front room and ended up wacking the intruder with a toy bat until he ran away. As a side note, Toys-R-Us has joined forces with the NRA to promote the 2nd Amendment. Soaring over Minnesota, a 62-year old man pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy after drinking 8-9 beers at a bar, crashed into a parked vehicle, and blew a 0.29. Did the police check the color of his neck to be roh-zeh or left bank Bourdeaux? Catching a tailwind, we head to Massachusetts where a 22-year old ditz flashed her insurance windfall of some $27,000 at a bar and ended up getting robbed by a couple of “Murphy’s Law police”. Whoa, we’re heading south to West Virginia where a flower shop was held up at gunpoint for a measly $150. Trying to get even with the robber, the owner posted a sign stating she wants her money back. U go girl!
Parejas Cellars is based in Grandview and is owned by Mark Wysling, who has 20 years’ experience working with Washington grapes. Parejas means partners and this is most appropriate for this wine in Mark’s lineup of six wines, the others being a mourvedre, a red wine, riesling, a roh-zeh, and a late-harvest pinot gris. All of Mark’s wines are ready for the table. I bought this bottle from Seattle Wine Outlet for 25% less than on the winery’s website. I have to admit, this time, the wine’s multi-purple colored label of a penguin and a polar bear played a role in my purchasing decision. Caught me at a weak moment…
“It is a great companion to Southeast Asian dishes…” from the back label. Hmmm, okay so tonight’s pairing was with a great poor student’s staple: instant noodles. Not just any, mind you, but we’re talking the latest fad in broke eating…Shin Ramyun instant noodles that packs enough heat to satisfy even a Korean’s palate. We’re talking 3 stars in my book. The noodles themselves are a little more gelatinous than a Sapporo Ramen, but the soup base is a dark orange, a sure warning that you better call the fire department. I also added condiments of fried gyoza, canned corn and sliced Portuguese sausage (for added smoke).
The wine by itself is very light in color and flavor. I paired it with Ritz crackers, which turned out to be delightful as the buttery crisp supplemented the easy fruits of the pinot blanc and pinot gris. I also tried some Wheat Thins and also a decent match. While hesitating to drink this with a spicy soup base, this actually held its own as I ended up chewing the gummy noodles longer than the spicy soup could stick around. A surprisingly decent combination. It also helped that, while I was sweating out the soup base, I used the refrigerated wine bottle to remedy the rainforest that developed on my forehead. A good match.
Color: 10k gold foil. Mouthfeel: apple juice. Tail trail: 2 seconds. Flavors: pear, green apple, honeydew melon, ending with lemon and pink grapefruit.
Columbia Valley AVA. Alcohol: 13%. 69% pinot gris, 31% pinot blanc. Vineyards: 57% Ciel du Cheval, 43% Mandala. Stelvin cap. Rated: 82. Value: $8. Paid: $9. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.