Columbia Winery 2006 gewurztraminer

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on September 15, 2008:

WAwineman always washes his dishes (and stemware) just in case he meets that 20-year old Texas woman who “bit her bf, broke a picture frame across his face and swung at him with a sword…about him not doing the dishes.” Give that girl an anger management class scholarship. Sulu, 71, finally married his longtime partner, 54, on Sunday after 21 years together. I think I’d be more inclined to read his book on relationships than Jessica Simpson’s. Maybe they should have spent their honeymoon at some ultra-posh east coast hotel where the latest “amenity” when you get to your room is a “Shag Bag”. Hmm, shampoo, lotion, shower cap, and…a condom?! Answer: “I’m not an animal!” Choices: (a) Nicole Richie’s response to an Swedish tourist snapping photos of her before Nicole grabs the camera and smashes it to the ground; or (b) at a tasting party, WAwineman is offered another plate of water crackers, but NO cheese. If you held stock in Lehman Brothers, this one’s for you.

Wow!, another stunner of a sunny summer day in Seattle. The morning was a bit frosty but that’s alright. So, to celebrate days like this (as well as cleaning out my cellar), I cracked open this number in the backyard and munched on Beecher’s Flagship cheese and a bag of boiled peanuts. The creaminess of the cheese danced lightly with the sweetness and acidity of the wine. And I must say, even with the financial markets in collapse, we need only plod outside and look up to find that silver lining, even if it’s on a steaming pile of poo-poo. Take that, Shakespeare. Hey gang, this pairing was super duper. Columbia knows gewurz like L’Ecole knows semillon and Doug McCrea knows syrah.

Color: straw. Mouthfeel: airy, fluffy. Tail trail: 3 seconds. Flavors: peach, nectarine, lychee, tail of cinnamon spice.

Alcohol: 11.0%. Over 10,000 cases. At least 2% residual sugar. And, very likely, pure varietal. Nose: nectar of white flowers, peach. Columbia Valley AVA. Rated: 89. Value: $13. Paid: $10. This is WAwineman…uncorked, unedocated but not uncouth.

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