Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on November 17, 2008:
If you bet on the Steelers game and lost, I feel for you..but you shouldn’t bet against the Chargers this year (remember Denver). Who was the *ork who threw a perfectly good wrench in my car while cruising Hwy 16? Burlington got some nice press after a 28 year-old doink taught his 7 and 4 year-old sons to steal $8k worth of Kmart goods. Hey, if they hit Nordstrom, it would have only amounted to one Armani sweater. File under “Typical Californ-Ians”: a couple tried to board a plane for LA by paying cash at the counter and not checking any luggage. They got busted when their carry-ons contained bogus id documents. Ever heard of Amtrak or Greyhound, hullo? Btw, what the heck is cash??
So, a little deviation tonight as I broaden my limited horizons and sample up a taste of what the Frenchies drink. After all, how I can boast that WA wines are among the best in the world if I don’t know what the rest of the world drinks? Now, I have no desire to purchase a Chateau Margeaux or Lafite-Rothschild, but I’m about finding real values in the marketplace and this is one of them. Thanks to my advance scout, Richie Knissies (P-I reviewer who recently scribed on the 2007 version), I strolled over to the Food Pavilion in Mukilteo (which, btw, has a super Fonzie display of WA wines) and picked this stray off the bottom shelf. Good call.
The grapes involved are ugni blanc and colombard. I know, I never heard or read of such either. Think of a crisp Oregon pinot gris and you have an idea about its taste. Ugni blanc is the source for Armagnac brandies, whatever that is. Just know this wine as “Airbus white” since the vineyard is located in Gascony, home to Boeing’s arch-rival.
Tonight’s dish delish included more Chinese salad with a lemony dressing and leftover Kronos gyros with a feta cheese dressing. A decent trio, considering how fluffy the wine tasted. This is a definite “Welcome back Daylight Savings Time” type of wine. Sweetly aromatic but light as a cat’s hair.
Alcohol: 10.5%. Oenologist: Yves Grassa. Great with light green salads. Nose: Granny Smith apples, citrus. Color: double pale straw. Mouthfeel: purified water. Tail trail: 3 seconds. Flavors: same as nose and add diluted cut grass. Rated: 87. Value: $12. Paid: $9. This is WAwineman…sans bouchees, sans instruction but not sans frustre.