Randall Harris Cellars 2006 riesling

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on November 19, 2008:

Ever caught MRSA from drinking a bloody Mary? Might be possible in a WA hospital. Why did it take 3 years for authorities to close down 3 brothels posing as tanning spas? Such great use of public money spent so efficiently. Did anyone bid on eBay for one of the 6 parking pay stations that were stolen from under the Alaskan Way Viaduct besides my 0.99 bid? I thought it would make a nice lawn ornament next to my pink flamingo. A Mason County man settled for $300k from the state after he ended up losing his…”member”-ship on a misdiagnosis in prison. How does an “allergic reaction to a cold medicine” resemble flesh-eating bacteria? At least he can no longer be called a poor stiff. What is up with our neighbors to the north? A 7th severed foot washes up and the 15th case of mad cow since 2003 is confirmed. Makes me wonder what is in their animal feed but then…there’s 6 bodies with 7 missing feet still not found. Hmmm.

On an unrelated note, let’s take a peek at tonight’s wine, and a negociant one at that. I suspect this is a more common practice in WA than it appears. Joe Blow (in this case…Randy Leitman) starts a wine label and instead of traditional fixed costs, he buys already made wine (I suspect from Brian Carter) and bottles it. This model is familiar in Europe and allows anyone to get into the industry with minimal investment. As long as the wine is real, I think this is a great opportunity. And, when I mean real, of course, it must have pure WA roots. The label won’t win any design awards. The wine labeler doesn’t have much control in the making of the wine. But, the savings in costs can add up to a great value in the market. Tough to beat a $7 WA riesling. My only beef, oh excuse me since we were discussing mad cow, my only gripe is that along with minimal costs, there is minimal information about this wine. Randall Harris started up in 1994 and apparently had an address in the posh west-side of Magnolia bluff. I know this as my cousin used to own a home just a couple blocks away. The back label states a general address in Zillah. Ah, the mysteries abound.

No matter, as tonight’s plate introduced simple pork pot roast with ‘tatoes and carrots. Can’t even afford the other veggies, which appears to make this low budget meal pair well with this low budget wine. Well, what I can say is this was one off-dry wine that would have been better served with Frosty ice cream sandwiches. Quite syrupy but not quite CSM 2006 Late Harvest white riesling like I had last week for a “Top Chef” viewing party. This would probably go better with Nestle white chocolate appetizers.

Color: darker version of light straw. Mouthfeel: simple syrup. Tail trail: 2 seconds. Flavors: peach, pear, very weak precursors of petrol.

Alcohol: 12%. Several % sugar. Lovely green synthetic cork. Nose: canned peach, tinge of yellow/white flowers. Rated: 80. Value: $4. Paid: $7. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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