Blooms Winery 2010 Beach Cabin White

There have been some completely retarded columns our faux-local senior wine writer pitches via the Sunday fishwrap but today’s reached a new trough level after the old goat with the bad hair dye job belched about the wines from the real Bordeaux region of France and how he couldn’t understand them so he had to steal a cohort’s recommendation for a cheap wine. I mean, a knucklenut could have done that (and did). “Gee, Barney, I don’t know what $20 wine to recommend because I don’t buy wines to begin with and like, what’s a Bordeaux wine supposed to taste like?” What a fuckin’ idiot. And, what’s sadder is that there are hemorrhoids out there who actually think the diaper-wearing geezer knows something about wine! L-O-S-E-R. What an asshole.

Been checking out the landscape over in Whidbey Island lately as the prospects are good for landing a summer cottage. Part of that deal involves the locals and what feeds them. Oh shit! Penn Cove mussels! Dungeness crabs! Salmon! That’s some awesome grub, so the next question was “How about the wines?” Glad I asked.

Whidbey Island is developing into a haven for wineries in much the same way Lake Chelan and Leavenworth have grown… feeding off tourism. The summer months remind me of Monterey down in that “other” state: rich bitches in gawd-awful tourist wear that double the population of the town when a festival is on. It was only just a few years ago that this sleepy weekend-getaway was home to only a handful of wineries, none too famous, and the number has since doubled, with more on the way.

Current tenants include Comforts of Whidbey, Fish Talk Vineyards, Greenbank Cellars, Holmes Harbor Cellars, Ott & Murhpy, Spoiled Dog Winery, Whidbey Island Vineyards & Winery, and this one. And, in the interests of supporting the retail wine trade, there’s Vail Wine Shop that specializes in Washington wines. All of these places are worth a visit for the pleasant staff and… well, it’s just an odd sight to see real vineyards a short drive up I-405 and a quick ferry ride away from home, no slight to the Snyders on Hollywood Hill.

One noticeable “hmmmm…” is that their Whidbey Island Vintners Association has only five of these wineries participating as members. Might I suggest that every winery on the Island cool their egos or whatever and get involved with the Association? Really, a strong regional wine association that represents all the players can be truly effective in encouraging wine tourism so that everyone benefits. See Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance for an example.

Blooms Winery opened in 2003 and is owned by Freeland residents- Kenneth M. Bloom (60) and Virginia A. Bloom (58). Kenneth had been making wine five years earlier with grapes from his brother’s plot and decided to go whole-hog into the industry by soaking up as much information on winemaking as he could, taking classes and talking to other winemakers. Ken’s wines have drawn a quiet, cult-like following, with his wines winning awards against more famous wineries, so it would behoove a wine aficionado to make the trek out to Whidbey Island if only to taste the wines of Blooms. Don’t worry about a map– while you are on the ferry, peruse the wine tourist pamphlets and you will have your map. And gals, let your guy drive, it’s okay. There are hardly any roads out there to get lost on.

Food pairing was a sausage and egg breakfast muffin looking out at Puget Sound. Yep, you know the answer.

Tasted at 54-57 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: light gold. Nose: peach, nectarine, yellow flowers. Mouthfeel: light bodied. Tail trail: 4 seconds. Flavors: sweet peach, lime, spice, touch of grapefruit. Buy a six-pack as this is an easy quaffer.

Alcohol: 13.5%. Grapes grown on Whidbey Island. Puget Sound AVA. Grapes: madeline angevine, madeleine sylvaner, and siegerrebe. Off-dry. So far, the best “Welcome to Whidbey Island!” wine. You want to know what “terroir” is about? Have this wine on Whidbey Island and you will, no doubt about it, understand that term. And, you won’t need a Riedel. Red Solo cup will do just fine. Power: 2/5. Balance: 2/5. Depth: 2/5. Finesse: 2/5. Rated: 88. Value: $12. Paid: $15. Music pairing: “The Asshole Song” by Jimmy Buffet. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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6 Responses to Blooms Winery 2010 Beach Cabin White

  1. I wasn’t impressed with the Beach Cabin when I tried them, but the Ambrosia rocked my socks off…and I *HATE* rhubarb with a blinding passion!

  2. wawineman says:

    The wines on Whidbey Island can be a bit “sketchy” to some. After all, this isn’t exactly Bordeaux-style growing weather despite claims of being “on the same latitude” as those famous growing regions in France.
    Considering the grapes used in this, I thought it was a good enough to compete with a generic riesling or pinot gris/gewurztraminer party-starter.
    Again, just like those tourist-meccas in Lake Chelan and Leavenworth, the wines of Whidbey Island will not be usurping any of the star-AVAs like Yakima Valley and Horse Heaven Hills, but they will succeed because everyone lets their guard down while on tour.
    The best approach to the wines of Whidbey Island is to ease up and take it all in as one package. These wines are not serious and that is a true reflection of the region. They’re not poorly made but they’re also not ‘Angel’ or Eroica either. Then again, imagine yourself with friends on the Island and steaming some Penn Cove mussels in a pot of heavy cream, white wine, and salted butter. Doesn’t it make sense to have a wine made from the grapes grown there? If the answer is no, then that’s where most people completely miss the point about enjoying wines while in the moment, but to each their own.
    Thanks for the comment, Alina, and welcome to The Show!

    • It makes perfect sense to me! Local wine makes local food taste so much better! And I agree, we’re definitely not Bordeaux-style growing weather here on the “wet” side (I live north of Vancouver, WA), but on the flip side, there are some wineries who have experimented with warmer climate grapes here in Clark County and produced a damn good product!

  3. wawineman says:

    1G1G1W,
    Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, but we Puget Sounders are just a tad bit envious of you Clarkies. Warmer weather, no sales tax shopping-great microbrews-and-the-food-trucks in Portland, a short drive to the Gorge and all that windsurfing (and wine), etc. Too bad Pyramid isn’t in Kalama anymore…

    The Vancouver environs has slowly been adding some wineries (B.F.E. Estates, Dusty Bottle Winery, Gouger Cellars, Rusty Grape Vineyard, Benke Wine Cellars, Burnt Bridge Cellars, English Estate Winery, and M2) so there is a wine pulse north of PDX.

    Those wineries are so much closer to the Columbia Gorge AVA. It’s just a matter of time before fame arrives.

    • Vancouver definitely has some great benefits (although Portland can be a real pain in the ass sometimes)! As for great wines, there’s also Bethany Vineyards, East Fork Cellars & Three Brothers Winery in Ridgefield. Three Brothers is the one I was talking about that’s experimenting with growing the warmer climate grapes and they’re doing a damn good job of it if you ask me.

      And Clark County has one person who was stubborn enough to poo-poo the critics and believe that grapes could be grown here…her name was Joan Wolverton. She owned Salishan Vineyards in La Center with her husband before illness struck. They closed the winery itself in 2006, but their legacy lives on.

  4. wawineman says:

    OMg! That’s right– Salishan Vineyards. I read about that place in The Wine Project. That is hallowed ground there.

    Ridgefield appears to have quite the concentration of wineries. What’s up with that? Three Brothers, eh? I’ll be looking for them. Thanks for the rec!

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