Washington State Chardonnay and Other Notes
I always enjoy a good Chardonnay, and there are some really good ones being produced here in Washington State.
One I tried this weekend is made by Snoqualmie Vineyards, and was a great buy at $6 retail. The 2009 I tried has a pale straw color to it, with a hint of oak and aromas of fresh fruit on the nose. On the palate I got a nice refreshing flavor of ripe melon along with a bit of tropical fruit. Along with a good balance of acids and tannins it leaves you with a nice smooth finish. A cool note to pass along about Snoqualmie is their sustainable viticultural practices, and they also have their own line of certified organic wines.
Another good Chardonnay I would recommend is made by Arbor Crest Cellars in Spokane, WA. A good bargain at $10 retail, their 2009 has a pale gold color with hints of fresh crisp apples on the nose, and a nice crisp finish of apricot and mellow oak. Last but not least, Waterbrook has a nice Chardonnay as well. This 2008 I tried has a nice light straw color to it, with a hint of citrus on the nose, and a finish of fresh ripe apples with just the right touch of oak. For a retail price of $7.50, it was a good deal.
Other news in the wine world…
Two of the biggest wine corporations in the world, Gallo and Constellation, have just settled a class action lawsuit dealing with fake Pinot Noir.
Here is an interesting article written by Jon Bonne of the SF Gate, about what he thinks are 5 things about wine to look out for in 2012. The one I find most intriguing is about issues facing the European wine industry.
And from the world of food, here’s a cool article from Food & Wine featuring the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the U.S.
Have a great Sunday!