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Randall Grahm’s Caviste Volant “The Sisters” 2013

Randall Grahm’s Caviste Volant “The Sisters” 2013
Central Coast, CA

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As celebrated winemaker Randall Grahm remarked on the label for the Sisters, it’s a blend of albarino and riesling grapes, two white wine varietals with quite differing profiles. Huffington Post has a great report up on Grahm’s partnership with NakedWines.com, which means this is indeed available for purchase from NakedWines.com here along with a $100 voucher for first-time customer purchases of 6 bottles or more. Best prices go to NakedWines.com’s Angels, which you can sign up to become here, if that’s up your alley—I explained the Angels program and my involvement with it in this previous post.

On to the vino!  The label is endearing, and I readily admit to being a label sucker. So keeping Grahm’s words in mind may have influenced my wine tasting…but it scored a 75/100 from me, regardless. After a buttery ascent, the Sisters dips into grassy New World whites then reaches a riesling plateau. It’s a Small World tour of white wines at the pace of a roller coaster.

My Quini profile:

The Sisters Quini

Worth taking the ride, for sure.

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Maryhill Mourvedre 2011

Maryhill Mourvedre 2011
Rattlesnake Hills, Columbia Gorge, WA

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I bought this bottle of wine on the advice of Maryhill’s employee, Cassie Courtney, who I met at WBC14 and who was awesome enough to meet me for a tasting at Maryhill in the amazingly beautiful Columbia Gorge. Hopefully, I’ll have the pictures from that trip up by the time I review my next Maryhill bottle, because IT WAS GORGEOUS. Seriously, the drive and the winery are a must if you’re going to be anywhere near the WA and OR border.

/end Rave. Cassie thought I’d love this wine after I confided that I’ve been on a mourvedre kick for the last six  months or so. It won a double gold and Best Mourvedre at the most recent San Francisco International Wine Competition and is available only for wine club members—which means most of y’all are going to be so sad you can’t buy it. Sorry? Not really, because I got a bottle! And shared it with my neighbors so I didn’t get to enjoy quite as much of it as I could have…

/end Pity Party. Airing is recommended, but after letting it breath, drinking this mourvedre took me back to days spent collecting roly-polies with my best friend, Nina, when I was no older than seven. Take a sip and imagine your young self daydreaming on a hill with a friend, chewing on the ends of tall, dry stalks of grass. Enjoy. 76/100, a solid avocado.

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Maryhill Mourvedre Quini

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Finger Lakes 20013 Riesling Launch–Live! On Twitter and Facebook

I hope it’s been a pleasant Saturday for you so far, readers. This is just a quick note to let you know that I’ll be participating in the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance’s launch of their 2013 Reislings in a short 3 hours from now, from 7 to 9 PM EST, which is 4 to 6 PM PST for those of you West Coasters who can’t do the math.

I’ll be tasting along with the 50 other media members participating in this live social media event. You can find us in two places: at the hashtag for the event on Twitter, #FLXRiesling, or over at the Finger Lakes Fans’ Facebook Page. I’m going to try to keep an eye on the happenings both places, but Twitter’s my social media forte, so you can definitely follow my thoughts there or in my own Twitter stream @theGourmez.

What will I be tasting? Four different 2013 rieslings with an emphasis on dry offerings–and yes, these are wine samples provided free of charge (disclaimer!).

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In case you can’t make out the labels, from left to right we have Glenora Wine Cellars’s 2013 Dry Riesling, Swedish Hill Winery’s 2013 Riesling, Chateau LaFayette Reneau’s 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Hosmer Winery’s 2013 Dry Riesling. They are currently chilling in my fridge, though I’m taking Talk-A-Vino’s advice to pour my glasses about an hour before the event begins to retain a slight chill and allow them to develop with some air.

This event is doubly, no, triple-ly exciting for me because I’ll be attending next year’s Wine Bloggers Conference located in the Finger Lakes (I won Quini’s Grand Prize!) and I have very little experience with Finger Lakes wines in general. I admit to some reticence. Sweet wines have never been my favorites, and rieslings have a reputation for sweetness. The rieslings I’ve ranked above average (Schloss Biebrech Sekt, Buitenverwachting Rhine) have been largely sparkling. And the last riesling I rated that well was four years ago (Lindeman’s Bin 75)!

But I’m always ready to be surprised, and that half the wines we’re tasting are specifically cast as dry gives me hope. See you on the interwebs soon, fellow riesling explorers! I’ll be sipping from my beautiful balcony facing the Bay. Okay, I can only see an inch of the Bay, but it’s all part of setting the mood, right?

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