I'm not sure if I'm in such a good mood because of the summer weather or because I'm so excited about the wine club selections for August. We're headed back to Washington for what the Washington Wine Commission likes to call #WAugust...I'm glad we have 31 days to celebrate.
I don't know about all you wine club member, but I feels like we've drank our way around the world so far this year-France, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, Idaho. It feels good to be back close to home. Like most months it's tough to narrow down the selections, this month way probably the hardest. There are so many amazing Washington wines out there right now and I want to showcase the standout varietals. So, without further ado...
Look at these two pretty little bottles of wine. I know I should be impartial but one of these wine is my most favorite varietal coming out of Washington right now, Roussanne. The Indigo selection is the 2022 Esja Stillwater Roussanne (pronounced Es-Ya). I think the Indigo red wine selection is really quite a perfect red wine for our hot August summer days and nights. The selection this month is the 2022 Sonder Grenache/Picpoul blend. It is recommended that this wine be served, slightly chilled. It is not your typical Washington red, and I didn't plan it this way, but I'm feeling pretty genius, both of these wines and the winemakers use minimal intervention in making the wine and I think we are rewarding with a pure expression of. the varietal.
In the history of the wine club this will be the third Riesling we've offered. That kinda bums me out. I'm not sure what flavor profiles you have pre-conceived about riesling but lately the rieslings I've been exposed to are exquisite, layered, expressive and have run the gamut from sweet to dry. The 2022 Hoquetus Riesling, I hope will peak your interest in Rieslings again. \hō-’ke-təs\ (rhymes with lettuce you'll never forget us) The red wine selection is the 2018 Elephant Seven Yellow Bird Vineyard Syrah. We did feature the Marsanne from Elephant Seven last August.
Last, but not least, is the 2017 Dumas Station Cabernet Sauvignon rounds out August's selections. This winery is going about their business in Dayton racking up accolades left and right for their wine. The current winemaker even had ties to a local Idaho winery. I'm a sucker for buying wine when I meet with the winemaker, in this case was actually an easy sell because the wine is really good.
Stay tuned throughout the month for more details and information on the selections for WAugust wine month.