Green Fin Grenache Rosé

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When the sun starts to show on a regular basis, cherry blossoms start to bloom, birds chirping wake you in the morning and every other one of those cliché springtime signs peaks out from behind the clouds, you know it is Rosé season. And that is reason to celebrate. Even if those birds give you gas and cherry blossoms make you gag, you can celebrate, because, Rosé!

And the best Rosés are inexpensive, easy-drinking and ready to start the party!

So when I was stocking up at Trader Joe’s for a weekend at the Washington coast this bottle of Green Fin Grenache Rosé seemed like a natural fit. That car on the label, the plastic bottle that wouldn’t break on the drive, the $5 price and the easy screwcap. I was sold.

The wine is organic and the labels are made from recycled paper, so you can also feel good about the environment while drinking.

Raspberry, cherry, strawberry. It’s not overly sweet and not overly acidic. For five bucks, it’s easy-drinking, simple and fun. And that hot pink color didn’t look too bad against the Puget Sound backdrop.

Green Fin Grenache Rosé
Vintage: 2014
Region: California

Pursed by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon

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Confused? It’s really just an excuse to drink a bottle you’ve been waiting to drink.

I opened the 2010 Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon. After seeing posts of people opening their bottles from the ‘40s and ‘70s, I wondered if we opened a bottle that was 60 years too young. But, my small cellar doesn’t have 40 year old bottles. And I had been wanting to open this one for awhile. So that’s that.

Now you’re asking about the photo with the scene from Sex and the City. In this scene Trey and Charlotte meet after she is almost hit by his cab. After this episode, you feel hopeful that Charlotte has finally met her person, but there is a lot more to learn about Trey.

Besides the fact that any night is a good night for SATC reruns, this is a key SATC moment and a season I could watch again and again (Samantha also tries Viagra and Carrie cheats on Aiden, it’s a big season… no pun intended), Trey MacDougal aka Kyle MacLachlan is the winemaker for Pursued by Bear.

So it was essential to watch his SATC debut while we drank one of his debut wines.

The label is a collaboration from Kyle MacLachlan and Dunham Cellars.

This bottle required a good decant. 2010 was very cool vintage in Washington State, so most require a few more years in the bottle. But, after a good decant, this wine is as smooth as Trey during that first meeting when he sweeps Charlotte off her feet.

The wine has acid and structure, it was rich and had earth, blackberry, plum and cinnamon.

It was an all night bottle (unlike Trey MacDougal) and the more time we spent with the wine, the more we liked it.

Verdict: Mr. MacDougal/Lachlan you makes some good TV and great wine.

Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2010
Region: Columbia Valley,  Washington

Trust Cellars Riesling

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An evening spent reading is only complete with a glass of wine by your side.

You read. You drink. Something shocks you. You drink. Something saddens you. You drink. Something makes you happy. You drink. You finish a sentence chapter. You drink. It’s essentially a drinking game. And the best part: you make all the rules and no one will know if you drink out of turn.

Welcome to my wild Friday nights.

What I drink while reading is just as important as the book.

This month, my book club read Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. This collection of essays covers politics, sexuality, gender, race. Some funny, some extremely critical, some gut-wrenching. That aforementioned drinking game was on. From essays about Sweet Valley High, where I drank every time I laughed or felt nostalgic to essays on rape and gender inequality, where I drank each time I felt appalled or uneasy, there was lots of drinking.

A low alcohol wine was ideal, so I could follow the rules of my drinking game, but still comprehend the words on the page.

My pick: Riesling. Low alcohol. Off-dry. Fruit-forward. A wine that would offset the intensity of the book.

I originally chose the 2014 Trust Cellars Riesling because I was looking for a new Washington Riesling and this one happened to have a fancy shelf talker that said, “Find out why this was named the best Riesling in Washington State.” Game on.

This 100% Riesling comes from four different vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley. One from Ancient Lakes and three located in Yakima Valley. It’s sweet, but easy-drinking. Grapefruit. Grapefruit. Grapefruit. With honeysuckle and lemon peel and a mineral finish.

Riesling also feels like a good wine for “Bad Feminists.'” Gay says the complexity of being a feminist is often full of contradictions, like loving rap music, but feeling conflicted about the degrading lyrics. She admits as a “bad feminist” she loves pink. A “good feminist” would probably pick a powerful Cabernet Sauvignon, but a bad feminist would admit they love a delicious, easy-drinking Riesling.

Trust Cellars Riesling
Vintage: 2014
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Château de Montfaucon “Baron Louis” Lirac

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Lately, I have been all about whites. Even though it is prime red wine season, I’m consistently reaching for a crisp white.

Then, one night last week, when it was pouring and cold, a typical Seattle February evening, it was unanimously decided that it would be a night for red.

We chose the 2012 Château de Montfaucon “Baron Louis” Lirac, after a lively debate deciding between two Côtes du Rhône. “Lively debate” being between me and myself, while the somm and my boyfriend listened. (Bf has learned to entertain my indecisiveness like a champ).

The decision was a good one.

Our choice was from the Rhône Valley, not Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, but just across the river. Made from mostly Grenache, with Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre, this wine is velvety and smooth. Perfect for a rainy night. It has blackberry, spice and floral notes. Medium-bodied, with smooth tannins and slightly gamey. It went down very easy.

I would let this wine warm me up any night of the week.

Château de Montfaucon “Baron Louis”
Vintage: 2012
Region: Lirac, France