Hey there, white wine. Have I told you lately that I love you? I do. I do, I do, I do. A whole lot. Especially these two! They are both unique and interesting blends that excel in versatility and have the added bonus of being extremely delicious! Well, the delicious part should go without saying, because, really, when was the last time I suggested a wine to you that wasn’t delicious? Never.
It looks to be another gorgeous Spring day here in SC, the sun’s out and there’s a lovely breeze. This kind of day was meant for sipping a white wine late in the afternoon! Especially on a Friday. Beautiful Fridays have a special vibe to them; where you can feel that people have that itch to go out. Or maybe an itch to stay in; either scenario calls for wine. So let’s move on to these two new vinos- Sokol Blosser “Evolution” White blend from Oregon, and Elios Moschofilero/Chardonnay blend from GREECE!
Sokol Blosser Winery is pretty baller. They occupy some of the most prime real estate in Oregon’s Dundee Hills, and they’ve been there since 1971. They practice Organic farming and sustainable business practices. Their philosophy is one of the more “whole-istic” that I’ve come across- meaning that they put a ton of effort into the whole picture; from preventing soil erosion to using natural pest-control. Right down to the micro-detail. I met a representative from the winery last week and was particularly struck by how down-to-earth and genuine she, and the winey, came across. So this is a really feel good wine, not to be cheesy. And it’s also freaking tasty!
So the fun facts about the Evolution white; it is a blend of up to nine grapes, but you don’t get to know the percentages of each. I find that exciting. There will not be a quiz later, but here are the varietals; Pinot Gris, Gewurz, Muscat, Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sylvaner. Phew! Try listing that on a wine list. You can’t! That’s what makes it fun. It’s an extremely aromatic wine, with a nose of tropical fruits, white flowers, golden apples, honey and bright tangerine/citrus. Nice soft viscosity and a beautiful quenchy-acidic finish. You could literally pair this wine with just about anything. A salad with a tangy vinaigrette. Spicy Thai. Slightly sweet BBQ. Fish. Really anything. It sips perfectly on it’s own, too. This is also a Non-Vintage wine, and NO that doesn’t mean they throw last years leftovers into a bottle. There’s a lot of intention here, as it states on the bottle. And a little luck, it seems. Try this wine!! Don’t delay. (Retail $15).
Next up is a fun and interesting wine called Elios that hails from the Mediterranean! It also wins the hard-to-pronounce and I’ll-never-remember-the-names-of-these-grapes awards of the week. Greek grapes have some of the strangest names. This is a blend of Moschofilero, Chardonnay, Roditis and Savatiano. Mos-coh-FEE-ler-oh is how you say the first one. It’s one of the major white grapes in Greece, so it’s worth remembering. Roditis, to me, sounds like an illness or a skin condition. But who cares? the wine is delish!
Incredibly fresh, clean and zesty, this is a perfect wine for a Sauvignon Blanc-lover or maybe an Albarino fan who wishes to branch out and try something new. I doubt you will be disappointed! A crisp palate of green apples, peaches, lemon and lime, followed by pretty floral hints and a touch of melon. A very lively and balanced finish that makes it sublime for hot weather. The best part? It retails for $12! A steal of an everyday wine.
Both of these babies are currently by-the-glass at Cellar, so they’re open for your tasting pleasure at all times. Also, you could come to the Wine Sale tomorrow (5/12) and try them from 12-2, along with tons of other delicious juice! Oh, and remember Mom? She likes wine. And if you’ve saved your Mother’s Day shopping til last minute, you can snag a quick bottle on Saturday and she’ll be none the wiser. In fact, she might be quite thrilled! Happy weekend and happy drinking!