a) she has good taste
b) I like to tweet with her regularly, so how fun would a wine tasting be
c) She was tasting Chateau Ste Michelle rieslings and that is my current wine infatuation!
d) I had plenty of warning so I could grab a bottle as well
I was lucky enough that the evening was open or as open as can be at 5pm lol I ended up late to the party. But not only did I find some cool new people to follow on twitter, she pointed me to a great website, Thirsty Girl. I joined right away. I mean how perfect is that website for me?
There is learning area that I’ve barely started digging into yet, cool people to meet and chat with and then of course the twitter wine tastings. They also have local events but so far it doesn’t look like they are hitting the Seattle area. Maybe after I get to know more people there I can have them rectify that. Plus there is more but I’m still new to the site so I haven’t found all there is yet.
I didn’t find the bottle that they were tasting for that night but I did find it yesterday. It caught my attention at the grocery store so I obviously had to buy it. Knowing it’s sweet I went straight over and grabbed some goat cheese to pair with it. I figured it would be a good tart flavor to counteract the sweetness and I was right. Now that I can’t have dairy it’s really put a damper on how I pair my wines. I really love cheese and crackers with my wine but that had to stop 4 years ago.
I had this wine chilled to an icy cold. It was perfect as it helped keep down some of the sweetness.
Swirl – Very light in color and texture. Doesn’t stick much to the glass. You can’t see how light the color is from my picture as the glass “frosted” up really quick.
Smell – It’s very fruity. Unlike other rieslings I can really smell the apricot in this one. Again, I’m not a pro so I tell it like I smell it. I don’t like to have that heavy alcohol smell. This wine is perfect with no alcohol scent as I sip.
Taste – It is definitely sweet and lives up to it’s name. Some rieslings will have a slight bite to them as the acidity hits, but not the case with this one. The sweetness is not just an overpowering sugar as I expected to be hit with. The peach and apricots are apparent and truly yummy.
I really liked this wine. I bought it on sale for $9, however I know since I’m local I do get better prices than the rest of the country might. But it’s still going to be affordable. Probably around $12.
One thing I learned from the twitter party is that Washington grows the most riesling grapes of any other area in the US. SWEET! (pun intended) I’m glad I like it since we can grow it so well. We know how I like to support the local economy and this will help. I’m looking forward to hubby being able to try it. This is the flavor and sweetness he prefers. Or I should say preferred. Now that he’s started drinking more wines and red wine, he could have changed his palate.