Tuesday, January 14, 2020

WIYG – We Answer The Age-Old Question: What’s In Your Glass?

WIYG? That’s a question we are often asked. Here’s a look at what we’re sipping.

WIYGCastel Grisch 2017 Merlot, Finger Lakes

Castel Grisch is one of the first wineries we visited in the Finger Lakes about a decade ago. It was founded in 1983 by a Swiss German couple and the building suggests a Swiss chalet. It’s got a great perch on the western shore of Lake Seneca and we like it as a spot to unwind without the pressing crowds of some of the larger tasting rooms.

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Riesling is the calling card of the Finger Lakes, but we were attracted to this Merlot. It’s juicy with nice minerality and a touch of mint. There’s a hint of oak and round notes of plums and berry.

Famille Perrin 2016 Côtes du Rhone Réserve

This wine wraps the best white Rhone grapes -- Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier -- into a refreshing blend. California may have its Rhone Rangers, but France’s Rhone Valley is the unrivaled home base for refreshing white blends like this. Pops of lime mingle with fresh floral aromas and a nice minerality.

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This is an example of a great winter white and is a great alternative for those looking for a different white wine. Adding to the delight, this wine can be purchased for under $10.

Hans Wirsching 2017 Silvaner, Franken

Silvaner may play second (or third) fiddle to Riesling in Germany, but in Franconia it has been making great wine for centuries. The Wirsching family has been making wine since the 1630s and Silvaner plays a key role in their estate vineyard. Silvaner has a full body, but less acidity that Riesling. This wine is golden in color with balanced acidity and peach and herbal notes. We savored it with a delicious meal of garlic teriyaki barramundi with caramelized leeks, smoked sausage and Tuscan sea sale. On the side we had citrus honey-glazed carrots. This is a VDP wine, a designation reserved for Germany’s top estate vineyards.

Full Disclosure: Some of this wine was received as a marketing sample.

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