WBW #48-Back to Your Roots


Our founder and fearless WBW leader will be hosting WBW on this, the 4th birthday of WBW. Lenn started what can only be described as a phenomenon in the wine blogging world.

This month, Lenn has chosen the theme “Back to Your Roots.” He’s asking us to choose a wine from the beginning of our wine journey and taste it again. Perhaps even your first bottle of wine. You can read all the details here, and make sure to send Lenn your entry by August 13.

My first bottle of wine? No thanks. I drank junk in college. Stuff that came in a box, and not an even remotely ok wine in a box, gross wine in a box. Or giant bottles of whatever was the absolute rock-bottomed priced wine. However, the first wine that ever made me sit up and take notice was a 1999 Schmitt Sohne Riesling Auslese. At the time, I thought it was great and an excellent value…I could afford it on a college student budget. I drank it by the case for years. And then they seemed to stop making it and I was left with the Kabinett, which, truth be told, is not great. I don’t want to go back and drink that, although it was fine until about the 2002 vintage.

So I’m going to have to put a little more thought into this assignment.

Up a Hill

My dad picked up this bottle of 2007 Round Hill Chardonnay at Branford Wine and Spirits in Branford, CT. It clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume, had a plastic cork, and proudly states across the front label that it is “Oak free.” From a quick search, I see that you can purchase it for about $8, making this a very good deal.

On the nose I found pineapple, lemon, apple, sweet tropical fruit, and a sense that the wine would be crisp. In the mouth the fruit from the nose followed through. The wine was light and very freshing, and indeed crisp. A great simple summer porch wine.