Swimming in White Wine

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Terlato Wine Group.

Sorry for the radio silence for the last week or so. I was traveling to Philly and San Francisco for work and thought I’d have some internet access other than through my phone, but technological difficulties got in my way. Back on the horse now that I’m back home again. I’m done with business travel for the next year or so as well!

Anyway, swimming in a tub of crisp, cool, white wine actually sounds a little bit like heaven on earth right now given the heat, humidity, and heat index here in the old D of C. Such a transition from high 50s-low 60s in San Francisco to step off the plane into 103 degrees with something like 70% humidity! For a day like that, this 2008 Terlato Pinot Grigio made a perfect summer sipper. I see that 2007 retails for about $18-$25, so I gather this one was about the same, it had a real cork closure, and the bottle got pitched before I could record the alcohol content.

On the nose I found the wine to be tropical, with lemon, pear, pineapple, melon, and florals. Overall, it’s a very aromatic wine, I could smell it across the room as Matt poured the glasses. In the mouth I found lemon, pineapple, tropical fruit, melon, orange zest, and orange. It was crisp and tingly on the tongue and made a great accompaniment to the DC weather. I’d like to see it priced closer to $14, though, inching up toward and over $20 is a little rich for me.

Older Wines

Perhaps 18 months or so ago I had a thought: For my 30th birthday, I wanted to serve wines from my birth year. But where to get 30 year old wine? Certainly not something I could easily procure from a local wine shop. Good thing the internet answers all questions and brought me to Wine Bid. Now, I must admit to being skeptical. Buying wines, at auction from random people’s cellars didn’t exactly seem like the best way to purchase to me, but I gave it a shot and now that we’ve tasted those wines, I must say I’m thrilled.

Wine Bid described the condition of each bottle you could bid on, fill level, seepage, condition of the label, cellar conditions it was removed from, etc. Over the course of a year I won auctions for 6 bottles of wine from various CA wineries. We opened them all this past Saturday to share with friends and family at my birthday party and I am happy to report that there wasn’t a single corked bottle in the lot! And in fact, some of them were downright good, 30 years having treated them well.

If you are looking for something fun and a little different for your next big birthday, anniversary, or whatever celebration, I highly recommend trying to hunt down wines from the important year. Everyone had a lot of fun with it and not many people have the opportunity to taste multiple 30-year old wines side-by-side, so it was a different experience for them.

This one with the retro orange label was the best in the bunch. Seemed like it still had years ahead of it to me. Great color, nose, and palate. Some of the others had aged a bit past their potential, but this one shone.

Happy 30th Birthday to Me!

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