“A perfect wine pairing doesn’t exist. We’re doing a lot of damage the way we’re matching wine and categorizing it.”
Tendril is simply the best American winery for Pinot Noir that I have ever come across; even including all those Sonoma and Mt. Eden and San Luis Obispo wineries I love.
With this tannic structure, lovely acidity, and forward fruit, this is a genuine stunner.
Finally…the single most important consideration in choosing your big wine dinner: Realistic Expectations.
By far, the largest sub-group of American Indie/craft breweries is the one for which I’ve borrowed a term from my pals Chris Carter and Doug Baldwin: “A-ight”
Concannon Vineyards is one of the most emphatic and pleasurable shocks I’ve been given in my last ten years as a wine writer
Doug McCrea has earned the respect of winemakers across this entire country, has made an extraordinary and incalculable contribution to whatever Washington wine has evolved into, here in 2018.
FACT: IF you are really devoted to actually being – as opposed to pretending to be – a highly-knowledgeable wine connoisseur, there is no such thing as a shortcut.